Behavior: Hoarding Days

Is it as American as apple pie?

In Cleveland, a crowd of 50,000 besieges three downtown butcher shops. A California woman collects 8,400 cans of food. And the run on sugar and sugar substitutes is so great that many beehives are stolen for their honey.

Shades of the future as more shortages cripple the country? No, this outbreak of hoarding occurred during World War II just before the Government imposed rationing. Now, as the lines at gasoline stations conjure up new visions of shortages, the question again arises whether Americans will embark on more hoarding sprees.

Some commentators on American behavior think that...

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