what the wha?

So, a friend of mine gets mugged in the alley behind his house in Columbia Heights a few weeks ago. He admits that he wasn’t being particularly safe – pulling his scooter into a dark alley / his back yard without really checking it out first, etc. A young kid came up with a knife and held him up, at which time he (and I quote) “was actually a weird mixture of embarrassed and freaked out because [he] didn’t have any money to give”. That’s what you get for holding up a semi-unemployed indie musician, I guess… ANYWAY, I think the whole thing ended fairly uneventfully – don’t remember if the mugger got the scooter or not, but I think he may have…

Fast forward a couple of weeks.

Friend comes home, sees the mugger near his house, calls the cops, mugger is arrested – you may think, “wow, cool, justice served.” Right? To that I say, not so! NOW the mugger kid’s friends figure out where my pal and his wife live, and spend pretty much every hour of every day threatening them. Needless to say, they’re moving.

This also happened to some friends I had in college in Baltimore – they fought back against a mugger, used mace, the whole 9 yards. Unfortunately, they also ran into their house in plain sight of the guy, who then spent the next few weeks (until they moved) hanging out and threatening them.

Because of all this (and my own fairly terrifying mugging a few years ago), I’ve started carrying a fake wallet. We all have expired credit cards, old blockbuster cards, college IDs, stuff of that nature – I just threw them into a cheap wallet with $20, and carry my “real” stuff elsewhere on my person. Haven’t had to use it yet, but will let you know how it goes if I ever do!

1 Comment so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 2:05 pm

    This is why society needs the A-team

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