Before I say anything else, understand that my heart goes out to the people of Baltimore who are rallying for justice. I am in support of the cause they are standing for. I understand that sometimes justice cannot be obtained peacefully. But I also need you all to understand something:
Stop supporting looting.
Rioting and looting are two totally different things. I keep seeing posts saying “support looters! just loot the big companies, not mom and pop stores!”
No. Don’t. The safety of the employees of chain companies is JUST AS MUCH at stake as small businesses. Also, looting affects so much more than just that one store.
Case in point, I work in a call center for CVS Health. Think customer service for medicine. And this morning, we have received news and training because about 10 of our stores in Baltimore have been looted and people’s medications have been stolen, not to mention people cannot get their medications because the stores are completely ransacked and will be closed indefinitely.
In case you don’t understand how pharmacies work, a patient cannot just walk into any pharmacy and say “I take _____. Fill it.”. If you can’t get your rx from your pharmacy where it’s on file, the only way to get it elsewhere is for another pharmacy to call THAT pharmacy and get it transferred. That’s not possible if the store is closed.
That means that people, hundreds of thousands of people, are now indefinitely unable to get their medications. Some of them are medications people will die if they go without. And that’s just CVS PHARMACIES. That doesn’t even account for any other pharmacy chains that were looted.
I understand the riots. I support the cause.
But do not support looting.
It does not support anyone. It causes more damage than you can see on the surface. The big companies are not suffering, innocent people are suffering.