Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mugged on Michigan Avenue

  • Here's what went down: I walked up to the bus stop at the corner of Michigan and Grand to take the 151 to my home in Lakeview. I sat down on the black metal railing that fences off one of the large flower gardens, put down my bag of groceries and pulled out my new iPhone to check my e-mail and send a text message to my wife letting her know I would be home soon.

    The sidewalk was packed with tourists and shoppers, but I felt a strange energy when a kid, probably about 14, sat down close to me on my left while the guy he walked up with stood on my right. It just felt wrong.

    Then, literally in a flash, the kid on my left grabbed my iPhone and tried to bolt. I had heard all of the warnings about people snatching iPhones and iPods, but because the street was so crowded I never thought it could happen there and then.
Did anyone who isn't reading here right now not see this one coming two years ago? Anyone? Bueller? We didn't think so. This is almost a daily occurrence nowadays.

Now imagine you're Bob or Suzie Yuppie without a newspaper column to bitch about being strong-armed in broad daylight on what is one of the top three pedestrian avenues in Chicago.

But here's the kicker - the writer, someone named John D. Thomas - even after getting attacked and knocked around and robbed, manages to get in a dig at police officers!
  • I went after the two kids, still gripping the T-shirt I had torn off one of them. I saw them go east on Ohio Street and I booked it in hot pursuit. When I got to St. Clair, I didn't see them, but my lifetime of watching TV cop shows told me they had sprinted down a dark alley next to the Dunkin' Donuts.
Even though it is Shortshanks that has allowed the number of police on the streets to dwindle to the point where strong arm robbers feel little-to-no hesitation in mugging people in broad daylight on Michigan Avenue, John D. Thomas has to throw in the tired old saw about "Dunkin Donuts" and cop shows.

At least he didn't go with the "poor downtrodden under-privileged youth who don't know what they're doing and I probably deserved to have my personal property forcibly removed from my person" route. That would have been a bit too much.

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111 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And in this climate if officers were near you would have been offered a report.

7/15/2010 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats too bad , its really a nice place , but i admit the street bumbs are given to much freedom

7/15/2010 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a robbery, it's a theft from person, like a pick-pocket.


They only borrowed the phone, they had to make an important call. They was clowning. Maybe if the libs gave them more money they wouldn't have taken the phone. Or maybe if the lib didn't mock them with his wealth, the iphone, they wouldn't have taken it.

7/15/2010 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He felt a "strange energy" yet didn't react to it. This is what happens in a overly PC society. You see two guys who look like shitheads who are to close to you for now valid reason then you assume they're up to no good. Instead you have people fighting their gut instincts and pretending that all is well. If you are dressed like a thug then I'm going to assume that you are a thug. In addition I'm going to move away from you and put away my $400 cellphone. Yuppies and liberals do make the best victims. They're oblivious and they have nice shit.

7/15/2010 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he thinks random acts like this are preventable by police, he's a moron and doesn't understand much about much.

A better strategy would've been to preemptively confront the two shitbirds before they made their move- or if that isn't your style, just get the hell out of there and make towards someplace more crowded... Instead, from what I gather, he passively sat there with a 'bad feeling' while he was being surrounded until the inevitable happened.

LOL. What a rookie. Let him blame cops, society-at-large or the man in the moon... It's clear that this guy is still playing in the Bush Leagues as far as Successful City Living goes. Anyone who's earned their "Chicago Stripes" knows that you react to situations like that BEFORE your iphone is running away.

Let him pull his hair and try to blame everyone else for what boils down to his own cluelessness.

- Hegewisch Electronics Geek, who personally bashed in a shitbirds face at the Medical Center Blue Line stop in 2007 for making towards my laptop. I kept my laptop, he ran off with a bloody nose.

7/15/2010 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your spider sense doesn't go off when two shitheads surround you then you deserve whats coming. He learned a valuable lesson.

