Five years later, the U.S. Department of Labor is reminding retailers about the incident.
The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent letters to retailers earlier this month encouraging them to take proper safety precautions and review crowd management strategies to prevent workplace injuries and deaths this Black Friday.
"The busy shopping season should not put retail workers at risk of being injured or killed," assistant labor secretary David Michaels said in a press release.
Read that quote again.
Now ask yourself: How bad have we become as a society that the federal government has to go out of its way to make sure we don't kill people when we go shopping?
Yes, holiday shopping season is stressful. And when the Black Friday deals are great it can be easy to get caught up in the frenzy of large crowds. And sure, Damour's case was an isolated incident.
But when was the last time someone bumped you out of the way as they made their way to their next bargain? It's the same attitude, just a much less severe effect.
Pope Francis lamented this attitude in a message to Catholic leaders earlier this week.
"The great danger in today's world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience," the Pope said.
"Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others," he said. "That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life."
The holidays are a joyous season in which we give to others. Let's do our best to make sure, this year, our giving does not come at others' expense.