I would like to take a few moments to express my outrage over this bit of news: a Wal-Mart worker died last Friday, trampled to death by a stampede of shoppers who were out looking for a bargain.
“In a sign of consumer desperation amid a bleak economy, the annual rite of retailing known as Black Friday turned chaotic and deadly, as shoppers scrambled for holiday bargains.
A Wal-Mart worker on Long Island, N.Y., died after being trampled by customers who broke through the doors early Friday, and other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man. At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals.
Fights and injuries occurred elsewhere at other stores operated by Wal-Mart, the nation’s leading discount chain, which is one of the few retailers thriving in the current economy.
Meanwhile, two men at a crowded Toys “R” Us in Palm Desert, Calif., pulled guns and shot each other to death after women with them brawled, witnesses said. The company released a statement late Friday saying the deaths were related to a personal dispute and not Black Friday shopping.”
You can read the complete story here at the Seattle Times.
Words fail to describe the sheer insanity involved here. A man died for the basest of reasons. This is what happens when consumerism is brought to fever-pitch, fueled by the desperation of ordinary people thinking that, with the current economic crisis, this may be their only chance to get what they want for the lowest prices possible. This is what happens when your mental faculties shut down and the only thought left is to grab what you can. This is the child of consumer fear and greed.
The Mumbai killers, evil and deluded as they are, could at least boast of having a cause to back their atrocities.
Jdimytai Damour died so that someone can get their hands on an flat-screen TV.