Target Worker Drives Car into Canal After Black Friday Shift in Palm Beach

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The unsung victims of the bizarre display of capitalism we call Black Friday? The hundreds of thousands of retail workers who have their Thanksgiving marred by having to get show up to work later that night to prepare.

A worker at a Target in Palm Beach was so exhausted after working her Black Friday shift that she accidentally drove her car into a canal.

Target opened their stores across the country at midnight last night, and workers were expected to clock in as early as 9 p.m. for the over-night sift.

The unnamed 36-year-old woman was driving home at 7:46 a.m. when, according to The Palm Beach Post, she accidentally drove her car into a canal near the intersection of Muck City Road and Conners Highway in Pahokee in Palm Beach County.

The woman's car began sinking in 20-foot water, and she called 911. A Sheriff's deputy had to jump in to save her. Frank Mayo, the deputy, freed her from the car and the woman grabbed on to him. Afraid she might drown them both, the deputy let go, but didn't see the woman come up after him. After taking a breath, he dove back down, calmed the woman down, and brought her back up to safety.

The woman was brought to a nearby hospital for a treatment, and was released.

"Our thoughts are with the team member and her family for a speedy recovery," a Target spokeswoman told the Post.

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Lots of businesses require employees to work overnights & holidays. Retail. Restaurants. Public service. Military. Police. Firemen. Security etc etc. Its a part of life. This story could have happened anytime. Target always has overnight employees. 

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  I think so. I think your article will give those people a good reminding. And they will express thanks to you later 


I agree with you, Kyle, in part and feel for those who had to work on black Friday. 

It is not only the retailers to blame. To be fair, It is also the shoppers. Somebody was out there waiting in those lines ready to spend money. Somebody was in the tent in front of best buy. Someone was on that lawn chair in front of target. So it is not entirely the retailers fault. They simply provide what the public wants. It's like the people who buy stolen merchandise-if nobody would buy it, the thieves would not have any one to sell it to and would not steal. Just another example of Supply and demand.Now, how someone came to the conclusion that she was tired only because she was working I don't know. If she did not rest the night before that is her fault. Was she at a party? Did she have some family issue that she was stressed about that did not let her rest? No one really knows with all the sketchy details.  Yes, I know, It is an accident. It was unintentional. That is why it is called an accident. But you still have to accept responsibility for you actions. The right thing to do is to not be driving if you are tired. All this is one big assumption without all the facts.  Sensationalism is present in the story,and not just here, but in all the other media outlets which ran the story. Which is why I don't believe everything I read. That would be irresponsible of me. I do not go out and shop for anything on T-day or Christmas New years, Easter Veterans day, Memorial day, Labor day. Not even for a pack of gum. I do what I can.

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Paul Equality Leary

She should be lucky she has a job -- doesn't she know there are people that will work for $2.00 an hour? zzz...

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