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Consumerism and a Sad Flip-side

From News of the Weird:

“On Thika highway in Nairobi, Kenya, in February, frenzied and hungry villagers brawled for access to meat from a baby hippopotamus (about 1,700 lbs.) that had been killed by a passing vehicle. Amidst the kicking and punching, two people were stabbed. Two weeks earlier, in the London suburb of Edmonton, 6,000 Ikea customers rioted, vying for on-sale sofas (80 percent off) and other bargains. Said one customer, 'There were people diving on sofas' and 'tugging at two different sides of the same sofa and shouting 'mine, mine.' At least 20 people were taken by ambulance to hospitals.”