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Should Walmart have been responsible?? Black Friday related

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ok, this story was on my local news this morning. As I was reading it I was thinking "poor kid, that's a shame" etc. It's a 16 year old girl. Basically she was trampled in a line to get a video game at Walmart on Black Friday last year. She was pulled to safety, ended up going to the hospital, but held on to her game. But then at the bottom of the article it says Walmart paid the family a small compensation for her pain and suffering. 

I am an avid Black Friday shopper. But I know going in that it's crazy. This is not to excuse the people who trampled her, not at all. But in my opinion Walmart shouldn't have had to pay her. It's not Walmart's fault that other people were stupid enough to knock over this girl. It's not their fault that this girl chose to stand in line for a video game.

What do you think?

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- She admits the sale prices are appealing, but 16-year-old Ellisha Stone of Muskegon says she won't be doing any more Black Friday shopping -- not after what happened last year.

"It was terrifying," she says. "I would never want anyone to be in that position again."

During the 2011 Black Friday sale, Ellisha says, she was at the front of the line waiting to buy a discounted video game inside the Walmart store on Sherman Avenue.

She says there were only eight games and 60 people were in line.

When the sale started she says she was knocked over, stepped on and stomped.

"I was saying, 'Please help me, get off me'," she recalls. "I was trying to scream but as I was screaming I couldn't breathe anymore and I was starting to pass out."

A strong stranger waiting in the line behind her pulled Ellisha to safety.

"He went under and plowed everyone out of the way, grabbed me and pulled me out of it," she says. "I started shaking really bad and I passed out. I don't remember anything until getting to the hospital. It's all a blank."

Ellisha escaped without serious injury.

She says she also held onto the game she had waited in line to buy for her sister.  But never again.

"I'm not going to Black Friday again," she vows. "That was my first and last time. It's just crazy how people get. No product should be worth anybody's life."

The family says Walmart paid a small settlement to compensate for the girl's pain and suffering.

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

My husband and BIL were there that night. They didn't see it but, said they will never shop at Walmart on Black Friday again.

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It isn't walmart its the stupid people that "have to have" that game....A bike rack fell on a woman in the store I was in last black friday, she needed medical attention :( Its so crazy how greedy people are! I think there should be lines for everything and if its gone its gone, no more everyone for themselves, obviously no one is smart enough not to trample each other.

by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Yeah but then again ignorant people would sue a store for anything stupid especially in their territory. Example My FIL hes those type of people.

Quoting Mesh2:

I totally agree. It was not the fault of Walmart or their employees. They should not have to be responsible. 

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by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Isn't this what insurance is for? Like if someone gets hurt at my home, my homeowners insurance will pay for their injuries.

by Emerald Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Im sure they could have fought it and won, but that would have cost way more than just giving her some money to shut up about it.  

by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I say kudos to Walmart for paying the girl. Walmart is some what responsible fur having such great deals that make people fucking crazy
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
If you're planning on shopping Black Friday sales, prepared to see the worst in people. Prepare to get pushed, shoved, and possibly killed. The sad part is I'm not joking. I hear of at least one death every year from someone getting trampled by crazy shoppers.
by Anonymous 4 on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Its amazing to me that with all these horrific stories for one day of shopping that some kind of amped security isnt being put into place. When people are being beaten, trampled, and killed in the name of a toy, game, or other product there should be extra security personel in the stores that do the sale or not have the sale at all. It's every year these things happen and yet it is shrugged off in the name of saving a few dollars. Stupid IMHO.
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM
Nope. Wal-Mart was no liable and shouldn't have had to pay her.

Personal accountability.... She chose to put herself in that situation.

But personal accountability is something greatly lacking in America today.
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