Black Friday is known as the biggest shopping day of the year. The day after Thanksgiving, it is marked by massive lines and countless shoppers who sacrifice sleep in order to get the best deals. Stores open as early as four in the morning to accommodate the enormous crowds. Usually reports are made of pushing in line and small fist fights. But this Black Friday was to become the most memorable and darkest of all, when reports were made of the death of a Wal-Mart employee. Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death while opening the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart. Shoppers had broken through the doors and stampeded through the entrance of the store with no regard to Damour or the other employees who were trying to save him, including a pregnant woman. The same shoppers who had trampled Damour to death then refused to leave the store when asked by police. They complained that they "had been waiting in line for hours to shop." As if things couldn't get worse, two men killed each other inside a Toys R' Us. They pulled handguns on each other and than ran through the aisles of the store shooting at one another.
What ever happened to Christmas being a happy time of year with "goodwill towards men?" It seems horribly wrong that on Christmas, an innocent child will be opening a present that its parents trampled a man to death for. What will it take to protect the employees of stores, the National Guard? The shoppers of that Wal-Mart should be prosecuted. How about one hundred hours of community service as a Salvation Army bell ringer? Shoppers should reflect on the horrors of this year's Black Friday, and promise to themselves to show restraint and courteousness next year.