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Tanker drivers strike and panic buying

FeyyoreFeyyore Posts: 10Registered
edited March 2012 in In the Media #1
Just a little thing of current issues from round here and my thoughts. :3

Lately in England most of the population has been panic buying fuel as a strike threat by tanker drivers leaks out into the media. Thousends of drivers panic bought and still are, fuel. Queueing for what could be hours just out of instinct and panic. (More details and of its historical similarity check the link at the end.)

It seems that the human race will never evolve or move away from the base instinct to herd like sheep. The very sight of a crowd makes the viewer curious as to whats at the end of the que or drawing the crowd's attention. Stupidity and commonality is always there. Like mindedness and curiousity along with fear of losing anything. Overworrying and reacting. In the end its a question of our nature. How do we act when we panic? In a group or as an individual? Some can show as benign or small scale. Such as entering a bar that has a single person in rather than the one next to it with none. To mass mobs clearing shop shelves, large evacuations, riots. A group in a perfectly square room with a door on two sides will always have a majority follow out through one, while a small minority will go the other.

But in the end que's are made up of self-serving individuals trying to help themselves but drawn to mass groups to do so.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... -symbolism
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  • Ded10cDed10c Posts: 136Registered
    Woman nearly burnt herself to death trying to decant petrol in her kitchen, and it turns out there won't be a strike over easter after all.

    The government have caused utter chaos. If they hadn't committed political suicide before, they certainly have now.
  • SteeveeoSteeveeo Posts: 849Registered, Administrator
    There comes some good from walking everywhere, it seems. This is no exception.

    This definitely was not handled well; a government's priority in a situation like this should be damage control. However, I do find it funny that all the panic was over a situation that was purely hypothetical.
  • FeyyoreFeyyore Posts: 10Registered
    Indeed. Even if the strike came through the army was going to step down on it. But sadly the information about the strike order being filed came out causing mass panic and record sales.
  • Ded10cDed10c Posts: 136Registered
    There should be a Darwin award in this for somebody.

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