Monday, October 29, 2012

The Looting of Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall looters are already making plans using Twitter.
As a result the New York National Guard announced it would put troops on duty in Long Island to prevent such activity.

1,175 New York National Guard troops have been mobilized to “provide command and control and logistical support” in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier. According to NBC New York, the troops will also be on hand to “protect against looting.”

We think back to the disaster in Japan where looting was practically non-existent.
As we told you last year, "Japan looks like World War Two all over again and with all this devastation, death and adversity we see a social strength that humbles us.
Supermarkets are cutting prices and vending machine owners giving out free drinks as people work side by side, together in order to survive."

But of the 129 retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation, nearly 95 percent said they were victimized by organized criminals in the past year and 85 percent said the problem has worsened over the past three years.

You might remember the rioting and looting which shook England last year was also organized and coordinated using Twitter.
At one point, Prime Minister David Cameron considered placing a ban on the social network.

As we look back at the looting in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, Isaac, we are not surprised to learn of the tweets from individuals planning to start looting as soon as they can.

Here are some examples:

“Bout to do some looting when this hurricane finally hits….gonna get a new laptop and tv…this hurricane might be the best thing to happen.”

“If this hurricane gets real bad I’m looting stores ! i always wanted to do that.”

“I’m gonna go looting once this hurricane hits Utica.”

“Has #HurricaneSandy made landfall yet? My bitch ass is ready to go looting!”

“helllll yeah I’m gonna go looting after the storm hits.”

“Who wants to go looting with me when Sandy hits?! I need some new shit! 

Here's even more:

Is this what we've become?
What an embarrassing shame.