Saturday, November 29, 2008

Capitalism gone wild

How far are you willing to go to get a bargain? Are you willing to break into a shop and trample a man to death? Americans are:

A worker died and at least three people were injured after being trampled by a crowd of shoppers at a Wal-Mart in the New York suburbs.

The day after the Thanksgiving holiday is viewed as an important test of how willing consumers are to spend.

Police said a throng of shoppers broke down the doors to the Wal-Mart store in Valley Stream, Long Island shortly after 5am, knocking the 34-year-old worker to the ground.

I've used the phrase "capitalism is red in tooth and claw", but that's supposed to refer to the aggregate social effects. This, OTOH, is simply retail murder.