The family of a man killed in a stampede by holiday shoppers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc, seeking unspecified damages.
Shoppers on New York’s Long Island broke down doors and surged into the Valley Stream Wal-Mart, the day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday,” traditionally the busiest retail shopping day of the year.
The 34 year old man, was knocked to the ground and trampled to death. He had been assigned to cover security as an independent contractor.
The lawsuit, filed in Bronx Supreme Court said that the man’s death was caused by “the carelessness, reckless negligence, wanton disregard for public safety and gross negligence” in the “staging, conducting and advertising for sales events.”
The lawsuit also named the shopping mall where the incident occurred and the security company employed by Wal-Mart.
New York’s largest grocery workers union has urged authorities to investigate what it called “Wal-Mart’s failure to provide a safe workplace.”
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