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Wal-Mart to employ crowd control for Black Friday

POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 11:20am

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 7:02pm

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.

Wal-Mart says day-after Thanksgiving sales will begin at 5:00 a.m. November 27, but most U.S. stores will be open 24-hours to prevent a mad dash. Most of Wal-Mart's supercenters will not be affected because they're already open 24-hours.

Federal safety regulators cited Wal-Mart 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.