Alleged Walmart Shoplifter Killed in Security Altercation Over Two DVD Players (VIDEO)

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WalmartAn alleged Walmart shoplifter died in the store parking lot early Sunday morning after three employees allegedly attacked him for stealing two DVD players from the super store early Sunday morning. The story is the latest horror show from Black Friday weekend and highlights not only the possible brutality of the incident, but also the frenzy and insanity of the whole "holiday." 

The incident occurred just outside Atlanta, where a "middle-aged man" was caught with two DVD players. A security guard supposedly put him in a choke hold and when authorities arrived, the man was bleeding and unresponsive underneath all of the men. Wal-Mart suspended both employees and fired the security guard. They also condemned the actions, saying: "No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life." They added that their employees are not trained to engage that way.

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Every year we hear these Black Friday horror stories. Two people were even shot on the "holiday" itself. And yet, every year, it gets worse and worse and earlier and earlier. Now Friday is creeping into Thursday and the whole thing is getting out of hand.

People, cheap crap is NOT worth losing our lives. Hell, it's not worth missing time with our families. Truly, it's a despicable "holiday" and represents so much that is wrong in our society.

This is a weekend that is supposed to be about spending time with our families, eating great food, and generally enjoying one another's company. Instead, retail workers are working long hours away from their families and shoppers are being shot or killed. Awesome values, people. Let's keep it up.

Look, we need to get away from this idea that any of this cheap crap is "needed." Sure, you can get a toaster at 3 a.m. for $5, but you can wait a few days, skip the frenzy and pay $100 more to walk away with some dignity. I'd take the latter every time.

Black Friday is one of the few things in this country that truly makes me ashamed. It is just embarrassing and this incident is just another in a long list. Obviously, no one would condone shoplifting. But only in a society where cheap crap is valued more than family togetherness could something like this happen.

It is a sad day when people will kill one another for a $100 DVD player.

Do you participate in Black Friday?

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jrl90 jrl90

this incident has nothing to do with black friday so i'm not quite sure why you're comparing the two. This idiot wasn't looking to save $100 buying a dvd player, he broke the law and STOLE it! I find it offensive that you would imply that those that partake in black friday have no "dignity". Really? what a judgement 'you know what' you are!

Zamaria Zamaria

Not getting how the guy stealing the DVD players on Sunday has anything to do with black Friday madness. But to answer your question, sometimes. Sometimes my mom and sister and I get up early, get coffee and breakfast and shop in some of the less crowded stores. Most years we wait till 1 or 2 pm to go. Usually all the crazies are finished shopping by then, and you can still get some pretty decent deals. We don't go for the door busters or big ticket items unless we just happen to luck into them. It's not worth it. When we do go, it's so we can have some girl time shopping and kind of kick off the Christmas season. We don't enjoy the insane rush of people at the bigger stores, but Walmart is almost completely empty later in the day! Black Friday shopping can be fun if you don't pressure yourself to get certain items or get caught up in the crowds.

bills... billsfan1104

Another judgemental post from our lovely Stir writers.

Since you seem to hate Thanksgiving so much and what it represents, why do take the day off and celebrate it? Were you working on Friday? Have you worked all weekend?

Katie Hesney Johnson

Wal-Mart Asset Protection associates used to be able to physically apprehend shoplifters, up until a few years ago, now they can only follow from a distance to aid law enforcement in apprehending the suspect. As much as I can't stand shoplifters, they knew they were breaking company policy. If the suspect attacked one of them when they approached the man, they have a right to defend themselves. But I do know that the employees involved in this will be fired, just so Wal-Mart can cover their rear ends. 

miche... micheledo

Have to agree with your stance on Black Friday.  We participated one year when there were several specific things we had been saving up for/looking for.  We went and got those things and left.

Donna Anello

I'm glad you have 100 dollars to spend on your "dignity", Sasha. A lot of people DON'T, and you sound like an entitled jerk.

chigi... chigirl1228

I participated in black Friday. We got a new digital camera for 1/2 off. I dropped my last one in the ocean so I needed a new one. This was on a military base so no crazy people unless you count some naturally crazy wives. I can use that spare $50 to pay for shipping some gifts to my brother and grandma. Some people don't have the luxury of paying full price on some of those electronics like you. But I do agree that the whole thing is getting out of hand. My friend said she saw some people fighting over pajamas at Wal-Mart. I know what its like to want to save money but Jesus you can get the same pajamas for the same price at discount clothing stores like Ross and Tj Maxx.

chigi... chigirl1228

I picked up 3 boxes of Godiva chocolates at Ross for $3 each. The same chocolates were on sale at the shopping center on base for $15.

nonmember avatar kaerae

I don't shop Black Friday because I hate crowds more than I like deals, but I don't begrudge people who try to get something nice for their family and can only do that if they stand on line and fight the crowds. You do sound like an entitled snot. Not everyone can make a boatload of money writing this junior-high level drivel...

Megan Lee

To the people ripping the author of this article... WTF is wrong with you?
Black Friday HAS resulted in deaths and this was one of them. 
Authority hungry wal-mart security decided to make poor decisions and a man lost his life over a fucking dvd player.  Give your heads a shake, seriously.

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