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Woman Knocked Unconscious While Shopping (hilarious)

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ORANGE CITY, Fla. Nov. 29 — A mob of shoppers rushing for a sale on DVD players trampled the first woman in line and knocked her unconscious as they scrambled for the shelves at a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Patricia VanLester had her eye on a $29 DVD player, but when the siren blared at 6 a.m. Friday announcing the start to the post-Thanksgiving sale, the 41-year-old was knocked to the ground by the frenzy of shoppers behind her.

 

"She got pushed down, and they walked over her like a herd of elephants," said VanLester's sister, Linda Ellzey. "I told them, `Stop stepping on my sister! She's on the ground!'"

 

Ellzey said some shoppers tried to help VanLester, and one employee helped Ellzey reach her sister, but most people just continued their rush for deals.

 

"All they cared about was a stupid DVD player," she said Saturday.

 

Paramedics called to the store found VanLester unconscious on top of a DVD player, surrounded by shoppers seemingly oblivious to her, said Mark O'Keefe, a spokesman for EVAC Ambulance.

 

She was flown to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where doctors told the family VanLester had a seizure after she was knocked down and would likely remain hospitalized through the weekend, Ellzey said. Hospital officials said Saturday they did not have any information on her condition.

 

"She's all black and blue," Ellzey said. "Patty doesn't remember anything. She still can't believe it all happened."

 

Ellzey said Wal-Mart officials called later Friday to ask about her sister, and the store apologized and offered to put a DVD player on hold for her.

 

Wal-Mart Stores spokeswoman Karen Burk said she had never heard of a such a melee during a sale.

 

"We are very disappointed this happened," Burk said. "We want her to come back as a shopper."

 

 

 

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20031129_451.html

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why do people care so much, the other i saw a dvd player for $80 australian, thats like $55 american...im positive you can find dvd players in the US for under 50...all that trouble for a $21 saving?

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Guest Pilau Hands

so fuckin sad

 

the best/worst part is how they put a dvd ON HOLD for her

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...........i wouldve trampled her just for shits and giggles anyhow. let alone the bitch getting in the way of my dvd player.

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICA WOOOO!

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Black friday is fucking disgusting, by far my least favourite day of the year. That's right people: CONSUME!

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Originally posted by ARCEL

found VanLester unconscious on top of a DVD player, surrounded by shoppers seemingly oblivious to her

 

I can imagine the scene; some old lady, bloody and unconscious, slumped over a DVD player with shoppers rushing by.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Guest me IS cool

That's what happens when you try and save money the day after thanksgiving. I found myself at a walmart a few years back on the day following thanksgiving and I have since sworn off shopping at walmart.... especially during their sale frenzies(sp?).

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Originally posted by Pilau Hands

so fuckin sad

 

the best/worst part is how they put a dvd ON HOLD for her

 

I know, they should have just GIVEN her the damn thing, bastards:mad: :D

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Trample your way to savings! Step over high prices!

Walk all over great deals! Run, don't walk to your nearest dvd display area!

 

middle america....cultural dumping ground

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i almost want to say she deserved it but fuck it, fanatisism in the country is just stupid off the hook.

 

WalMArt needs to fuckin pay her hospital bill, they edit music and they are so wholsome and morally right then they need to pay her bill for being so CHEAP.

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Originally posted by i11igul

I know, they should have just GIVEN her the damn thing, bastards:mad: :D

 

with the money she could make from sueing them, she could buy a new dvd player everyday for the rest of her life knowing the american legal system!

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Originally posted by robotripp

i almost want to say she deserved it but fuck it, fanatisism in the country is just stupid off the hook.

 

WalMArt needs to fuckin pay her hospital bill, they edit music and they are so wholsome and morally right then they need to pay her bill for being so CHEAP.

 

yeah, Wallmarts a bunch of hipocrits, they say no to parental advisory cds, but they sell rated R movies like Boogie Nights, which is damn near a porno for fucks sake, plus they move into an area and monopolize it and that takes all the people that have personal businesses and all the mom and pop type stores out there and puts them out of business, all in all, fuck Wallmart

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everyone knows americans are programmed to go apeshit like this over savings - "the more you buy, the more you save"?!

 

but some woman being needlessly trampled ain't shit. how often does rioting and mass tramplings happen when a south american soccer team plays in the olympics...

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What i wanna know is, who delared the day after thanksgiving to be "the busiest shopping day of the year!"

 

I get so fucking irritated every time I hear that. Why can't every day of the year be the busiest? Maybe that way the economy wouldn't be some jacked and i could find a decent paying job while I'm in school.

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LENS

 

It's because the stores see it as right after thanksgiving it's time to shovel

out the christmas shit. So, sales time + get your shopping done as early

as possible = day after thanksgiving. Just the way it goes.

 

 

GFreshSushi... why is "buy more, spend less" automatically bad? I'm not

saying you're wrong necessarily, but what's the deal? I don't think thats

a subconscious programming (on purpose, anyway.)

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Originally posted by ARCEL

"She got pushed down, and they walked over her like a herd of elephants,"

 

 

"All they cared about was a stupid DVD player,"

 

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Re: LENS

 

Originally posted by S@T@N

GFreshSushi... why is "buy more, spend less" automatically bad? I'm not saying you're wrong necessarily, but what's the deal? I don't think thats a subconscious programming (on purpose, anyway.)

 

saving money isn't bad, it's the hysteria that advertising works people into. remember beanie babies? but on the other hand, if there were fewer cheaper things, people would think about a product before they bought it, it would be worth more to them. a cheap product is cheap for a reason - either someone building/making/assembling it is getting fucked over royally (think sweatshops and child labor...yeah WalMart!) or the product isn't made with quality in mind, it's meant to be replaceable. for once i'd like americans to not get suckered into every new thing that's being shlepped to us. dvds cost less than thirty cents to manufacture. why do they cost almost twenty bucks? plus, they don't put up with abuse like vhs tapes do, and can't be played by children. i can'tthink of how many times i watched my younger siblings stuff in a disney movie for the umpteenth time backwards and upside down, then drop it on the floor, then spill juice on it, then stick it back in the vcr and it played perfectly. try teaching a three year old about how you can't scratch dvds or the movie won't play...have fun explaining the technology that most college graduates don't understand to a fucking child that can't enunciate and pronounce words like 'dog' yet or tie their shoes.

 

next, i think advertising IS subconscious programming, plain and simple. how many commercial jingles do you know by heart, regardless of the last time you saw the commercial or whether you used the product/service? if commercials tell children that, say, fucking POGS will make them cool, and all the children see it, within a few weeks the hierarchy of the playground will be defined by both the skill with which someone plays pogs and how many they have...i watched that happen at my middle school.

 

i'm not mad at anybody in particular, i'm just an angry sunnuvabitch with a soft spot for property defacement.

 

gfreshsushi - antitechnological rants online are the specialties of the house. "the ironing is delicious."

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