As Hurricane Matthew came barreling out of the Caribbean and up toward the Florida coast, millions of Floridians began preparing either to evacuate to a safer location or hunker down and wait out the tremendous storm.
Those who realized a bit late in the game that they weren’t fully prepared for the incoming storm rushed in a panic to their nearest grocery stores and gas stations, where they found crowds of other panicked shoppers scouring near-empty shelves for whatever remaining goods could be found.
According to the U.K. Mirror, at least a couple of panicked last-minute shoppers engaged in an all-out brawl in a Walmart somewhere in Florida after one of them allegedly grabbed the last case of bottled water.
You can watch the brawl here.
The two women were filmed brutally punching and slapping each other, pulling hair and using a cart and other nearby objects to express their extreme displeasure at not being able to get the supplies they wanted or needed.
To be sure, incidents like this are not generally widespread, but neither are they confined only to the lead-up to a hurricane, as similar sights have been seen ahead of snow and ice storms in winter, or even in the utter insanity known as “Black Friday” shopping after Thanksgiving.
If you are like most people with a bit of common sense, you’d probably rather avoid being caught up in such a situation, and one of the best ways to do that is to be prepared ahead of time.
While we aren’t suggesting you rush out and buy a year’s worth of canned goods to stockpile next to a pallet of bottled water cases and 10,000 rounds of your favorite ammunition, it isn’t a bad idea to have enough food and water on hand to last at least 3 or 4 days, perhaps up to a week, in the event of an emergency like a severe storm.
It is certain that those Floridians who thought ahead and did their shopping a few days before mass panic set in, as well as those who generally make it a point to keep a few days’ worth of supplies on hand at all times, aren’t sweating this storm as much as some others might be.
We imagine they also aren’t getting involved in any Walmart Worldstar brawls over the last case of bottled water or the last loaf of bread on the shelf, either.
Let this serve as a reminder that people should always prepare themselves ahead of time to weather any storm, if only so as not to have to tangle with those who are woefully unprepared when disaster strikes.
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