This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
It seems that every Black Friday there is some incident that leaves me wondering how people can go wild and out of control over store sales. The latest craziness happened in Los Angeles when a woman sprayed pepper spray at other shoppers so she can snag the sale items.
The scene described in the article indicates that people were already pushing and shoving even before the pepper spray occurred. They were tearing off plastic wrapped gaming consoles, pushing others and trampling on unwanted items like picture frames and DVDs.
This is not a new phenomenon: who can forget that in 2008 a Walmart employee got trampled to death in Long Island, N.Y. on Black Friday. I won’t even get into a discussion of the stranglehold of consumerism that possesses people; my family and I were talking about the reactions of people when they get desperate over stuff. If a mob can act this way over video games and store sales, imagine what kind of frenzy they will turn into if food and water were ever to run out during a disaster or collapse. If people were frantic enough to act this way over trivial things, think of what barbarians they will turn into if they were desperate to feed their families because they did not prepare when they had the chance.
All I know is, I would not want to be in the throngs of people fighting over the last bottled water or toilet paper before a hurricane or other expected disaster; much less right after a some unforeseen event or economic collapse. If a Walmart sale can turn shoppers into savages, think of what they can become if SHTF and they were really in dire straits. Prepare now before it’s too late!
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