That's pretty sad.
That's pretty sad.
You can't even stay concious while shopping.
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Last edited by dewet; 11-29-2003 at 04:03 PM.
I would hope after that horrific experience Walmart would give the poor women the DVD player for free!
People are nuts.
Reason #1 why I don't go out the day after Thanksgiving. I would rather miss a sale and keep my sanity.
Lad, just what I was thinking, give her a DVD player, shoot, she deserves a whole entertainment system.......bah humbug
Yesopen.........by the way, welcome to GS...........42
They offered to put a DVD player on hold for her??? Yeah, that and a $10,000,000 settlement once some lawyer reads this story.
I never shop the day after Thanksgiving for this reason. Four years ago, I too was at Wal-marts near where I live and saw the surge of shoppers knock an elderly woman to the ground and trample her to get to a TV special. I was too far away to get thru the crowd and help. It sickened me that everyone just kept pushing through while that bit of humanity lay helpless on the cold hard floor and couldn't move. I saw this as if in slow motion and wondered what have we become? Have we become so hardened? Is it just the thrill of being the first one to get the best deal just to say, "Look what I got?" just like a bunch of grade school children on the playground. Did we all stand outside in the cold for hours talking to those around us, waiting to get inside to the big sale, just to dump on one another when it really counted?
This year my teenage son wanted to go and see what the opening day of the shopping season was all about. So, he set his clock and got up at 5:00 am and drove to town to brave the cold and the crowds just to be apart of it all. He came home safely thank god only to inform me that he would never do that again. He said people turn into animals. He couldn't believe what he saw out there.
I think we need to be less materialistic and more maternalistic. In the end its not what you got but how you felt that counts. When you give to someone it warms your heart and blesses you as well as the person who recieved the gift. We all need to become givers. Givers of love, time and compassion, forgiveness. Givers of hope. How can we teach the next generation when this is the kinds of examples they see?
The check out lady at Wal-Mart told my Mother and I about this today! How terrible! She told us that the lady was seriously injured. She certainly should get a DVD player and much more.
I'm glad I hate shopping. When I saw those huge crowds on TV, waiting for stores to open, I couldn't believe my eyes. No sale could make me do that.
As for the woman, Wal-mart "put the DVD player on hold for her"? Give me a break! She should sue them. She has every right to do so. They wanted people stampede their stores and they got it.
It's not Wal-Mart's fault. It's the fault of all those sickening shoppers who believe themselves to be human beings. What a horrifying lack of values. Is this what the holidays have become? I wonder how the people who continued to shop over this poor woman's body described the event to their friends and family. Were they even the slightest bit embarrassed over their behavior? Were they amused? Honestly, the whole story makes me sick.
I'm so glad that I don't have any of the holiday pressure so many people face. We celebrate Chanukkah, but my husband is from Israel, where this holiday is NOT a gift-giving event. We generally buy one "toy" for the family, something we will all enjoy and we get some things for our daughter, but the whole thing is very low key. We take her shopping for some things she's interested in rather than a big "TA DA" presentation, and my relatives send her some clothes and a few goodies. For the past few years she has purchased a gift with her own money for needy kids, and we talk about what it means to be in need. She's only 9, but I do my best to get the lesson across. She's kind and empathetic and it hurts her that there are those who have so little.
I love the actual traditions of the holiday: lighting candles, playing dreidel, making latkes (potato pancakes), getting together with friends for food and conversation.
Last edited by RealtorGal; 11-30-2003 at 03:29 AM.
Rgal, what lovely traditions and values you have instilled in your daughter.......
I've never been in a "bone-crushing" mob before, but I've talked to people who have......I have a sickening feeling that the people who did the "tromping" were pushed from behind and had no control of the momentum.....no excuse, however, for not stopping and trying to help......42
Actually, I think Wal Mart shares in the responsibility. They KNOW the kind of crowds they will be getting at such a sale, from past after Thanksgiving sales, and they KNOW how people respond to 'great deals', ie: they are only out for themselves! I think Wal Mart shares a big responsibility in this woman's injuries, and owes her much more than the DVD player!!!!! Poor crowd control, lack of employees directing traffic, etc...definitely poor planning on Wal Mart's part.
I also avoid these post Thanksgiving sales. When people go wait at Toys R Us at 3 am, I know they are braver and of much more stronger stuff than I!
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