It Doesn’t Take Much For People To Start Behaving Like Crazed Lunatics

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

If an ice storm can cause this much panic in our major cities, what will a real crisis look like?  The biggest news story in the United States right now is the "historic ice storm" that is hammering the South.  Travel will be a nightmare, schools and businesses will be closed, and hundreds of thousands of people will lose power.  In fact, it is being projected that some people could be without power for up to a week.  But at the end of the day, the truth is that this ice storm is just an inconvenience.

Yes, the lives of millions of Americans will be disrupted for a few days, but soon the ice will melt and life will be back to normal.  Unfortunately, it doesn't take much for people to start behaving like crazed lunatics.  As you will see below, the winter weather is causing average Americans to ransack grocery stores, fight over food items and even pull guns on one another.  If this is how people will behave during a temporary weather emergency, how will they behave when we are facing a real disaster?

This is a perfect example that shows why it is wise to always have emergency food supplies on hand.  According to CNN, all that is left on the shelves of some grocery stores in Atlanta is "corn and asparagus"...

As the skies turned heavy, Atlantans cleaned stores out of loaves of bread, gallons of milk, bundles of firewood and cans of beans and beer. In some stores, all that was left were the apparently less-popular corn and asparagus.

And according to an Infowars report, some people down in Atlanta were actually getting into fights over basic essentials such as milk and bread...

Atlanta residents ransacked neighborhood grocery stores in frantic preparation for their second major snowstorm of the year, waging fights over food items and leaving destruction and empty shelves in their wake, a stunning precursor to what will ensue once a major crisis impacts the U.S.


After three inches of snow shut the city down two weeks ago, causing major havoc and leaving miles of cars stranded on immobile roadways, the residents of Atlanta took heed and shopped early.


According to people who Tweeted photos of barren store shelves, residents went crazy over essentials like milk, bread, water and eggs, and in some cases “people were fighting. Yes fighting,” alleges one user.

The photo that I have shared below was posted to Twitter by Kris Muir.  It shows what the bread aisle at a Kroger in the Atlanta area looked like as the storm approached...

Bread aisle of a Kroger in the Atlanta area

So what would happen if this was an extended crisis and you had not stored up any emergency supplies for your own family?

That is something to think about.

And just like during the last major winter storm in the South, there are reports of hundreds of vehicles being abandoned on the side of the road in major cities.  For example, just check out what has been happening in Raleigh, North Carolina...

"I live and work in downtown. I was able to get from my office back home. My wife works in Morrisville, about 25 minutes away. She left the office at 12 p.m. and is still on the road. I am coaching her home with Google Maps. It appears that, from WRAL TV, the ramp from Wade Avenue to 440 is blocked by abandoned cars. That is a HUGE ramp (downtown Raleigh to highway)."

We are also seeing quite a few reports of "snow rage" as this cold, snowy winter drags on.  In fact, on Sunday someone actually pulled out a shotgun and threatened to shoot a snow plow driver on Long Island...

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday, people have found themselves fed up with the hassle of plowing, shoveling and salting. In fact, they have been pushed to the edge, to the point where they have been taking out their frustrations on plow drivers.


Eric Ramirez, a snow plow driver on Long Island, said an irate man went so far as to rack a shotgun Sunday and threaten to shoot him because he was piling snow in front of the man’s Manorhaven home.

And a similar incident involving a pistol was recently reported in Union Township...

The incident happened Monday afternoon along Underwood Street in Union Township.


Police say Eckert became angry when the self-employed driver, John Abraham, accidentally pushed some snow into his yard while cleaning a neighbor’s driveway.


“I went like this to put it in park and there was a gun right here in my face,” Abraham said.


Eckert is then accused of taking a .22-calibur pistol out of his coat, and pressing it against Abraham’s cheek, telling him to remove the snow.

As I write about so frequently, the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is starting to disappear.  A whole host of surveys and opinion polls have shown that Americans are angrier and more frustrated than ever.  Our society has become a ticking time bomb, and it isn't going to take much for it to explode.

When it does explode, most people are going to be depending on the government or someone else to take care of them.  The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo...

Despite warnings from FEMA, as well as the prevalence of popular preparedness TV shows, Americans still don’t seem to understand how susceptible we are to a complete destabilization of life as we know it. It boggles the mind that most people seem to think that when disasters strikes they’ll be able to depend on someone else to provide them with assistance.

Fortunately, at least a few people seem to be learning some lessons about the importance of being prepared from these winter storms...

"Last time I was totally unprepared, I was completely blindsided," said Lisa Nadir, of Acworth, who sat in traffic for 13 hours and then spent the night in her car when the storm hit Jan. 28. "I'm going to be prepared from now on for the rest of my life."

What about you?

Are you prepared?

