I was at my local Supermarket a few weeks ago and two very flamboyant Whanau from the street were performing this wonderful modern ballet where one would lash out at curious onlookers and nervous staff members as if the attention to their over the top attention seeking actions and accusations to the security cameras that people were looking at them as if they were thieves WHILE their companion quietly shoplifted food under their jacket was as Prince once put it, ‘a sign of the times’.
They then barged through the self check out and staff angrily called out to them, but they know the laws and the rules and no one can touch them.
The saucy confidence of the louder one who attracted the attention and the shameful down head shuffling of the person doing the shoplifting were a yin and yang of modern inequality.
A few of the other male shoppers looked at me as this occurred to see if I was going to do something. I’m assuming this was because I was the largest of the males there and they were looking for agreement and leadership to intervene, but I have very clear rules on this sort of thing, and I shrugged and said to them, “Some people are pretty desperate these days”, and wheeled my shopping trolly away.
Right now we have the highest food inflation in 30 years, people are desperate and shameless inn their desperation. The Supermarket duopoly price gouge the bejesus out of us, and I’m sure as fuck not going to fight for the profit margins of the NZ Supermarket duopoly!
Now this equation changes immediately if these two scamps had in fact stolen something from an individual who was in the supermarket.
In that case, you have an obligation to step in and demand the item back from the individual they stole it from, but a company?
Fuck the company.
Likewise with ram raids. I’m not getting in between Micheal Hill Jewellers and some desperate kids, but if they are attacking a Dairy owner, then I think you have an obligation to step in or call the Police and then film the event so there is evidence.
The same is true in public, if people are attacking someone else, you have an obligation to step in to halt the violence, our call the Police and then film things with your camera for evidence.
We should not tolerate crime, but I think we also have to be very clear on our reasons for stepping up to it.
Hungry people stealing food from greedy Supermarkets? I’m not lifting a finger to stop them.
Desperate people stealing from a large retail chain? I’m not directly stopping them, but I’m calling the cops and filming it for the cops.
Desperate people stealing from a large retail store hurting people? Oh you have to step in at that point, to stop violence.
Desperate people ram raiding a dairy? I’m not directly stopping them, but I’m calling the cops and filming it for the cops.
Desperate people ram raiding a dairy and physically hurting staff? Oh you have to step in at that point, to stop violence.
Dickheads starting violence in public? Call Cops and film evidence but if you are physically able – step in and stop it, because we have obligations to each others safety when we are in public.
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