Everyone knows that once the zombies invade, all hell will break loose, and there will be no more laws. All stores will be fair game, and people will just take whatever they want. A Costco just opened up about a mile away from my house, and my first thought was, “Yup, that’s the first place I’m going to raid once the zombies invade.” But we have to remember that there will be lots of other survivors out there, so we shouldn’t be greedy. Of course, it’s important to look out for oneself, but you should remember these four guidelines for raiding a store after the zombie apocalypse begins.
One: Don’t take more than you need. Obviously, the “first come, first served” rule applies, but you should leave something behind for fellow survivors. Even if you only leave behind a can of pickled herring and a case of anchovies, it’s the right thing to do. Those disgusting anchovies might save someone’s life.
Two: If you run into fellow survivors while you’re raiding a store, you should be cautious around anyone who’s not in your group (they might not have the best intentions). However, if you decide that they aren’t dangerous, ask them if they need help. Maybe you can help each other carry supplies to your vehicles, or you can help them grab items from the top shelf.
Three: Obviously, the rule “you break it, you bought it” will no longer apply, but try not to make a mess in the store. If the humans are lucky enough to reclaim the planet after the zombies invade, we’ll eventually reopen the stores that were raided. It would be nice for the original owners (if they’re still alive) to come back to a store that isn’t completely wrecked.
Four: If there are zombies roaming the aisles of the store, it would be common courtesy to either kill them so the next person doesn’t have to deal with them, or at least leave a note on the door warning other potential looters that there are zombies inside. I’m sure you would appreciate the same type of warning before walking into a store full of zombies.
It’s a good idea to be courteous to others during difficult times. If you practice the proper etiquette when looting a store during a zombie invasion, not only will it make you feel good about yourself, but you’ll be helping other people as well. After all, what goes around comes around.