one more reason to celebrate Buy Nothing Day

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If there's a more poignant example than this NY Daily News report (h/t: no_hypocrisy at DU) of what's wrong with Black Friday, I haven't seen it:

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m. Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

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Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk's life. "They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. "People were still coming through."

Only a few stopped.

The blind pursuit of bargains had a huge price today, and I offer my sincere condolences to the worker's friends and family. Please consider celebrating Buy Nothing Day instead of following the lemmings of mindless consumerism.

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My girlfriend informed me about this today. Sad to say that it isn't shocking that this happened. Really kind of disgusting that it did.

She's going to be working on a piece to post at my blog. Her angle? He died for the sins of Wall Street.

This year the whole idea of "Black Friday" seems more poignant as consumers rush to get bargains during the economic crunch. Shouldn't we all be taking time to reflect on consumerism gone wild this holiday season? Isn't this the time of year we're supposed to take inventory of our materialism? LOL. I know...

I'm with you: this imbues Buy Nothing Day with an extra dimension of meaning.

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