We live at a time when our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and it doesn't take much to imagine a bunch of scenarios in which this nation would be facing a major crisis for an extended period of time...

-A major eruption of Mt. Rainier or the Yellowstone supervolcano

-The "Big One" hits California

-A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line

-A highly infectious pandemic that kills tens of millions of Americans

-Hackers bring down the Internet or crash the banking system

-A massive tsunami hits either the east coast or the west coast destroying numerous major cities

-A major war erupts in the Middle East and the United States gets involved

-A crisis involving North Korea sparks a major war in Asia

-A terror attack that specifically targets our power grid

-A terror attack involving a weapon of mass destruction in one of our major cities

-A terror attack or a major natural disaster causes one or more nuclear facilities in the heart of the United States to experience a "Fukushima-like crisis"

-A massive EMP blast that fries our electrical grid and our communications systems

-Last but certainly not least, a massive economic collapse that fundamentally changes life in America on a permanent basis

So what do you think?

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salvadordaly's picture

I'm good for a few month's. Long enough to wait all around me out. Lead to protect it to boot!

Soul Glow's picture

Neighbors can be assets to have, if they are good people, anyway.

CH1's picture

The media lives on freak-outs.

Oh no! It's snowing in February!!!


gmrpeabody's picture

I'll take that asparagus.., thank you.

Doubleguns's picture

"If this is how people will behave during a temporary weather emergency, how will they behave when we are facing a real disaster?"


If they show up like this around my house they will be stacked like cordwood with a serious case of lead poisoning. Oh yea, I'll take some of that asparagus too!!

jbvtme's picture

"engineered" weather. just a trial run.  katrina, wtc, sandy hook, boston marathon same.

Shrapnel's picture

I'm with you(as are many here I suspect) on 9/11, Sandy Hoax and the Boston Marathon "Bombing". All are pretty blatant to say the least.

I haven't looked much into Katrina, besides the gun confiscations. But I don't doubt for a millisecond that weather modification is a reality(what was that USAF report called again...oh yeah, "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025"). Most people wouldn't believe what goes on in the black world, SAPs, USAPs etc - even if they had the documents right in front of them.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I'm just going to throw this out there, and feel free to agree or not: Americans, with exceedingly few exceptions, and as a collective nation, are the biggest, most mentally disturbed pussies to have ever walked the earth.

I'm speaking particularly of the Baby Boom, Gen X, Gen Y and Millennials - the preceding generations, and especially the Great Depression and WWII generations, not so much.

We've gotten to the point where Idiocracy is in full bloom, AMD a majority of the population needs its "binky" from the "benevolent" government.

Abi Normal's picture

Call me a pussy to my face and see how much of a pussy I am, panty waist!!!

TruthInSunshine's picture

1st, if your reading comprehension skills were even moderately decent, you would have been able to discern my reference to the collective versus any particular individual.

2nd, you don't know me, and I don't know you, so it's a complete waste of time and energy in an exercise of pure speculation to "internet flex" on someone, tough guy.

3rd, 'Murica!!!

Abi Normal's picture

LOL, you fucking libertarians are as bad as the liberals, you think you know everything, fuck you, and your pussy friend parroting his underwear, below!

Abi Normal's picture

No worries, we are on the same side of this mess!  I do think to generalize is a mistake, that was my point.  Here is something to cheer:

Abi Normal's picture

Well, I guess we're not on the same side after all, good luck with that, I guess when the shooting starts (seems that way to me, as each side thinks they are right, it will come to a head someday, IMO)), we'll be enemies after all.  Oh well, if that is the way you want it, so be it.  Tata for now fantasylanders!  The shit is going to be real thick, won't it.

James_Cole's picture

According to CNN, all that is left on the shelves of some grocery stores in Atlanta is "corn and asparagus"...

Hey what's wrong with asparagus??

This 'weather' is quite something. Looking at UK, Aus, Phillipines, California, Atlanta etc. Reminds me of that paper the Pentagon did on AGW and how they gotta put in place a <police state> to keep the folks in line when shit gets cray. 

So when do them tanks hit the streets? 

StychoKiller's picture

Ever eaten canned asparagus?

Abi Normal's picture

I dunno, but look to Connecticut and NY for the possible first shots heard around the world, yet again. Sad thing is, we are all so programmed to eat each other for lunch, that we argue amongst ourselves so much, we cant see the forrest for the trees.  That would make them winning...and that ain't good, fuck tptb for that, and just about everything else.

ebworthen's picture

Good gracious I hate pissing matches, everyone's legs get wet and you have to do more laundry.

The bigger point is that people can't take care of the basics anymore; no outhouse, no chickens, no home canning, no candles, etc.

Everyone must have something they can microwave and electricity or they will DIE, or so they believe.  Sitting on a razors edge, for sure.

"Can't we all just get along?"

