The Price of Things and Stuff
What, what, what, could anyone possibly need that badly?
What toy do the kids need? What HD flat screen TV is so essential? What sale priced, digital whatchamacallit can we not live without that is worth the price of a human life?
Things. Stuff. Things and stuff on sale. At the holidays, does it get any better? Bargains—so sought after in this difficult economy. But what was on sale this time, what was really, really cheap, was a life. The life of Jdimytai Damour, a temporary worker who was opening the door for the very customers who then trampled him to death.
He was opening the door for them. Letting them in to get their things and stuff. But apparently, Jdimytai wasn’t quick enough, or didn’t get out of the way fast enough, or something. Because this crowd of people, who absolutely had to have their things and stuff, broke down the door, knocked him to the ground, and proceeded to walk over him to get to what they wanted.
And let’s make no mistake here, it was what they wanted, not what they needed. These people weren’t standing in line to buy bread and milk for hungry children. They weren’t waiting for life-saving medicine for an ill family member. They weren’t looking for fresh water to survive. Nothing brought out of that store that day was essential for human life. Except for air, which is free, but apparently unavailable to Jdimytai, as he died from asphyxiation, according to coroner’s reports.
Then, then, after the “customers” trampled Jdimytai, they complained when police told them to leave the store, whining that many of them had been in line for hours waiting for entrance to the store. They were waiting in line for hours, but they couldn’t have waited a few more minutes for Jdimytai to get safely out of their way before their shopping rampage.Continued on the next page