Watching the track of Hurricane Dorian picking up speed along the East Coast – threatening the Carolinas right now – but there’s some more unsettling news.
Dorian has brought out the best and the worst in people. This slow poke hurricane pounded the Bahamas for a couple of days, destroying life and limb, flooding the land and wiping out much of the standing properties. As many as 20 bodies have been recovered, as of Wednesday night.
But as first responders and the US. Coast Guard came to the aid of the beleaguered Bahamas, the looting had already begun. While this natural disaster touched everyone, it seemed to give license to some Bahamians to grab what they could from their neighbors’ flattened homes and ruined stores.
Looting the battered is more cruel, but reminiscent of the looting we’ve seen perpetrated by rioting mobs in big cities here.
Meanwhile, in sunny Florida last week, people wisely prepared for the worst of wind and water and lined up for necessary supplies: plywood, generators, food, fuel, water, sandbags, flashlights. They’ve been there, they know what they need.
Apparently some retailers knew what they needed and jacked up their prices, way up. It’s called gouging and it’s a greedy, heartless thing to do, usually before impending storms. It’s not new, nor is looting, but it makes me wonder what sort of person loots and gouges, especially in such times?