7/15/2010 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lil’ Teddy O’Queefe from BAS sez:

Hello Folks…it’s me…Lil’ Teddy O’Queefe…Deputy Supt. of BAS.
I read with some interest this post about some poor guy getting robbed in broad daylight. As the money man for the CPD, I have “da mares” ear and I could convince him that we need more police officers and better equipment. I could do that…but I won’t… because when Richie told me that my years of Theology classes in the seminary and my failed career in the priesthood made me eminently qualified to run a whole bureau of the police department, he also said, “Hey, Lil’ Teddy O’Queefe, don’t you be spending’ any money on dees goofs at CPD, save it so my nephew Vanecko gets at least a couple million...OK?”

So do I care if your squad car has 200,000 miles or more on it?
HELL NO! I got my new little Prius Hybrid from the city, and my wife thinks we look pretty good in it when we go out to dinner.

Do I care if the ranks are so thin that we have “99” cars on midnights?
HELL NO! I’m at home sleeping on midnights, dreaming of how to f*ck with people on the CPD!

Do I care about station security?
HELL NO! Those state-of-the-art keypads and cameras are just “for show” anyhow! Who cares if they actually work?

Do I care about anything that doesn’t involve saving money, even if it means more police officers will be injured or die in the performance of their duties?
HELL NO! I just need to show my friend on the 5th floor at “the Hall” that I’m saving all dat cash that could be used to make your jobs easier and safer. Things are tough out here, ya know!

So carry on, all you dedicated officers, but don’t expect any help from me, because I learned in the seminary that it’s all about the money!

7/15/2010 03:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To quote Bachman-Turner Overdrive;"Baby,you just ain't seen nothing yet!" This S@#ts just getting started!!
Courtesy of da mayor and j-fled!!

7/15/2010 04:22:00 AM  
Blogger Hotel said...

Poor thing ran from Mich/Grand to Ohio/St Clair. My breath has been robbed just thinking about the torture.

7/15/2010 04:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing many case reports like this coming in daily!

I know the snatching of the Ipod/Ipad/Iphone/laptop is just a Theft from Person too(a lower class felony) but not a strong arm robbery since the elements aren't there!

Dude knows it too and this act is alot easier to execute than an actual robbery and with the slow/unexpecting yuppie reaction time...they are easy pickings!

So if you go downtown or your family does ...no purses (unless its just tampons etc.) watch out for the two legged dogs...careful flashing any kind of money / electronic item of any value and if you get bumped into immediately check your pockets where your money/phone ....WAS!

Enjoy your the city!

PS if it was Oakland...don't call 911!

7/15/2010 04:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Nice chase yesterday that started in 016 and ended on the Ontario street feeder in downtown.about 5 district involved in chasing a piece of shit armed robbery offender who stole the victims BMW at Foster and Harlem.1 Offier slightly injurerd and 1 damaged squad.Offender caught and weapon recovered.The oldtimers had fun.Good police work by all.
Thanks to the Bosses who let the police be the police.

7/15/2010 05:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Then, literally in a flash, the kid on my left grabbed my iPhone"-----was the shithead armed with a strobe light?

7/15/2010 05:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a writer, I find his style hackneyed, didactic, amateurish.

As a huge fan of CPD (not incl. you know who), I think he should go choke on a donut hole.

7/15/2010 05:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M1's are robbing like crazy in 016. Typical just typical.

7/15/2010 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres your report sir. Your # is in the top right corner. I've also circled a follow up number you can call. good luck getting a hold of anyone, b/c we haven't hired in a few years.

then if we do catch the guy and I give him a well deserved crack on the head, be sure to film it and turn me in. That way i can lose my house my pension and everything i've worked for, for you to 2nd guess my actions.

ohh wait I don't get out of the car anymore, enjoy your city the libs always wanted. The bad guy has already sold your phone to the south side illegal corner store for 30 bucks


Baaaaaa

7/15/2010 06:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that in this section : "When I got to St. Clair, I didn't see them, but my lifetime of watching TV cop shows told me they had sprinted down a dark alley next to the Dunkin' Donuts." that the important part was "Dunkin' Donuts" but "down a dark alley'. Years of watching cop shows, and common sense, would say if someone disappeared off of the street, to look somewhere else. In this case the alley happens to be near a DD. At least this is how I read it, stop being so sensitive.

