The consumer culture claims two lives:
Addendum, the Next Day:
Meg Kane in the Guardian:
I don’t care how nervous you are, how much your pay raise was cut, or how small your bonus will be this year. That is no excuse for behaving like an animal. It’s not like this madness occurred in line at a food bank – your family would still pull through this season without the Wii Fit. Certainly, retailers don’t help the matter at all when they fuel shopping enthusiasm into overdrive with coupons, contests, queues, and promotions, but at the end of the day the responsibility can be found on the hands of the store-chargers themselves. I hate to reduce these tragedies into an aphorism not even fit for a fortune cookie, but perhaps next year we can pause a moment, remember these events and monitor ourselves, thereby managing to check “Not Cause Harm to Others” off of our shopping list.
kpshea on Kos: