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  • *thanks Ptero for spelling Keystone Cops correctly* :)

    January 30, 2009

  • The preceding paragraph was:

    "The next month, in Northampton, Pennsylvania, a 49-year-old woman reportedly robbed a bank and, just 18 minutes later, 'arrived at a check-cashing business and arranged for several money orders -- totaling $1,090 -- to pay a portion of the rent she owed her landlord.' According to court papers, a 'confidential informant' told police the woman had confided that 'she was going to rob the bank to satisfy about $1,800 in back rent.' The police reported that she was 'in the process of being evicted'."

    - full text here

    January 30, 2009

  • *was waiting for that* ;-)

    January 30, 2009

  • Keystone robberies? Call the Keystone Cops!

    January 30, 2009

  • Ah. I get you now--and I agree.

    January 30, 2009

  • Well, the shame of that is partly why words failed me.

    January 30, 2009

  • Yes, it is just....But I believe the point is that these people, though not particularly clever, were desperate for money.

    January 30, 2009

  • Ah, okay. Now I get it.

    Robbing a bank to pay rent? Isn't that just... *lacks the words*

    January 30, 2009

  • Sorry, bilby--meant to say Pennsylvania.

    January 30, 2009

  • Yep, it mentions two cases where a person robbed a bank to pay rent.

    January 30, 2009

  • I am from PA and realize that its nickname is the Keystone State, but I don't actually get the reference either, perhaps because I'm missing the previous paragraph (does it discuss bank robberies in PA?).

    January 30, 2009

  • So will you own up? One of the reasons I listed this is because I don't understand the reference at all. I have but a 1 in 51 chance of guessing :-(

    January 29, 2009

  • That's my home state! Complete with bank robberies, unfortunately. :-(

    January 29, 2009

  • "This, however, is no Keystone State phenomenon. As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, 'Another sign of the bad economic times‚Ķ bank robberies, which had been declining for years, rose in 2008 in Southern California‚Ķ by 22% compared to 2007.' In Orange County, the spike was especially acute, a jump of 41% to 145 robberies. Similarly, Inland Empire News Radio reported that authorities attributed a 13% rise in bank robberies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to a 'poor economy'."
    - Nick Turse, 'Meltdown Madness', tomdispatch.com, 28 Jan 2009.

    January 29, 2009