Abi Normal's picture

I do too, my legs are pretty wet about now.  Some sanity at last...I can agree with what you just said.

lickspitler's picture

Whats with all the underwear references dude ? Ok you're on ZH but what else are you up to. 

Abi Normal's picture

eh, one reference and your off to the races, lovely.  I am up to nothing tonight, snowed in, by the fire, how bout you?

merizobeach's picture

You're a piece of shit and a pussy, and everybody knows it.  Good job, loser.

Abi Normal's picture

Ah, another mewling quim speaks from their nether my, the libertarian retreads are easily offended.  You must do something about that thin skin, LOL!!!

20834A's picture

Seems to me you took offense first, eh?

Abi Normal's picture

LOL, the prick called 90% of American's pussies, hell yes I took offence at such a dumb gotta problem with that? Spare me the standard reply and just nod your head up and down, as you probably don't have a problem with it.


TruthInSunshine's picture

"... the prick called 90% of American's pussies.."

I actually said:

"Americans, with exceedingly few exceptions..."

Way more than 90%, 'scro.

I want you to keep posting. For shits & giggles.

You're trippin' on Team America, coming again to save the motherfuckin' day!

James_Cole's picture

Someone called Americans pussies... shit just got real on zh. 

Abi Normal's picture

So you must be a Euro-Dope trash sunshine, lol!!!!  Right End the Fed...I can agree with you there tho...and vote all the dumbass progs and rino's out of congress.  I would vote for a libertarian, if you could just open your eyes on world affairs.  Not saying we have to be world police, we should not, but I sure don't agree with you libs on Iran, or Russia, or China...and many others.  Just wait until Iran has the will see.  Read up on the 12th caliphate and the 13th imam, please, do us all a favor!

Abi Normal's picture

By the way, I can read very well, and comprehend it too, seems you can't do the same for your own writing.  Re-read you inane post, see if you can find where you went wrong.

You just lumped almost every American alive today into one big pile of shit, can you comprehend that?

Seize Mars's picture

LOL Please keep going. You're priceless.

Abi Normal's picture

Oh really, and that makes you what?  A dumbass, a queer, or what?

Abi Normal's picture

LOL, mandingo, you are so smart, here I will bend over again so you can kiss my ass as well.

Seize Mars's picture

mandingo? Ok, man-o-chevitz!

What's all that about ass kissing? Does that involve the old reach-around?

Abi Normal's picture

Spoken like a true go girly man!

Abi Normal's picture

Oh, by the by, a downvote from the ZH morons, is really an upvote to me!  You pricks hate our country, blame everything on jews, and think the world is a safe place, with no bad live in a fantasy world.  Good luck with that line of thought.

akak's picture


You pricks hate our country

I have yet to read any ZHer (aside from AnAnonymous, make me laugh) blame the USA for anything.  Now, the government on the other hand ....

But apparently you are too ignorant and/or stupid to know that blind obedience to corrupt leadership does not constitute patriotism.  More precisely, it is precisely the opposite.



Abi Normal's picture

Then you are not just a dumb ass, but blind as well, I've read way too many comments here to read your tripe, and believe it, try it on someone else lol.  Get real asswipe, you are either a liar or a moron, most likely the latter.

Oh, if you think I support all of these communists in our Federal and local gov'ts, then you really are a moron, again you fucking libertarians think you know you think you can read minds...damn, I am truly amazed at your superiority...let me bend over so you can kiss my ass, punk.

Hooter Shaker's picture



I know I'm late to the game but I wanted to make sure I got in on this.  You should develop your own app....You could call it iThug or something and load with a bunch of snappy, fat kid bully shit.  Maybe you could turn a buck, put it in a myRA account and then Uncle Sam can steal it...

Abi Normal's picture

MyRA....LOL, Ozero's confiscation plan, I don't think so...but since you're in on it Sonny Jim, isn't your mommy worried about you being in the basement all night?

Hooter Shaker's picture

Shhhh....She doesn't know I'm down here.  Since we're now talking about moms.....How did you survive the coathanger?

Abi Normal's picture

Cause I am quick and smart...too bad the best of you slimed down your mama's legs...a terrible waste you are!

DeusHedge's picture

Another example of the corruption of both sides.

Abi Normal's picture

How about all sides are corrupt, in every country, want to know why?  Shame, the lack of if, humility gone, greed everywhere, and power corrupts totally.  Most of all, a lack of God in the lives of many people.  

So laugh hard now, you will be puckering up soon enough.


Abi Normal's picture

Any more of you butt lickers wanna piece of me?  Come and get it, just like I tell the libtards//

Molon Labe BITCHES!

akak's picture

Meth: It's (apparently) not just for breakfast anymore.

El Vaquero's picture

Sounds like a healthy serving of scrambled meth topped with minced PCP and a sprig of LSD.