Whatever your situation in a zombie outbreak, don’t count on looting needed food from the local mega-mart. An extensive analysis of injuries occurring in large crowds over the last several years found that from Boston to Beijing, people of all ages and walks of life actively participated in the deaths of their fellow man to accomplish their own often trivial objectives.
Innocent bystanders were trampled to death in Angola in March 2009 so that a mob could get a better view of the visiting pope. One month later, in the Ivory Coast, twenty-two people were killed in a stampede of soccer fans upset about their team’s loss. In 2006, 346 pilgrims were crushed to death on the last day of their trip to Mecca. The list goes on and on.
But perhaps the most telling example is that of Jdimytai Damour, a 270-pound Walmart worker who died on November 28, 2008, after being trampled by suburban Long Island shoppers looking to take advantage of early holiday discounts. Even the paramedics who unsuccessfully attempted to revive Damour were jostled by the aggressive crowd.
If everyday citizens are killing one another just to get a better price on a flat-screen television, imagine what ugly behaviors will surface when actual survival is at stake. The findings suggest that inadvertent human violence may well be a greater cause of death and destruction than any flesh-eating zombie or lunatic with a shotgun in the coming undead pandemic.
So if your zombie survival plan includes going to Walmart, Costco, Target or the like you better get a new plan.