Toy Stampede

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Posted in category Boobus, Decivilization

Here we go with another episode of Dingbatus Americanus Consumerism:

The line of several thousand waiting customers wrapped entirely around the Toys R Us building at 4411 W. Wisconsin Ave. Thursday night. Moments before the store opened at 10 p.m., the line of those who’d just arrived and line of those who’d waited many hours overlapped.

When the doors opened, everyone rushed the door. The store’s staff quickly became overwhelmed, locked the door and called police for assistance.

…Cpl. Jeff Oberg of the Grand Chute police arrived on scene and suggested the store create a barrier to control the line. Ten purple Babies R Us shopping carts were turned upside down in a row to thwart line-jumpers.

And all this over getting in line to be the first to save a few bucks on some dumbing-down junk toys at an overly-gigantic and tacky toy store. Too bad that the masses don’t line up to stampede nazi officials who steal and seize their property, send SWAT teams through their neighbor’s front door, tax their productivity and redistribute the booty, and assault their children and genitals under the guise of “security.” Toys versus freedom? Instant gratification wins. Give ‘em a lifetime of adult adolescence versus the prospect of freedom from tyranny. Thanks to Charles Everett for the link.

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17 Responses to Toy Stampede

  1. Jeannie Queenie says:

    November 30th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    This happened here in my town two or three winters ago when a new game was being released. People were lined up early in the night for a new game..here is what transpired that eve…

    “UPDATE] The Associated Press is reporting on another PS3 launch incident, this one involving two men armed with guns sticking up a line of 15-20 people waiting outside a Putnam, Connecticut, Wal-Mart overnight. The two men demanded money from the group, and when one of the customers resisted, he was shot in the chest and shoulder. The AP reports that the victim is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. The police are now searching for the gunmen, both believed to be in their teens.”

    (And they say there is no link between video games & violent crime!?!)” One can only assume that these kids were possibly one of the morons shown in the video above where no one seemed to know which hand they used to wipe their butts….god help us all if this is mid america. Now I see why the elites want to eliminate all this stupidity! Oh by the way, there were far more than 15-20 people standing in line and the robbers went from person to person demanding their cash which each one gave willingly. The one guy who refused took a couple bullets…I think that maybe the PS3 refers to the three Pathetically Stupid..the two that were robbing and the one who wanted a bullet rather than forking over some money…all 3 pretty damned dumb ya think?

  2. CMN says:

    November 30th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I still blame government education.

  3. Iluvatar says:

    December 1st, 2010 at 1:10 am

    And how `bout the idiocy of when the new PS3s came out?

    A person was actually KILLED in the mad rush to buy those stupid gadgets.

    Talk about a society aspiring to the end of the Holy Roman Empire…

    Coupled w/ the idiots who camped out a full week before Balck Friday and my criticism of our society is a no-brainer@!@@!

    No wonder we have a tyranny in our country – we practically deserve it!! (Oh shiite! I am beginning to sound like Cousin Lucky here…)

  4. liberranter says:

    December 1st, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I’m sure you saw this linked from yesterday’s LRC. Seriously, I’m actually disappointed that there were no reported trampling fatalities that would have purged some of these Darwin Award candidates from the national gene pool.

  5. Michael says:

    December 1st, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    @Jeannie Queenie, you wouldn’t find me in one of those “cattle” lines. However, if you did, I’d be prepared to “donate” something else to those two thugs.

    @Karen, this is very alarming. If this is what happens for $3 Beanie Babies (or whatever the equivalent junk is this year), what’s going to happen when starving Americans are lining up for water or food? I think violence is in the cards. Prepare accordingly.

  6. Michael says:

    December 1st, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Oh, couldn’t help but note the delicious irony between the title of your post and the fact there was a “Toy Story 3″ advertisement in the “Sponsored Ad” window. lol

  7. Jeannie Queenie says:

    December 1st, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Like someone said on the web page where I retrieved this video of black friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, “In Spain they have the running of the bulls, and here in America they have the running of the morons”.
    Looks to me like the folks in Grand Rapids aren’t so grand after all–more like virtual idiots. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIBL4tYQPI

  8. Iluvatar says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 12:33 am

    To Liber:

    Enjoyed your links, but most importantly enjoyed your reference to the Darwin Awards.

    Having read them for 5 years straight, they are an excellent example of people who really should die.

    Sorry to say that and be so hard-core – but it is really true.

    Maybe pruning the shallow end of the gene pool is a propos?

    Later…

  9. Brian says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    The people above criticizing people for buying PS3s are pretty clueless. These gaming consoles represent the evolution of entertainment. You can experience stories with interactivity, something not possible before. An incredible amount of work goes into these sophisticated consoles and the games, and anyone missing out on this new form of entertainment are either too old to understand the new medium or too out of touch. They are in no way “stupid gadgets”.

    As for people getting robbed, yes, it happens. Bravo for the guy trying to stand up to these thieves, too bad some of the people in line didn’t have guns of their own. I hope they catch them.

  10. Karen De Coster says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Just as I thought, Brian – a gamer defending himself from comments not even made toward him personally. Get some thicker skin, Brian. And ignore things that “offend” you . Just ignore them. And then tell me how you rationalize that we shouldn’t criticize people trampling/punching/fighting other human beings over games and shit.

  11. M. Terry says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Jeannie wrote: “…here in America they have the running of the morons.”

    Good one Jeannie. It would be funny as hell if it weren’t true. But the running of the morons is apparently more dangerous, and clearly more pointless. Trampling people to beat the other people for some consumer item that will forgotten within 6 months.

    How many of those people have extra food or batteries in case something happens? Bad question – they probably have batteries for their toys. OK – how many of these folks have any tangible currency?

