In contrast to earlier catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina, the looting following Hurricane Sandy has been pretty subdued, though a group of freebooters made their way through Coney Island with shopping lists in mind.
“People were running in and out of Rent-A-Center carrying these big flat screens” the Daily News reported. “They were holding on tight,” said witness Aisha John, 20. “I couldn’t understand how someone could steal a big TV in broad daylight, but no one cared.”
She said people were running out of a nearby Rite Aid with bags of diapers and wipes.
“Look, they’ve been looting our wallets for too long,” said a young male who claimed he helped himself to a TV at the Rent-A-Center.
“It’s about time we start taking this sh—back,” the youth, who identified himself as Jesse James, told the Daily News.
“It was complete lawlessness,” said Ron Troyano, owner of Joann’s Discount Wine and Liquors on Mermaid Ave.
Troyano said the looting continued through the roof of his store even when police were posted at the front door. “We are supposed to come together as a community during times of crisis, not pick at each other like vultures,” he said. “Next time I’m getting a gun.”
There have been disasters, like flooding in North Dakota and Iowa, where communities did come together and looting was practically unknown. I’ll leave it to sociologists, amateur and professional, to explain the reason.