Sunday, November 30, 2008

Blackest of Fridays

I didn't really read this story until yesterday evening, and now I'm feeling something between depressed and infuriated.  One of the worst parts is in bold:
New York police are reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify shoppers who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after they ripped off doors and burst into the store in pursuit of reduced items.

Police say the shoppers physically broke down the doors, to get inside the store yesterday at around 5am yesterday.

Jdimytai Damour, 34, of Queens died during a stampede of around 2,000 shoppers at the store in Valley Stream, Long Island.

Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue him.

The customers stepped over the dead man and became angry when told the store would be closing because of his death.

Police say a pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation.

Wal-Mart said the incident was 'unfortunate'.

Vice president for the Northeast, said in a statement. "Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families."

In another incident two people were shot dead inside a Toys "R" Us in California. Shoppers at the store in Palm Desert ran for cover as two men shot and killed each other.

Shoppers around the United States line up early outside stores in the annual bargain-hunting day known as Black Friday.

It is known as this as it is usually a time when stores break into profitability for the year.


Anonymous said...

I know. That sickens me. Did you also hear about the 2 men who shot and killed each other in a Toys R Us. Merry Christmas, right?

I never participate in the Black Friday madness. It's just ridiculous. Unfortunately, since I work part time at a retailer, I worked that morning at the mall. It was INSANE. Parking was crazy, people were rude and pushy.

REALLY? There is NO sale good enough for me to drag myself out of bed at an ungodly hour (or stand in line the night before, even more ridiculous), battle rude people, and risk getting run over.

Question: What has our consumerist society become? Answer: Even MORE consumer driven.

Sad. Just sad.

Jeff Nelson said...

Greg at The Parish provides a sad-yet-true commentary on this as well: "Somehow, I don't foresee anyone being punished over this, except Wal-Mart. They will certainly be sued, and the fans of Christmas, rushing to get Kendall a talking marmoset or Joshua a new cellphone, will walk away with barely a blight on their conscience."

Unknown said...

I've been weighing this story against the violence in Mumbai, the one a horror of great planning and determination, the other a moment's carelessness and inhumanity, both beyond comprehension.

Reverend Shawn said...

Wal-Mart ... Toys'R'Us ... Mumbai ... Thailand ... Afghanistan ... Iraq ... and in Oshawa Ontario a mom, a dad and two children were stabbed at a birthday party - mom is dead and the boys fight for thier lives ...

The litany of horrors that envelope humanity is too long to even consider ... the destruction of the innocent and of innocence is appalling ...

I weep for humanity's ability to be so insensitive and cruel to itself ... maybe one day we'll learn !!

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart will take the heat because it's a large target with lots of money, but if you have ever worked retail during the holiday season it sucks the life right out of you. People have no regard for anyone but themselves and Friday morning was the epitome of senselessness. Retailers can stop this mess by putting all of the sales on-line and not opening up the website for sales until 5 AM. They can still limit the numbers of each item available. And if the site crashes due to the number it's better than someone getting killed.