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Thursday, August 16 2018

Another runner in the night

PoliticWe headed into the City, yesterday, to show Buko what the underside of a shark looks like, while swimming.. He enjoyed the tunnel aquarium, but enjoyed the street performers on the pier, more.

Afterwards, we went to dinner, and I had a chance to observe the underbelly of society... A couple of guys skipped out on their $50+ bill (pizza, beer, etc.) Well, they didn't exactly skip out. They left a credit card. Well, I don't think it was their credit card. Here's how I think they did it.
  • Pick some tourist's pocket (there are plenty at Pier 39)
  • Go to a restaurant that hired inexperienced waitstaff.
  • Order up a storm
  • As things get really busy, when a customer leaves a table that is in a different waiter's "area", switch tables before anyone can be seated there.
  • Pay by credit card (not your own...one from the wallet you stole!
  • When it comes back for your signature, pick it up, walk a few steps, put it back on your table, and walk toward the bathroom (note: your new seat should not be in the same visual area as the bathroom)
  • Your friend immediately leaves, and you head toward the bathroom, then veer toward the door for your getway
  • PROFIT!
  • Now this poor kid is stuck paying their bill. They robbed a tourist, then robbed a teenager trying to make a buck. Pretty sophisticated technique, and I'll bet it works nearly every time...the guy who got screwed isn't watching their table (it's not in his area, since they moved). If he is watching, he thinks one guy's in the bathroom. He GOT a credit card, so it seems safe.

    Now, you may be asking yourself (I sure am), "why didn't dbsmall say anything while he saw this developing". I've got a bunch of excuses/answers:
    1. I, too, didn't know if the guy had signed the payment slip. I was suspcicious, because the guys seemed to be "psyching" themselves up, opening a window to the chilly bay air, and not making eye contact with anyone in the restaurant (perhaps to avoid being recognizable?) I wondered (to my family) if perhaps they were one-hitting out the window, or going to try to rob the place, or what? (I decided that robbing a place that busy, that far down the pier, wasn't such a good idea, so...)
    2. Even after I strongly suspected it, the old dbsmall would have said something. Not getting involved? That's the consequence of society not listening to or punishing those who try to do right, or to shine a spot on corruption.
    And that, my friends, is why this is marked "politics". It's a parable, you see? The Cancer-in-Chief and his administration have created a culture that allowed a thief to get away.

    So, I mean, the next time...I can shout at the thief's friend "HEY! I think you left your credit card!" (so I'm doing someone a favor...maybe he DIDN'T...but I just called attention to him if he did.) What can we do so the Cancer-in-Chief gets caught? Nothing. He's been caught, but too many people are too blinded by ideology to recognize it.
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    Trickle-down society
    Authored by: Anonymous onMonday, March 27 2006
    I meant to actually write a parable, too.

    You know how trickle-down economics (aka, supply-side voodoo) was supposed to work? We increase the dispolable income of the wealthy, they buy more, it causes production to increase, which improves jobs...and the economic prosperity "trickles down" to the peons?

    I think we're experiencing trickle-down politics. Greed, corruption, lies, lack of accountability, theft, etc. happens at the top. And it trickles down as a sort of learned helplessness by the peons, and we stop alerting others when we witness crimes.
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