Most Americans are living in a fairytale where they think grocery stores will always have fully-stocked shelves and local police will always respond when they dial 911. In truth, despite the best efforts of our men and women in blue, society sits atop a thin veneer of what I call "feigned politeness," underneath which festers the ever-present potential for social chaos: thievery, murder and violence.
Today a 23-year-old woman in Houston was killed in a car crash after pulling out of a private drive into fast-moving traffic. After she was killed, onlookers stole the groceries out of the back of her SUV.
As the Houston Chronicle reports (1):
"...eyewitnesses told police they saw people steal groceries out of the dead woman's SUV."
It's not yet clear whether this happened while the mother lay dead in her SUV or after her body was removed. It's difficult to imagine someone stealing groceries out of a vehicle once emergency responders arrive on the scene, so it seems more likely this theft took place while the woman's dead body and injured children were still in the vehicle.
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