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Wal-Mart Pays $2M For Stampede Thugs

From those guardians of justice at the Associated Press:

Wal-Mart pays $2M to avoid charges in death probe

By Frank Eltman, Associated Press Writer

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Wal-Mart agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $2 million and improve safety at its 92 New York stores as part of a deal with prosecutors that avoids criminal charges in the trampling death of a temporary worker last year.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that if she had brought criminal charges against the retailer in the worker’s death, the company would have been subject to only a $10,000 fine if convicted. Rice declined to say what charges were considered against Wal-Mart, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.

Instead, she said, the company has agreed to implement an improved crowd-management plan for post-Thanksgiving Day sales, set up a $400,000 victims’ compensation and remuneration fund, and give $1.5 million to Nassau County social services programs and nonprofit groups.

The agreement included no admission of guilt by Wal-Mart…

Jdimytai (Jimmy-tree) Damour, a temporary employee, had been on the job for about a week and had no training in security or crowd control when a crowd estimated at 2,000 broke down the Valley Stream store’s doors, trapping him in a vestibule.

Built like an NFL linebacker at 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, the 34-year-old Queens man died of asphyxiation. Eleven others, including a pregnant woman, were injured…

The community grant money includes $1.2 million for Nassau County’s Youth Board, which helps nonprofit agencies provide career development, employment training and other opportunities. The retailer also will donate $300,000 to the United Way of Long Island’s Youth Build Program in Nassau County. The deal also calls for Wal-Mart to hire 50 high school students annually to work in its five stores in the county.

Reward the perpetrators.

That is the new American way.

(Thanks to Colonel1961 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

32 Responses to “Wal-Mart Pays $2M For Stampede Thugs”

  1. BillK says:

    The deal also calls for Wal-Mart to hire 50 high school students annually to work in its five stores in the county.

    But I thought Wal-Mart was nothing but a sweatshop that mistreated its workers?

    Wouldn’t that make this child abuse?

    Note this just avoids criminal charges; I’m sure the victim’s civil suit is still outstanding.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      The civil suit shakedown is the second act in the play, Bill – good point. I’m sure there has been a fair amount of PTSD for the ‘victims’ of this self-induced melee. Wouldn’t it be great to see Wal-Mart simply say goodbye to these neighborhoods – with the emphasis on ‘hood’ – and let them try and find the reasonably-priced goods that the company provides to the communities they serve?

  2. DGA says:

    Sounds like a sharpton shakedown racket to me.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    For Wal-Mart to pay $2M in damages is almost nothing. If anyone ever has a case of insomnia, just go to your local 24/7 Wal-Mart in the wee hours and you’ll see their overnight stockers sweating like a whore in church. And that’s because a lot of times the air conditioning is shut off at night because ‘technically’ it doesn’t get hot enough at night to justify the expense of keeping it on. All Wal-Mart needed to do to pay the $2M was to simply shut off the cooling system to a few stores and then viola! The money was there. A lot has changed and certainly not for the better since Sam Walton passed away.

  4. bullforever says:

    Unbelievable. This is no different than if someone used force to break down the locked door of my home, killing the the next door neighbor in the process and then having the DA find me guilty of the death.

    WalMart did not kill the worker, Walmart did not break down the locked doors to its own store. Where is the culpability of the 2000 thugs that broke into the store. Is that not at least “breaking and entering?” Maybe the State can sue the manufacturer of the doors as well. I mean come on, that manufacturer should have known that 2000 people woudl all rush the door at one time and made sure thier product could hold back a flood of that magnitude. These things happen all the time. bother

  5. gipper says:

    Jdimytai (Jimmy-tree) Damour, a temporary employee, had been on the job for about a week and had no training in security or crowd control…

    I can see what’s coming. Wal-Mart employees have to watch the following training videos:

    “Every Employee is KEY to SECURITY” starring Ice-T as a security expert


    “Two’s Company, But Three’s a Crowd Control Situation” starring Suzanne Somers as an almost-crushed customer.

  6. VMAN says:

    “$1.5 million to Nassau County social services programs and nonprofit groups.” And who might these groups be? Huh come on I’m waiting. Who are they. Ding Ding Ding you’re correct!!! ACORN

  7. CGardner says:

    If you’d like a refresher on the thug crowd crashing the Walmart door, check out this:


    And SG, you’re so right that this is only the beginning of the civil suits in the case. Besides the case of the family of the trampled worker, there’s claims like this:

    Customers injured in crush suing Wal-Mart

    Two customers are suing Wal-Mart for negligence after being injured in a mad rush for post-Thanksgiving bargains that left one store employee dead, the men’s attorney said Tuesday. . . .

