Thursday, May 07, 2009

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I saw this report on CNN Online and couldn't believe it....

"Wal-Mart has agreed to pay nearly $2 million and take extra safety precautions after a stampede killed a store employee in Long Island, New York last year. It happened as the store opened on the day after Thanksgiving last November, which is traditionally among the busiest day of the year for retailers.

Wal-Mart agreed to pay $1.5 million for community programs in Nassau County and another $400,000 to compensate people who were injured in the incident and repay them for out-of-pocket expenditures.

The retailer will implement a crowd management program at each of its 92 stores in New York for after-Thanksgiving shopping. The plan was developed by experts who have worked on crowd management at Super Bowls and Olympic Games. ...."

Okay, so a bunch of people act like maniacs to get into a store ahead of everyone else and the store has to pay? I remember when this was first reported last November and hints were given that it would go to litigation. Why not? Wal-Mart has deep pockets. But part of me was hoping the case would go in front of a judge who would see that THE STORE WAS NOT AT FAULT. (Pardon the shouting, but is this not ridiculous?)

Deep breath.... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Okay. Better now. Back to your regularly scheduled program.


LuAnn said...

Oh, I totally agree, Maryann! Does no one have to take responsibility for their own actions anymore? It's gotten way too easy to sue someone else for our own stupidity.

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks, LuAnn. Glad I am not the only one who thinks this way. Unfortunately, some lawyers really promote this kind of litigation as it is all about the money. I hate the fact that somehow getting a million dollars when we've lost someone we love makes it okay.

©DGreer said...

Totally ridiculous - and I'm definitely not a Walmart fan. That judge ought to be defrocked...or debenched. Or whatever one does to stupid judges.

Straight over on a tweet.;)


Maryann Miller said...

Thanks, Dani. I'm not a Wal-Mart fan either, but hate to see a company fleeced like this.