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Wal-Mart Promises Better Crowd Control (Plus $2M)

21st May 2009 posted in General

In case you missed it, Wal-Mart has agreed to a nearly $2 m payout with the Nassau County DA’s office to avoid charges in the tragic Black Friday trampling death of a worker.

The agreement included no admission of guilt by Wal-Mart, but it does exact a promise that the retailer will work with independent experts to implement a better crowd-management plan for post-Thanksgiving Day sales. Wal-Mart also agreed to set up a $400,000 victims’ compensation and remuneration fund and give $1.5 million to Nassau County social services programs and nonprofit groups.

Wal-Mart says the new plans will apply to all Wal-Mart stores in N.Y. What about the other some 4,000 Wal-Mart facilities in the rest of the U.S.? (Not to mention the 3,100 outside the U.S.)

According to Wal-Mart:

“As we explore how we can make our stores even safer for our associates and customers, we will consider how aspects of this plan could apply to stores outside New York.”

Seems to me it would make excellent business (and moral) sense to do more than consider.