News itemWorker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/11/28/2008-11-28_worker_dies_at_long_island_walmart_after.html
      – BorgClown, 2008-11-29 at 04:58:39   (5 comments)

On 2008-11-29 at 05:00:38, BorgClown wrote...
It's just so fucking sad when there is people capable of stepping over a fallen person and kill him just to buy things on offer. These soulless people should be the dead ones.
On 2008-11-29 at 09:57:21, Lee J Haywood wrote...
To be fair, if you were in that crowd then you'd be just as helpless as the workers to stop yourself being pushed around. Since the first people would be the type to queue early, they'd also be the most enthusiastic so there's a bias towards people with a narrow focus on getting bargains as quickly as they can. This sort of things happens in other situations too - e.g. when people are trying to escape through a single exit, where crushing is a hazard. The store are partly to blame, for allowing a large number of people to gather outside at a specific time - it would have helped if they'd chosen to allow people in through other doors. Also, they could even lower prices *after* the opening time.
On 2008-11-30 at 00:38:39, BorgClown wrote...
The prices weren't so low to justify the crowd, they acted like stupid consumerist junkies. I doubt lowering the prices later would help, because the junkies would want to choose first anyway.
On 2008-12-06 at 07:18:44, Despicable wrote...
A mob mentality is that "if everyone else is doing it I should be able to do it too." Much of what you do in a group you wouldn't do as an individual. There is safety in numbers so your individuality is hidden and allows you to be a faceless number in a mob that can do criminal acts without feelings of individual responsibility .
On 2008-12-06 at 10:24:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
That's also true for individuals - if your face is covered or your identity is otherwise hidden (e.g. on the Internet), then you're more likely to be antisocial than at the other extreme when you know you're being watched.