Crazy Wolf wrote:I'm wondering whether a simple solution to the generator problem would be to post a price list. Allow people to hook up, but charge them a mildly painful amount. If you're feeling more kind than greedy, then underneath all your prices post the cost of a comparable generator, the cost of a few 5-gallon cans, and the current cost of gasoline. If you can measure the output of your generator to each outlet, then you can see if they're trying to get around your price list (by having one guy plug in an extension cord, then having eight guys plug in their fridges or something) and cut them off.
Well, the way I see it (and I could very well be wrong, but I would rather be wrong and alive, than right and robbed blind or worse) is if someone knows you have something of value (and now you have more, because you have been charging people to hook up), it just makes you a better target. Eventually enough people will get together to take what you have....sort of like if you are trading cheap whiskey, a certain group of people will eventually start to wonder what kind of stuff are you keeping for yourself? Especially if you give stuff away.........someone always wants more and believes you have it or are holding back on them. Then they start with the it is not "fair", which imho means just because you were smart enough to stock up and they were not, they expect you to give it all to them.
imho, you want to blend in, not stand out as having something worth trying to take. Desperate people will do things (or try to do things) that they would not normally think of doing, the people that do bad things normally will not hesitate to do even worse things.
And yes, there were organized groops of gangs, 10-15 people, sometimes even 50, but also there were normal peple like you and me, fathers, granddads, decent folks, who robed and killed, there was not too much good and bad guys, most of us was gray, ready for everything.