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.