    I wonder how may people in these videos paid with credit cards.

  12. Brian says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Karen, I agree with you that people shouldn’t trample/punch/fight to get these things. I just don’t agree that there is anything wrong with the product per se or the act of going out to get a deal.

    I guess we can view this as one of those libertarian “I don’t smoke pot and think it’s probably bad for you, but I support your right to smoke it” sort of things.

  13. Iluvatar says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Brian

    Not to be attacking, but we are talking about a coolio gaming console (right?). My kids play PS1, PS2, XBOX, and furthermore I have played (with my sons – Rachel wasn’t interested) Soul Reaver and Legends of Kane on PS2.

    Story depth of these PS2 games is almost unparalled (Nintendo’s “Zelda” is also one of the toughest games to get finished (w/ all the clues as well)).

    Some other very tough games?

    Kingdom of Hearts (PS2), Lara Croft Tomb Raider “Legend” (PS2).

    Another great game w/ HUGE story depth?

    “Prince of Persia” (PS2).

    These games were more about puzzle and problem soving than most games are – and they are tough even at the adult level.

    So, yea man, it ain’t about not gettin’ it…

    It is about forking your money over ONLY when the important business at hand is under control (fiscal sobriety) & finally

    It is about NOT DYING in the effort to get the gaming console!!@!@!@!

    Brian, would you really want to DIE to get the console??

    That’s what we are calling an “idiocracy”!!@!@!

    Honestly, is PS3 to DIE FOR?????

    That’s when I think we all realize that the consumptive madness is over the top -

    peace, man.

  14. Iluvatar says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Brian

    One parting thought. When the PS3s were first released @ $600/pop (not even close to worth it), the processor was slow-minded and the algorithms to do real time rendering were so processor-hungry that the games moved real slow.

    In other words, the PS3 was a POS over the PS2.

    Upgrades since then have improved things but now that the kids are older, they don’t play much on the machines anymore – those games are now for my retirement! (when I want a challenge and I don’t feel like reading my philosophy after my interval work-out)

    Hope this helps…

  15. Iluvatar says:

    December 2nd, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    All:

    PS – just a short one. “Prince of Persia” (we have all 3 games) was such a good PS2 game that they turned it into a movie, the DVD of which I just bought recently. It is actually quite entertaining (and helped us all understand the story line of the 3 games much better too).

  16. Jeannie Queenie says:

    December 3rd, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Brian, there is research showing that some of these video games do in fact, change the cortex by thickening it. In quotes,

    “We all were surprised when we put the images together and saw that there was no overlap,” Haier said. The cortex became thicker in areas of the brain linked to the planning of complex movements as well as the coordination of sensory information.” http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2009/09/01/4350065-how-games-change-your-brain. So I conclude that yes, it is possible that your brain has a thicker cortex, but I can also conclude that you are pretty thick when it comes to not seeing that morons ready to break down doors, stomp on an older woman laying on the floor while others move in haste over her body, to get some damn toy that will not change their life one iota, does in fact prove said thickness, and not of the cortex variety mentioned above. Further, any poor urban parent getting one of these for their kid, isn’t so very poor after all, now are they? What is it with so many today who feel that they are entitled to anything and everything their little heart craves. I find parents who get the latest for their kids more often than not, hate the kids and buy them off out of guilt or worse, just to busy the kid so they needn’t be bothered with interaction.

    Many articles have been written on the cult of the video game…”As for negative impact, the problems can be split into offline and online problems.
    For offline problems, the problems range from obesity to lack of physical intimacy. For online problems, the problems range from lack of respect to depression due to online relationships. These negative impacts are quite serious social problems because they threaten to grow bigger and eventually tear society apart.” You can read nine different takes on the subject here….
    http://www.helium.com/items/332773-the-impact-of-video-games-on-society

    So Brian, I think you missed the whole point of what was said by feedbackers here…I know that I am not clueless, Iluvater isn’t either and for sure, Karen was just pointing out the obvious—that only a fool would act like it was doomsday and be so idiotic as to rush into a store not caring if they even hurt anyone. Iluvatar is spot on when he speaks of pruning the shallow end of the gene pool. I shudder when I see kids today who act so dumbed down in so many areas, but can handle these video games with ease. They can’t read, can’t write, can’t even give you change at a store, but by god, they can prove that they can be nimble with their fingers-big freakin deal all I can say!
    We will see just how wonderful those games have been to the youth of today when grocery stores don’t have food and these kids don’t know the first thing about survival. Both the ersatz educational system coupled with dummy parents who allowed their little Johnnie’s to have a false sense of using their brain even if they can’t add or read will show just how shallow these games really were after all. Basically you are advocating the equivalent of educational nosepicking…who needs it? Only those who can’t handle giving themselves a REAL education.
    For those looking to buy these games, I would say, you are better off getting a life and actually learning a REAL SKILL that might aid in your survival, not a pacifier that lulls you into thinking that you are brilliant because you can move your remote faster than the next guy.

  17. Brian says:

    December 3rd, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Iluvatar

    Glad to hear you have respect for gaming. There seemed to be some people here unaware of the incredible potential of this medium. Massive entertainment value, although like all new things I’m sure the old gray-haired men will never get it.

    I’m not sure what basis you are using to assert that these people do not have important business under control, such as their financial situation. To label them all with this statement without knowing their true financial situation seems unwarranted.

    –”Brian, would you really want to DIE to get the console??”

    I’m sure they didn’t go to the store either thinking they would die, and from what I have seen your chances of dying from a sale are less than your chances of dying from lightning strike. It’s just not a factor that a rational person would put into the equation.

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