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Wal-Mart Employee Killed in a Rush of Customers

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Wal-Mart, world's largest retail chain, put its reputation on the line as one of its employees was killed by a crowd of furious shoppers that swarmed into a New York store according to Reuters.

The police said that the man working for the Valley Stream Wal-Mart store was not far from the entrance at 5 a.m., when he was knocked off his feet by a number of customers who smashed down doors. Medical assessors are trying to ascertain the cause of his death.

It should be mentioned that the employee was not the only victim of blind cruelty. Four customers were injured and hospitalized as the police reported.

Wal-Mart's administration was greatly upset by the fact that its worker as well as customers suffered as a result of the incident. As Wal-Mart stated, "the safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority". According to its declaration the case was investigated by local police.

However, New York's workers union treated the incident as "Wal-Mart's failure to provide a safe workplace" and insisted upon thorough investigation under control of local, federal and state authorities.

Bruce Both, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, said that it was possible to avoid that incident. "This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-Mart", expressed his opinion Both.

In order to ensure safety of its customers Wal-Mart cooperated with local police and improved internal security. These measures could not have come at a better time as Black Friday is drawing on. It's considered the busiest day of retail trade before the beginning of Christmas sales.

U.S. shoppers had to stand in queues from the early morning waiting for a good bargain. In conditions of economic turbulence the majority of stores opened earlier to allow their customers discounts.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE4AR4QU20081129
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