Thursday, January 10, 2008

You Sure Told Them

Seems I've seen a handful of these types of letters to the editor the last few weeks. Someone gets ripped off so they write a letter to the editor chastising the thief. That's all good and fine, but I have a hard time believing that burglars and thieves read newspapers every day, much less the letters to the editor section.


At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make a good point, Fred.

Appealing to the conscience of a thief seems a waste of time and energy.

Maybe a better approach would be for the crime victims to use their letters to post rewards for the capture of the crooks.

Nothing seems to motivate the friends and associates of criminals like easy money.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Good idea except, problem is, do the friends and associates of criminals read letters to the editor?

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got me, Fred. I hadn't thought of that!

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Beachcomber said...

Sometimes I think the papers should list the petty crimes...the stolen flags and yard decor ... the yay-hoo that drove over the high school lawn...the crushed mailboxes...the TVs and washing machines dumped in my alley. Did the parents not NOTICE the grass in the wheel wells and up the side of Billy's four-bah-four? Or the dent in the fender from the mailboxes they ran down? Where did my son/husband/neighbor dispose of the washer? Maybe if the petty shit were listed, and businesses sponsored rewards, low lifes would rat each other out for the $50 reward.

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say, your list, Beachcomer, of the crimes that affect most of us most, is impressive. Those crimes, though petty, when commited in great numbers, have a way of weighing on the soul.

Can civilization bear the crushing burden? Each such crime is an anonymous swipe at one's neighbors, an expression of disrespect to all one's fellows.

But watch! If one person raises his or her hand to fight these offenses, the populace will rise as One, to attack that person as a busybody or a killjoy.

The anarchism inherent in tearing up the high school's lawn with tires or of dumping an old appliance in a gulch feeds the wild spirit of some of our neighbors. Oh, how I despise their selfish and aesthetically-disturbing choices!


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