    Attorney Kenneth Mollins said Fritz Mesadieu and Jonathan Mesadieu were “literally carried from their position outside the store” and are now “suffering from pain in their neck and their back from being caught in that surge of people” that rushed into the Wal-Mart. . . .

    The lawsuit alleges that the Mesadieus’ injuries were a result of “carelessness, recklessness, negligence.”

    In a claim against the Nassau County police department, the men also contend that they “sustained monetary losses as a result of health care and legal expenses … in the sum of $2 million.”

    “This is a tragic situation that could have and should have been avoided with the exercise of reasonable care. There are very simple measures that could have been put in place to avoid this, such as barriers along the line to spread people out, extra security and a better police presence,” Mollins said.

    He said his clients and others who were at the scene contend that the police “were there … saw what was happening, and they left. . . .”


  8. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    UnF’in believable! Note also how the lions share of the spoils goes to the govt. and their stooges.

  9. proreason says:

    Another day at the office for Obamy voters.

    Have you ever wondered how people can live on welfare alone?

    The answer is……they make money lots of other ways.

    All tax-free of course.

    Taxes are for the marks.

  10. caligirl9 says:

    I really blew it two weekends ago.

    I fell at a light rail station because the surface was slippery and I didn’t want to miss a train—I wasn’t sure if the operator saw me, and I cannot run. I’ve had trains leave me at the station when I was within 20 feet of the train in plain view … so I was hurrying. I have two bad knees and the bad back and I’m a class A klutz.

    I had two trainsful of witnesses. Stupid me I popped right back up and gimped into the train. Skinned bloody knees and hands and all …

    I could have been set for life.

    I just can’t understand how someone else is always responsible. That’s why I got up I guess. I have a sense of personal responsibility.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      For 10% I’ll testify in court. I remember it vividly…


    • MinnesotaRush says:

      I’ll take the same 10% and even wear an ACORN T-shirt!

      The settlement will be guaranteed and much bigger!

    • caligirl9 says:

      LOL I should have taken photos of the scrapes and bruises!

      Next time … ’cause there will be a next time. Seriously, I have to walk looking at the ground because if the pavement is in the least bit rough or inclined or has a crack or raised area, I’m all over it. And it ain’t pretty!

      I’ll be in touch, my witnesses!

    • jobeth says:

      I thought we were friends! Can you teach me how? Can’t be more of a clutz than me!! (LOL)

    • caligirl9 says:

      Jobeth, here is your private lesson on how to get rich by using public transit! It’s a piece of cake!

      You need two left feet, two bad knees (one without a patella) and a bad back. Oh and you need to use public transit!

      Add flip flops and a semi-slippery surface.

      Add the inability to get anywhere quickly.

      Witnesses are helpful but there may be surveillance tapes available too.

      Add ambulance-chasing attorney. They are abundant. Or you may make your own claim if you are smart enough to do your own paperwork and not too greedy …

      Rinse. Repeat.

      The entire problem can be remedied by the light rail “inventing” a way that the driver can acknowledge that he/she sees the gimp coming up the platform and will hold the train. But that would be too easy! (I have had two train operators hold the train for me, and I immediately sent e-mails to VTA thanking those operators. I have had at least six operators drive off as I’m gimping toward the train. One left when I was 10 feet from the rear of the train.)

      Last night I could have really done a good one on the light rail. My station is on an elevated platform above the street. The escalator goes up only. The elevator was out of order. (Elevator haven for homeless and crackheads and drunks. I’ve seen broken crack pipes and lots of empty alcohol bottles in the elevator car. Oh and people like to piss in ’em too. Gah! You’d think San Jose is a third world country!)

      So I had to use the stairs. Ugly proposition. If it wasn’t for the fact that I can’t be sure that I won’t break my neck going down the stairs, that was another missed opportunity. The train announcer did announce the elevator was out, and said “If this causes any passengers any inconvenience, please contact the train operator.”

      So WTH is HE going to do, carry me downstairs? Or push me? It took me a good 5 minutes to get down those stairs, one step at a time, holding onto the handrail for dear life.

      Real-life example of the difference between a Republican and a Democrat:

      Me/Republican: Has student loans. Went to grad school knowing I have a disability but took the chance that improving my education might make me more employable. Will be paying off loan for the next 17 years at the rate of $220 a month. Trying to catch up on three missed payments from earlier this year.

      My friend/Democrat: Has student loans (bigger than mine!). Went to law school knowing she has a disability. Is trying to have the loan dismissed because she is disabled and unable to take the bar exam and work. Has never made a payment. Oh and she has social security too—got it with the first try.

    • jobeth says:

      “You need two left feet, two bad knees (one without a patella) and a bad back”

      Well, let’s see…I have both left feet…the bad back….and two bad knees…Can I trade the “one patella” for hip problems?

