Shopping kills

A Wal-Mart employee is trampled to death by insane shoppers on Buy Nothing Day.
The New York Times reports on a Buy Nothing Day tragedy:
A Wal-Mart employee in suburban New York died after being trampled by a crush of shoppers who tore down the front doors and thronged into the store early Friday morning...The 34-year-old employee, who was not identified, was knocked down by a crowd that broke down the doors of the Wal-Mart at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y., and surged into the store. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 6 a.m.
One shopper, Kimberly Cribbs, said she was standing near the back of the crowd at around 5 a.m. on Friday when people started pulling the doors from their hinges and rushing into the store. She said several people were knocked to the ground, and parents had to grab their children by the hands to keep them from being caught in the crush.“They were falling all over each other,” she said. “It was terrible.”
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Anonymous

I'm impressed with your omniscient awareness of the causes of this death as well as my motives and future actions. Yawn. But I (and others here) do think this death is directly related to the aggressive consumption frenzy of Black Friday. The treatment of Wal-Mart employees is EXACTLY the kind of issue I think Adbusters is about. That's why I read it. $ Any stubborn or omniscient asshole could make your fuzzy argument about MLK too by insisting that his intentions weren't really altruistic enough or that his actions weren't sufficiently related to the suffering or that his examples of hate crime were isolated acts and not systematic. With your thinking MLK remains an exploiter. $ Let me help you: If you want to actually engage and perhaps persuade anyone here, then you'll have to actually establish the priors you're arguing from, which no one here shares. Either prove to us that mega consumption is good for the planet or that this trampling death would have still occurred if no one had gone shopping that day. $

Anonymous

I'm impressed with your omniscient awareness of the causes of this death as well as my motives and future actions. Yawn. But I (and others here) do think this death is directly related to the aggressive consumption frenzy of Black Friday. The treatment of Wal-Mart employees is EXACTLY the kind of issue I think Adbusters is about. That's why I read it. $ Any stubborn or omniscient asshole could make your fuzzy argument about MLK too by insisting that his intentions weren't really altruistic enough or that his actions weren't sufficiently related to the suffering or that his examples of hate crime were isolated acts and not systematic. With your thinking MLK remains an exploiter. $ Let me help you: If you want to actually engage and perhaps persuade anyone here, then you'll have to actually establish the priors you're arguing from, which no one here shares. Either prove to us that mega consumption is good for the planet or that this trampling death would have still occurred if no one had gone shopping that day. $

A Human being

Why, you are either as thoughtless as a .... I am struggling to find an epithet, pardon me. Or your job is to confuse sane people. You have failed on every occasion here. Why bother any longer unless you get paid for doing it? Try your spoof tactics on CNN and leave for corporate sake this web-site. We are real, you can't fake it, you either have it or you don't. There are no "swaying states" here. We are no "electorate" in need of persuasion.We are determined out of deep moral conviction, it is not some fashion. It is fate. Am I clear enough?Leave. Get out please

A Human being

Why, you are either as thoughtless as a .... I am struggling to find an epithet, pardon me. Or your job is to confuse sane people. You have failed on every occasion here. Why bother any longer unless you get paid for doing it? Try your spoof tactics on CNN and leave for corporate sake this web-site. We are real, you can't fake it, you either have it or you don't. There are no "swaying states" here. We are no "electorate" in need of persuasion.We are determined out of deep moral conviction, it is not some fashion. It is fate. Am I clear enough?Leave. Get out please

MegO

I think your wording is a bit skewed and I don't understand how you come to the conclusion that anyone on the Adbusters side of things is EXPLOITING anyone's death. (Not that I've read anyway.) "The exploitation of this person’s death is even worse because we all know that this site and its readership would never condemn or even mention a death caused by doing something this site and its readership likes or being killed by individuals doing something approved by Kalle" "Something this site and its readership likes"? "Approved by Kalle"? Huh?? You mean trampling a person while in a shopping frenzy? Killing someone during the holiday season?! I really don't get what you are suggesting. I think most are in agreement that this is certainly a terrible, unbelievable, gruesome tragedy. Especially to think that anyone's death was caused in relation to bargain-hunting at a Wal-Mart!! I can't wrap my mind around imagining what that person's family could be going through after this! I should hope that it no longer takes being an avid Adbusters reader to consider that MAYBE there is something really out of control as far as what has become of our "holiday traditions". I doubt that any humane, educated person sees this as anything funny, or as setting some necessary example for the benefit of Adbusters and its message. (Is that what you meant? I can only guess.) I only hope that this sad, and disturbing event is something that might make any person stop, and reconsider their own values.

MegO

I think your wording is a bit skewed and I don't understand how you come to the conclusion that anyone on the Adbusters side of things is EXPLOITING anyone's death. (Not that I've read anyway.) "The exploitation of this person’s death is even worse because we all know that this site and its readership would never condemn or even mention a death caused by doing something this site and its readership likes or being killed by individuals doing something approved by Kalle" "Something this site and its readership likes"? "Approved by Kalle"? Huh?? You mean trampling a person while in a shopping frenzy? Killing someone during the holiday season?! I really don't get what you are suggesting. I think most are in agreement that this is certainly a terrible, unbelievable, gruesome tragedy. Especially to think that anyone's death was caused in relation to bargain-hunting at a Wal-Mart!! I can't wrap my mind around imagining what that person's family could be going through after this! I should hope that it no longer takes being an avid Adbusters reader to consider that MAYBE there is something really out of control as far as what has become of our "holiday traditions". I doubt that any humane, educated person sees this as anything funny, or as setting some necessary example for the benefit of Adbusters and its message. (Is that what you meant? I can only guess.) I only hope that this sad, and disturbing event is something that might make any person stop, and reconsider their own values.

I am so Wise

"Something this site and its readership likes”? “Approved by Kalle”? Huh?? You mean trampling a person while in a shopping frenzy? " No, I am saying if this guy had been trampled by a crowd say during a Reclaim the Streets party or the Battle of Seattle, there wouldn't such an outpouring of angst. He wasn't killed because of shopping. He was killed by a mob that lost it minded and stampeded. This something that, tragically, occurs with some frequency, as people who paid attention in high school history can tell you. Hell, people have been trampled while attending soccer games(http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-12-syria-football_x.htm), legitimate theater (http://iamsowise.blogspot.com/2008/08/stampede-at-front-street-theater.html), and participating in political rallies (http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2006/09/12/yemen-stampede.html).

I am so Wise

"Something this site and its readership likes”? “Approved by Kalle”? Huh?? You mean trampling a person while in a shopping frenzy? " No, I am saying if this guy had been trampled by a crowd say during a Reclaim the Streets party or the Battle of Seattle, there wouldn't such an outpouring of angst. He wasn't killed because of shopping. He was killed by a mob that lost it minded and stampeded. This something that, tragically, occurs with some frequency, as people who paid attention in high school history can tell you. Hell, people have been trampled while attending soccer games(http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-03-12-syria-football_x.htm), legitimate theater (http://iamsowise.blogspot.com/2008/08/stampede-at-front-street-theater.html), and participating in political rallies (http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2006/09/12/yemen-stampede.html).

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