Flash Mobs at Work: Aug 17, 2011

Here are two YouTube clips of flash-mobs taking stuff without paying for it. Notice that they are not fighting among themselves or being particularly tardy or unselective.

Don’t you think that paying them enough to buy the shit they want would be cheaper and less disruptive?

Viewpoint 1: 28 in a 7-11

Viewpoint 2: 28 in a 7-11

Comments?

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9 Responses to Flash Mobs at Work: Aug 17, 2011

  1. saw says:

    Suppose we pay them enough to buy the things they stole and they steal more stuff? What’s the solution then, pay them more?

    Just trying to find the boundaries of your proposition here.

  2. Synonymous says:

    Social media coordinated social unrest is a trend that’s spreading around the world. It’s just a matter of time before these events in the states escalate.

    If people have no reason to care about the system, and just because they can, why not?

  3. Mr. Stricter says:

    We have three choices,

    #1 We can develop some kind of distribution system that is broadly considered fair. Done well this can encourage people to participate and build up society and reduce tensions enough that the normal tribalism that makes up heterogeneous societies can be damped down enough for people to get along.

    #2 We can continue to build more isolation like we have in the US only with harder means of control. This probably won’t work as such groups are grossly outnumbered and faced by people who aren’t as dumb as they think. In addition the burbclaves (to borrow a line from Snowcrash) lock out nearly as many smart people as dumb ones. Simply, its a delaying action at best as the Israelis have learned.

    #3 We can go completely crazy and go in for genocide, soft and hard. Cut off all aid and go in for mass kills of protesters . Because this is a class war, its impossible. A bunch of rich people who hate everyone not like them have no natural allies, one ethnic group can cleanse another, a faith can wage a Jihad but money requires people to buy things and a functioning economy which is hard to have while th gas drones are flying. Also the soldiers come from the lower ranks and simply are not going to follow orders. It might be possible to stage a race war but the military is smarter than that and its more likely it will be a guillotine party with the rich on the block.

    #4 Smaller state option. Split the US into smaller ethnic states. For ot to help the elite this would require the rich to pick one ethnic or religious group over another, and has been shown, the only color they care about is green. In theory various groups could do this after a civil war or something but any of those states would be smaller and less stable.

    So of these options which looks best ?

  4. AnonymousDragon says:

    “Don’t you think that paying them enough to buy the shit they want would be cheaper and less disruptive?”

    Nope, one of these days the black flash mobbers will run into some guy who has a concealed carry permit. Once one gets shot in self-defense, these guys (and sometimes women) will think twice before attacking the elderly and other vulnerable people.

  5. AnonymousDragon says:

    They all look a like…

  6. Ted says:

    This has nothing to do with earning a living, especially seeing as how plenty of them are kids. If they can afford a cellphone with which to coordinate a mob, they can afford food. Even in developing countries, where cellphones and social media are readily available, you do not see this behavior. It’s culture, not economics. It really is only a matter of time before some store-owner who keeps a gun behind the counter has had enough.

  7. Ted says:

    BTW – given that the mobs are coordinated by phone, there is a record of who sent and received the call, which makes them easier to track Criminal masterminds.

  8. Synonymous says:

    It will only take so long for businesses to start hiring armed guards, just as one sees in Latin America.

    In any case…
    As the flash mobbing gets out of hand:
    Business owners/employees might feel it necessary to resort to lethal force as smart crowds loot and destroy faster than authorities can respond.

    A disproportionate reaction out of desperation could have major consequences.

    The use of lethal force over packs of chewing gum and baggies of gummi savers seems like an excellent catalyst for interesting events.

  9. the dude says:

    Killing them would be less disruptive

    Read a bit of history, especially from the last 100-odd years.

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