The day after thanksgiving is one of the best days to land a good deal on something you’ve been waiting to buy, and its taken the role of much of a ritual every year… with thousands of shoppers lining up at 3am at stores to rush in and grab the best deals while there’re still items left.
But its been beginning to go a bit far in recent years – this year there’s already two sad reports coming through – a walmart employee crushed by people rushing into the store, and elsewhere 2 people shot dead at a ToysRUs store over an argument seemingly over a video game console.
According to The New York Times, the mob that gathered outside the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y. rushed the store’s main entrance at 4:55 a.m., knocking the glass doors off their tracks and shattering them. Store employee Jdimytai Damour was knocked to the ground and run over by the mass of shoppers who were later forced to leave the store by police.
Damour, 34, was given emergency treatment at the scene, but pronounced dead at nearby Franklin Hospital Medical Center. Police were in the process of reviewing the store’s security tapes and attempting to identify the individuals involved.
In these parts, while greed for shopping may not cause things like this, the overall air of frustrations are disturbing.
Having observed how commenters on this blog have been evolving over the past two years, pretty much since the Emergency was declared about a year ago there’s been an overwhelming wave of negativity sweeping online environments. A lot of people tell me its just people venting their frustrations at life online, but recently its been getting increasingly violent in their verbiage.
Soemtiems, it almost seems like there are those out there who look at communities like GnW or otherwise people who are seemingly "ok" in current times as a serious threat, that every positive step must be negated and every opportunity must be used to undermine the people trying to run it.
Here’s hoping society wakes up one day with a piece of its sanity back.