The title of this post is taken from the sergeant who read the daily assignments on the ground-breaking, 80’s cop show, “Hill Street Blues.” Every day he would warn his people, “Be careful out there!”
Sadly, the same caution may be needed this year by holiday shoppers, after an incident in southern California that police are calling, “competitive shopping rage.” At 10:20 pm on Thanksgiving night, shoppers were lining up in the Porter Valley Walmart to purchase discounted Xboxes, when a woman began pepper spraying them “to gain a shopping advantage.”
Ten people were treated for pepper spray, and ten others for bumps and bruises suffered in the confusion. The assailant got away, and it isn’t clear if she scored an Xbox. The store is going through register receipts to see if she left a credit card trail. The woman could face felony battery charges if apprehended. We all should be thankful she didn’t bring a gun.
I really want to condemn something or someone for this insanity, but that would be false. A better question would be, how am I complicit in the greed that has come to surround the birthday of the Prince of Peace? And to reference my previous post on Andrew Weil, how happy is this kind of grasping likely to make someone on Christmas morning?