Hundreds of messages of support from the community of Peckham are seen posted on a looted storefront in southeast London. (Photo: Chris Helgren/Reuters)
People have argued that Britain’s riots are a nascent political insurrection, and not purely opportunistic criminality, but there’s no debate that small-business owners who’ve had their storefronts trashed and their inventories carted away by indiscriminate looters are victims of a gross injustice.
Aaron Biber is an 89-year-old barber who has been cutting hair in the Tottenham area of London for 41 years. He arrived at his shop Sunday morning to find it fully ransacked—windows smashed, hairdryers stolen; even the teakettle was missing.