"Black Friday gets bloody: Long Island Wal-Mart clerk trampled in shopper stampede"
A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.
In other Black Friday-violence news the L.A. Times reports:
A gunman opened fire at a Toys R Us store in Palm Desert, killing two and causing shoppers at the busy store to scramble for cover.
Palm Desert Councilman Bob Spiegel told The Times that based on early reports, two rival groups shopping at the store had some kind of argument and then shots were fired. Two men were killed in the exchange of gunfire, he said.
Glenn Splain, a worker at a nearby World Gym, told the Associated Press "Some people got into a fight. ... One of the guys here thought it was over a toy, but it got louder and louder and then there were gunshots."
Now, I hardly need to comment here. What has the world come to? People are so desperate to spend money on things they don't need, they are prepared to kill. I could understand a stampede if it were scarce food supplies in Africa, or even a riot against injustice. But a for toys? For clothes? Makeup? TVs? It is too much to comprehend.
It has got to stop. I am calling on anyone who will join me. I want to contribute to an anti-commercial movement. What am I going to commit to? No unnecessary spending. Define that in whatever way you can, and then refine it further. Spread the word, get people to join you, get loud, and get committed. And to make it really worthwhile, lets get the money that you will save and put it all towards just gifts. Or child sponsorship so you have a regular accountability.
Think and pray it over. And then act. Do it. In this season, and in every season.
I have had enough! Join me...