Saturday, October 17, 2009

Riot in Columbus, Ohio

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!"


Soloman said...

You know.. I lived in C-Bus, and I'd like to say that's not typical of that city, but let's face it - this story is becoming sadly acceptable in today's ObamaNation.

And rightfully, I'll even say we (not you and I, but America) were like this before Obama. He's just magnifying and accelerating it, I believe.

Sad, sad story. Pathetic, really.

blackandgoldfan said...

I gotta agree, pal. It's been magnified with the passage of the stimulus.

Soloman said...

Not only that, but the blatant and quite honest statement he made about how "spreading the wealth around is good" - I know you feel as I do on that one - a big fat WTF???

And sadly there is just a class of our society that believes the government, or somebody, should be giving them something. I like to call it the 'American Idol Syndrome' since that's more colorblind than blaming it on Obama, because we know there's plenty of white trash out there too, "jus' lookin' fer sumptin' fer free"..

blackandgoldfan said...

I hear ya, Soloman. I went to Wal-Mart for groceries today, and the white trash abounded. It seems that welfare cards were reloaded. It was a sight.

I see the same crap over and over again. I did a post or two about the "gimme crowd" (check "Welfare" label) a few months ago. One of them detailed how I just snapped one day on these two leeches that went through the checkout with loads of DVD's, steaks, Pepsi, etc.

Well, lo and behold, I needed cigs today. The chick in front of me with the same shit and top-of-the-line food gets a carton of Marlboros and whips out her ACCESS card. It makes me soooo sick! Their mentality is "We should get the same things as everyone else." Well then start buying a lot of hamburger and generic stuff because that's all we can afford thanks to the fact that we have to support your fat asses.

Sorry to ramble. It's a major pet peeve of mine.

Amusing Bunni said...

Crazy f-ing bitch, I bet she voted for obama too! As if causing a riot wasn't bad enuf. I hope the store and injured people sue her, but she probably doesn't have a pot to pee in.

blackandgoldfan said...

Bunni: They'll go after BCF. Deeper pockets.