7/15/2010 06:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This yupster just moved up a notch on the learning curve. It's what every city dweller goes through at some point in their life. It happens, you learn your lesson, and you are now educated so that you never let it happen again.

7/15/2010 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but I felt a strange energy when a kid, probably about 14, sat down close to me on my left while the guy he walked up with stood on my right. It just felt wrong........... At this point my free hand is already on the handle of my off duty weapon under my shirt. Surprise Surprise Surprise!!!!

7/15/2010 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He felt a "strange energy" yet didn't react to it. This is what happens in a overly PC society.
***********************************

You are 100% correct!

Sad part is when some middle eastern male dressed in layers on a 100 degree day sits down at the same bus stop in the coming decades, all the sheep..I mean citizens will totally ignore him as he prepares to detonate the bomb he is wearing!

Even as he yells "Allah..Allah!" our citizens will be defenseless and not do a damn thing.

Unlike Israel, where he will immediately meet his maker by an armed citizenry.

"An armed society, is a polite society!"

7/15/2010 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
It's not a robbery, it's a theft from person, like a pick-pocket.


Strong Arm Robbery

Get it right.
What is approved by the ASA is a whole different story.

Oh yea..... screw all the merit pukes who claim they deserved it.

7/15/2010 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Spot The Fool said...

Ha Ha Ha! "I felt a strange energy..."

Another stupid leftist liberal yuppie who learned everything he knows from TV. These people are all cut from the same mold.

Too much Star Trek, Room 222, Hill Street Blues you couch potato moron!!!

Tonight he'll be out walking Fluffy with his single earring, hat on backwards, cargo pant shorts and flip-flops.

Oh, and let's not forget that a week ago he was glued to his TV set waiting to find out what "King James" was gonna do!!

7/15/2010 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You owe them. They should be allowed to have phones like that, yet their station in life prohibits that.

7/15/2010 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

I PHONE RECALL!

I WONDER IF HE HAS THE GPS APP TO TRACK HIS PHONE.

DONKIN DOUGHNUTS DONT STAY FRESH LONG EITHER DID ANYONE NOTICE THAT?

7/15/2010 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to ruin a good story, but I don't think that the Dunkin' Donuts comment was a dig at cops. He's just joking that pursuits always seem to go down alleys on crime shows or in movies, even when it seems like the pursuers have totally lost the people that they're pursuing.

7/15/2010 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years ago, I tried to get the officers walking the beat on north michgan ave. to arrest some pandhandlers who were posing as injured vets. They were OK physically as I saw them locking their wheelchairs up on lower wacker drive and walking away. It was just a big scam. The cops refused telling me they were told not to bother the panhandlers. Now, it is rare to see any police on Michigan ave, either on foot or in a car.

7/15/2010 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUPPIES never help there own, unless it involves a drink at the local PUB...

7/15/2010 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"booked it in hot pursuit" What an idiot....I say he's full of shit, I'm guessing he stood there scared to death & this is his big story he's giving to his wife & all his friends!!!

7/15/2010 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I not reading it right? I don' see a dig at the police in there.....

7/15/2010 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John D. Thomas:

Dem was some of daleys prized CPS Students. Dey had to phone in their final exams so dey could graduate & get into Medical School. Are you sure about the location of this theft ? daley does not allow this type of behavior on the Mag Mile !!

You should have followed the advice of Jody Weis and just told the kids to "KNOCK IT OFF". He's the superintendent of Police in Shanksville, he should certainly know about this type of situation. dick daley only hires the best of the best !

7/15/2010 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John D Thomas, from your vast experience from cop shows, didn't the hair standing up the back of your neck tell you to act. I'm guessing you didn't want to be called a racist by the two honor students.

Well just chalk it up as another life experience.

7/15/2010 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't there an APP to tell you that your about to become a victim?

