Post by Bill Vanek Post by risky biz Post by Satoshi Popinjay Post by risky biz
Gang of EIGHTY crowbar-wielding looters in ski masks ransack California
Nordstrom and fill 25 cars with designer goods in raid lasting less than
Why do they still qualify for misdemeanors when they're holding crowbars?
And the $950 threshold should be for an individual, why aren't they
consolidating the total cost of stolen merchandise by the whole gang and
charge them with felonies? Our state is fucked up. I remember when these
issues were on the ballot.
There are two different stories in that article which is sloppy journalism.
The $950 threshold is in San Franciso. The mass robbery was in Walnut Creek
across the Bay.
It's pretty pathetic when Walgreen's, in the San Francisco story, has
apparently instructed their security guards to not intervene when someone
just casually ransacks the store and then nonchalantly leaves.
No point in intervening when the crime won’t be prosecuted, but it’s the
same in many places in LV. Security guards are told not to intervene by store
owners, but it’s mostly for liability reasons.
40 years ago I was in Houston, lived in an apartment. About 4 one morning the
security guard knocked on my door to tell me that he watched someone steal
the tailgate off my pickup. Thanks, job well done.
I guess the stupidity of security guards and companies is nothing new. Over
the last several years, they have gotten away from calling the service they
provide, “security”. They now carefully make it clear that they provide
“courtesy patrols”. In fact, Floyd Mayweather is a good example of why
they don’t like to do anything more than be visible. It used to start with
presence as a deterrent, then verbal commands, then possible physical
intervention. They pretty much all stop at “presence” these days. If you
want intervention, you pretty much need to hire armed guards, with all the