Earlier this week, a big rig was stolen in Pompano Beach, Florida, after the driver left it parked at a truck stop overnight. According to an interview with the local news, this was actually one of several thefts that had occurred in the same location that month. Unlike most cargo thefts, the thieves not only took the trailer, but the cab as well.
What makes the story more interesting, is the load that the truck was carrying. A whopping 44,000 lbs of Miller High Life. While that says everything you need to know about the poor taste of the thieves, it says quite a bit more about the state of the U.S. economy. I mean, whatever happened to robbing banks? I know there’s always been cargo thefts, but what drives someone to steal cargo, and more importantly, how do they sell it?
Cargo theft tells you two very important things about the society it occurs in. It tells you how bad the economy is, and it tells you how corrupt that nation is. When you look at the nations with the highest number of cargo thefts, third world countries account for majority of these incidents, with Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa topping the list. All three of those nations are known for their rampant poverty, and their widespread corruption
With that kind of poverty, everyday goods become extremely expensive. After a while the banks stop stop being easy targets. It’s far more risky, and the money just isn’t worth it, especially if that country is suffering from inflation. Cargo however, is a relatively easy target. You can score goods that are worth, hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes millions if you get an electronics or pharmaceutical load.
That’s why a shipment of Miller isn’t so surprising. According to Freight Watch International, an organization dedicated to tracking cargo theft around the world, the number of cargo thefts in the United States has only increased by a small amount. However the cargo that’s being stolen has changed drastically. Food and drinks are now the most popular targets (you can check out their eye opening report here)
In an advanced, wealthy society, food should be one of your cheapest monthly expenditures. Unfortunately, we’re not an advanced wealthy society anymore. Food isn’t cheap for the average person. That’s why we’ve been seeing stories like the 180,000 eggs that were stolen last March, or the $400,000 truck load of walnuts that were nabbed in California last year.
This is the mark of a nation in decline. This is the mark of a nation in decline. Not only does it signal economic collapse, but rampant corruption as well. After all, how can you sell 44,000 lbs of stolen beer without having to pay somebody off? How are you going to find a vendor willing to take that load?
Keep in mind that often times, the thieves may not know exactly what they’re getting. They just know that whatever is in that truck is valuable to somebody, and there’s a large amount of it. So why take the risk of stealing something so large and hard to conceal, if you don’t even know if there’s somebody willing to buy it?
This implies that there are plenty of people willing to buy it. Either that, or there are plenty of state officials that are willing to look the other way, for a price of course. If you grease the right palms, you might be able to reintroduce these goods back into the supply chain without anyone noticing.
So if we can judge the state of a country by the goods that are stolen from it, we can clearly deduce two things about America. We’re a nation with a standard of living that is rapidly declining, and a society that is becoming corrupt at all levels.
That’s why countries like the United States and Russia have some of highest rates of cargo theft in the world, despite being fully developed nations. We’re becoming more corrupt, and the wealth gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, leaving most consumer and essential goods out of reach for the average person. Unfortunately, this is a long term trend, so you can expect to see incidents like these happen more often as we continued to decline. And boy, do we have a long way to fall.
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