Skip to comments.'Bouquet bandit' demonstrates conditioned sheeplike compliance of victims(NY)
Posted on 07/22/2010 5:55:08 AM PDT by marktwain
"The charming bouquet bandit, who handed a bunch of flowers to a frightened teller when he robbed a Manhattan bank, has been connected to a second heist," reporters Christina Boyle and Jonathan Lemire tell us:
His weapon in that stickup was a potted plant.
No, this isn't a satire piece from The Onion, although as far as gun owners are concerned, the New York Daily News is as big of a sick joke site.
That urbane reporters characterize the robber as "charming" is our first clue to a massive worldview disconnect from those of us who instead consider him an immoral thug, one who deserves to have that damn pot planted up his...
The reactions of conditioned Bloomberg Paradise inmates are equally absurd. They call the flowers "a nice touch" and "applaud his brazenness." They "think he was very creative."
I'm reminded of the scene from Woody Allen's "Take the Money and Run," where bank employees from the teller to top management argue over whether robber Virgil Starkwell's holdup note says he has "a gun" or "a gub."
So what am I suggesting? Wouldn't it be dangerous for a real-life teller to call a robber's bluff? Aren't they instructed by bank policy to hand the money over? After all, it's not theirs and it's insured. It can be replaced. Lives can't.
Isn't the standard instruction from all the "experts" to just give predators what they want?
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
As far as the banks are concerned, as was said, people's lives are more important than the money. Get the robber out of the bank as quickly as possible. I totally agree with that policy.
Nobody ever gives ME flowers.
Buy a bank.
Yes. The fact that you have a gun does not mean that it makes sense to use it. Crowds present all kinds of conflicts in the use of force. Any cop can attest to that. There is also the darker side of an indeterminate crowd. You don’t know if the robber is alone.
Sometimes an armed response is justified and the best course of action. Sometimes it is not.