Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mad Holiday Rush Proves Maddening

I couldn't believe when I read yesterday's headline on CNN.com: 'Walmart Worker dies in Rush'. The headline alone evoked enough of a visual that I didn't need to read on to guess what the rest of the story would say. I could already see the massive mob of holiday shoppers growing bigger and bigger while growing less and less patient as the countdown to their holiday savings loomed ever closer. I could see the grim determination, the gleam in the eyes, and maybe even a set squint that clearly read 'stay the eff out of my way or else'.

Was it these tough economic times that made this mob so desperate for the savings? Maybe. Was it the thrill of the hunt cloaked under the guise of a family holiday shopping tradition? Perhaps. Or was it just the fact that every year retailers across America grow more and more over-zealous to make their numbers by the end of 'Black Friday', that they would stop at nothing to get buyers in the door. Without any thoughts of safety and security. Even for an out-of-control mob of 2000 that literally takes the hinges off the doors and bum rushes a handful of employees and fellow mobsters. I mean, how does it get to the point where people are so driven by the 'eye on the prize mentality' that they don't even notice bodies at and under their own feet?

What the fug people?!? Where are we at, as a 'civilized' society, that would allow this to happen? It's sad and it's maddening all at once. Who's to blame? Apparently officials are looking at video footage to identify the faces of some of the hundreds of individuals who may have contributed to the trampling death, but really, are they the ones to blame? Can we point the finger at the corporate giants who prey and count on the disparity and single-mindedness of said civilized society? Who can we blame for the avoidable and inexcusable death of 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour? My opinion? Everyone. It's all our fault.

5 comments:

Rob said...

I think blame in this instance is irrelevant and meaningless. When something like this happens, it's a sign that we must change our mentality and start taking an interest in the well-being of others. We can change from a "me, first" society to a "me first, but never at the expense of another's dignity and well-being" society.

It's a tall order, and may be too intellectual of an effort for America as a collective being. That doesn't mean everyone can't try, though.

Schovillova said...

Eloquently put as always Rob. A good and realistic place to start instilling those values is with our young. Tell Cooper to start taking notes now!

Anonymous said...

My jury is still out on this one. I want to see the autopsy report. NYNews said he died of a heart attack. Why would any healthy 34 year old have a heart attack? Don't get me wrong. I abhor the mob mentality and think every single person involved should take a good hard look at themselves. The problem with a crowd that big is that the newcomers push from the back and the ones in front have to keep moving or be trampled themselves so it's not so dimple to assign blame. As an experienced "Black Friday" shopper I can tell you there is a right way and a wrong way to control your store and Walmart's version opens them up for at least a negligence suit.
P.S. Does anyone else think it's really sad that funeral arrangements haven't been made but the family has already retained a lawyer?

Anonymous said...

Oops...simple, not dimple...don't type while eating...hehe
-Critter

Eric said...

I too found this sad and disturbing. I just finished watching a documentary called "WalMart: The High Cost of Low Prices." I don't want to place all the blame on WalMart, however some of their policies and tactics are pretty reprehensible.