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* In one DisasterMovie of the Week, the protagonists trying to refuel at a service station while getting out of Dodge, only to find its owners are RightWingMilitiaFanatic-types charging inflated prices.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] has the Futurekind, who haunt the wastelands outside the bunker trying to capture humans to eat.



* In one DisasterMovie of the Week, the protagonists trying to refuel at a service station while getting out of Dodge, only to find its owners are RightWingMilitiaFanatic-types charging inflated prices.



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* The sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving [=IOU=]s) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the [[http://assets.centralparknyc.org/images/things-to-see-and-do/kerbs-l.jpg model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters]] of Central Park. (The [[https://bikerentalcentralpark.com/content/uploads/attractions/5823a140128bb_alice_in_wonderland_sm.jpg Alice in Wonderland monument]] figures prominently too.) Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.

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* The Creator/AlfredBester's "Literature/TheyDontMakeLifeLikeTheyUsedTo": This sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester {{novella}} is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving [=IOU=]s) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the [[http://assets.centralparknyc.org/images/things-to-see-and-do/kerbs-l.jpg model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters]] of Central Park. (The [[https://bikerentalcentralpark.com/content/uploads/attractions/5823a140128bb_alice_in_wonderland_sm.jpg Alice in Wonderland monument]] figures prominently too.) Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.


* In one DisasterMovie of the Week, the protagonists trying to refuel at a service station while getting out of Dodge, only to find it's owners are RightWingMilitiaFanatic-types charging inflated prices.

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* In one DisasterMovie of the Week, the protagonists trying to refuel at a service station while getting out of Dodge, only to find it's its owners are RightWingMilitiaFanatic-types charging inflated prices.


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* Unfortunately this is ''extremely'' common during and after natural disasters, riots, and battle zones in war torn countries. Some relief workers have even been attacked by people who want to ''prolong their opportunity to loot and scavenge'', but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we're going to leave the specific examples of this elsewhere]]. People who really are just trying to get necessities (food, diapers, etc.) before the relief trucks arrive are sadly often still considered to be "looters".

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* Unfortunately this is ''extremely'' common during and after natural disasters, riots, and battle zones in war torn countries. Some relief workers have even been attacked by people who want to ''prolong their opportunity to loot and scavenge'', but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we're going to leave the specific examples of this elsewhere]]. People who really are just trying to get necessities (food, diapers, etc.) before the relief trucks arrive are sadly often still considered to be "looters".



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* ''VideoGame/{{Sheltered}}'': Family members can be sent out into the wasteland to find things like food, medicine, and whatever else they'll need to survive.

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* Minus any disasters, you'll find urban scavengers, dumpster divers and freegans in any modern city or community. Freegans believe in living entirely on what they find in dumpsters as a way to reduce waste and to protest the capitalist system. Others do it for profit, selling what they find on Craigslist and Ebay, or keeping what they find for themselves.


* Unfortunately this is ''extremely'' common during and after natural disasters, riots, and battle zones in war torn countries. Some relief workers have even been attacked by people who want to ''prolong their opportunity to loot and scavenge'', but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we're going to leave the specific examples of this elsewhere]].

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* Unfortunately this is ''extremely'' common during and after natural disasters, riots, and battle zones in war torn countries. Some relief workers have even been attacked by people who want to ''prolong their opportunity to loot and scavenge'', but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we're going to leave the specific examples of this elsewhere]]. People who really are just trying to get necessities (food, diapers, etc.) before the relief trucks arrive are sadly often still considered to be "looters".

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* Post-Chaos Day, one ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story centred around a group of these scavenging through some ruins. They're seen cutting through a chain link fence, ostensibly looking for salvage. Turns out the fence itself is the salvage they're after. The scrap metal from the fence is only worth 40 credits.



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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:'' A mission on Voeld has Ryder encountering two turians engaging in some of this. If Jaal is present, he [[TranquilFury quietly but angrily]] calls them out on what they're doing. One of them happens to be suffering an attack of conscience, and hands over what they'd found to Ryder.


** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas'', prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.

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** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas'', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.

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* This is also what's going on in ''Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone''. On planet Terra-Eleven, where an Earth colony has failed catastrophically after a plague, space salvage worker Wolff finds a gang of scavengers fighting bandits who kidnap the stranded travelers Wolff has come to rescue. He teams up with scavenger Niki to find them.


* The sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving [=IOU=]s) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters of Central Park. Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.

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* The sarcastic novella ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/8355843?doc=18703 They Don't Make Life Like They Used To]]'' by Creator/AlfredBester is all about scavenging after the nuclear holocaust ("shopping" by leaving [=IOU=]s) to create a semblance of a normal life. Linda Nielsen works on fixing up an ideal home in the [[http://assets.centralparknyc.org/images/things-to-see-and-do/kerbs-l.jpg model-boat house overlooking the Conservatory Waters Waters]] of Central Park. (The [[https://bikerentalcentralpark.com/content/uploads/attractions/5823a140128bb_alice_in_wonderland_sm.jpg Alice in Wonderland monument]] figures prominently too.) Jim Mayo and his friend Gil Watkins ran a bar and a TV station in New Haven just in case anyone ever came there.

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* "In Iron Years" by Gordon Dickson has Americans living in a WildWest / CrazySurvivalist mashup. Jeebee Walthar, one of a handful of scholars who mathematically predicted The Collapse, now struggles westward to join with other professors who'll help rebuild some day. He is an actual coward, psychologically unfit to survive in the newly primitive, violent society. The original story is how he obtains vitally important tools, and is accidentally befriended by a huge shepherd dog. This became the novel ''Wolf and Iron'', which is almost a {{Robinsonade}}, and the dog is rewritten as a half-tame grey wolf.


** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas", prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.

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** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas", ''FalloutNewVegas'', prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.


* Quite common in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, and a good way for the PlayerCharacter to make some [[WeirdCurrency caps]] or find good loot. That said, one of the franchise's themes is about rebuilding rather than holding on to the past, [[ApocalypseNot so the setting as a whole is moving away from this]] - new cities have been built out of the ruins of the old, groups like the Followers of the Apocalypse are figuring out how to make medicine out of post-apocalyptic herbs rather than rely on pre-war Stimpacks, while the Gun Runners started as a gang but figured out how to refurbish a gun factory, recycle shell casings, and make fresh gunpowder and propellants. Plus it's been over two hundred years since WorldWarIII, so "Prospectors" are running out of stuff to scavenge.

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* Quite common in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, and a good way for the PlayerCharacter to make some [[WeirdCurrency caps]] or find good loot. That said, one of the franchise's themes is about rebuilding rather than holding on to the past, [[ApocalypseNot so the setting as a whole is moving away from this]] - new cities have been built out of the ruins of the old, groups like the Followers of the Apocalypse are figuring out how to make medicine out of post-apocalyptic herbs rather than rely on pre-war Stimpacks, while the Gun Runners started as a gang but figured out how to refurbish a gun factory, recycle shell casings, and make fresh gunpowder and propellants. Plus it's been over two hundred years since WorldWarIII, so "Prospectors" folks are running out of stuff to scavenge.scavenge.
** Easy Pete, a character you meet early on in ''FalloutNewVegas", prefers the more charitable appellation of "Prospector", both to tie in to the "Post-Apocalyptic Western" vibe New Vegas is going for, as well as to differentiate between folks looking for usable tools, medicine, and weapons, and ''other'' folks looking for junk that can be repurposed. Being a former Prospector, Pete was of the opinion that none of the stuff ''he'' ever found was junk, and sure enough you can find Prospectors and their claims all over the Mohave.

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