Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday Indeed.

You may have already heard of this story, about a temporary worker who died after being trampled at a Wal-Mart on so-called "Black Friday." But here's what leapt out to me:

The employee was "stepped on by hundreds of people" as other workers attempted to fight their way through the crowd, said Nassau County police Detective Lt. Michael Fleming.

"Several minutes" passed before others were able to clear space around the man and attempt to render aid. Police arrived, and "as they were giving first aid, those police officers were also jostled and pushed," he said.

"Shoppers ... were on a full-out run into the store," he said.

Yes. As they attempted to administer aid, the police were "jostled and pushed." In light of this, I recommend we all just take a deep breath, step back, collect ourselves, and read what I'm currently reading, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman. But before that, crack open Matthew 6:19-24.

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