Friday, November 28, 2008
Beware the Terrorist Bargain Shoppers
Sign O' the Times: Surging shoppers kill New York Wal-Mart worker. Imagine how these "consumers" will act when shortages start to appear in the big box stores. Perhaps there should be a new category established for these types -- maybe fundamentalist shoppers? Neocon store invaders? Think about the priorities of the crowds who camped out in tents last night at Best Buy and elsewhere. Do you think they'd be that determined to vote or serve the community or democracy in some way?
Yeah, I am pretty disgusted with this all. That shows people value things more than people.
Posted by: pguy | Nov 28, 2008 12:08:42 PM
It is very sad that the man who was working was killed.
The store's actions created the crowd situation. Not enough thought and planning to control the crowds. By offering things that only a few people can get, the the store is the one who has the most responsibility here. Like any other crowd situation, the ones pushing forward have no way of knowing there is a problem until it is too late.
I went to the Roswell Walmart this morning. The store is open 24 hours so there was no crush at the door. There were long lines to check out. I saw people buying computers and TVs two and three at a time. One lady was in line with 13 DVD players in her arms. I am guessing they plan to resell these.
As for people camping out by stores, they must think they can get some return for their time. People that do not have much money will spend time to save it. I bought clothes for my self and family, two hand blenders for $4 apiece, Two DVDs for 2 bucks apiece. I went to Kmart after and bought more clothes,shoes and blankets. I may not have to buy anymore clothes for a year.
Things are important. I think most early shoppers are trying to save some money. I am not a neocon shopper. Again I say Walmart is responsible for creating the crowd and not doing enough for crowd control.
I do know shopping at Walmart does have consequences. I do not know if I could find what I need outside of big box stores. I think about what kinds of behaviors I am rewarding every time I buy a pair of shoes or get a hamburger.
If one knows how to get out of this situation, that does not involve work, living simply, not wasting resources, mending clothes and planning I will listen.
Posted by: Alfredo | Nov 29, 2008 12:24:27 AM