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‘Douches du Jour’: Black Friday Shoppers Step Over Body of Walter Vance, Senior Citizen Who Dropped Dead in West Virginia Target Store

November 28, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Douche du Jour, Economy with 0 Comments

Walter Vance, a 61-year-old pharmacist who suffered from a heart condition, was among the hordes of Black Friday shoppers hunting for killer deals in the wee hours last Friday. According to the New York Daily NewsVance was shopping for Christmas decorations in a South Charleston, West Virginia Target store when he suddenly collapsed to the floor. And how did the countless bargain hunters around him react? The didn’t, mostly. Shoppers kept on shopping, with some even stepping over Vance’s body. By the time an emergency room nurse and an off-duty paramedic found him and administered CPR it was pretty much too late. Vance died shortly after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

“Where is the good Samaritan side of people,” Sue Compton, one of Vance’s coworkers, asked WSAZ. “How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don’t understand if people didn’t help what their reason was, other than greed because it’s a sale.”

Indeed, it was a black Black Friday across the country as otherwise (mostly) sane citizens willingly joined in a nationwide orgy of fevered consumerism. There were some predictably odious results:

The Little Rock Walmart $2 Waffle Iron Riot of 2011:

You may have noticed that all seven of these incidents occurred at Walmart stores. I’m sure there were other trouble spots, but I couldn’t find any. Maybe you can. Got Black Friday tales of madness and mayhem? Better yet, got photos and videos? If so, share them in the “comments” section below this post.

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