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