Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Insert Standard "No One Needs A ___" Here.

Stretch sent in this article, which surprised me with its tone. Considering that it's a CBS News piece, normally far more "tolerant", I can't help but wonder if they might have experienced some of this "performance art" themselves...

Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City.

And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands.

Of course, because this is NYC, "[taking] matters into their own hands" means that the businesses are closing up shop at the time these punks are known to swarm. Or they're [GASP] TAKING PICTURES of the miscreants. PICTURES! Don't they know that's for the government to do? Just wait until they get a "cease and desist" notice from the city for illegal wiretapping...

What concerns me is what happens when these mobs are emboldened by the lack of resistance/punishment. Will they be content to harass small business owners until they close up shop? Will they start hassling random passers-by? It's disconcerting that folks are being injured - to the point of requiring hospitalization - as a result of these events. Will the natural progression of unchecked lawlessness turn to more mafia-like events?

Part of the problem, I think, is that the media conflates these coordinated acts of violence with the performance art formerly known as "flash mob". For a long time, they tried to blur the line between the two, referring to these acts of destruction as "flash mobs", as though a group of Columbia University students were breaking out into song in convenience stores rather than the looting that was actually occurring. Words mean things, and the reluctance of the media to call these events crimes has made the problem worse.

Right now, it's more of a nuisance than a real problem, but I hate to think of the lesson these punks are learning. By banding together in a large group, they can commit crimes and let the anonymity of the crowd shield them from repercussions. This is a bad, bad lesson for them to be learning. As businesses evolve to protect themselves, where the mobs will turn for their next free stuff remains to be seen. Allowing them to break the law with impunity will do little to make them change their ways.

But yeah, we don't need standard capacity magazines, do we?

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Why don't the shop owners just post a "No Flash Mobs" sign?

Wally said...

this is actually brilliant.

lack of punishment or even accountability? meeng no resistance? Blatant entitlement and contempt?

where have we heard that before?

Joshua said...

Welp...the people let it happen now they have to deal with it. Let us hope that they figure out how before more innocent people get hurt.

Anonymous said...

In other places, the "flash mobs" have been real mobs, targeting certain groups, or just random people who happen not to belong to the mob. But the "bad mobs" have yet to strike in places with concealed carry or other strong self defense laws. Pattern?


Anonymous said...

One of the more disconcerting aspects of the bigger UK cities is how most of the large stores such as the supermarkets or drugstores always have at least one security guard at the door. The reason? Not to deal with shoplifters on the way out, but to deal with the youth of the village on their way in. Terribly expensive, most small shops just gamble.

These aren't large mobs either, just six to a dozen, more than enough. The problem tends to come and go. But the London, and then countrywide, riots of 2010 should be a warning about flash mobs.

Ed said...

"Shop owners in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn said similar problems there stopped when plainclothes police officers were assigned to the area."

Let's do the math. 30-40 in a flash mob vs. 1-2 plainclothes police officers who can arrest, what, 1-2 flash mob members while they disperse? No, wrong assumption. 1-2 plainclothes ARMED police officers who draw their weapons and tell everyone to drop face down on the ground and spread their arms and legs before the officers fire their weapons on those fleeing and who then call in reinforcements to arrest most of them. That is an entirely different equation.