Amidst the frenzy of this year's Black Friday bargain hunting some shameful tales have emerged, demonstrating the complete callousness of some caught up in a wave of consumerism gone mad. One man became ill and collapsed while shopping for Christmas decorations at a Target store in South Charleston, W.Va. His fellow shoppers simply ignored his plight, walking around him as he lay on the floor, and even over him.
MSNBC reported that Walter Vance, 61, of Logan County, W. Va., joined shoppers at Target just after midnight on Friday. He was stepped over by bargain hunters more intent on cheap buys than concerned with a man dying. Not everyone was immune to his collapse as an off duty ER nurse and an off duty paramedic stopped to help him. Nevertheless Mr Vance died after being taken to hospital.
Sue Compton, co-worker and friend of Mr Vance, said "Where is the good Samaritan side of people? How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don't understand if people didn't help what their reason was, other than greed because of a sale."
Target was the scene of a Black Friday stampede last year, when Keith Krantz was trampled at the Buffalo, New York store. The Daily Mail
reported that fellow shopper Rich Mathewson said of the incident, 'It went from controlled to a mob in less than five minutes. And then it just got nasty."
On Friday Digital Journal
carried a report of a Walmart shopper pepper-spraying other customers in her desperation to bag a bargain. Bargain hunting on Black Friday has become a dangerous sport which has now turned into a deadly one.