Walmart adopts plans to calm Black Friday crowds - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Walmart adopts plans to calm Black Friday crowds

DALLAS, Texas. - The world's largest retailer announced Wednesday it will keep its stores open 24 hours and take new crowd-control measures Thanksgiving weekend after a temporary employee was trampled to death in a 'Black Friday' rush last year.

Walmart says day-after Thanksgiving sales will begin at 5 a.m. November 27, but most U.S. stores will be open 24 hours to prevent a mad dash.

Most of Walmart's super-centers will not be affected because they're already open 24-hours.

Federal safety regulators cited Walmart for inadequate crowd management after the death last year of a temporary employee at a Long Island, New York store.

Shoppers rushed the door, broke it down and trampled and employee who died of asphyxiation.

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