Today is Black Friday, probably the closest this country comes to a nation wide consumerism-orgy, all in an effort to find the best deal on stuff that more than likely was produced in China. There are always stories of local police having to tame rowdy crowds (usually at a Walmart), but for the most part no one gets hurt. That is, until this morning. While perusing the intertron, I happened across this story of a person who was trampled to death at a Walmart in Long Island after the crowd became impatient in their quest for cheap goods. One witness said:
"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling 'I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping".
I don't even know where to start. In addition to this guy being killed, several other people where sent to the hospital due to injuries, including a woman who is eight months pregnant. To say that anyone who was involved in this incident should be ashamed of themselves does not even begin to speak to the depravity of people who would put $10 off a toaster above another person's life. All of the people who contributed to this absolute failure of civility should be lined up in front of that store and shot. While that sort of punishment might be considered harsh, those people forfeited their right to due process when they decided to break down a metal door just so they could get a good deal on more stuff they do not need.