The Last TV?

Who would believe that a man going 6-5 and 255 pounds could be trampled?

Who thought rabid shoppers would cause the death?

It was an extreme example of scarcity in action. A limited amount of stock…a crowd revved up by aggressive advertising and pricing…made more volatile by the cold and little sleep…elements ripe for a disaster. Disaster came.

It was a terrible morning – shoppers stepping over…and on another human being for low prices.

It was a conscious decision that people made individually and as a group: A decision to act on scarcity – even at the cost of a life.

What would you have done in the same situation? Really?


1 Response to “The Last TV?”

  1. December 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Honestly? Stay home. No “sale” is worth this loss. I found this to be (so far) the single most disturbing event of what used to be the most cherished of all seasons and now is reduced to such incredibly hollow behavior. Another thing I saw recently was a car commercial (Lexus I think) showing a flashback of a spoiled little girl getting a pony for Christmas (with a gratuitous ‘in your face’ directed at her next door firend,) only to flash forward to the present showing her receieving her shiny new lexus for Christmas. Oh, please. Are we really to believe that a Lexus can bring untold levels of happiness? Only to the most shallow and vain, I suppose. Botom line, this world is starting to get what it deserves, and that makes me sad.

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