Friday, April 24, 2009

Stopping Convenience Store Robberies

We had a mayor here a few years ago who had ideas. Lots of ideas, some good and the other 99 percent were pretty much out there somewhere. One of them, to curb robberies at one or more fast-food restaurants, was to have some sort of connection at a booth where the cops could work on their reports and either send them to hq, or just file on their laptops. I’m not sure if this ever went into practice.

We had, I think, one such joint in the city. Even McDonald’s never came to Wilkes-Barre until fairly late in the game (after billions and billions of hamburgers had been sold).

Neither he, nor the places most held up, ever realized the brilliancy of my plan to cut down on robberies of opportunity. Will I live to see it put into action? Probably not, as they would have to pay me a suitable royalty, which would go into my cruise fund.

Every convenience store, every donut shop, every fast-food place should offer free coffee to on-duty cops at any time of the day or night. People who might be tempted to knock over the joint equally might be dissuaded from doing so by the chance that an Officer Of The Law could drop by at any time without warning.

Come by once for coffee in Establishment A, then an hour later visit Establishment B to relieve oneself of the water segment of said coffee. That’s one visit each to a couple of convenience stores; all the better for safety.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not bad at all! Around here it would work beautifully as the cops would spend all day there.


April 27, 2009 6:31 AM  

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