This story from The Los Angeles Times was inevitable. As though news reporters are camped out at every Black Friday Sale store waiting for this story today.
I need to know how in the world this woman got out of the store without getting caught after pepper spraying twenty people. One would assume after the third person sprayed...someone at Wal-Mart would have tackled this woman. After the 15th person one would think "Oh. This person is not going to stop"
Also...did she actually check out? Screaming people on the floor holding their eyes in her wake?
I entitled this "Old Man With Young Turkey" on Facebook. The pictue was the last time Hans and I was at Wal-Mart. It was two weeks ago to buy our Thanksgiving bird at the Rosemead store in Southern California.
There was a young lady who was going around targeting specific women (I was one of them as both of us were African American) trying to do a "Wal-Mart Card Scam". The scam: She had a Wal-Mart Card with two hundred dollars on it but for some strange reason could not use it. She would give me her card and in turn I would *give her cash*
I told her no..pointed to my husband and said "I'm shopping with my husband on our card" The moment she realized I was actually married to Hans, she scooted off away from us as though I was the plague. I later saw her down the aisle trying to find other black women to scam. We were in the store for an hour and she was still there. No one called security on her. Not a soul. I'm sure she picked this particular store...because it actually looks like a "Higher End Wal-Mart. Replete with an almost Von's/Ralph looking Grocery Store. It looks nothing like the Compton Wal-Mart. Not even close. The only commonality of those two stores is the sign "Wal-Mart"
That is why sister scam soul was there. She probably assumed if there was a black woman (or anyone for that matter) shopping at Rosemead...they would have more expendable means and feel a little more sorry for her.
I finally told the check out clerk as we were checking out "There is a young lady about my complexion, a little shorter in a T-Shirt and Jeans going around and asking people to give her money in lieu of usng her Wal-Mart card". She just shrugged and did not do a thing.
I guess at least...she was not pepper spraying people when they said "No"
Black or White, Wal-Mart and other bargain discount stores brings together the best and the worst of lower middle class to poor people under one roof during this time of the year. It is not Wal-Mart, Ross, Target or any of their faults. It is *our fault* for becoming so friggin desperate that we are attacking like wild animals to get a pair of low grade shoes made in China.
In turn it is these stores responsibilities when they are catering to masses of all types to bounce and arrest and keep in check the more Wild Animal side of shoppers who grace their stores for their extremely cheap items that we can afford as a credit on their easy to get store cards.
I shop at these stores to get discount because that is what me and my husband's budget can afford at the moment.
A lovely internet commenter named Greg states there is a a high level of low-level thinkers shopping at Wal-Mart. He is right with this. He even made the hinted point that *he is also a Wal-Mart Shopper too. There are a lot of "Pepper Spray/Card Scam/Fighting Families with babies crying/grotesquely overweight to the point of needing a push cart to get themselves through the store with a tragic life story of under education and lack of job training in the first place shopping at discount stores.
But there are a lot of people like myself going to Wal-Mart. People like me and Hans. Who have degrees. Who have jobs. Who have spent years doing well by ourselves who go through rough patches. This decade seems to be one of those rough patches.
Off to Wal-Mart and not Macy's.
The economy is bad. So is my economy. As social and political as I am in knowing that I would prefer not to shop at stores with horrendous customer service and products made for two cents out of another country? I find myself shopping here for Christmas this year.
Some possible Wal-Mart Shopper (with an avatar of a cartoon holding a gun) called poor Greg a racist. It all seems lost when someone who shops at Wal-Mart says that a lot of Wal-Mart shoppers are Low Thinkers and a gun holding avatar guy (who might shop at Wal-Mart) saying they are racist... When Low Thinker is just a fancy term of the word "Stupid" missing the whole point of the entire idea of the word Racism. Maybe thinking that the US Census Board will put Wal-Mart Shoppers on the next census as a race.
Yay! I like Irony! Double Yay for making poor Greg's point all the more valid! See you in line Gun holding avatar guy at Wal-Mart calling the person behind you a racist in the checkout line for hearing someone use the term "Beefy" to the woman across from you putting three cases of High Frutcose Corn Syrup Products on the counter. Making me laugh. Wondering when Beefy People will become a race on the census.
If I had my druthers, I would like to shop elsewhere. My budget says I can't. My social and political morals on these types of stores says I shouldn't. My budget says otherwise.
No Greg. I don't think you are a racist in any way shape or form. You speak the truth. But we all have to take the chance most of the time getting into our fully paid for cars and physically shopping at these places.
It's one of the main reason I'm particularly happy that "The Internet" was created. Especially pleased. But, when I'm not internet shopping and head to a place that I might have to point the scam artist out...or get out of the way of the crazy person with pepper spray? I take that chance. Because my current income says I cannot shop where you are paying for security.
And keep in mind folks...it's not like Black Friday has a history of this sort of thing. It's not new. It's been parodied in movies for years of parents wrestling to buy a toy. It's why the Kohl's commercial has hit a nerve outside of the obvious "Rebecca Black" song parody. You don't need that much truth in a commercial. **
It's what happens under a roof filled with people who are not financially well off, dreaming they could go to a nicer mall or hit Beverly Hills smaller niche stores. Which, is a lot of people these days.
I really hope they catch this woman just to see what her Modus Operandi was for spraying other customers with a Chemical Agent to "Competitive Shop" for products that are overstocked in boxes in the back of the store.
As much as I wanted to pull Sister Soul Scam over and say "You mean you got dressed and physically came here with the high chance of getting your ass arrested for two hundred dollars? Girl. Going to jail for two hundred dollars is pretty damn low end. Here. Let me just buy you some milk and eggs..."
These are the reasons I'm blessed enough to be a little high thinking enough to know I can get on Wal-Mart (and other stores) websites and shop and shop with the card I probably should not have in the first place. The internet for all of its faults keeps us "Mid Line Thinkers" who have had their computers before the economy bust...safe in these instances.
See The Shopping World on Cyber Monday.
In Cyberspace you cannot hear the screams of pepper spray.
**as a side note. God love you Julie. I watch it because it is you. :)
Causes Shaun Landry Supports
The Alzheimer's Foundation, NAACP, Breast Cancer Foundation, Gilda's Club.