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on Jul 18, 2013
who got robbed? people are prejudiced aginst hoodies, yes my vehicle may have been stolen by man with hoodie, but i refuse to be prejudiced against someone because of that. if only more americans were like that. trayvon trial shows unbridled prejudice.
utica - I suspect most people have more of an issue w/someone pulling a gun on them than someone wearing a hoodie - at least, here in Calif. It's likely different in Florida.
@utica - WHo got robbed? A human being, at gunpoint. Have some compassion for the victim instead of hoodie wearing thugs.
What's a hoodie? That hooded red sweatshirt I wear with the white letters "STANFORD" emblazoned across the chest?
@ utica: I am not biased against hoodies. I wear a few...and so does my husband. I do not, however, wear a hoodie on 80 degree days.
I am not biased against ski masks either. However, if I see a guy with a ski mask walk into the 7/11 on Colorado Ave., I will do my best to leave the store as quickly as possible.
I guess that I understand statistical probability too well. Either that, or I've watched the news enough to realize that a ski mask inside a convenience store is often not very good news.
First, my sympathy to the victim of this crime.
This kind of incident infuriates me, and the fact that in 5 posted comments now no one is expressing how unacceptable this kind of thing is in our community, or any ideas, not one, on how to fight this. Over and over handguns are being used to commit crimes like this ... it seems close to 1 every month or two now, but someone has to experience that trauma and the rest of us have to keep it in the back of our minds.
These thugs will strike wherever they can, and pretty soon the population of thugs who are encouraged by how easy it is to vent their thuggish frustrations in life by robbing people and traumatizing them will start to shoot innocent people like we see and hear about in Oakland frequently.
As a society we need to discuss this on all levels and try to come up with some solution to it. I would even consider listening to someone who discusses concealed carry or armed solutions to this. There are times when I go for a walk, sometimes late at night, or in secluded places like the Baylands where I wish I had a gun with me. I, who have shot guns before as a young man for recreation, but never owned one and not really ever thought seriously about owning one.
So far I have not been a victim of crime, but as I get older I know it's only a matter of time until I cross paths with some thug like this and they think they can something I have of value without a problem. The alternative is to just not walk around in my own city where I have lived for over 40 years now.
We have a government that is investing billions in keeping detailed information on all of us and who we know, and what information we have been exposed to ... yet does any of that do any good to protect any of us from robbed or assaulted by the very people this corporate society disenfranchises and jettisons out for all the rest of us to have to deal with?
One thing I would like to know ... maybe a few statistics on our government instead of the other way around ... what percentage of these reported incidents are resolved by an arrest and conviction? Who are doing these crimes. Do the police have any real suggestions? How about the victims, can they pass on anything they think might have contributed to their being singled out and victimized?
nayelli wears a hoodie! who woulda thunk! now im really scared!
How about the laptop aspect?
"post doctoral student, complied with the robber's demands to surrender his laptop"
encrypted of course.
Why would you be scared of me?
Although I wear hoodies, I don't wear them in 80 degree weather. While I am Hispanic, I don't belong to a gender-specific segment of my demographic that is disproportionately involved in violent crimes or robberies (particularly in Palo Alto).
Good luck CrescentParkAnon. It goes without saying, that this is unacceptable, in our community or any other. Regular commenters here know that any debate about short term or long term solutions would find many of the ideas quickly censored. The issue is just too divisive for this venue. I suggest attending neighborhood association meetings when crime is the topic. Representatives of the PAPD are often invited speakers. I think Chief Burns will be introducing our newest police canine, Eddie, at Heritage Park (Homer & Waverley) Saturday around 3pm. The usual suggestion to citizens is just to be very aware of your surroundings. I know, not very helpful. But maybe you can get your other questions answered, and find out the difficulties faced by law enforcement.
I wonder how many convenience stores are robbed by someone not wearing a "hoodie"?
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