7/15/2010 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He deserved what happened to him!! He was a mark from the beginning. He wasn't aware of his environment. He didn't look around hard enough. Typical yuppie, suburbanite or person with no street sense. Like most columnist, radio and TV guys, they have a speaking platform, so they can cry out loud. The average Joe?.....well, you can file a report....hahahaha! and see what happens next. Most of the time, its a learned lesson from the city. Next time, stupid...........look around and feel your surroundings!!

7/15/2010 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets see here...dude was aware of IPhone/Ipod snatch & grabs, but because he was on Michigan Ave., he thought those warnings didn't apply to him...and now he wants to blame the Police for his own stupidity?
I DON'T THINK SO!

7/15/2010 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. John D. Thomas, Cops would like to welcome you to a new era of reality. We drink coffee at Starbucks these days, and don't have to take the green limo (a.k.a.BUS) home, because we are somewhat gainfully employed, able to afford cars.

7/15/2010 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was robbed of my Isense, officer, how come you didn't feel the "strange energy" and come to my rescue???

7/15/2010 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck all yuppies/liberals/socialists/commies/anarchists/obama. Handle your own shit assholes. I HOPE you are actually victims of crime.

7/15/2010 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've told friends and family a million damn times....TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If something doesn't feel right it probably isn't. If 2 shitbags got that close to me, crowded public place or not, I sure as hell wouldn't sit around and wait to see what develops. Keep your weapons on you and loaded at all times folks. With less of us and the shitbags breeding at an exponential rate, we are doomed.

7/15/2010 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He felt a "strange energy" yet didn't react to it. This is what happens in a overly PC society. You see two guys who look like shitheads who are to close to you for now valid reason then you assume they're up to no good. Instead you have people fighting their gut instincts and pretending that all is well. If you are dressed like a thug then I'm going to assume that you are a thug. In addition I'm going to move away from you and put away my $400 cellphone. Yuppies and liberals do make the best victims. They're oblivious and they have nice shit.

7/15/2010 02:03:00 AM

It's not PC to react to thugs closing in on you, don't you know? That old adage about being 'a liberal until you are the victim of a violent crime' is really true. Unfortunately, it takes too long to convert liberals that way.

The schools are churning out more liberals/victims everyday. The media ignores the obvious. You can reach no other explanation other than the media is totally corrupt. They no longer report the news, they choose to report what they want you to know. The masses sleepwalk through their day.

7/15/2010 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

downtown is full of bums and jackasses. be aware of your surroundings at all times or be a potential victim. criminals go everywhere looking for ''soft'' spots. you re impressing the wrong people by flashing your expensive shit! look at all the people walking around on cellphones downtown...looks like a re-make of dawn of the dead! a fine line between looking kool and being a crime stat! stop kissing ''bro s '' ass too. he s not your brother.

7/15/2010 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

It's not a robbery, it's a theft from person, like a pick-pocket.


They only borrowed the phone, they had to make an important call. They was clowning. Maybe if the libs gave them more money they wouldn't have taken the phone. Or maybe if the lib didn't mock them with his wealth, the iphone, they wouldn't have taken it.

7/15/2010 01:52:00 AM
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I second that. It's really the guy's fault for having an iphone. How dare he prance around in his pasty white skin and show everyone how rich and privileged he is because he's white. He was practically daring that poor, misunderstood child of the urban system to take his phone.

He should immediately apologize for being white and buy some basketballs for some underprivileged youths. That'll solve the crime problem!

7/15/2010 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, think you're being a little sensitive here. I didn't read it as a dig at the cops at all, just that he knows from watching tv shows that the offender probably ran into an alley, so that's where he checked.

7/15/2010 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the story with the car jacking at Foster and Harlem.

7/15/2010 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you read the the full story in the Tribune, you can see the victim did struggle with both offenders. The victim grabbed the smaller offender's t-shirt who grabbed his phone. The smaller offender wriggled out of his t-shirt. After the chase the victim (who watched all those tv cop shows) holds the t-shirt ands reads it for clues. But he then gets on his bus and writes his beef to the Tribune. That t-shirt was physical evidence, the DNA on the shirt could be processed by the crime lab. Even if his DNA wasn't in Codis, his older brother, the larger offender,could be the close match that identifies both.

