What would the internet do without Walmart? There’s always something special about Walmart shoppers, good for a laugh and to appreciate that you aren’t in the photo, but combining these special patrons with Black Friday is just too toxic for words.
I make no bones about declaring Black Friday to be the worst symptom of our diseased consumerist society. It’s just sick. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get sicker, and here’s this year’s flavor.
A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
Police said the suspect shot the pepper spray when the coverings over the items she wanted were removed.
“Somehow she was trying to use it to gain an upper hand,” police Lt. Abel Parga told The Associated Press early Friday.
He said she was apparently after some electronics and used the pepper spray to keep other shoppers at bay.
If she had a taser (or maybe a handgun, as is her fundamental right), she could only nail one competing Walmart shopper at a time. That would never do. She could never reload fast enough to keep the other shoppers away.
No doubt whatever piece of electronics she sought was very important to her, and likely at an exceptional price. It would make someone a wonderful gift. Really, she was just trying to make a loved one happy at an exceptionally good price, and would happily harm anyone in her way.
It’s a disease, and this is just a symptom of a sick society who will harm another human being for a gadget.