As Texas still works on recovering from the fallout of Hurricane Harvey, and praying that Hurricane Irma doesn’t shift over their way as well, it seems that some people have no qualms about stepping over others–literally–,to get what they want.
According to one witness, after an 89-year-old senior drowned in her own home, a looter who broke into her house to ransack it walked right past her floating corpse. An absolutely horrific display of indifference for the sake of selfish, personal gain, according to ABC 13.
Her name was Agnes Stanley, and at the age of 89, she insisted that she would ride out the hurricane in her own home, rather than go anywhere. However, some of her neighbors were worried about that plan.
Michele Poche, one neighbor and a trained paramedic, was concerned for the elderly woman once the flooding started to get severe. She called Stanley’s son for permission to break into her home and try to help her. When Poche entered the home, she was met with a grisly sight–Stanley’s body floating in the water.
The consensus was that Stanley ended up drowning in her own home, something that the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed two days later when they retrieved the body.
“We saw that she was under the water, and we backed out and called 911,” Poche said. “We think that the water got too high and she may have drowned.”
But what was worse was that the house was burglarized by looters sometime after she had drowned. The Houston Police Department said that Stanley’s home was one of three on her street that was targeted by thieves before the coroner arrived to retrieve the body. The looters passed Stanley’s body while stealing her possessions, without checking on her condition or even notifying authorities.
While this national emergency has brought Americans together as a whole, there are still some people out there with no shred of decency.
At the moment, officials are blaming at least 60 deaths on Hurricane Harvey after it rained several feet of water in a matter of days, causing many to perish due to being caught quickly in rising floodwaters or losing control on waterlogged roads.
Looters have been on the rise, taking advantage of homes ravaged by flooding. Recently, a Texas sheriff informed burglars that their lives may be on the line if caught. Troy Nehls warned looters, “I made a comment the other day that we support the Second Amendment here in Fort Bend County and there are many of us that are armed. I would caution those that want to come and prey on our people here in Fort Bend County that are suffering so much right now, you may want to stay out of Fort Bend County because you could leave this county in a bag.”
This kind of a position has become totally justified, especially with cases such as this one becomes more common. In some cases, these looters have even gone so low as to attack firefighters trying to help rescue people.
If Hurricane Harvey has brought out some of the best in humanity, it undoubtedly has exposed some of its worst aspects as well.