The region of the United States I used to be from is well known for setting trends. Folks there are the pioneers of all sorts of innovations, good and bad. A couple of holiday seasons back, prospective customers in Palm Springs were shooting each other over the availability of some price-reduced TVs. I’m glad to say that sort of dangerous behavior has evolved and improved since.
Last night, at a Wal-Mart in the San Fernando Valley, a woman began pepper-spraying other shoppers, including pregnant women and children, to gain favorable access to sale items. She did it more than once, in different areas of the overcrowded megastore. Twenty people reported injuries. The euphemism used by the police, who have not found or arrested her yet? “Competitive shopping.”
(Here’s the news version: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/at-wal-mart-pepper-spray-attack-triggered-chaos-screaming.html)
This story has everything; materialism, corporate greed, ignorance and want, PLUS the use of chemical weapons on innocent people now becoming an acceptable practice!
There’s so much irony here, I may be protected from anemia permanently. But don’t worry. As they explained on Fox News, “Pepper spray is essentially a food product.”