reply to post by daniel5383
I think the point you are trying to make is underserved by saying:
I know there will be people that will say well they shouldnt take the vehicle and it gets rid of criminals and what not, but when you put an
escalade with cartons of newports and stuff in a poverty stricken neighborhood unattended, of course someone is gonna steal it...TIMES ARE HARD!
Don't speculate responses in the other person. Hypothetical arguments are ok, but you won't "win" the debate with overreaching strawmen. What I
mean is that saying "an escalade with cartons of newports" is both suggestive racially and unsupported by what can be seen in the show. There are
small items left in the car to make it look "lived in", but there is really no other prize than the car itself.
That being said, I agree. The premise of entrapment is ridiculous. You're lumping down-on-their-luck opportunists in with hardened criminals. Not to
say the hardened criminals are anything other than a well practiced opportunist, but you're just creating more avenues than may be naturally
available on a given day, at a given hour to the passer-by who may or may not want to get something out of it.
If what I just said isn't clear, an analogy.
Joe is hard on luck. He hasn't had a lot of jobs and grew up in a poor neighborhood. He's gotten into a little trouble here and there, but nothing
more extreme than the average teenager.
Mary has a job, but lives in the same poor neighborhood. Life was tough growing up for her too, but she just got promoted and finally got enough money
saved as a down payment on a sporty, new Honda. She's worried about people breaking into her car and she's always careful never to leave her purse
in the car. She's used to the neighborhood and other people she knows have had their cars broken into.
Mary parks her car at the local shopping plaza parking lot to run into the grocery store, locking it as always. Joe happens by and passes Mary's car
without thinking one thing about it.
A week later, in the same plaza, undercover officer Maria parks a nice new car in the same parking lot, making a ruckus as she gets out, talking
loudly on the cell phone and in feigned forgetfulness leaves her keys on the seat and her door open.
Just as most people would see a cars dome light on in a parking lot, or a trunk open, a door being open is bound to draw curiosity seekers and good
Joe happens by again, as this is the route from his house to the bus stop. He notices Maria's little show and sees the door open as she runs off.
He's tired and needs money. He hasn't had a job in a long time. Maybe there's a five dollar bill in the glove compartment, he thinks, at least a
few bucks. She's got a nice car, she won't miss it, since she doesn't even seem "with it" enough to even close her door.
As he comes to the door, he sees the keys lying on the seat. What to do? He knows the neighborhood, if he leaves it like this, someone else might take
it. What about him? He knows his situation and how hard it has been to find a job near home, struggling to get to possible jobs far away from where he
lives. Maybe he could get money for it? Maybe? But where? That one guy's cousin, the guy who's friends with his sister. That guy's cousin
supposedly has taken his share of cars. Maybe he can get in touch and cut a deal.
Joe hops in the car, if anything, thinking how he might just get a free ride. Barely ever get to drive a car. He starts the ignition, pulls out of the
parking lot, heads down the street. He's paranoid, butterflies in his stomach because he knows what he's done. Maybe no one will find out. But, he
thinks, it's best if he gets far away before that girl notices her car is gone and the police send out the call.
Before he can even decide what he wants to do with the car, Joe realizes it's stopped. He tries the doors, but they're locked. He sees the blue and
red lights in the rearview. It's over.
Our character Joe represents a random person living in the ghetto. The inner cities are tough, but not everyone resorts to crime. Believe it or not -
but despite what you may think from Judge Judy and the nightly news - most people who live in the poorer areas of our major cities are keenly aware of
their situation and also keenly aware of the punishment received for breaking the law. They've long since weighed the pros and cons of resorting to
crime to fix their down and out situation.
But, that doesn't mean that when an atypical opportunity arises, such desperate people won't at least consider the option, but possibly even leap to
it, impulsively. Joe, in this case, will now have a record. He's over 18 and will now have trouble ever finding a job, at least one of value.
Opportunities like the one he witnessed will be less likely to surface on a day to day basis. Joe was an unbeknownst-to-himself opportunist.