Yay or Nay?

So the family of the man who was trampled to death (he died of asphyxiation) has sued Wal-Mart for the wrongful death of the employee, alleging that it “engaged in specific marketing and advertising techniques to specifically attract a large crowd and create an environment of frenzy and mayhem and was otherwise careless, reckless and negligent.” Essentially, they needed to build up enthusiasm for their early store and in doing so created a situation that even a 6’5, 270lb man could not survive. The story is truly depressing. Not only was he a temporary worker hired (probably around minimum wage) to defend the store, but no one seemed to care for the guy who was on the ground long enough to run out of air. Now, all these heart wrenching details aside, should his family be able to recover? Surely we all wish it didn’t happen- but was Wal-Mart to blame? Assuming we can’t identify the individuals who actually killed him (a safe assumption), should the burden then shift to the store? I am torn on this- though it doesn’t help that 1) WalMart is generally an evil company (that would short shrift the security of their employees to save a weak holdiay season and 2) they really seemed to play up the “morning rush” sale aspect of it. Any thoughts?

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One response to “Yay or Nay?

  1. My thoughts…The family will win a settlement. If for no other reason than that Walmart did not provide a safe work environment.

    I think the family of the victim are going to have little trouble proving that Walmart was “asking for trouble” by not having an adequate security plan and adequate security personnel on hand.

    The actual tramplers, in the unlikely event that any are caught, may face manslaughter charges. And those charges will be richly deserved.

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