This past weekend I decided to do a few errands around town to get ready for the week ahead. We had been busy during Christmas and had not had much time for prepping activities.
I went to Sam’s Club to buy a few staples and was passing by the prepared foods section when I heard a commotion. I looked over to see what was going on and found out a few people were upset that the rotisserie chickens had run out. They were muttering angrily among themselves. One of the customers asked to speak to the supervisor. The lady came out and tried to explain there were no cooked chickens available, and they won’t be ready for another hour. The crowd could not believe there were no barbecue chickens available, and were beginning to show their outrage.
“HOW CAN YOU LET THIS HAPPEN, YOU **#%*** ?!!!” You can imagine some of the rude comments. I was a bit of a distance away but by now I can really hear what was being said. Voices were getting louder: these people were getting angrier by the minute, and the supervisor was getting heated as well. She said, “I am sorry we had run out of chicken, you will just have to cook your own food today!” This did not help the angry crowd and people started pushing their shopping carts even closer. Mob behavior was starting to take over, which attracted even more people to push and shove. By now the store manager showed up to try and appease the mob.
I opted to get out of there in a hurry. I am not sure what happened afterwards but seeing the crowd’s behavior over rotisserie chicken was almost unbelievable except that I witnessed it. They were surrounded by hundreds, maybe thousands of food options, yet these people were outraged because their one choice could not be fulfilled.
If people get this riled up in the middle of plenty, imagine how people will react when shelves really are empty and even the undesired foods are gone. This showed me up close that people have become lazy and expect everything to be ready for them in an instant. They are not used to being denied anything. In a disaster, when stores run out of food or water, things are going to get ugly very quickly.
Whether you have taken a break from prepping or just starting out, don’t put it off any longer. It was unpleasant to see this side of people up close, but it has reminded me once more of the real need to prepare.
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