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Self-Help V Looting

From a reader:

Taking food (especially food that is going to spoil anyway), water, and

diapers is not looting. That is not only forgivable but expected during a

disaster. I would do the same without any guilty whatsoever. I would also

go back to that store after the disaster and pay for what I took (but that’s

me).

Breaking into stores and taking property such as TVs, jewlery, etc. is

unforgivable. That’s looting. I heard Brian Williams justify it by saying

“people who have very little are starting to take property.” Ok, I don’t

expect namby pamby Brian William to call it as it is (given his property is

not being looted) and say: “There’re some looting scum, let’s hope the

National Guard shoots them.” But it would be nice if he didn’t try to

justify what they were doing based on class.

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