Sunday, March 07, 2010

Free Can Be Deadly

On the first day of each semester, I define a scarce good as one for which there is not enough to go around when it is given away for free. A tragedy occurred in India this week when free food and clothes were given away at a religious compound. The event was publicized more this year than in the past and many more people showed up than expected. People started gathering a few hours before the event and a stampede ensued. 63 people died, mostly women and children. Here is an article about it:

Dozens killed in India temple stampede for free clothes and food.

This kind of tragedy has happened before:

Freebies led to stampede in '04 too

1 comment:

champ said...

it can especially be deadly when there are many people in Need, such as the situation appears to be in India