“Be careful when you’re going to Walmart”

Shawnee, Kansas, mother Wendy Russell Macrorie posted a video to Facebook yesterday after a trip to Walmart to buy “light bulbs and stuff; an inner tube for my son for his bike and everybody was telling everybody not to go outside.” After she got back to her car and noticed what was going on in front of it she felt compelled to shoot video of it and then to comment on the experience of shopping at Walmart.

What was happening in front of her car was a police shooting of two men suspected of stealing a car. The video (linked below) shows police officers, apparently with their weapons drawn, and with two of the suspects (one of whom was reportedly already dead) on the ground. “So you be careful when you’re going to Walmart. This is really scary and insane and grotesque and I am freaked out,” Macrorie advised in the video.

This seems to bring up two points: Was it right for Macrorie to post the video on Facebook, as some sort of typical status update? Second, was it right for her to suggest that Walmart is the sort of place that is besieged by criminals? What do you think?

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Source: DailyMail.com

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Holiday Date Rape?

CTfz9oIVEAEvT2-Today the department store chain Bloomingdale’s is publicly apologizing for an ad that is part of its new holiday catalog. Some believe that the ad (shown above) encourages date rape. With a headline that reads “Spike Your Friend’s Eggnog When They’re Not Looking” appearing alongside a man and a woman it’s easy to see why. The ad unleashed immediate condemnation on social media, with one Twitter user tweeting, “And an even bigger fail. ‘Spike your female friend’s eggnog.’ ok @Bloomingdales do you not see the date rape msg here?” In response, the company said “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our current catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.” Fair enough. But it begs the question: How did the ad get released in the first place? Why didn’t someone at Bloomingdale’s (or their ad agency, or whomever produced the catalog) stop and question it? Is it because we’ve grown morally insensitive to the point that we don’t reflect on what it is we’re saying to people? What do you think?

Sources: NBC News, Bloomingdale’s