Walmart Still Dodging $7K Fine For 2008 Black Friday Trampling Death (VIDEO)

On Black Friday in 2008, an employee named Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death at the Long Island Walmart. A mob of deal-crazed shoppers tore the doors from their hinges, rushed inside, and trampled him to death in the process. Damour had only worked for the big box retailer for one week prior to his death.

Kimberly Cribbs of Queens witnessed the chaos and The New York Times reported her experience,

“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs said. “They kept shopping.”

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Walmart a paltry $7,000 for Damour’s death. As we approach the six year anniversary of this completely unnecessary tragedy, Walmart has still not paid the fine.

According to The Huffington Post, their avoidance is clearly not about money. Walmart appears to be concerned that paying the fine will set a precedent that could cost them dearly in the future. If Walmart pays the fine or OSHA wins the case, Walmart, and retailers in general, would be vulnerable. OSHA regulators would have a winning case on the books they could point to when determining fines for similar cases in the future.

So, Walmart has spent millions of dollars fighting the $7,000 fine. Apparently, they had no idea a mob had gathered at their door. They had no idea their marketing efforts would trigger the crazed buying behavior it was designed to create. They could not have foreseen this catastrophe and therefore are not at fault.

Since 2009, Walmart has updated their Black Friday crowd management protocols. A spokesperson for Walmart told The Huffington Post,

“we took major steps working with crowd experts, law enforcement and people who do this for a living to see and help set up our stores.”

That’s great, Walmart, but how about accepting responsibility for the 2008 trampling death of your employee, Jdimytai Damour. You first avoided criminal charges for his death. Now you’re going to extreme lengths to avoid paying a $7,000 fine. Your failure to accept responsibility in this case along with your ‘Always Low Wages’ speaks volumes to the lack respect you hold for your workers.

Here is a report from MSNBC regarding the 2008 Black Friday death at Walmart,