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Trampled to Death by Customers
November 29, 2008
The New York Times
By JACK HEALY
and ANGELA MACROPOULOS
A Wal-Mart employee in suburban New York was trampled to death by a crush of
shoppers who tore down the front doors and thronged into the store early Friday
morning, turning the annual rite of post-Thanksgiving bargain hunting into a
At 4:55 a.m., just five minutes before the doors were set to open, a crowd of
2,000 anxious shoppers started pushing, shoving and piling against the locked
sliding glass doors of the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., Nassau County police
said. The shoppers broke the doors off their hinges and surged in, toppling a
34-year-old temporary employee who had been waiting with other workers in the
People did not stop to help the employee as he lay on the ground, and they
pushed against other Wal-Mart workers who were trying to aid the man. The crowd
kept running into the store even after the police arrived, jostling and pushing
officers who were trying to perform CPR, the police said.
“They were like a stampede,” said Nassau Det. Lt. Michael Fleming. “Hundreds of
people walked past him, over him or around him.”
The employee, who was not identified, was taken from the Wal-Mart to nearby
Franklin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., the police said.
His exact cause of death has not been determined. The police said that three
other shoppers were injured and a 28-year-old woman who was eight months
pregnant was taken to the hospital for observation.
One shopper, Kimberly Cribbs, said she was standing near the back of the crowd
at around 5 a.m. on Friday when people started rushing into the store. She said
several people were knocked to the ground, and parents had to grab their
children by the hand to keep them from being caught in the crush.
“They were falling all over each other,” she said. “It was terrible.”
Crowds began building outside the Wal-Mart at 9 p.m. Thursday and grew
throughout the night, as eager shoppers queued up in a line that filled the
sidewalk and stretched toward the boundary fence of the Green Acres Mall.
At 3:30 a.m., store employees called the Nassau police to report that the crowd
was growing quickly, the police said. Officers came by to try to organize the
line, but were called away to a Circuit City, a Best Buy and a B.J.’s Wholesale
Club nearby, to deal with crowds there.
A half-dozen Wal-Mart employees lined up in the entryway trying to hold back the
crowd by pushing against the locked sliding doors, but they were overwhelmed by
the force of the crowd, Lieutenant Fleming said.
As the doors snapped open and people streamed in, several people fell on top of
one another. The 34-year-old employee who died was at the bottom of the pile,
the police said.
On Friday, Wal-Mart released a statement saying that the man who was killed had
been working for Wal-Mart through a temp agency. The company called the death “a
tragic situation,” and said it was working with police.
“The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority,”
Wal-Mart said in a statement.
Lieutenant Fleming said that the store “could have done more” to prevent the
“I’ve heard other people call this an accident, but it’s not,” he said. “This
certainly was foreseeable.”
Trampled to Death by Customers,
a shopping basket soars
in the 'phoney' supermarket price war
12 July 2008
By James Thompson
and Sam Kriss
British supermarkets have introduced massive price hikes over the past year,
shattering the myth of a so-called price war in which grocers are bending over
backwards to help hard-pressed consumers.
Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's have ramped up the price of many products by between
22 and 32 per cent over the past 13 months, hitting customers at a time when the
cost of living is soaring, The Independent can reveal.
The soaring figures illustrate the level of food inflation heaped on consumers,
as they face spiralling petrol prices, rising utility bills and stagnating house
prices. The revelation comes at a time when grocers are as active as ever in
claiming that they are delivering millions of pounds of price cuts to consumers.
On a sample of 17 products, Sainsbury's has hiked prices by 31.6 per cent, Tesco
by 27.5 per cent and Asda by 21.6 per cent between 11 June 2007 and 11 July
2008, according to grocery price comparison site, mysupermarket.co.uk.
The Independent tracked 17 products including thick-sliced white bread (800g),
six pints of semi-skimmed milk, English butter (250g) and garden peas (1kg).
Tesco has raised the price of white bread from 54p to 72p; Sainsbury's has hiked
the price of Basmati rice (1kg) from 90p to £1.89p; and Asda has increased
English butter from 58p to 94p, as have its other two rivals.
These figures dwarf the estimates of the British Retail Consortium, which this
week said that food cost 7 per cent more in British supermarkets in June than it
did in the same month last year.
Before the last weekend in June, Tesco said it would reduce the price of 3,000
items by up to 50 per cent, while Asda promised to sell 10 staple items,
including bread, eggs and butter for only 50p until end of trading on 29 June.
However, industry experts say the current activity on price does not compare to
previous battles, and is more about PR than helping consumers.
Greg Lawless, an analyst at Blue Oar, says: "I don't think there is a price war.
This is a price skirmish. The last proper price war we had was in the early
1990s ... It's not in Tesco and Asda's interests to launch a price war as it
would suck profits out of the sector."
Retailers themselves agree. Malcolm Walker, chief executive of the frozen food
specialist Iceland, said successful retailers would not do anything to
jeopardise their profit margins. He said: "No retailer can afford to drop more
than one point – one-tenth of 1 per cent – on the gross margin and anything they
do on price is tactical." He added: "It is all marketing and spin."
Bryan Roberts, global research director at Planet Retail, made the point that
price cuts and promotions were often funded by suppliers. He said: "Effectively,
promotions cost the retailers nothing because it is the suppliers who are often
asked to invest in these 'price promotions'."
The big three grocers say that while the price of commodities, such as wheat,
meat and dairy products, have risen sharply over the past year, they try to cut
prices for products that are not affected by the same inflationary pressures.
A spokeswoman for Sainsbury's, which claimed last month that its food price
inflation was about 3 per cent, said: "The increases in the cost of commodities
such as wheat and dairy have had an impact on the price of foods." An Asda
spokeswoman said: "We disagree that supermarkets are unfairly passing on costs
A Tesco spokeswoman said: "We know customers are tightening their belts and
wherever possible we look at cutting prices to help them.
"The 7 per cent [price rise] figure from the BRC is realistic. It's easy to skew
figures by only choosing a certain basket of items for price comparison."
Cost of a shopping basket soars in the 'phoney'
supermarket price war,
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