By now we are all aware of the senseless Thanksgiving day tragedy when over 2,000 customers swarmed into the New York Wal-Mart store at 5 a.m., trampling employee Jdimytai Damour. News reports showed that the local law enforcement was reviewing the surveillance videos to try to determine if they could identify any of the shoppers who were responsible for Mr. Damour's death.
Ironically, it seems to me, that the law enforcement needed not to look at the videos, but would have better luck at finding who was at least partially responsible by looking in a mirror. Anyone who has viewed the pre-stampede videos of the Wal-Mart parking lot could see the huge crowd excitedly waiting for the exact second when they could rush the front doors. You can see by the above photo the relatively small entrance door of the Wal-Mart store. Early in the morning Nassau Country police officers visited the location and witnessed the growingly unruly crowd -- however the officers left a short time later. After the tragedy the police lamely explained that they could not be responsible for guarding a Wal-Mart -- asserting that it was the responsibility of the Wal-Mart security force.