"Around the corner on Canal Street, the main thoroughfare in the central business district, people sloshed headlong through hip-deep water as looters ripped open the steel gates on the front of several clothing and jewelry stores. One man, who had about 10 pairs of jeans draped over his left arm, was asked if he was salvaging things from his store.
"No," the man shouted, "that's EVERYBODY'S store."
Looters filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation as National Guard lumbered by."
NOLA seems to be going a little bit crazy right now (with good reason), but the looting proves that it's people have the tenacity to survive, and haven't just let themselves be beaten back by the storm. Instincts win out. Pictures here.
Related to the aforementioned pictures - Racism in the NOLA looting reports? Some interesting comments there.