Yes, I predicted it, but it doesn’t make it any more acceptable. Since when was shopping in affluent America a matter of life and death?
Luckily a pregnant woman and another worker didn’t join the statistics.
At least little Johnny won’t see blood on his Christmas present, eh? But there’s a crowd of people about whom I wonder: how will they look themselves in the mirror this Christmas? Peace on earth, good will to men?
This is one of the seventeen reasons I can’t stand secular Christmas after two decades in retail.
Consumerism is the REAL opiate of the masses.
Let us pray for the dead man’s family and friends. And for the people involved in his death. And the Walmart employees stricken by this senseless death. And for all of us caught up in this awful culture of “God made me to shop”.
This is a Black Friday, indeed.
UPDATE 1: The poor dead man’s name has been released and the health of the pregnant woman and child apparently confirmed in this AP- based report.
UPDATE 2: Here is the complete text of the statement made by Hank Mullany, Senior Vice President and President, Northeast Divsion, Walmart US, on Friday, November 28, 2008: “We expected a large crowd this morning and added additional internal security, additional third party security, additional store associates, and we worked closely with Nassau County Police. We also erected barricades. Despite all our precautions, this unfortunate incident occurred. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. We are continuing to work closely with local law enforcement and we are reaching out to those involved.”
UPDATE 3:The sister of Jdimytai Damour has filed wrongful death lawsuits against Walmart, the Green Acres Mall, and the Nassau County Police Department. Is anyone surprised?