Hey, nobody ever said criminals couldn't be nice people. I don't get why people are so surpised to hear about the Armed Robber with a Heart of Gold in Dayton, Ohio, who put a pistol to some guy's head at a bus station, stole his money and cell phone ... and then stopped to make sure his victim still had bus fare before taking off with an "accomplice." I mean, I get that this was an unusual mugging, especially because when the guy who got robbed said he didn't have bus fare, the thief returned 2 of the $40 he stole (and THEN took off).
But not only do I not find it all that strange, I actually think we'll be seeing a lot more of these "thoughful thefts" in the coming weeks and months. Why? Well. Don't you know the unemployment rate (and consequently) the crime rate's going up, up, up, up, up?!
People are desperate -- they've BEEN desperate, they're still desperate, and desperate times call for desperate measures. Otherwise law-abiding citizens are slowly being pushed over the borderline into shady behavior territory, the only neighborhood they can afford to live in at this point. Not because they want to live there, but because they have to live there. (That's right, Mitt Romney, believe it or not, most people don't CHOOSE to live in slums!)
I'm sure you can find examples in your own life -- not necessarily of holding someone up at gunpoint, hopefully, but of snipping corners you never thought you'd ever cut. Maybe you've even resorted to such mildly deceptive methods as post-dating the occasional check or dipping into what was supposed to be your kids' college fund to pay the monthly bills. Well, guess what? At least you didn't put a pistol to somebody's forehead! So give yourself a break.
Personally, I'm waiting for a Robin Hood type figure to emerge. Not to steal from the rich and give to the poor, but to steal from the idle rich and give to the hardworking poor. Level the playing field a bit, and watch that crime rate get low, low, low, low, low.
Do you think more and more "good" people are going to be forced into lives of crime?
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