Monday, December 1, 2008
Gennaro to introduce "Doorbuster" bill
A council member called for new legislation Sunday to protect store workers and shoppers, following the death of a Walmart employee on Black Friday.
Queens Councilman James Gennaro introduced a "Doorbuster Bill," which would require malls and large retailers to take appropriate security measures during so-called "doorbuster sales."
Measures include employing security personnel trained in crowd control and holding the retailers accountable for any injuries.
The legislation was made in response to the death of Jimmy Damour, 34, of Queens, who died when roughly 2,000 bargain shoppers stampeded over him at the Valley Stream Wal-Mart on Black Friday.
Queens Lawmaker Proposes Shopper Crowd Control Bill