Cultural Commentator

Walmart Refuses to Pay $7,000 Fine from Fatal ’08 Employee Trampling on Black Friday

Cultural Commentator

Walmart Refuses to Pay $7,000 Fine from Fatal ’08 Employee Trampling on Black Friday

It's time for America to go off the Wal.
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I’m not sure exactly what’s wrong with me, but I’ve been sticking mostly to fashion and art writing (aka taking some time out from fixing big government and scorning overseas prison black sites) for a hot minute. Anyway, I was feeling nostalgic for a grittier, more ball-busting me today when I saw this delightful tale of Walmart sticking to principle today on the Huffington Post.

The gist? Well, do you remember the employee– you know, the only people Walmart doesn’t “watch 4 falling fux” about– who was literally trampled to death while other employees tried to physically guard his slumped over body during a Black Friday sale in 2008? It was pretty well-publicized for obvious reasons, including the single security guard on duty despite the turbulent nature of big box stores the day after Thanksgiving, and despite being found guilty of (obvious) negligence, Walmart is still drawing out the appeals process to avoid paying the $7K fine to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a.k.a. OSHA. “It’s not about the penalty,” former OSHA analyst Celeste Monforton tells HuffPo. “It’s this interest in seeing how far Walmart can push back against the decision.”

Gee, ya think? (No offense Celeste, because I agree with you #3hunna). I’m not sure what’s more disgusting…

a) Providing highly inadequate security to harried and fatally endangered staff. I’m guessing sales projections (and um, past anecdotal evidence) might have indicated knowledge of the absurdly busy nature of the day.

b) Pushing appeals for years over what amounts to a pithy sum for such a huge company, despite my own knowledge from recent personal experience that money is equally effective at speeding up the legal process. How just that it works both ways…

c) Shopping at Walmart on Black Friday. Here’s to hoping that people find something better to do than suckerpunch each other over widescreen TV’s flatter than their sad, consumer-driven personalities.