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Old 08-30-2005, 12:00 PM   #106
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Looting Begins in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - With much of the city emptied by Hurricane Katrina, some opportunists took advantage of the situation by looting stores.

At a Walgreen's drug store in the French Quarter, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers.

When police finally showed up, a young boy stood in the door screaming, "86! 86!" — the radio code for police — and the crowd scattered.

Denise Bollinger, a tourist from Philadelphia, stood outside and snapped pictures in amazement.

"It's downtown Baghdad," the housewife said. "It's insane. I've wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not."

Around the corner on Canal Street, the main thoroughfare in the central business district, people sloshed headlong through hip-deep water as looters ripped open the steel gates on the front of several clothing and jewelry stores.

One man, who had about 10 pairs of jeans draped over his left arm, was asked if he was salvaging things from his store.

"No," the man shouted, "that's EVERYBODY'S store."

Looters filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation as National Guard lumbered by.

Mike Franklin stood on the trolley tracks and watched the spectacle unfold.

"To be honest with you, people who are oppressed all their lives, man, it's an opportunity to get back at society," he said.
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Old 08-30-2005, 12:07 PM   #107
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Here's some photos from AP:



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Devestating.
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My heart breaks for those who have been affected by this.
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Old 08-30-2005, 12:23 PM   #111
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i really have no idea how theyll recover from something like this. it almost makes you wonder if its worth spending billions and billions of dollars to rebuild it all. who knows when the next hurricane will come and do the same thing. the city would just be another disaster waiting to happen.
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"The biggest known cluster of deaths was at a beachfront apartment of about 100 units in Biloxi. Harrison County emergency operations center spokesman Jim Pollard said about 30 people died there.

Joy Schovest, 55, was in the complex with her boyfriend, Joe Calvin, when the water began rising. They stayed despite a mandatory evacuation order.

Swimming with the cars
“The water got higher and higher,” she said, breaking into tears. “It pushed all the doors open and we swam out. We grabbed a lady and pulled her out the window and then we swam with the current. It was terrifying. You should have seen the cars floating around us. We had to push them away when we were trying to swim.”
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That's awful.
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:04 PM   #114
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Mother Nature can be a menopausal bitch....Wishing those in the damaged areas the best......
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Wouldn't you know the looters would stay!! There Is not excuse!!!
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:34 PM   #116
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actually i cant blame people who are looting food and water. who knows how long they are going to be stuck with no power and no electricity. they need food and water to live, and there are no places where they can go out and buy it. looters are the least of their problems right now.
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Old 08-30-2005, 02:17 PM   #117
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Yeah people plowing through the supermarket is pretty understandable. With the state everything is in there right now, if the food just stayed in the supermarket, a lot of it probably would eventually be destined for the trash heap anyway, and people do need it.

Looting, say, a jewelry store or someone's home for the heck of it is another story...
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Holy crap, a cop confronted a looter, and another looter came up and shot the cop in the back of the head. i have a feeling the military will be coming in and the party will be over for the looters very soon.
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My heart goes out to all who were affected by this terrible storm.
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I don't know if I can post this, but mods, please remove if you feel the need to. This is a link to the Red Cross website for donations: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp

(the song on the radio playing when I typed this was 'Where The Streets Have No Name' )
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