A man died at a Georgia Walmart died today after being tackled and detained by two store employees and a contract security officer. The dead man was apprehended after the alleged theft of two DVD players. Most retail chain stores have strict policies against touching alleged thieves, and Walmart is no different.

Reaction to the death has been decidedly mixed. Put these folks in the “robbing has consequences” camp:

More seemed to agree with a Walmart spokesman who opined that “No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life.”

The reportage makes no mention of politics, but that didn’t stop some observers from imposing theirs onto the storyline:



You know what they say about what happens when you assume? Repeat. Often.