Saturday, October 17, 2009
No, it has nothing to do with the Rifqa Bary case. This, dear reader, has to do with the degradation of today's society and the entitlement mentality that seems to permeate our culture.
At a Burlington Coat Factory store in Columbus, Ohio, Linda Brown pulled up to the entrance in a Hummer limo, walked into the store, and announced that she had just won $1.5 million in the lottery. To celebrate, she tells shoppers that she will pay for their purchases up to $500. The problem? It was all a hoax.
Shoppers were waiting in line calling relatives and telling them to "Come on down!" Cashiers rang up merchandise at a feverish pace. About an hour after it all began, Brown said she had to go to the bank to take out some money. She came back with nothing.
By this time, the store employees had called police to help with crowd control. Approximately 500 customers filled the aisles and about 1,000 more tried to get inside to get their stuff. When employees realized that Brown had no money to pay for all the merchandise, it was too late. The "lottery winner" had taken off in the limo.
Well, all hell broke loose when employees informed customers that Brown was gone and the bill unpaid. People threw merchandise on the floor in rage and commenced to looting the store, grabbing clothes and running.
Detective Steven Nace said, "Everybody was like, 'I still want my free stuff,' and that started the riot. It looks like (Hurricane) Katrina went through the store."
After being turned in to police for failing to pay the $900 limo tab, Brown was arrested on three outstanding warrants for misuse of the 911 system, aggravated menacing, and causing false alarms. Pending charges are awaiting the outcome of a mental health evaluation.
Since when does the responsibility fall on Burlington Coat Factory to still give people 'free stuff' just because some nut duped them? And how about a little civility, folks. I mean, just hang the stuff back up. I know you're mad, but come on. Don't act like the citizens of some third world country. We're not there yet.
When are people going to realize that there is no "right to stuff?" The only right to "stuff" is if you EARN IT.
No one owes you anything, people. And if you are that naive to blindly fall for something like this on the premise of getting freebies, then, to quote a great military man, "You are stuck on stupid!"