Will Walmart’s Black Friday Crowd Control Work?

After the tragic Black Friday death last year of a seasonal employee at a Walmart on Long Island, NY, the retailer is launching new a crowd control program this holiday season.

To avoid the long lines and major rush on Friday morning, Walmart is keeping stores open 24 hours on Thanksgiving. The retailer also says that employees will better control the lines inside the stores.

But it seems as though items will still go on sale at 5 a.m. on Friday morning, even though the stores will be open all night. Does that mean the long lines and crazy crowds will just gather inside the store instead of outside? Also, many people point out that the chain’s cut-rate items will especially be in demand as a result of the recession, creating even larger mobs.

ALSO: GameStop needs a holiday boost from Call of Duty.

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6 Responses to “Will Walmart’s Black Friday Crowd Control Work?”


  1. 1 Chris November 12, 2009 at 9:31 am

    As the nation’s largest retailer of hunting equipment, it seems like they should be able to arm their employees.

  2. 2 Jim Hadley November 12, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Walmart is crazy to think that having the store open all night will prevent chaos. Have they notified the local fire Dept. even a Walmart has a capacity rating. The lines need to regulated outside the store. Ropes and Barriers as if it where a new attraction at Disney World. Control the crowd with the proper personel Riot police.

  3. 3 Jim Hadley November 12, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Walmart is crazy to think that having the store open all night will prevent chaos. Have they notified the local fire Dept? Even a Walmart has a capacity rating. The lines need to be regulated outside the store. Ropes and barriers as if it where a new attraction at Disney World. Control the crowd with the proper personel Riot police.

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  4. 4 James November 12, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What the heck, just hire a rock a billy band and let’er rip.

  5. 5 Weed Removal November 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Its a true sign of the Apocalpse. Maybe Wal*Mart will force the vendors to provide their own crowd control.

  6. 6 James November 20, 2009 at 9:27 am

    At this point pushing their so called “black friday sales” may be the equivalent of inciting a riot. Walmart’s legal department should take a hard look at their liability in this.
    Is it ok to knowingly create a condition that that puts employees and the public in harms way? But then maybe paying off a few wrongful death claims is still worth it?? Sorry, this morning that’s the way this looks from the front porch of the ranch.


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