November 30, 2008

Black Friday Death: Were The Deals Worth It?

I have but one question for the more than 2,000 shoppers in Long Island who trampled a Wal-Mart employee to death on Black Friday: Was it worth it? Get some good deals, did you? How much money did you end up saving, and was it a fair price for this man's death? Was that copy of Rush Hour 2 you picked up for $2 worth it?

According to reporting by Newsday, Nassau police reported that Jdimytai Damour, a seasonal employee of Wal-Mart, was trampled to death "after an impatient crowd broke down the store doors." Among the details released to the media were the following:

  • Hundreds of shoppers "stepped over, around and on the 34-year-old worker as they rushed into the store."
  • Nobody attempted to help Mr. Damour.
  • First responders struggled to reach Damour and were actually "jostled" by the crowd of shoppers.
  • Shoppers asked to leave by crying Wal-Mart employees who witnessed the trampling ignored them and continued shopping.
When I first heard reports of this story from friends, I thought it was merely a bad joke. I figured it must have been something someone pulled off The Onion and was trying to pass off as a real story (yes, I have friends who sometimes forget that The Onion is satirical). But it was real.

If this story isn't a scathing commentary on our "American values," I'm not sure what is. As such, it will receive little attention and quickly be forgotten. Of this, I think we can be quite confident. Personally, I am absolutely disgusted with humanity right now.

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