From the AP, as reported on FoxNews:
NEW YORK — Police are reviewing surveillance videos of a post-Thanksgiving shopper stampede that trampled a suburban Wal-Mart worker to death, but they acknowledge it may be difficult to bring criminal charges.
Police said the temporary worker, Jdimytai Damour, was mowed down as about 2,000 bargain-hunters surged into the store at Friday’s 5 a.m. opening, leaving a metal portion of the door frame crumpled like an accordion.
Other workers were knocked to the ground as they tried to rescue Damour, and customers simply stepped over him and kept shopping even as the store announced it was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.
This senseless death is frankly appalling, and the fact that stories like this arise every year makes it even more so. What has Christmas become? Was it really worth someone’s life to save a few dollars on an XBOX or flat-screen T.V.?
Call me a cynic, but I would bet that there were more than a few professing Christians in this maddened gaggle of shoppers. How many of these Christians kept on shopping even after the store announced it was closing due to a trampling death? How many of them, having placed such an undue emphasis on Christmas materialism, stopped at nothing in the acquisition of that perfect present? Shame on them.
It’s stories like this one that only manage to reaffirm my desire to see Christmas made simple again. Christians, December 25th is a celebration of the birth of our Savior, not an excuse for the petty disbursement of cheap trinkets. The fleeting treasures of this world are no comparison to the infinite riches of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how many cool games your kid can play on his Playstation 3, but whether or not he has eternal life. We need to restore Christmas to what it is supposed to be: the gathering of the family in order to commemorate the coming of the Light into this dark world.
Are you endeavoring to make this clear to those you love?