Fatal Friday

Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer

Midnight after Thanksgiving, the commencement of Christmas shopping here in the United States, is a 24-hour period known as Black Friday. Unfortunately, presented with irresistible offers, many people lose their sense of humanity causing this day to become a nation-wide hazard.
What may seem like a considerable time to achieve some productive holiday shopping, is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year. With various attacks and untamable stampedes, Black Friday is no joke.
Recent studies have revealed that one of the most notorious locations for disaster on Black Friday is Wal-mart. One might think that this day is only harmful for shoppers, however that is a mistaken belief.
NY Daily News reported that in 2008, Wal-mart worker, Jdimytai Damour, lost his life after a stampede of shoppers rammed through the front doors and fatally trampled him.
“How could these people do that? He was such a young man with a good heart, full of life. He didn’t deserve that” Damour’s grieving sister, Danielle told NY Daily News.
This tragic death took place along with 4 injured shoppers including a woman who was 8 months pregnant.
The likelyhood of running into a life-threatening situation should not be disregarded. Recent studies show that around 97 million go shopping on Black Friday every year.
Although this issue has been addressed, the harm Black Friday produces still seems to remain consistent. According to blackfridaydeathcount.com, there have been 7 deaths and 98 recorded injuries since 2010 to 2016.
This year, due to the frequency of these recent deadly holiday-shopping misfortunes, many restuarants and stores around the world have announced that they will not even be opening on Black Friday.
As the inhumane shopping tragedies unfold, it is impossible to avoid the question regarding whether or not that new flat screen is worth a broken leg, or if those Gucci flip flops are worth a torn rib cage.
If you plan to go Black Friday shopping, make sure to cautious. You may never know the extent people are willing to go to in order to purchase the same pair of Air Jordan’s you’re after.