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Was There Looting After The Boston Marathon Bombing?

Video footage has surfaced of people possibly looting official Boston Marathon jackets from a tent vacated by race workers in the immediate aftermath of yesterday’s bombings.

The YouTube user who posted the video wrote, "Looters stealing marathon jackets while others are just feet away critically injured."

After the video was posted, a debate about the motives of those captured on camera ensued.

"Take a high quality screenshot of each and every one of their faces," someone wrote. "Make a Tumblr. Plaster each persons face online. Get Reddit to front page it and make it go viral."

The user continued: "I honestly wouldn't normally advocate this sort of mob justice, but that one piece of s--- smiling while grabbing all the [jackets] he could carry while people were dying 20 feet away got to me."

Others viewed the clip in a more positive light, Yahoo News reported.

"Entirely possible that some of them were doing this for a legitimate reason," one user wrote. "Namely, a runner was at the finish line but didn't have access to their belongings due to the bombing and were left in the cold."

One user who said he was there at the time, claims that volunteers were trying to distribute the jackets “to comfort the injured or those who could not go back to the hotel."

"Yes, some people took advantage of it, what can you do," Sim Salabim wrote, "but it's not looting what you see."

Possibly worse than the jacket incident is what some people have been doing on eBay. One listing that has since been removed was advertising 10 Internet domain names connected to the tragedy.

Sources: Yahoo News, Gawker


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