In war there is the phrase, “acceptable losses”. In the economic war of our current recession it seems that for Walmart the injuries and death at their Black Friday Chaos Race falls under the guise of “acceptable losses” in the name of remaining #1.
Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter said in USA Today:
“Except for a few unfortunate incidents, we’ve heard positive feedback from customers and our associates going through the biggest shopping day of the year.”
Now that’s a good way to put a spin on it! Give that man a raise!
As we enter the season of caring and brotherhood the worst of human actions arise. According to the Detroit Free Press:
“Violence erupted overnight during Black Friday shopping as at least 24 people were injured in a series of incidents, including nine at Walmart stores in the U.S.”
I don’t know if the Walmart shoppers are prone to violence or if it’s just these stories that the media chose to cover. Since it seems everyone today carries a video camera in their pocket I have to assume that if there were mass violence in other venues we would have seen it.
What do you think? Would you pepper spray your neighbor for a bargain? Have we really sunk this low?