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Old 10-09-2012, 05:36 PM   #16
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You're right, obviously a couple of certified geniuses.
I never implied the level of intelligence, just that they were smart enough, as demonstrated by their actions.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:47 PM   #17
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Such as Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman
You beat me to it on that one.

Then there are all the books on lock-picking.

I just found a book titled How to Rob Banks Without Violence. I like the without violence part. I doubt the guy who wrote that book snatches Kindles on the street.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #18
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The ability to read is hardly the only measure of intelligence. "That kind of people" were smart enough to know where to get a gun, that two is sometimes superior to one, and to not shoot the idiot who though his bit of plastic tech was more valuable than his life.
By using a gun they turned a crime police would have ignored into one that almost surely now has a detective assigned. And if caught, they will face a long sentence -- maybe as long as for a non-violent bank robbery (see my last post) -- for a tiny potential payday.

Sorry, but using a gun to steal a Kindle -- or even an iPad -- is really, really, dumb.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:54 PM   #19
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By using a gun they turned a crime police would have ignored into one that almost surely now has a detective assigned. And if caught, they will face a long sentence -- maybe as long as for a non-violent bank robbery (see my last post) -- for a tiny potential payday.

Sorry, but using a gun to steal a Kindle -- or even an iPad -- is really, really, dumb.
Not to mention then running over the victim.
A suspended sentence has suddenly become 10 years in the slot.
But they were "smart enough to" what?
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:18 PM   #20
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This is definitely a point in favor of paper books. Nothing breaks immersion in a story more than getting robbed and run over.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:05 PM   #21
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That is crazy. While I love my Kindle, I wouldn't risk getting shot for it. It is easily replaced.

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #22
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By using a gun they turned a crime police would have ignored into one that almost surely now has a detective assigned. And if caught, they will face a long sentence -- maybe as long as for a non-violent bank robbery (see my last post) -- for a tiny potential payday.

Sorry, but using a gun to steal a Kindle -- or even an iPad -- is really, really, dumb.
As I did not provide a comment or opinion on the legality of the actions, I'm unsure as to why you would quote me or direct your comment to me.

As to your other point, is there another weapon more efficient for robbing someone? A gun only requires one hand, leaving your other hand free to hold on to what you're taking. It is immediately recognizable. It leaves little doubt as to the intent of the person holding it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #23
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As I did not provide a comment or opinion on the legality of the actions, I'm unsure as to why you would quote me or direct your comment to me.

As to your other point, is there another weapon more efficient for robbing someone? A gun only requires one hand, leaving your other hand free to hold on to what you're taking. It is immediately recognizable. It leaves little doubt as to the intent of the person holding it.
Can't argue with you there cobber, using a gun is definitely the smart way to go about nicking a Kindle.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:24 AM   #24
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I remember a brazilian writer in an article for a newspaper describing a theft that happened to him: they took many things from his car at night, like his stereo, pocket tools and a bunch of worn, smelly socks. A few books that were in the car were left untouched.

They took the worn socks, but left the books! That's society today.

No. That sounds like Peru. (I can say that because I actually live here. I also have a personal, INTIMATE experience of being robbed while my family was sleeping.)

Unfortunately, literacy is not highly prized here, since keeping warm, eating, and staying alive have precedence over other things.

Peruvians who do read and are educated, however, are understandably very proud of Mario Vargas Llosa.




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Sorry, but using a gun to steal a Kindle -- or even an iPad -- is really, really, dumb.
But not as dumb as chasing two people, who have a gun, when they have just taken your ereader.
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