At Walmart, ‘Tis the Season to be Killers

By Yul

I’m proud to say that never in the history of mankind has anyone ever been trampled by a raging stampede of cats. Walmart can’t say the same of its fine customers.

On Black Friday on Long Island, NY, a 6’5”, 270-pound temporary Walmart employee, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was knocked down and stomped until he suffocated by customers who couldn’t wait to load up on cheap junk. At least four other people were injured, too.

You could say those customers behaved like animals, but that would insult animals.

As usual, excuses are flying, like some shoppers “stepped over” the man. Or they got caught up in “mob mentality” and didn’t know what they were doing.

I’m not buying it. There’s a huge difference between terra firma and a human body under anyone’s feet. They knew what they were doing and didn’t care.

Then they got irate about interrupting their shopping when police tried to clear the store. I think the police were wrong, too. They should have barricaded the entrance (which was also damaged) and refused to let any customers leave. They all participated in a murder. That made them all suspects.

The police should have photographed each person to match against the surveillance video, and offered clemency to anyone who immediately confessed to stepping on someone. Those people know who they are. And some of them are undoubtedly church-goers who call themselves Christians and pretend to live by the Golden Rule.

Ironically, it was their zeal to celebrate this season of peace and love that sent them to Walmart in the first place. Now when they present their loved ones with their Walmart bargains on Christmas Day, they can joke, “I hope you like it. I got it over someone’s dead body – literally.”

That’s why you never see cats in church, either.

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4 Responses to At Walmart, ‘Tis the Season to be Killers

  1. MorganLF says:

    Staggering…. Stupid people are not only lemmings, but murderous and cheap. Walmart ….as if! There is no punishment other than to wish it happen to one of their own.

  2. catsworking says:

    Morgan, we wouldn’t go so far as to say that anybody deserves to be trampled, but it doesn’t speak well of humanity that no one except other employees, who also got trampled, stopped and tried to help that poor man get up. It wasn’t like he was a piece of litter. He was a BIG guy, and they just mowed him down. I don’t blame the family for suing everybody.

    Karen was once in Walmart and saw a woman with a small boy in the child seat of her cart just stand there while the kid peed his pants into a big puddle on the floor. Then the woman just stepped over it and kept on shopping.

  3. Adele says:

    I’ve never been in a Wal-Mart; there’s only one in Chicago proper, and as a former union member, I don’t believe in their non-collective bargaining stance. This all gives me even more reason not to go (although I do understand, as my income grows more limited, that there are those, who need to shop there). I didn’t see the article in the New York Times, but a friend told me that one of people interviewed about the stampede was named something like Nicki Nicely, and her quote was roughly, “I can see how this could happen; we all want bargains.” No thought to the poor guy, who was trampled — sometimes the last name doesn’t fit.

    Yul, I’m not a big proponent of organized religion, either, but Alice thought you all might be Feline Orthodox; she thinks that’s what she is, and from the house cats, she’s known and heard of, she thinks celibacy is a basic tenet of the faith.

  4. catsworking says:

    Richmond has seen a long parade of discount retailers, and we’re currently down to 2: Target and Walmart (which recently dropped its hyphen and made itself one word by the way – watch the new TV ads). Karen says our Walmart’s parking lot is a death trap designed by a maniac, with limited access points and hairpin turns that SUVs and pickups (what most Walmart shoppers drive, which is why they need everything else in their lives to be cheap junk) can’t negotiate very well.

    Karen makes a list of anything she can’t find ANYWHERE else (like filters for our drinking fountain), and when she has enough items to justify risking life and limb, she ventures to Walmart a few times a year. However, she NEVER buys groceries there. Once you’ve seen some kid pee all over a cart, you hardly want to put food in one.

    I’ve seen one or two of the Long Island shoppers interviewed (when they should have been getting interrogated), and they seemed very blase about the whole affair. Everybody obviously thinks they’re home-free and they’re infuriatingly smug about it.

    Fred, Adele, and I have never consciously practiced any religion, but we do meditate regularly and we’re all celibate (although Fred probably got some action during his stray days and is somebody’s great-great-great-great-great…granddad by now–we’re not sure because he says he doesn’t “kiss and tell”) so I guess you could say we are Feline Orthodox, too.

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