7/15/2010 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't understand why you think he is getting a "dig" in at the police. Just because he mentioned the words "Dunkin Donuts" you believe that's a dig at the police? He's describing the alley that they ran down, no mention of police. He watches cop shows and knows that the offenders are likely to run down an alley, not that offenders are likely to run down an alley that is near a Dunkin Donuts. He merely describes the location of the alley as being by the "Dunkin Donuts" and that's a dig at the police? Quite a reach.
Short-Timer.

7/15/2010 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you feel a little uneasy about someone, FORGET the political correctness bullshit, and get the fuck away. Instead you dumb ass yuppies ignore the part of your unconscious survival instincts that picks up body language and "vibes" for a better word. And you stay in situations because you don't want to seem prejeduced or offensive. If you would have listened to the smarter part of you, you would still have your shit.

7/15/2010 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing many case reports like this coming in daily!

I know the snatching of the Ipod/Ipad/Iphone/laptop is just a Theft from Person too(a lower class felony) but not a strong arm robbery since the elements aren't there!

Dude knows it too and this act is alot easier to execute than an actual robbery and with the slow/unexpecting yuppie reaction time...they are easy pickings!

So if you go downtown or your family does ...no purses (unless its just tampons etc.) watch out for the two legged dogs...careful flashing any kind of money / electronic item of any value and if you get bumped into immediately check your pockets where your money/phone ....WAS!

Enjoy your the city!

PS if it was Oakland...don't call 911!
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well let use all these district watch secretaries occupying so much space inside and on the weekend only work 3 hours and leave early or those 3 or more commanders secretaries who come in to work on weekend for 2 hours then they disappeared or those officers assigned as school crossing guard supervisors who are officers themselves and hid inside the community office or even those community officers who set there own hours we have so many unless position that i think we really need to get rid of some and get more of these officers back to the streets then we might have more officers to prevent this incidents from happening .*************************************************************************************************************************

7/15/2010 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/07/
cops-man-arrested-for-stealing-iphone-on-gold-coast-street.html

7/15/2010 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no dig, SCC, you're misreading it. The writer got to Ohio/St Clair, looked north, didn't see the guys. From watching cop shows, he thought to check the alley when he didn't see the guys on the street. The alley going east of off St Clair is next to Dunkin Donuts. It wasn't a cop joke at all. You're juxtaposing two elements (cop show led him to alley, alley was next to DD).

7/15/2010 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee the offenders could not be M/1's that are running out of control in 18 and 1 and are not stopped due to PC could it be?

7/15/2010 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a sense of humor. It's almost required to make a donut comment when referring to cops. It's just the way it is.

7/15/2010 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people had any clue as to how many snatch and grabs of iPhones, smart phones, laptops, etc. there are in 001 and 018 they'd shit.

7/15/2010 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the offenders are beleived to be two Swedish guys named Sven and Lars, NOT.

7/15/2010 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be that he was actually describing the scene where he was running -- an alley near a Dunkin' Donuts? Could it be that you're a little too sensitive?

7/15/2010 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

19p

7/15/2010 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for some special i-phone bait teams! This can be on true tv!

7/15/2010 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, I think you're getting a little oversensitive, I didn't read that line as a dig on cops at all.

He was basically saying that since he didn't see the kids on the street, watching cop shows on TV made him think that they probably ran down an alley...

7/15/2010 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The yuppy stragagy of "I'll pretend I'm on my phone when shitheads are near so they'll avoid me" dosen't seem to work. They think it makes them invisible to shitheads.


See, I'm on my phone or laptop. You can't rob me, mofo! I'm occupied, Bitch!

Besides, it's in a shitheads culture, just like "wilding". The liberal word for being a shithead.

7/15/2010 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't read the DD comment as a dig at cops, I think he was just pointing out where the future astronauts ran past.