      If so…I’m in!!!! LOL…Thanks gal…I’ll be sure to send you your educational fees just as soon as I collect! ;-D

    • proreason says:

      They ran a test years ago (I think it was John Stossel).

      A bus wreck was staged. There was nobody on the bus, and the accident was faked.

      When the police arrived, there were 17 people on the bus, all with soft tissue injuries.

    • jobeth says:


      Waaaaay back in the 60s during the riots I was living with my EX just outside of Baltimore. He drove a transit bus in the city and had an accident where the bus hit a building as he went around a bend.

      There were about 3 people on the bus, but in no time at all about 10 people (must I say it…black) lined up to say they were all on the bus and were injured.

      Then someone around the corner in an entirely different building (row houses) claimed they were in bed and the jolt knocked them to the floor and they too were injured!

      And this was no test. It really did happen.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Jobeth, I think your hip is equal to my no patella. You’re in. Start practicing.

      Last night on my way home from work, on a three-lane, one–way street, there I am minding my own business driving my 11-year old car, in the middle lane intending to go straight onto an onramp onto the freeway. The left lane is left turn only; center lane (me) straight only, and the right lane, straight or right turn only.

      Don’t remember what was in the left lane. In the right lane was a white Mercedes, one of those cute two-door coupe ones. Worth more than my poor 163K-miles beater Mustang. Traffic is moving at 35 mph (for real, I checked). While heading toward the onramp (and gaining speed), the idiot in the Mercedes speeds up slightly and makes a LEFT turn in front of me (like “oops, I meant to be over there!”). Not a Iane change where he ends up in front of me heading the same direction—a full-blown left turn! I lock up the brakes. Fool driver never looks my way.

      As he continued on his way, I looked at the car to get the license plate number just in case. Guess what? There was an Obama bumper sticker on the car.

      All I could think to myself was “Well, I knew those people [who voted for TOTUS and drink the kool-aid] were stupid, and that was proof.”

      I then thought “duh, you should have let him hit you instead of slamming on the brakes. Wreck would have been his fault, and that time I would have gone for it.” With all of my pre-existing conditions, I could have been hurt pretty bad, or at least been pretty sore the next day.

      But I don’t like pain, although I’d have been hit on the passenger side, and I do have airbags.

      So perhaps another dimension of the public fall is being knocked over or cut off by a liberal … and then do unto them as they would no doubt do unto you.

    • jobeth says:

      Caligirl, I’ve had a few of those myself. Could kick myself knowing I could be rich if I wasn’t so quick to respond to save my own a**.

      You and I could be great support for each other in our kluziness if we didn’t live on different coasts. …;-D

      Right now though I am LOL at the thought of some of the lurkin’ lefties you know must be monitoring this site thinking…see! look how they are…lets get their names and turn them in! ;-)

      You KNOW they have no sense of humor at all. Always angry and always have an angle to “get” something or kiss up to the powers that be. Sort of like the kid in 7th grade that was always running to the teacher to “tell on” someone.

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Next up:

    OJ Simpson gets bailout money to restore his lifestyle to a state prior to the cruel right-wing conspiracy that destroyed him and his fortune. He will get a nice new mansion of his choosing, a 20,000 dollar a week expense account and a new Mercedes SUV every month.

    All charges from his recent felony trial and sentencing have been dropped and/or revoked.

    (Insert photo of OJ getting released from prison smiling)

    In other news, Ron Goldman has been ordered to report to retraining no later than 1 June 2009.

  12. jrmcdonald says:

    I like Wal-mart for the most part, but they need to show a little more sack when dealing with this type of shakedown. Or perhaps they ran the cost numbers, and found its better to pay these thugs, and what unmentioned bribes went along with it, to keep these stores.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      That is unfortunately what it comes down to, the math. What’s right or wrong doesn’t even enter the equation.

  13. Liberals Demise says:


    Next it will be grocery stores that run ads for pork and beef ribs @ half price so long as the stock holds out.

    “If you sell it……they will bum rush/riot!”


  14. VMAN says:

    What Wal-Mart needs to do is take just one of these stores in the thug neighborhoods and say to the thugs “Here’s the store do with it what you will”. They need to place all the employees who want to go in other store and leave it for the thugs to run. The store would probably close in a week if that long. Then they could send someone back into the store to do a slip and fall.

    • jrmcdonald says:

      In Columbia South Carolina, the city could not get a major Supermarket to stay open in a getto part of town. They paid ‘Food Lion’ like 2 million to keep open, and they could not sustain the losses.

  15. catie says:

    This is nuts!

  16. RightWinger says:

    “the company has agreed to implement an improved crowd-management plan for post-Thanksgiving Day sales”

    Anything short of National Guardsmen armed with automatic weapons will not be enough for that type of thuggery. The best thing really to do is get rid of “Black Friday” sales and just put out 30% off coupons for the month of November.

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