Save Money, Live Better…unless you’re trampled to death – Guest Post
December 1, 2008 by The Constant Complainer
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Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they would like to complain about. Neo Con Don submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint is that he believes people should be supporting Wal-Mart instead of giving them bad press for the employee death that occurred last Friday. I think whether it is good or bad, most people have an opinion on Wal-Mart. And I’d like to hear them. So without further adieu, here’s Don.
I love Wal-Mart. Without a doubt, it is the greatest store and the best business plan in the world. If you want to understand the realization of the American Dream, learn the story of Sam Walton and how he changed America and the world for the better. Wal-Mart carries the same quality products (and an off brand of high quality) as other stores for less money. Where else can you get over 300 prescriptions filled for $4 without insurance, get a new pair of glasses, have family portraits taken, develop film, have your nails done, do your banking, buy groceries and clothes and CDs and books, and eat lunch all while waiting for your oil to be changed and new tires put on your car…and by the way, it is always for less money than any other store. Where else…??? NOWHERE…!!!
I love Wal-Mart because they provide jobs to more people than any other business in the world…jobs people want. In 2007, the first Wal-Mart opened in the City of Cleveland, and they had 6,000 applicants for 350 job openings. My retired father-in-law works at Wal-Mart so he can have health insurance for his diabetes stricken wife. So let’s get this out in the open…all of the bad impressions the media and liberal politicians are telling us about the evils of Wal-Mart are either lies, or the situation has been resolved. Of course there will be unique situations that need to be addressed, but that’s because of the human element of each situation. But, all in all, Wal-Mart is without a doubt the greatest company that has ever come out of America.
So needless to say, I was extremely saddened by the senseless death of a Wal-Mart employee at a Long Island Wal-Mart on Black Friday. The most important thing for all of us to do is to focus on the truth of the incident and to make sure we learn from it. What is the truth? We don’t know. I have heard stories that the rush of the crowd trampled him. I have heard that he was trampled while trying to save the pregnant woman. I have heard the pregnant woman lost the baby…I think the first thing everyone needs to realize is the media is once again doing a terrible job of reporting the truth. You would think that after the extremely biased manner in which they covered the presidential election they would try to get something right…Don’t count on it.
Here’s the truth….as I see it:
1. Just like every other store in America, Wal-Mart was offering great deals on Black Friday. It turns out that Wal-Mart is the most popular place to shop. That could be why they are one of the only big retail stores to boast a 10% increase in profits…and provide more jobs than anyone else.
2. According to Wal-Mart, extra staff was present, security was present, and barricades were up in anticipation of a large crowd.
3. While Wal-Mart has an obligation to make sure its customers are safe, Wal-Mart cannot prevent the malicious behavior of its customers. In essence, IF the news reports are true, Wal-Mart customers murdered this man, and there is little or no fault to Wal-Mart.
Think about it. If you were in a crowd of 2000 people, and you noticed someone was on the ground wouldn’t you do anything you could to get him up. I would. I’d start screaming, I’d start hitting the people next to me and making them help me, I’d get the man up, I guarantee it.
I am certain that there will be charges made against some of the customers that trampled this man, and I hope that they end up in jail. The sad part about this is that it did not need to happen. What has happened to the American Spirit? Have the baby boomers so ruined their children that they think it is okay to behave like this? ‘Pay no attention to the man on the ground, the next person will help him up…I need to get to my new TV’…or how about this… ‘The gov’t will solve the problem.’ I’m sorry, but the gov’t should be our last resort, not our first resort. The first resort starts with each one of us looking in the mirror and making promises. Here are the promises I make to myself everyday:
1. Today I will tell each member of my family that I love them at least twice.
2. Today I will give something to charity.
3. Today I will forgive someone for doing something wrong.
4. Today I will ask for forgiveness when I do something wrong.
5. Today I will be thankful for all that I have.
6. I will make today a better day than yesterday.
I’m going to add to that list the following promise: ‘Today, I will pick someone up that is being trampled upon.’ I’m sorry I wasn’t in Long Island to pick up Jdimytai Damour as 2000 other people ran over him so they could buy their low priced electronics. If I were there, I would have picked him up. I would have picked him up if it would have occurred at Target, or Kmart, or Best Buy, but I wasn’t there. Today, I am watching the media trample all over Wal-Mart for something that simply isn’t their fault. Of course hindsight tells us that there are better ways to handle crowds, but logic tells me that if I see someone hurt, I need to help them. Unfortunately, there isn’t a store in existence that sells logic.
Anyway, it’s time for me to fulfill my promises for the day. I’m heading to Wal-Mart to do some shopping just so I can keep my promise of picking someone up that is being trampled on…. and today, that someone being trampled on is Wal-Mart.