The Bible makes it clear that stealing is wrong. What does one do then with abandoned property? After the dollar collapses, if you haven't had the funds or any means to prepare, there will be a window of time during which store managers, employees and others just won't be at work. There will be necessary items on shelves with no way of shipping them back and no money will be accepted for them. So what do we do? THAT is completely up to you. If it were me and my family needed to eat, and the money in my wallet and bank account was worthless, and no one was there, I would see it as having little to no choice but to do what I had to do.
So here's a list of the items most likely to be stolen in the first few hours and days of the collapse.
1. Food - duh. I think it's pretty clear that canned, dried, and non-perishable foods will be taken first.
2. Gas - for cars. Whether it's siphoning out of the underground tanks at stations with no power or taking it from abandoned cars on a car lot, you will need as much as you can get.
3. Gas - for cooking. Propane tanks sit outside some stores under breakable lock and key. These will go fast.
4. Gold - jewelry stores, pawn shops, walmart's wedding ring case, you name it gold will go missing all over.
5. Guns - (and ammo) - If there are still shotguns and rifles in Walmarts, Kmarts, and other sporting goods stores, these will be prime targets. (oh, and targets will be prime...nevermind.)
6. Water dispensers and jugs. One gallon, five gallons, all will be taken quickly.
7. Batteries and chargers - ALL batteries, car, boat, golf cart etc will have tremendous value for barter. You need to have some on hand. Solar chargers will be especially needed.
8. Seeds - Garden centers at big box stores will be wiped out of seeds, but only by those who know that the collapse is going to be a long term issue.
9. Houses - with the police, if they are still working, busy controlling riots and the National Guard preventing food rioting from getting out of hand, all those abandoned bank owned houses will be seized by squatters. Who is going to tell them no?
10. Salt, sugar, flour and yeast - these four items can make bread, pizza dough, and many other types of easily made filling foods.
11. Ham radios and walkies with power source. - Once the power grid is down, communication devices become useless. If you have more than one cell phone plug the rest in until the power goes out and use one phone at a time to keep the batteries in others charged. Turn them off to avoid draining power, and please, no Brickbreaker games, that kills batteries quick.
12. Medical supplies - pain relievers, antibiotics, analgesics, anti-histamines and more. Grab and go.
**This is not a recommendation to steal, this was a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Had this been an actual emergency, you would have been informed that local family stores are off limits and instructed to head to the nearest WalMart, KMart or other major retailer where the employees have no stake in the cost or use of available merchandise.