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Shoppers run into a Walmart in New Jersey shortly after 5 a.m. on Black Friday. At the Valley Stream Walmart the same hour, the frenzied opening resulted in a stampede that killed a seasonal employee. Since then, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has changed its Black Friday openings nationwide to better manage crowds at its retail stores. (Nov. 28, 2008) (Credit: AP)

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Man trampled to death in 2008 at Valley Stream Walmart

On Nov. 28, 2008, a frenzied Black Friday opening at the Walmart in Valley Stream led to a stampede that killed a seasonal employee, Jdimytai Damour, 34, Jamaica, Queens. Deep early-bird discounts had drawn crowds that packed the curb and spilled into the parking area, blocking the entrance for hours. When the doors finally opened at 5 a.m., shoppers pushed their way into the store and people were knocked down. Since then, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has settled with Nassau County prosecutors by agreeing to overhaul security plans at its retail stores, and the company has changed its Black Friday openings nationwide to better manage crowds. Other major retailers have instituted similar strategies to improve safety.

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