This is a discussion on And the looting begins within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by QKShooter My Mother In Law does. She has it on 20 hours a day. The problem with my mother-in-law is that she's ...
Originally Posted by F350
Then do like the cowboy movies; hang 'em from street lights with a sign around their necks that says "LOOTER".
Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
What I have seen in past events most of the looting has nothing to do with getting things necessary for survival, its criminals taking advantage of a horrible situation for personal gain.
After Hurricane Andrew, it was 2 weeks after the storm when a van pulled up to my inlaws home and masked gunmen jumped out, one firing a shot into the house over my fil's head. They were there with the insurance adjuster, inspecting the home which was destroyed. They'd been lucky to have survived the storm itself, they'd ridden out the storm in the house. My mil had been in a daze, picking up scattered Legos from the yard, as if her now grown son would haven any use for them, the looters of course didn't know what she had in the box she was holding, but I really don't believe it mattered to them. I don't believe they were looking for food or water or anything else like that - I believe they were trying to get anything of value from people who had been devastated, derelects taking advantage of a horrible situation. My fil was one of many who had a "loot n shoot" sign on his home - in his case it wasn't a deterrant. He did in fact shoot back, dropping the one who fired a shot at him, he later died at the hospital. The others immedietly jumped back in the van and took off. They were later caught and tried for their accomplice's death. My thoughts and prayers are with those involved up north, it takes a long time to get back to normal after an event like this and the risk of looters will be there throughout the recovery process.
I agree that looters aren't interested in bread and milk to feed their starving families.
Reading about your MIL wandering around the lawn picking up Legos made me tear up...so traumatic for her.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
My .02 cents- stealing is stealing.
If you are facing starvation, then I suspect you will do what you have to do to put food on the table; however, stealing is stealing. Plan ahead. There were days notice this storm was headed to NY/NJ. If you are starving and have to take something that doesn't belong to you, then own your action.
Put simply: Wanna take my remaining potable water from my child? Over your dead body ... that's the only way it's gonna happen.