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Off Topic: What Is Wrong With America

Posted on: November 29, 2008 5:38 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2008 5:39 pm
 
I did my best to keep politics off this blog. One way or another, i have managed to keep this about sports, with every blog I post.
And maybe I can even make this relate to sports.
Yes, I can.
Because greed is what this is about. Selfishness is what this is about. And sports has its share of greed and selfishness.
But ask yourself after reading this news article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/b
usiness/29walmart.html?_r=2
Who are we to say anyone else is selfish and greedy? When we are willing to kill someone to be the first person in line with an item on sale?
This is something that quite honestly shames me to call myself an American.
Folks, we really need to reexamine our priorities because, even though this death is an isolated event. the attitude that led to this death is not. This was not about inadequate security but about a group of shoppers so consumed with their own wants and desires that they transformed themselves into subhumanoids with despicable behavioral tactics and thoughts.
Have we really sunk this low as a society?
Category: General
Tags: Black Friday
 
Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2008 9:51 am
 

Off Topic: What Is Wrong With America

The remote control and Tivo started this country downhill.

You can sit in a chair and dope your senses without having to stir until some bodily function forces you to. It feeds into depression for some people, but for far more, it helps create impatience and a sense that "hey, if I can manipulate my visual pleasure centers this easily, everything in life should be obtainable with about that much effort"

Prisons use TV as a stick and carrot on prisoners- misbehavior gets the TV taken away. Most people can barely function without watching some TV everyday.

Consumer electronics is to blame.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2008 9:25 am
 

Off Topic: What Is Wrong With America

This death was a tragic and terrible incident.this is another example of declining morales in this country,too many people only care about me,(the me generation).How can Wal-Mart or any other company anticipate this kind of behavior ,of course they reopened the store up this is still a business,Those associates Bonuses might depend on the sales on that day.I have been in retail for 30yrs I have seen customers fight over dolls, game systems,Elmos TVS you name it ,it can be dangerous for us associates too.How about a manager  getting punched in the face for refusing a refund,or getting a knife pulled on them.The question is it the companys fault or should people be responsible for their own actions? That .01% don't care about personal responsibility or have any morales or commen sense,try looking at it from our perspective I have been a manager at Wal-Mart for over 15yrs.




Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2008 9:01 am
 

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This senseless tragedy with this associate is truely a example of the declining morales in our country.How can WAL-Mart or any company anticipate such behavior. I have been in retail for over 30 years,I have seen many strange things over the years from shoplifting,people fighting people for a stupid doll or Elmo,Ps 1,2,3 etc.or how about a mgr.getting punched in the face for refusing a refund.No company wants any thing bad to happen to their customers or associates.

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Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2008 2:32 am
 

Off Topic: What Is Wrong With America

"YES" is the answer to your question Rob. Remember the good old days, when we thought "The Jerry Springer Show" and incessive cell phone usage were signaling the end of society?

This incident happened about 10 miles from my home.

What bothered me the most about this whole thing was the absolute scum that call themselves "shoppers" - not ONE of them stopped and helped this poor man. And when other employees tried to assist him, they came a forefinger and thumb away from meeting the same ugly demise. THEY RE-OPENED THE STORE JUST HOURS LATER!

Second on my list of what made me sick this weekend was driving around Long Island and hearing the ads on the radio; voice-over actors portraying morons discussing the "BIG 4:00 A.M. sale at this place", and the "HUGE SAVINGS at that place" inundating you every 2 minutes. I remember the days when all airline ads were pulled from television following a major plane crash; God forbid should stores lose precious dollars on Black Friday and the Thanksgiving weekend by showing a little tact and comapssion - a little class - by pulling a few signs down or opening at a reasonable time.

I'm in full agreement with you Toxin - everyone I talk to says that the stores and malls have to stop with the over-hyped sales and early hours. To me, the blame falls squarely on the animals that practice these yearly rituals, treating shopping like a holiday tradition and holding the value of items on sale in the same esteem they hold their religion or family. These low-lifes would never jump through hoops like this for their own children or spouse - it's not about the item they're buying and for whom. It's about getting the sale price... so they can sit around like pompus asses with their friends bragging about how they were the 11th person through the doors at 4 a.m. and grabbed the next to last "Trample me Elmo" doll.

They chose shopping as a means to prove their own self worth, and they killed an innocent man. I truly hope they all rot in hell.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2008 12:24 am
 

Off Topic: What Is Wrong With America

Unfortunately, this is a common occurance at Wal-Marts on Black Friday.  There are news stories down here in Tampa every year (not sure if anybody ever was killed, although I think I heard something a couple years back), of people fighting, at the very least coming to fisticuffs, and being hauled off to jail.  But I agree with the Toxic one that this is more endemic of society, not Wal-Mart.



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2008 6:17 pm
 

Off Topic: What Is Wrong With America

Rob, there is no shame in being an American. I am proud to be an American. As a country, we do most things right. Keep in mind that, in the wider scope of world history, the United States of America, as an entity, is only 232 years old, or thereabouts. It is easy for other countries to point at us and call us uncultured or crass, but look at what has been accomplished here in what amounts to the blink of an eye in the history of many other parts of the world.

It is not our country that is the problem, it is the behavior of some of the people in our country that is the problem. I agree with you -- when did it become OK to sacrifice a human life to make sure you were in line for a bargain on Black Friday? It is sheer insanity. As I posted on a thread about the Wal-Mart incident, consumerism is a disease, and this is what we get when that disease reaches its end stage.

I don't know what we do to begin to change things to make sure such incidents don't happen. I hope the management at the Wal-Mart store in question have some good film from their security cameras to work with and that they can track down as many of the people involved as possible. They should be charged, prosecuted and, if found guilty, publicly flogged. Maybe THAT would be a good first step.

And Wal-Mart should do everything in their power to make it right for the worker's family. I know if I was that family, a lawsuit would have to be on the table. Though I know that wouldn't bring their loved one back, maybe, just maybe, such an action would force Wal-Mart to change their approach to such an event in the future at that type of store.



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