The events of the past several weeks really highlight a difference in the way Texans respond to disaster compared to, say, the residents of inner-city Atlanta, Detroit or Minneapolis. Even though millions were left without power for days on end, there has not been even one report of rioting or looting anywhere in the Lone Star State.
In fact, when presented with an opportunity to steal water that was left outside a 7-Eleven store in San Antonio after closing time, Texans reportedly took the water and left cash behind, prompting the manager to tweet for joy about it.
“So I went into work today to check up on my store and they took all the water I had outside my store,” Bonnie Valdez wrote, adding that it is “understandable everyone needs water and I had almost 100 in 7-11 pk and probably 40 of Aquafina outside.”
Valdez was at first surprised and disappointed that all of her water was gone, however when she opened up the front doors to check on everything inside a surprise was waiting for her.
“… when we looked into the store I find this … they left me 620 in cash different ppl I was like wow … My store made 620 dollars when it was closed.”
Had this 7-Eleven store been located in Chicago, the story would have had a much different outcome. Not only would all of Valdez’s water have been stolen without any cash left behind, but the store’s windows probably would have been bashed in and all valuable product ravaged by the locals.
This is the difference between Texas culture and Chicago culture. Texas maintains an ethos of working hard, caring for others, and doing the right thing. Chicago has devolved into an anything-goes free-for-all where stealing is now considered to be a “virtuous” way of extracting “reparations” from the capitalist system.
The heart-warming photo below shows all the money that Texans slipped through the door of Valdez’s 7-Eleven store while it was closed:
H-E-B grocery chain also gave away free groceries during crisis
The San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B also did a good thing by offering people in need free groceries.
Recognizing that the electricity situation was a total mess with customers being billed thousands of dollars for “emergency” power, H-E-B rose to the occasion and showed that it cares about the community, despite being a big business.
“Power went out at heb in Leander,” tweeted one person who was inside an H-E-B store when everything went black. “[I]nstead of everyone leaving empty handed, they just gave it all away …. no store does more than my HEB.”
These are inspiring stories that show not all is lost in American society. There are still some good people and good companies out there that are not just trying to claw every last cent they can from someone else – and many of them are located in the great state of Texas.
“Obviously no politicians or wealthy people needed water because they would have stolen it,” joked one Citizen Free Press commenter.
“The founding fathers talked about how individual virtue is essential for our Constitutional Republic to survive,” wrote another. “That is obviously not an issue in Texas.”
Still another pointed out that an armed society is a polite society, recognizing that Texas’ strong gun culture plays an important role in ensuring that things stay orderly and civil.
“Honest people are law abiding and for the most part God loving, gun carrying, country loving, life loving, hard working, and tolerant,” wrote another. “When bad things happen we pull together to help not harm our fellow man.”
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