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Old 11-28-2008, 02:27 PM   #1
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Sad and Pathetic

Sad and unfortunate for the worker(s), pathetic describing the people involved:

Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down - Yahoo! News


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Old 11-28-2008, 02:33 PM   #2
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We read that on CNN a little bit ago... it is a shame that someone has to lose their life over the maddness for material things.

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Old 11-28-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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Isn't this story a sad commentary on the times we live in?

I think that store should have closed for the day, the article didn't say if the store closed, but I bet they didn't.

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I havent set foot inside a WM in years. It makes me sad that someone making $7.00/hr died because someone else's greed.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:34 PM   #4
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I had posted a link to this story in the working on Thanksgiving thread....it is insane yet every year a story like this seems to happen... I just don't get it.

This is part of my problem with the whole consumption based culture... especially during the holidays.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:42 PM   #5
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i thought that was a horrible death for a horrible cause, just so sad...
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:53 PM   #6
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I just read about it on another site. Its just terrible how this mob mentality gets people crazy. I used to go out on Black Friday until I saw someone fighting in line at Wal-Mart, and they had police there every BF since. It just really saddens me that it has come to this.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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This story made me sick. We don't get into those kinds of things, but since we just happened to be on the way home from kitchenelf's, and we had $125 in certificates to spend at Best Buy, we went ahead and went there (waited for them to open at 5:00 since we live 20 miles away and didn't want to have to come back later). We weren't after any big-ticket items (we got a can opener, toaster, and some DVDs), but there were a couple hundred people waiting in line there. They handed out tickets for the most popular items, letting people know that there were only about 16 of each available during this event. That way anyone who didn't get a ticket for the thing they wanted knew that they would have to come back later, thus avoiding a rush for the big-ticket items. They let about a fourth of the people go in, then they let the rest in. There were several police officers there, some outside and some in various locations around the store. The store was well prepared--They had sections blocked in such a way that people were able to get around without creating "pile-ups" and they had a few employees directing the very long check-out line. It couldn't have run smoother. Maybe Wal-Mart should follow their example.

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Old 11-28-2008, 03:18 PM   #8
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Very san and pathetic, and not the only one:
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:22 PM   #9
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And didn't something like this happen last year or the year before? On Black Friday or the release of the X-Box or something?

It could be a commentary on the times we live .... if you want to include our times going back to at least half way through the last century.

Wife went to a sale, said it was like the old movies with people storming through the doors, ravishing and rifling through the racks and piles, saw people fighting over things (I saw it first ... but I got to it first).

I use to think those old movies with hoards descending on a store at opening time were somewhat fictional .. The guy yelling 'Look Out, Here They Come" , unlocking the door and jumping out of the way was a Hollywood mechanism ... Not anymore.

Apparently this kind of behavior has been going on for a while.

I think this 'world going down the tubes at an accelerating rate' perception is a resultant of the modern media. Not the seemingly sensationalist nature of todays media, but the ready access to information.

Use to be that things would happen in Seattle that would never be reported in Miami, and in Bangor would never be reported in San Diego. Heck, things could have happened two counties over and it would take weeks to hear about it, if ever.

But now something happens somewhere and they post their buddies on line, who posts to a forum or mail list or blog and suddenly the world knows about it.

I'm not trying to diminish this person losing his life, its that getting trampled isn't anything new.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:24 PM   #10
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The WalMart in question DID close for the day. And while I'm not saying that WalMart couldn't have done more "crowd control", I don't think this is their fault. It's the fault of all the moronic neanderthals who forget they're human beings in their mad holiday quest for the stupid "perfect" gift.

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