Opinion / Editorial
Tragedy on Black Friday
November 29, 2012Douglass High School
Tragedy struck in Lithonia, Georgia, not too far from Atlanta on Sunday, November 25, 2012. An alleged shoplifter was apprehended by two employees and one security guard, which led to his bizarre death. After he was found by police officers, stuck under the three men, he was bleeding from the nose and mouth, also unresponsive. Is Black Friday shopping worth such tragedy?
“No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life,” Wal-Mart spokesperson Dianne Gee stated.
The two employees have been suspended with no pay until further investigation, while the security guard was fired. It was said that the unidentified “middle-aged” man had stolen two DVD players around 1:30 am that morning. He was seen fleeing the shopping center through the front door, where the employees, following a physical altercation, caught him. Police say that at one point, one of the workers held the shoplifter in a chokehold. Although pronounced dead at DeKalb Medical-Hillandale hospital, his official cause of death has not yet been determined.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Dianna Gee also said, "This is truly a sad situation. We're in the process of working with law enforcement to determine all of the facts and cooperating and providing any information we have to assist in the investigation. Our associates are trained that the safety of our customers and our associates is our first priority."
As of now, it has been decided that it is too early in the investigation into the incident to know more, and all of the facts are not yet known. This is but one tragedy of many tragedies that happen during Black Friday shopping. Stories like these should be forewarnings to make wise choices and staying out of trouble on Black Friday and any other major holidays.