Friday, November 28, 2008

'Tis the Season

The season for peace, love, and charity opens in earnest with two incidents:

In the first, a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in a rush of thousands of early morning shoppers as he and other employees attempted to unlock the doors of a Long Island, New York, store at 5 a.m., police said.
Trampled. To death. Because things are discounted at the goddamn Wal-Mart and that temp wasn't unlocking the door quite fast enough.
In the second violent incident on what is historically one of the year's busiest shopping days, two men were shot dead in a Toys "R" Us in Palm Desert, California, after they argued in the store, police said.
Shot dead, they were, because tempers flared amid the meretricious trash stacked on shelves at a Toys R Us. I wonder. Was the shooting accomplished with firearms sold there at the Toys R Us, or with guns brought by holiday shoppers?

Either answer and both incidents give fresh reasons for despair at the state of our species in the state in which it currently inhabits the North American land mass.


Mike said...

I suppose the bright side of the Toys R Us incident is those two idiots will no longer be consuming natural resources that can now be put to better use.

The desperation of those people at Wal-Mart for cheap crap mystifies me. I like a bargain as much as almost anyone, but if I have to risk committing involuntary manslaughter at 5am in order to get it, I'll do without.

Those early moring sales are completely unnecessary. It would be nice if Wal-mart or any of the big stores would just say "go find what you can at the other stores,then come here at a decent hour."

Aimée said...

The Wal-Mart incident makes me think of your previous post about the stampede in India – give or take 143 people – but isn’t the underlying principle the same? Given the outcome, what’s the difference between whispering the word “bomb” or the word “sale”. Sad.