The scene outside Wal-Mart after the death of Jdimytai Damour
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The no doubt illustrious lawyers for Wal-Mart are in court this week
to continue their battle against OSHA telling them what they
can and cannot do - including allowing frenzied shoppers to stampede
their employees to death - having already spent a year and two million
dollars fighting a $7,000 fine on the issue. Jdimytai Damour was
trampled to death by a 2,000-strong post-Thanksgiving, bargain-hunting
mob in 2008. Wal-Mart says it shouldn't be held accountable for safety
standards - like not having workers stampeded to death - that would cut
into sales promotions of the latest plastic gimcracks made in sweatshops
in China. These guys are truly princes of industry.
"The government is improperly trying to define ‘crowd trampling'
as an occupational hazard that
retailers must take action to prevent." - Wal-Mart.