7/15/2010 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe this is the CHANGE that we have been promised? YES WE CAN... snatch your property at will!

7/15/2010 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't take it that. I read that he just assumed they ran down the alley next to a dunkin donughts located there. Nothing about cops being in dunkin donughts.

7/15/2010 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno... I work down there, and there is an alley there that does pass a Dunkin.... I really don't see a shot at the police here... And Michigan Ave. is LONG LOST. The "buket boys" actually got performance licenses, so between muggings they can make a racket.... Un Real.

7/15/2010 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets hope he's sodomized by a recently released offender with AIDS and heptitis next time.

7/15/2010 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what happens when:

1. Failure of City to hire enough Police officers. Or in some cities and villages-layoff of police officers.

2. Failure of Judicial system to punish-lockup-serve sentences, excessive supervisions, no probable causes, reduction of pleas, etc...

3. Failure of Society to do changing of leadership,elected officials, listening to crap from liberals, when they are in the minority.

p.s. It is only going to get WORSE!!!

7/15/2010 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think he was making a dig at the police when he wrote this, I think he was describing where the dark alley was, i.e., next to the Dunkin Donuts. He based his hunch that the perps would be in the alley on the fact that he watched old police shows. I can't make the jump that he was blaming the cops on not being at the Dunkin Donuts.

7/15/2010 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be reading comprehension challenged, but I didn't read a dig at the cops in that last paragraph. I thought he was just saying that he felt they had run down a dark alley and gave a geographical landmark.

In any event, this is a telling example of how far down the path toward Gotham we've gone. Thanks, Shortshanks. You asshole.

7/15/2010 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, there happens to be a Dunkin Donuts on St. Clair!

7/15/2010 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop being so sensitive. You're seeing an insult where there isn't one.

Now he could have said "I looked in the Dunkin' Donuts for a cop, but I was shocked to see there weren't any. They were probably in the back room shaking down the owner for extra sprinkles."

That would have been an insult. (And funny.)

7/15/2010 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aint diversity great?

7/15/2010 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in that Duncan Donuts when the offenders went by.

And I stayed in there and enjoyed my personal and fresh hot coffee and several greasy donuts dripping with icing, damn that was tasty!

And for the I Phone, who gives a rats ass, not me.

People need to realize that the Animal is around them every moment in Chicago, and they need to wise up and fight back and have a weapon readily available to protect themselves and stop the Animal!

Ask a teacher with those 4% raises or an alderman with those 6% raises to chase down those runts and possibly have a heart attack.

When society changes there
attitudes towards my brothers and sisters in blue, I may change back into warrior mode?

NAH!

7/15/2010 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yuppies are such idiots.

7/15/2010 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the dig at cops here. Am I missing something.

7/15/2010 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an asshole!

He should've been happy to give it to them, they lost their "Obama" phones.

7/15/2010 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Muffy this is Buffy I am sitting here on Michigan Ave. I just wanted to tell you that I picked up the comquats(?) you wanted and...wait I feel a sensation uup my leg, I think a young boy is fondling me. Qh he just grabbed my I-pod and he is running awaaayyy, Oh young man please tell Muffy that I will be home soon.

7/15/2010 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im thinking your being a BIT sensitive about the dunkin donuts thing. i think he was refering to where the alley was, not where the cops were. But thats just how i read it.....maybe he's an asshole!

7/15/2010 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*** ATTENTION SCC ****

There really is a Dunkin' Donuts at St. Clair and Ohio Street. I can see if you read the article a certain way, you could infer that the writer was bustin' on the police. However, I read the article and immediately thought the writer was referring to the bad guys running into the alley behind the aforementioned nearby Dunkin' Donuts. I dislike the media as much as you, but I think you got this one wrong. On a side note, I thought it was weird that this writer never mentioned if he filed a report. If he doesn't at least report it, then it never really happened (according to the ASA's). Hence, if we catch these fools later, we will not be able to charge them in this case.

