And while the easy thing to do is to simply wave off such claims as fantastical, dismissing them out of hand, it’s time to stop doing that.
All around the country — in red states and blue states, in liberal and conservative centers — the rules are changing right before our eyes. And so far anyway, there isn’t much we can do about it if we want to cling to the little remaining freedom to move about that we still have.
A trip to your local Walmart or other chain retailer will provide a glimpse into this dystopian future we thought ‘could never happen here.’
Things are really starting to get crazy out there. All over the country, “non-essential” businesses have been forced to shut down, but because Walmart sells food and other basic supplies it gets to be one of the “essential” businesses that stays open. However, a trip to your local Walmart now will be far different from what you remember previously.
When you get there, you’ll find a narrow, yellow security-taped passageway and employees limiting the number of people who can enter the store. There are also limits on what you can buy and how many; you won’t simply be able to grab a cart and shop away. (Related: Gross underreporting of coronavirus deaths across the USA means that the “official” numbers are extremely LOW.)
“Wow, so we just got back from walmart in Pine Bluff, AR….they herded us in, like cattle…I kid you not….we had to go through a taped-off line and they had only one door open instead of the two they normally have. They have a 5 person limit in Magnolia, AR…..and security guards at the door as well…armed security guards. You can only buy one loaf of bread and the store closed at 7PM…normally open 24 hours. It is CRAZY,” one of Snyder’s contacts wrote in a message to him.
Other reports note that creepy social distancing instructions are being broadcast in at least some Walmart parking lots, accompanying by cameras so that store security personnel can monitor customers to ‘ensure compliance.’
Just remember: “It can’t happen here.” But it is.
“Starting Saturday, we will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity,” Walmart announced in recent days.
“To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted. Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning. Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a ‘1-out-1-in’ basis,” the retailer noted further.
In some parts of the country, entire aisles in Walmart stores have been sealed off completely. In those aisles, products have been deemed “unnecessary” for coronavirus survival so as to prevent customers from wandering around the store to relieve ‘quarantine fatigue.’
In other words, Walmart wants you to get in, get the few things you’re ‘allowed’ to have, and get out. Oh, and ‘thanks for shopping with us.’
How long are Americans going to put up with this? That depends on how bad things get. As more jobs disappear the longer the country remains in lockdown mode, the more desperate the situation is going to get for more and more people.
There won’t be enough police officers and military to contain those riots.