Buy Nothing Day: Remember Jdimytai Damour
Crowds wait behind closed doors shortly before the opening of Wal-Mart in Valley Stream. When the doors opened the crowd rushed into the store, a number of people were knocked down including a Wal-Mart worker who subsequently died. (Nakea Augustine / November 28, 2008), from Newsday
Today is Buy Nothing Day in the world outside the USA that didn't have a Thanksgiving holiday. Whereas yesterday I expressed some ambivalence about the holiday, concerned for those who worked in shops and those who sell ethical products, today I believe that we need a day of retail silence in memory of Jdimytai Damour, a Wal-Mart temp who was trampled to death in Valley Stream, NY by crazed shoppers.
That "shopping" has come to this:
"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," co-worker Jimmy Overby, 43, told the Daily News. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too. ... I literally had to fight people off my back." (AP)
Shoppers rush inside of Wal-Mart in Valley Stream. This is inside the store moments after opening. The man in the yellow is trying to help people who fell down, the woman under the man's arm was knocked down and is getting up .When the doors opened the crowd rushed into the store, a number of people were knocked down including a Wal-Mart worker who subsequently died. (Nakea Augustine, Newsday / November 28, 2008) from Newsday
Kalle Lasn of Adbusters, founders of Buy Nothing Day, described the point of Buy Nothing Day in a press release prior to this tragedy:
"If you dig a little past the surface you'll see that this financial meltdown is not about liquidity, toxic derivatives or unregulated markets, it's really about culture," says the co-founder of Adbusters Media Foundation, Kalle Lasn. "It's our culture of excess and meaningless consumption — the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that's at the root of the crisis we now find ourselves in."
"our culture of excess and meaningless consumption"- who knew that it could lead to people lining up all night and trampling someone to death, just to save a few bucks on some junk at Wal-Mart. We do need a Buy-Nothing Day, if for no other reason than to honour the memory of Jdimytai Damour.