January 06, 2004
A Crime Victim Speaks

I have very little spare time lately, but can't resist logging on for a couple of quick notes. Here's the first one:

WBAL-TV had a story on the 11 O'Clock News about a foolish man who tried to rob a pizza place in Anne Arundel county (Domino's, I think). He pulled a knife on the manager as she was making a cash deposit at the bank across the street. Unfortunately for him, a couple of employees saw him, and one knocked him down twice with his car, after which the other tackled him -- he was still ambulatory --, stomped on his hand, took his knife, and held him until the police arrived. If there was any further beating or kicking involved, they were discreet enough not to mention it on TV. My favorite part was the quotation from a cheerful and almost giggly Amanda, the blonde, pony-tailed, eyebrow-ringed manager: "Nobody was harmed, except for him, but that's OK".

Posted by Dr. Weevil at January 06, 2004 11:19 PM

There are other stories like this. I read today (lost the URL) about a guy in a WalMart parking lot who ran up, grabbed a woman's purse and ran off. She screamed bloody murder, and a 17-year old woman, seeing the guy running her way, with people in hot pursuit, kicked him in the shins (sorry, just shins), tripped him, recovered the purse. Just then the people caught up and held him on the ground till the cops came by.

People are starting to wake up. That's a damn good sign.

Posted by: Mike on January 8, 2004 07:03 PM

I commented on that story recently (use the namelink) but the original news coverage has gone to archive. The local police chief credits 9/11 and the passengers of Flight 93 with triggering the change in attitude.

Posted by: triticale on January 14, 2004 09:54 PM