We live in a “smart” world: smartphones, smart cars, smart watches, smart TVs, smartnumbers … But that doesn’t mean people are any more intelligent now than they were in the past. In fact, they appear to be getting dumber. Case in point: a 13-year-old girl was knocked down and trampled upon Wednesday by a stampede of people at a Coles in Perth.
According to News.com.au, the incident happened as a throng of shoppers all made a mad dash for the toilet paper section—apparently under the impression that coronavirus causes dysentery.
“She was pushed to the ground and then stood on by adults who had no care in the world for a child on the floor,” the girl’s mother said. “People were walking over her while she was crying on the ground just to get what they wanted.”
“I am shocked at how people were acting this morning even before the doors opened. People pushing, people telling people to get back in line.”
The girl sustained an injury to her knee and was taken for X-rays.
While her mother was naturally appalled by the Lord of the Flies-style brouhaha, she said she was impressed by the way in which the employees at Coles handled the situation—that is, like normal human beings.
“Once (the manager) had been told what had happened he took myself and my children straight out the back and got ice to put on my daughter’s knee,” she recalled.
A spokesperson for Coles made the following statement:
“Coles takes the wellbeing of our customers and team members seriously and we are constantly reviewing security measures to manage the unprecedented levels of demand we are seeing in our stores. We ask that customers to continue to show compassion towards fellow customers and team members at this challenging time.”
So out-of-control are Australian shoppers right now that Prime Minister Scott Morrison singled them out during his recent address to the nation.
“On bulk purchasing of supplies: Stop hoarding,” he demanded. “I can’t be more blunt about it. Stop it. It is not sensible, it is not helpful and it has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis.”