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.