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Tilting at Windmills

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December 5, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

TRAMPLED?....Unlike The Corner, I think Wal-Mart ought to be getting a worse rap than it does. But while they may be guilty of many things, encouraging shoppers to trample people apparently isn't one of them. WKMG reports:

A woman reported "trampled" last Friday by Wal-Mart shoppers desperate for $29.87 DVD players has a long history of claiming injuries from Wal-Marts and other businesses where she worked or shopped.

....An investigation by WKMG-Local 6 reveals [Patricia] Vanlester has filed 16 previous claims of injuries at Wal-Mart stores and other places she has shopped or worked, according to Wal-Mart, court files and state records. Her sister, who accompanied her Friday on the visit to Wal-Mart, has also filed a prior injury claim against Wal-Mart, with Vanlester as her witness, a company spokeswoman said yesterday.

I wonder who tipped them off to this? Perhaps a large retailer based in Bentonville?

Well, who knows. But my favorite quote comes from the sister:

Ellzey said in an earlier interview that Wal-Mart should have foreseen the danger of unleashing shoppers on a huge bargain at 6 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. "For several years, every time they do this, people get trampled," she said last week, adding, "I'm panicked. I'm afraid to go into any stores, especially Wal-Mart."

Um, if this happens every year, and she's panicked and afraid to go into a Wal-Mart, then what was she doing there this year? Hoping things would be different?

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