It was an ugly start to the shopping season this morning when a Wal-Mart employee died after being trampled by an impatient, infantile throng.
At about 5:00, the crowd of self-centered shoppers broke down the doors to the suburban New York store, knocked the unidentified employee down, and stampeded over him, crushing out a human life in their animal zeal for cheap consumer goods. Parents grabbed children out the way of the crowd, and a pregnant woman was injured and had to be taken to a nearby hospital.
Police said that the exact cause of the 34-year-old man’s death has not been determined. How about the pervasive depravity of mankind, encouraged by public policies that discourage virtue and reward vice?