Saturday, November 29, 2008

What is the price of a life?

Apparently, $798 for a 50" plasma television. At a Wal-Mart on Long Island, New York, prices weren't just rolled back on plasma televisions and digital cameras; life became cheap as well. I can't find the proper words to express how appalled I am at the ignorant fools that you see in the photo at right. Undoubtedly pictured in that crowd are some of the chuckleheads and knuckleheads who were so revved up to get some good day-after-Thanksgiving deals, that they literally tore down the front doors and then trampled a Wal-Mart employee TO DEATH as they all madly rushed into the store. TO DEATH! Excuse me, but you have got to be fucking kidding me. To add to the gruesome ambience, shoppers continued to shop and walk right past the dying man as other store employees worked to save his life, AND the shoppers began complaining when it was announced that the store was being closed because of what had happened.

Have large segments of our country's population become that unfeeling and callous? Is this something new in our nation's history, or has there been some other period I have missed when life was this cheap, and people were this trashy? I truly feel embarrassed for my country that something like this could happen. What a wonderful way to kick off the celebration of the arrival of Jesus Christ.

Good Day to You, Sir

6 comments:

Darren said...

But it was a *really* good price for a tv.

Duh.

Don, American said...

We may have officially embarked on the Century of Greed. "No deal; I want TWO million dollars."

Law and Order Teacher said...

I was additionally appalled at the bottom-feeding union that tried to score points by condemning Wal-Mart for not being unionized. Cashing-in on a family's misery is about as low as it gets. It proves my contention that unions are out propagate themselves not protect workers. I posted the article with the quotes by the union flotsam.

Polski3 said...

Take a look around your classroom. I know I have children who appear to have no sense of anything being important except for whatever it is they want at that moment......

Did you see the report (in today's newspapers?) than one in five young people have some sort of mental disorder? Scary.

I echo the feelings about how pathetic and sad THIS event was. Oh, and in today's news, Walmart admitted that their employees do not get much "crowd control" training. I wonder if it would have mattered, with the animals involved?

Another reason to shop online.

Darren said...

Do union employees get training in crowd control?

nebraska girl said...

I saw an article at Slate that called for a ban on Black Friday....because it was the sales that caused the death, not the lack of civility in society today. It's not like we can expect people to be responsible for their own actions you know.