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« on: November 28, 2008, 04:49:18 PM »

On the Prayer Forum, SolEX01 posted this link to a news article on Yahoo news:
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I've been seeing a lot of talk here about how this incident is a tragic display of the greed and materialism run amok both at Wal-Mart and as a more general part of the consumerism of the Xmas shopping season.  So what are your thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 04:58:54 PM »

It is a sad commentary on how important material things are.  I never go shopping on the weekend after Thanksgiving, not even for groceries, because people seeking the "best deals" are rude, pushy and obnoxious.  That the need/desire to save a few extra dollars has led to injury and death is sad, but not surprising to me at all.

I hope that whatever those people wanted to buy and the money they saved was worth that man's life.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 05:04:21 PM »

I don't understand how people can act like that. When I read in a news story words like "broke down the doors" and "leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion" I don't know what to think. Except to say, again, how can people act like that? "Witnesses said that even as the worker lay on the ground, shoppers streamed into the store, stepping over him." Again! What is with people? I'm not free from a materialistic streak, with mine being towards books and the like. But to act like these people did...
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 05:33:07 PM »

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Shoppers around the country line up early outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving in the annual bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday. It got that name because it has historically been the day when stores broke into profitability for the full year.

Funny, I thought this day was called Black Friday for other reasons, some of which were sadly put on display today.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 08:57:23 PM »

Asteriktos, I know! I was ashamed when I read that! The Walmart worker who described these people as "savages" was right, because they put materials over the welfare of a human being. Cry
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 09:39:22 PM »

Lord, have mercy on that poor shop assistant and his family. Just imagine a loved one going to work in the morning; to a job that should be without risk, and then one learns that he has been killed by a barbaric hoard of shoppers!!

And that's such an appropriate verse, George.

I was shocked to read that a heavily pregnant woman had made herself and her unborn child vulnerable by placing herself in this melee. But I don't need to ask what is wrong with people, I know we are a very strange bunch. I always steer clear of this kind of frenetic sale. I'm of the opinion, that if I can't afford to buy something in a calm and civilised setting, I simply don't need it. Which is probably a lot of the time, anyway Sad Lord, have mercy!
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2008, 03:54:41 AM »

Well, someone already beat me to the punch about the 2 men killing each other in a SoCal Toys'R'Us.  Desperate times are bringing out the worst in people especially during the holidays.
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 04:41:37 AM »

Yep, I almost got run over in a crosswalk--I was there legally and had the right of way--because someone wanted to make a left turn so badly he passed the driver in front of him, who was waiting for me to cross the street.  This during the holiday shopping season. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 11:38:48 AM »

This is indeed a tragedy but this is only par for the course.  Here is other footage about a horde of people scrambling and fighting to get the last X-Box 360 console. It's a mad, mad world!

http://www.wavw.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=244038&article=4651903
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2008, 11:41:39 AM »

Well, someone already beat me to the punch about the 2 men killing each other in a SoCal Toys'R'Us.  Desperate times are bringing out the worst in people especially during the holidays.

To me, the reports on the shooting in California don't sound like they were shopping related.  I think if those four people had met up at a grocery store or a bank or a public library the outcome would have been the same.  I wonder if it isn't gang related.  Not that that makes it any better, of course.
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2008, 08:24:24 PM »

This is indeed a tragedy but this is only par for the course.  Here is other footage about a horde of people scrambling and fighting to get the last X-Box 360 console. It's a mad, mad world!

http://www.wavw.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=244038&article=4651903
What would really be funny is if the last X-Box 360 console got broken beyond repair as a result of the fight.  "Heh, heh!  Ain't NONE of you gettin' it!" laugh
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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2008, 08:30:45 PM »

This is indeed a tragedy but this is only par for the course.  Here is other footage about a horde of people scrambling and fighting to get the last X-Box 360 console. It's a mad, mad world!

http://www.wavw.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=244038&article=4651903
What would really be funny is if the last X-Box 360 console got broken beyond repair as a result of the fight.  "Heh, heh!  Ain't NONE of you gettin' it!" laugh

Well, there is a one in four chance that XBOX will fail anyhow.
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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2008, 11:19:53 PM »

I wonder if the man who was trampled was the breadwinner for his family... Angry
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2008, 11:36:29 PM »

Terrible. A poor guy lost his life because of someone else's greed.
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2008, 07:11:45 AM »

Well, someone already beat me to the punch about the 2 men killing each other in a SoCal Toys'R'Us.  Desperate times are bringing out the worst in people especially during the holidays.

To me, the reports on the shooting in California don't sound like they were shopping related.  I think if those four people had met up at a grocery store or a bank or a public library the outcome would have been the same.  I wonder if it isn't gang related.  Not that that makes it any better, of course.
That was my take on it, too. What really amazes me, though, is that even after the shooting, there were people still trying to buy things rather than fleeing for safety. I've never been to a Black Friday, but from what I've heard, it seems everyone loses their minds. My mother-in-law went to Walmart last Friday at opening, and she said she'll never go out on Black Friday again.
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2008, 08:57:55 AM »

Terrible. A poor guy lost his life because of someone else's greed.

Jesus did the same
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2008, 05:01:57 PM »

Lawyer: Family of Trampled Worker Sues Wal-Mart Over Death
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2008, 05:19:08 PM »

Good. They should.
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2008, 11:34:59 PM »

Jesus did the same

Yes. You are so right.

Exactly! They have all reasons to win.
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2008, 11:10:54 AM »

I somehow doubt the Walmart haters will be on the jury.
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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2008, 12:39:29 PM »

I somehow doubt the Walmart haters will be on the jury.

Jurors aren't supposed to be WalMart haters or Walmart lovers. They,re supposed to consider the evidence presented and base thier verdict on that, not thier feelings for Wal Mart.
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2008, 12:51:39 PM »

I somehow doubt the Walmart haters will be on the jury.

Jurors aren't supposed to be WalMart haters or Walmart lovers. They,re supposed to consider the evidence presented and base thier verdict on that, not thier feelings for Wal Mart.

Apparently you are unaware that Walmart-bashing is sport here.  Wink
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