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Reader Note on Hurricane Isaac

Thought this was an interesting look at the mentality of some out there. Something that makes you shake your head for sure: From reader J.P., emphasis is mine.

"I live in Northern Louisiana (rain and a little wind from Isaac) and thought I would share a surprisingly sad and disturbing thing I found out while at my local Walmart. I was checking out in the sporting goods department because the combined Labor day/first of the month crowd had made lines up front way too long. While talking to an employee and getting my stuff I remarked on the crowd saying "you'd think the next hurricane was on the way." 

The employee told me how much crazier the unprepared crowd was (we were forecasted to get 60mph winds) and that some of those people who had bought packs of water and didn't need them were trying to return them to the store. I was shocked and made the statement that they would just do the same thing next time if they don't have supplies, the employee agreed. I know that I personally do not have as much prepped as some, however I fail to see the reason for returning emergency items that you needed instead on putting them in a closet in preparation for next time. After realizing how overly unprepared even mentally the locals are, I plan to step up my preparations. Just a quick wake up call I thought I would share."

Some people never learn - even in "Hurricane Alley."

Tells ya some of what you're dealing with out there. So broke that the $20 they'll get from returning a few cases of water will make some sort of difference. So clueless that they don't realize they might just need that water at some point, or that there are cheaper ways to put back water for a storm.



  1. I wouldn't think foodstuffs could be returned unless defective. I hope I am the only owner of my groceries, but can't always get what you want. I don't live in hurricane or tornado alley, but still keep water stored, and shelf stable foods. I guess you just can't fix stupid, and that 20 is more usefull as a bill than a stash.
    Hope your fishing worked out well, and please use a pole, noodling is for 9 fingered coon asses, not modern men.

  2. While I admit to a longing for "simpler days" and am looking forward to 12/21/2012 in the hope SOMEthing good really happens ... after the idiocy of Y2K part 1 and part 2 (Jan 1, 2000 and Jan 1, 2001 respectively) I'm saving cash for the suddenly un-necessary 2012 EOTW suplies that're certain sure to show up on Amazon and E-bay come Jan 1st. Still, you'd think folks living at the crossroads of the Gulf Hurricane Coast and Tornado Alley would have some common sense...

  3. I was living in a northern suburb of New Orleans when Betsy hit Cat 5 hurricane 1965. I was 9 years old at the time. I remember that the world didn't look the same after the storm. Every thing as far as you could drive was damaged, and never have I seen so many snakes and spiders in a metro area. Chalmette flooded above the roof lines. And many people drowned trapped in their attics. It became a common thing to keep a hatchet in your attic for years after that. Often joked about having one in the attic. But now that has been all forgotten and some people had to be rescued by cutting the roof from outside. Lucky for them the storm was only a cat 1 and responders were able to save them. I guess lessons learned must be relearned after 47 years. As part of my prepping I have moved to higher ground.

  4. they were trying to return the supplies because they bought it on credit.

    Brings to mind the parable of the ten virgins of the Scripture. Remember that all ten had the same advantage of certain intel, coming hard times. It isn't that some made better decisions... Some were foolish and some were wise. You can't fix stupid. In or modern "culture", we trend to be deluded and deceived regarding wisdom. Shake the dust and keep prepping. Those that must be convinced cannot stands on their own. Those that are convinced already cannot be held down.

  6. Their stupidity returning items like that can save you bundles. A coupla years ago during Hurricane Dolly (minor one that hit south Texas), a lot of folks attempted to return generators to Loews, Home Depot, and that sort of store. Because of high re-stocking fee ($50 and up), some changed their minds and pawned them instead (many NIB unused). So many took up space, pawn shops were selling them inexpensively just to turn them over. Great way to buy if you have the room, especially in quantity.