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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Get a life, people!

Okay, this is my second Wal-Mart diatribe of the day, prompted by this article:

A mob of shoppers rushing for a sale on DVD players trampled the first woman in line and knocked her unconscious as they scrambled for the shelves at a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Patricia VanLester had her eye on a $29 DVD player, but when the siren blared at 6 a.m. Friday announcing the start to the post-Thanksgiving sale, the 41-year-old was knocked to the ground by the frenzy of shoppers behind her.

"She got pushed down, and they walked over her like a herd of elephants," said VanLester's sister, Linda Ellzey. "I told them, 'Stop stepping on my sister! She's on the ground!"' Ellzey said some shoppers tried to help VanLester, and one employee helped Ellzey reach her sister, but most people just continued their rush for deals.

"All they cared about was a stupid DVD player," she said Saturday.

Yeah? What the heck were you and your sister doing there, Ms. Ellzey? By shopping at Wal-Mart, you were helping it to trample its own workers, downtowns, sweatshop workers, and every other retail store in the country. Still, people are willing to line up at 5 am and trample other customers, just to feed the beast. Learn more about the Beast of Bentonville at Wal-Mart Watch.