Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Crowd Control

The family of the man killed by stampede into Wal-Mart filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart and the shopping center. Could Wal-Mart have prevented the incident? Possibly. Are they responsible for this death legally? I don't think so.

Wal-Mart could find a way to have the doors open mechanically. I have been thinking of ways to do this, but I don't know if the "technology" is available for stores. I don't know of a store, etc that unlocks its door mechanically. So, I don't think it should be required.

Who is responsible for the death? The people that trampled him! Is a good buy that important that you will kill someone for it? I guess there are people out there they do, but I won't. Actually, I haven't gone shopping for anything except groceries since Thanksgiving. I will go out today, but I don't know how much I will buy. I am thinking of doing a lot of my buying online and having it shipped to my parents (where we will be spending Christmas) so I don't have to pack them!

What are your reactions to the stampede?

1 comment:

Marianne said...

Sadly, while I was horrified, it's not that surprising. There's a stupidity that flows into people over Christmas materialism. There was also a shooting at Toys R Us ... because nothing says "I love Jesus" like bring a gun to a toy store.

BUT --- I'm with you, I hope they arrested people. I'm sure there was a great deal of physical evidence. It's not like these poeple were running FROM something. They were running without care into greed. And, that's just sad.

I've been pondering gift-giving at Christmas and how to reflect my values at the same time. It's a difficult compromise.