Florida resident Patrick Donovan, 53, died over $393 in Wal-Mart merchandise, lying face down in the giant retailer’s parking lot last week. The media reported the exact amount of Wal-Mart goods Donovan had allegedly shop-lifted—so we can quantify the value of this man’s life.
In a reversal of the death of a 34 year old Wal-Mart worker last week under the feet of aggressive Wal-Mart shoppers, Donovan’s death in South Carolina—three days after the Long Island incident—was at the hands of three Wal-Mart workers, who wrestled the alleged shoplifter to the ground, where the man died.
The Wal-Mart workers and one bystander held Donovan down, while one leaned on his back and another held down his arms and head. The police report says they told Donovan to stop fighting, and asked witnesses to call 911. By the time Donovan had stopped struggling, he had died.
“There will be no charges pressed,” a spokeswoman for the city of North Myrtle Beach told the Sun News. Authorities said results from an autopsy in the case could take “a few months.” In the meantime, officials simply concluded, “There is no criminal act.” In the words of the County Coroner’s office, “As far as I am concerned there is no case here.” The family of Patrick Donovan is likely to conclude otherwise, and their lawyer might like to review the court records of one Stacy Driver.
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