Wal-Mart features quite a bit in our Black Friday horror stories but none worse than this one. In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death after a mob of Black Friday shoppers broke through the doors and rushed the store. Four shoppers, including a pregnant woman, were also injured.
Two thousand people waited outside for the 5 a.m. opening, pushing against the door. Nervous employees formed a human chain to try to slow them down. To no avail. The mob broke the door down and kept running to get the bargains, knocking down employees in the process.
The man's death did little to stop the madness. Shoppers were outraged when told to leave because someone had died. When the Long Island, N.Y., store reopened at 1 p.m., it was full within minutes.
"I look at these people's faces and I keep thinking one of them could have stepped on him," said a Wal-Mart employee, referring to his dead coworker. "How could you take a man's life to save $20 on a TV?" [sources: Gould, Trapasso and Schapiro].