I am outraged! I heard this on the news before the pre-game yesterday. Apparently, Holiday shoppers trampled a store employee as they stampeded into the store opening hour on Black Friday. Black Friday is notorious for it’s after Thanksgiving sales and many people line up the day before to be one of the first to get in and get the best deals. I have often heard stories about fights over items picked up at the same time, people who pride themselves at beating out the competition to get what they want. Some stores hand out tickets to customers to preserve their order in line and prevent chaos; apparently Walmart was not one of them. I’ve never participated in Black Friday shopping believing the sales just can’t be worth that much to put up with the crowds and such, but I have known people who do it religiously. I’m not suggesting that a little competition isn’t fun, but I think what happened here suggests the nature of the sales and shoppers attitudes about them have taken the event too far.
If I was someone who trampled on the employee to get in and get ‘my deal,’ could I in good conscience look at myself in the mirror (let alone share this with anyone else) and not feel ashamed? ‘Merry Christmas, honey! We got this new DVD because I stampeded over someone to get it!’ Seriously? Can someone actually feel good about themselves saying those words? I mean, ripping clothes out of people’s hands to get the item for yourself…ok, it’s a bit fun to witness, but still, it’s ridiculous. People are out of control…greedy, selfish, and unconscionable. Apparently, other employees were trampled as they tried to save their colleague.
"Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said."
And the kicker to this, when asked to leave because of the incident, shoppers retorted ‘I’ve been in line since yesterday morning’ and kept shopping!
Talk about feeling ‘entitled.’ It takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch, well, it appears we’ve got a few too many. With this attitude, it won’t be long before people start arming themselves to protect their ‘place in line’ or pull rank on items. We won’t be able to go shopping without metal detectors and heavely armed security reinforcement. Is this really the direction we want to go? And if not, because of the stupidity of people like this, will we be forced down that path anyway?
I say, arrest every person who walked through that door that morning that can be identified on the tape, regardless if they pushed the employee down or actually trampled him. They contributed to the chaos. If they weren’t there, there would be one less person in the crowd, which would mean one less person for another person to battle against to get in. Taking that action might begin to highlight the value of a human life…believe it or not, it’s actually worth more than the TV they scored.
To read more, check out the New York Post article. There’s a video of the man getting CPR there. 😦