Gee, this is our second pepper spray at a Black Friday Sale story and it’s only 6PM. Does anyone think that perhaps the Occupy polices’ pepper spray frenzy has normalized the use of pepper spray?
But hark, suddenly officials realize the danger of pepper spray! Courtesy of Yahoo:
A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said….
Police said the suspect shot the pepper spray when the coverings over the items she wanted were removed.
“Somehow she was trying to use it to gain an upper hand,” police Lt. Abel Parga told The Associated Press early Friday.
He said she was apparently after some electronics and used the pepper spray to keep other shoppers at bay.
Officials said 20 people suffered minor injuries. Fire department spokesman Shawn Lenske said the injuries to least 10 of them were due to ” rapid crowd movement.”
So, the use of pepper spray can be seen as an attempt to gain the upper hand and it can cause “rapid crowd movement” which can lead to injuries in the crowd.
Obviously, there’s a difference between police using pepper spray against dangerous elements in a crowd and a citizen using it to gain the upper hand at a Black Friday Sale, but just where do they think she got the idea?
Just like the constant drum beat for “second amendment remedies” by conservatives in the press leaks into the subconscious of the unstable, so too do the constant stories of police using pepper spray on citizens leak into the national consciousness.
And let’s not forget that too many times, police have used pepper spray on Occupy protesters who were not dangerous, were sitting still, were already kettled, and/or were not escalating violence.
Customers using pepper spray on other customers, robberies, and shootings are not things that have been seen at Occupy Wall Street protests. Republicans told us that it was patriotic to shop after 9/11, and these same people have demonized OWS, but what we have seen is that the corporate giants like Walmart and the shoppers who get whipped into a frenzy by their charms are more dangerous than Occupy Wall Street.
We note the obvious failure of the Republican “just shop” solution. Eventually, we all wake up and when we do, we realize that the 1% used shopping to numb us while they took our jobs, used shopping to lull us into competing amongst the 99% for deals from a store that funds China — making some of us so crazy that we whip out the pepper spray to keep the “competing consumers” at bay over our corporatized catch, and the final insult — shopping at big box stores only helps the 1% screw us better.
Thanks, Occupy Police. You just ratcheted up the level of general insanity another notch. The Black Friday pepper spray frenzy is just another reason to shop locally at small mom and pop stores. And meanwhile, Black Friday shoppers have proven themselves more dangerous than Occupy protesters, yet somehow they are not eviscerated by right wing media the way the Occupy movement has been. See, the 1% likes it when the 99% are so shopping-drugged into complacency that they get violent over who gets the next Walmart deal.
The 1% can’t stand it when the 99% get wise to them, and no longer care about the next Wallyworld special but instead are in the streets demanding the real prizes — social and economic justice.