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Friday, April 12, 2024

That’s what she said

This column is a good-bye to Jdimytai Damour, the 34-year-old temporary Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death this past Friday in Long Island.

Trampled to death! What the fuck! Thats how Mufasa died! Trampled by wildebeests that didnt know any better. I suppose theres no real difference between the mindless animals in The Lion King and the stampede of people bum rushing a Wal-Mart at five in the morning. I know times are tough but, shit, you just killed a man! All to get the latest PlayStation for a bargain price. Picture this guy up at 5 a.m. to face the insanity and chaos that is middle Americas dealing with the economic recession and he ends up paying with his life. Hah, how ironic.

The 2,000 people that contributed to Jdimaytais death (I prefer first name basis, even though I cant pronounce it) were all standing in what was referred to as the “Blitz Line. Again, what the fuck! Say “blitz and I automatically think of a 300-pound dude in heavy padding and a helmet charging to knock down, well, another 300-pound dude in heavy padding and a helmet. Not only did this employee not have padding or a helmet, but he only weighed 270 pounds. Compared to the cumulative 320,000 pounds that crushed him, the poor guy didnt stand a chance.

So these animals, which knocked down and ran this dude over right after they pushed through the doors and barricades constraining them, continued to sprint by while the paramedics were trying to save his life.

Then, oh man, then they go holiday shopping.

Probably humming Christmas carols and buying candy canes. To me, there is something particularly savage about that. Its an image that really accurately portrays the moment where a human beings life is no longer considered priceless but rather is worth less than the latest batch of holiday opiate.

I can be hypersensitive sometimes. This might be another case of me investing way too much emotion into something that is trivial in the “greater picture. Theres genocide, an AIDS epidemic, murder in the streets every day and I cant get over the death of this one person on the other side of the country that may not have even been a good person.

But no! Its not trivial. Its legit and I fucking know it. Good person or not, Jdimytai Damour died in vain. Our greed and obsession with consumption literally took over this guys life. Theres a fine line between shopping and involuntary manslaughter. God dammit, I cant get over it. What is his family doing right now? His friends? Did he have children? He must have been survived by someone. While the rest of the mob gets to go home and put their gifts under the tree, one family will spend the holiday mourning the death of a son, brother or a friend. It wasnt the right time to go, theres no closure and theres no one to persecute for his death.

Although, the cops are trying to identify people that were “involved by watching the security tapes. OK, right. They are going to pinpoint a few individuals in a crazy crowd and give them manslaughter for this. I dont think you can blame any individual. Who I think should be blamed are the advertisers. Theyre the ones taking advantage of the masses. Millions sold in products and one mans death will probably get them that holiday bonus theyve been expecting.

I realize Im using strong language like animal, savage and masses, but all I can imagine are the wildebeests in The Lion King. They didnt give a shit whether they were crushing the King or one of their own. Both the stampedes were caused by hungry hyenas who wanted to gain something out of it. The hyenas in the Disney movie wanted to take over the Pride Land, while the corporate hyenas want our capital and our devotion to keep consuming. And if its going to cost a man his life, theyve successfully done their job.

Rest in peace, Jdimytai.


SARA KOHGADAI thinks one Black Friday death is one death too many. For tips on how to fight hyenas, either corporate or real, Google that. Then send them to sbkohgadai@ucdavis.edu.


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