NEW YORK – A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday when "out-of-control" shoppers desperate for bargains broke down the doors at a 5 a.m. sale. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said. At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.
But they re-opened - which is the important part. I'm guessing that the shoppers who were kicked out during the death investigation were really pissed.
In California, two people were killed in a shooting at a Toys 'R' Us in Palm Desert, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The shooting occurred about 11:36 a.m. (2:36 p.m. ET), authorities said. Police did not release the victims' ages or gender.
From coast to coast, anxious and stupid consumers decided that killing someone in the name of a holiday bargain was worth it. People lack the ability to step back and look at themselves. If they could, they would see the nonsense they create in the name of ... something. I don't know what, exactly. A cheap computer, video game or big-screen television is somehow worth the 4 hours of lost sleep and [no kidding] the lost life and shooting of another person because somebody might get at a discounted product before them. And it isn't just this year. These stories are repeated year after year.
It's part of the Bible, I think. Let no one have any cheaper gifts before thee. Something like that.
So, go ahead and teach your kids all about Christmas and what you think it means. What it really means is something much more gruesome. Even if there is no loss of life, the loss of self-respect over standing on line before sunrise to get a video game is no less resentful than shooting someone or trampling a door-opener.
Either way, you have to look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself a question. The trouble is that retailers know that they can prey on consumers who cannot control themselves.
All in the name of retail sales. Any industry that is so weak that it depends on the next 30 days for a large percentage of its profits is a weak industry.
Almost as weak as the people they prey on.