28 November 2008

Black Friday Wal-Mart stampedes: 'net comments leave little more to be said

Colleen Long, AP: "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."

"Wal-Mart is horrible but the media is at least partially responsible for the hype they continue to create around "Black Friday.""

"This says something about the state of our society and it isn't good."
"I gotta admit, I'm no fan of Wal-Mart, but this could have happened anywhere. Yes, Christianity plus consumerism, plus economic fears, loss of work and incomde, Madison Avenue.... What a great nation. It's like Bush said: "go shopping." Now, can we teach values again? Bake a pie for a family member, go for a walk on the beach with them... Forget the friggin Chinese crap."
"The American economy is based on consumerism--us, buying "stuff" that ends up in landfills. What's wrong with this picture? And how did we come to equate amassing cheap goods with value? Time for introspection about our buying habits!"
"...and they "broke down the doors" to force their way in before the store was open in order to save a few bucks--and to make sure "I" was the one to get whatever "I" wanted before someone else got "it". Imagine what will happen if there are food shortages. You know, if there is a lack of essentials, gas becomes scarce and deliveries are curtailed, that sort of thing. This is just a preview of human nature so we can all see what things would be like if things really get hairy."
"Black Friday-entertainment for the masses. Ave Caesar!"
"Can the asteroid just come and destroy our civilization already. I think we might be ready for extinction at this point."

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