Thursday, July 19, 2007

Socialism in action

A woman gives birth in a grocery line rather than give up her place and lose out her chance to buy scarce goods (are there any other kind in socialist countries?), and nobody comes to her aid out of similar fear:

A pregnant woman in inflation-ridden Zimbabwe gave birth in a queue for groceries rather than surrender her place to other shoppers, Zimbabwe's state newspaper the Herald has reported.

In an indication of growing desperation among Zimbabweans, the woman was reported to have gone into labour outside a store selling a rare stock of food and household utensils.

The Herald said no one in the queue had come to her aid as they were also desperate to access the shop.

"The woman was in the queue to buy groceries and some pots that were on offer. She started panting and sweating profusely probably because she was in labour, but no one assisted her," a witness told the paper.

Some security guards took her inside the building "where we understand she gave birth", the witness said.

The incident occurred in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo where food stocks have been badly depleted.

Hey, I've got a great idea...let's run our health care system the way Zimbabwe runs its grocery stores!

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