Bethesda's games usually revolve around the protagonist's rise to power through levelling up and looting everything but the tables have turned in Fallout 76 as friendly NPCs are now looting the players.
Fallout 76's latest standout bug is the perfect inspiration for "In Soviet Russia..." meme, except it's happening in West Virginia, US. Namely, the friendly NPCs have started looting the players' corpses and they are not giving the items back.
NPCs looting items from corpses is not a new thing in Bethesda's games. In Fallout 4, we could encounter Super Mutants where one would have a Missile Launcher and another in his group would have a nail board. Upon killing the demolitionist, his buddy would attempt to take the big boom boom tube. Similarly, Skyrim NPCs would even loot chests while in combat with the Dragonborn, in hopes of increasing their chance of survival.
Fallout 76 players didn't make much of it initially since it's all been seen before. However, when Wastelanders introduced friendly NPCs, some of them would join the players while fighting hostiles.
In an event that turned out to be amusing for us onlookers but highly unfortunate for Lizardinosaurus , a player who died next to a friendly NPC, the settler proceeded to loot the player's corpse.
The pile of pixels masquerading as an ally then appeared to brandish the stolen weapon later on while the player was left helpless and unable to reacquire the Gatling gun or 2,000 rounds of its ammunition.
Other members of the community are reporting the same issue and so far it looks like the looting is limited to the guns, leaving the fancy armour safe for everyone.