Gangs Plan Hurricane Looting Spree Via Twitter
Paul Joseph Watson
October 29th, 2012
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Scores of Twitter users have flooded the social networking site announcing their plans to go on looting sprees once Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, as the New York National Guard announced it would put troops on duty in Long Island to prevent such activity.
1,175 New York National Guard troops have been mobilized to āprovide command and control and logistical supportā in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier.Ā According to NBC New York, the troops will also be on hand to āprotect against looting.ā
They might well be needed given the fact that a deluge of Twitter users are using the website to appeal to others to join them in exploiting the chaos generated by the superstorm to ransack stores.
Given theĀ recent phenomenon of āflash mob robberies,āĀ where groups of people arrange to burgle a store en masse in order to overwhelm security and staff, the tweets should be taken seriously. Last year police warned that flash mob robberies, organized mainly through Twitter, were on the rise.
āOf 129 retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation, nearly 95 percent said they were victimized by organized criminals in the past year and 85 percent said the problem has worsened over the past three years,āĀ reports Fox News.
In addition, much of the rioting and looting which rocked England last year was alsoĀ incited, organized and coordinated via Twitter.Ā At one point, Prime Minister David CameronĀ considered slapping a banĀ on the social network.
Examples of tweets from individuals planning to go on looting sprees include the following;
āBout to do some looting when this hurricane finally hitsā¦.gonna get a new laptop and tvā¦this hurricane might be the best thing to happen.ā (SOURCE)
āIf this hurricane gets real bad Iām looting stores ! i always wanted to do that.ā (SOURCE)
āIām gonna go looting once this hurricane hits Utica.ā (SOURCE)
āHas #HurricaneSandy made landfall yet? My bitch ass is ready to go looting!ā (SOURCE)
āhelllll yeah Iām gonna go looting after the storm hits.ā (SOURCE)
āWho wants to go looting with me when Sandy hits?! I need some new shit! (SOURCE)
Read more examples below.
Many of the tweets are written in such a way as to suggest that looting under such circumstances is justifiable. None of the tweets express any concern at a law enforcement or National Guard response.
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