posted on Jul, 8 2012 @ 07:33 PM
I enjoyed reading your post OP. It was suspenseful and sincere.
You seem like a good person. What you got out of those 8 days was indeed a sip of part of what would happen if the SHTF. I used to work days and
nights at the most busy grocery store in my small city. Here in Newfoundland we get a fair bit of snow. During the weeks of 4-5 feet of snow I would
have to deal with all sorts of people. Customers would walk in and ask aloud if armageddon or the zombie apocalypse had struck just totally in awe of
the line-ups of people acting as if it was the end of the world, as if we don't constantly deal with bad weather throughout the seasons, but that
doesn't stop the more selfish people.
People purchasing full carts of one type of food, or ice, water, etc.
I remember a week way back when the water was cut throughout the city. West end would have water for a day, then the east, some days none was readily
available for purchase. I can remember us selling all of the water in a couple of hours, and then we'd have to explain that to the other customers
who just wanted a bottle or two. We do put a limit on some items, but during the chaotic fray, it is hard to enforce with all of the customers and not
enough staff. During Hurricane Igor (when I wasn't working there), I know that the same sort of thing happened. People just lose their cool and think
completely irrational with regards to stocking up on things and going completely overboard with their shopping lists.
I fear a Cat 2+ hurricane hitting our small peninsula just because I know that it would get out of hand and the shelves would be emptied in
I told my Mother to stock up on water for late July going into September because I fear that all this warm and strange weather will lead to more of
these events where people will gladly knock over an elderly person just to get their own way out of desperation.
Many of these situations are hard to avoid, and we must prepare in advance, but the way society is today, most people either cannot afford to, or
choose to wait until the last moment when everybody is going crazy for their own supplies when it is too late.
It makes me sick, but I do understand how it all works.
If major grids went down and snow/heat became a country-wide issue, I don't even want to think about how quick we'd go back into the dark ages.