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The New Darth Vader?


To quote Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap, “How much more black could this be?”  Well, regardless of how black Black Friday usually is, it certainly got more black this last Friday when a Wal-Mart worker was trampled to death by a throng of shoppers, over-anxious to stake their claim to post-Thanksgiving deals and worship the gods of greed and commercialism.

Jdimytai Damour, 34
Jdimytai Damour, 34

This worker, Jdimytai Damour, was placed at the front of the store, just inside the electronic doors, to apparently try to instill at least a modicum of crowd control.  Unfortunately, the 34-year old, 6’5″ and 270 pound man was not enough to assuage the onslaught of crazed shoppers, who broke down those doors, trampling the victim in the process.  More of this story can be read at FoxNews.com.

Putting the tragedy aside for a minute, some are now seemingly salivating at the opportunity to pin the blame on Wal-Mart for this man’s death.  Union officials representing retail workers were quick to jump on the bandwagon and lay blame at the feet of the retail giant, saying that it was Wal-Mart’s “blatant irresponsibility” that is to blame.  However, it should be noted that this particular store had added internal security, brought in more outside security, erected barricades, and worked with the local police in anticipation of the large crowd of holiday shoppers.

Wal-Mart has seemingly been crowned the new Darth Vader, the epitome of evil in an over-commercialized country.  For a while, Vice President Dick Cheney had that mantle cast upon him.  As he leaves power, that mantle may now, by default, rest upon Wal-Mart instead.

For me, where the rubber meets the road is this…A grieving family is now tragically left without a son. The people who were in the crowd that day are the ones who are at fault for this man’s death.  The greedy American consumer is the new Darth Vader.


One Response

  1. AMEN!!! to the last two sentences. It’s high time the
    American people re-evaluate their pricipals.

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