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

No, I'm saying that if Emmit Till had been killed in a bar brawl or by a serial killer there wouldn't have been such an outpouring of angst during the civil rights movement! Emmit wasn't killed because of racism. He was killed by a mob that lost it minded.... This something that, tragically, occurs with some frequency, as people who paid attention in high school history can tell you. Hell, people get killed in bar brawls and street fights and etc. It's just a psychological/sociological phenomenon unrelated to any direct systemic/social/societal cause that could be addressed! $ Bad exploitative Martin Luther King Jr. for taking advantage of that poor boy's death!

Anonymous

No, I'm saying that if Emmit Till had been killed in a bar brawl or by a serial killer there wouldn't have been such an outpouring of angst during the civil rights movement! Emmit wasn't killed because of racism. He was killed by a mob that lost it minded.... This something that, tragically, occurs with some frequency, as people who paid attention in high school history can tell you. Hell, people get killed in bar brawls and street fights and etc. It's just a psychological/sociological phenomenon unrelated to any direct systemic/social/societal cause that could be addressed! $ Bad exploitative Martin Luther King Jr. for taking advantage of that poor boy's death!

Anonymous

This Black Friday shopping crusade is nothing but hype from local retailers. I read an article in my newspaper how one woman was preparing all year long to shop on Black Friday. She talked about losing weight and knowing the layout of the store so she could get better deals. When are people going to realize that shopping will never fill that void in their lives. Shop less and give more!

Anonymous

This Black Friday shopping crusade is nothing but hype from local retailers. I read an article in my newspaper how one woman was preparing all year long to shop on Black Friday. She talked about losing weight and knowing the layout of the store so she could get better deals. When are people going to realize that shopping will never fill that void in their lives. Shop less and give more!

artoor2002

Disgusting. This is a sign of the times when employees are being murdered by crazed shoppers trying to purchase a DVD player. I am also sure that since that particular store closed down because of the incident, WalMart was horrified that it lost the profit that it could've gained from that Death Friday. I surely hope this incident instills fear in consumers considering going to department stores on Death Friday. Let us hope. Black Friday is now Death Friday Artoor

artoor2002

Disgusting. This is a sign of the times when employees are being murdered by crazed shoppers trying to purchase a DVD player. I am also sure that since that particular store closed down because of the incident, WalMart was horrified that it lost the profit that it could've gained from that Death Friday. I surely hope this incident instills fear in consumers considering going to department stores on Death Friday. Let us hope. Black Friday is now Death Friday Artoor

5and6

The saddest part of all of this, I believe, is the fact that the NY Times largely glazed over the causes most responsible for Jdimytai's death, namely, insatiable materialistic greed and corporate America's propagation of that very same greed. The blame should be far less on Wal-Mart's "lack of security." What kind of devolved neanderthals break down a glass door to get their hands on the pretty shinys? These people HAVE NO COMPASSION. They have no idea what Christmas is about and they are as heartless (or more so) as any cold-blooded killer. They might as well have collectively shot the man with a gun so that they could have an easier path to their precious idols. This absolutely sickens me.

5and6

The saddest part of all of this, I believe, is the fact that the NY Times largely glazed over the causes most responsible for Jdimytai's death, namely, insatiable materialistic greed and corporate America's propagation of that very same greed. The blame should be far less on Wal-Mart's "lack of security." What kind of devolved neanderthals break down a glass door to get their hands on the pretty shinys? These people HAVE NO COMPASSION. They have no idea what Christmas is about and they are as heartless (or more so) as any cold-blooded killer. They might as well have collectively shot the man with a gun so that they could have an easier path to their precious idols. This absolutely sickens me.

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