7/15/2010 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/07/city-workers-disciplined-for-wide-variety-of-offenses-ig-report-shows.html

All these people charged but yet the commissioners and big bosses head of the crime wave stay typical!

7/15/2010 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well! the people under daley and the 50 cowards are getting the weak, and way understaffed police dept they wanted! Sorry keep electing daley and the 50 cowards and this will continue1

7/15/2010 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."I sat down on the black metal railing that fences off one of the large flower gardens,"...

There was a time no so long ago on Michigan Avenue when there was a cop on every corner. There was a cadence to their whistle blowing; you could hear the toots and flourishes go all the way up the Avenue then all the way down.

That's what Shorty has done for the city, replaced the cops with the iron fences and gardens. Those who put in the fences and gardens put money into the right pockets. I guess the cops don't.

And, ..."but I felt a strange energy when a kid, probably about 14, sat down close to me"...

That "strange energy" is called fear.

7/15/2010 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think he was taking a "dig" at the Poh-lice. There happens to be a "dark" alley behind the DD at Ohio & St. Clair. He was just saying that they probably ran down that alley.

7/15/2010 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are people surprised! All up and down Michigan Ave. at night is a bunch of gang-bangers just looking for people to prey on! Downtown will soon be so bad that it will be a ghost town in the near future.

7/15/2010 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

He's lucky the savages didn't skin, disembowel and gnaw him like the small helpless mammal he seems to be...

Another "hope & change" spouter who fervently wishes that the vicious and evil beings who walk God's Green Earth in the form of mortal men, were purely a figment of the fevered imaginations of those of us who know better.

...As if it's our fault he placed himself in a position to be robbed.

Kinda funny actually...

We could pretty much tell from the way the article was sculpted, that it was written by a manling who never in his adult life had to fight for himself, anyone or anything. His ilk would gasp in horror at the sight of a Policeman going hands on with a resister or vividly tearing an assailant apart.

He would be having a group hug & cry with the offenders if this was on-viewed by the Police and in the ensuing dust-up, the offenders got their asses beat for fighting the R/O's.

J-fled would personally perp walk the responding officers into the MCC before the ink was dry on their federal indictments...

People who are safe, snug and smug should never sit in judgement of those who are charged with keeping them from harm.

If evil endeavors to embrace you, bite it's fucking nose off...

We hope the naive and clueless are visited with even more acts of random, low-brow fuckery.

Maybe even a Daley Inc. associate will actually get to feel some pain.

Viva Hate...

Sic semper tyrannis!

7/15/2010 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portion of news item on 16-year-old shot before 0700 hrs:
"Cox's best friend, DaQuon Renfro said they were constantly together.. traveling the streets of their neighborhood. Cox spent more time at Renfro's home than at his own, Renfro said."

Things that make you go hmmmm.

7/15/2010 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Philly is closing firehouses with "rolling plan" is Chicago next?
http://cbs3.com/local/Philadelphia.Fire.Department.2.1807094.html

7/15/2010 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought Obama-lama-ding-dong was gonna get all his ghetto friends money to buy their own phone

7/15/2010 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least he can go to his progressive Lakeview cocktail parties with his head held high. Flanked by two underprivileged youth and strange energy he didn't react proving that he is open-minded, and more importantly, not a racist.

7/15/2010 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

Isn't there an APP to tell you that your about to become a victim?

Yes. "Chicago is a Shithole" App ... .99cents @ iTunes

7/15/2010 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

Let's just blame it on Masters Masters Master..... then move down the food chain!!! if he can get a Police Certification with all his clout, he has to be the go to man when it crime fighting and has an answer to this.

7/15/2010 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

I dont think that he was speaking disparagingly about the cops


He mentioned that the offender (s) ran in an alley near the Dunkin Donuts

7/15/2010 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

If he thinks random acts like this are preventable by police, he's a moron and doesn't understand much about much.

A better strategy would've been to preemptively confront the two shitbirds before they made their move- or if that isn't your style, just get the hell out of there and make towards someplace more crowded... Instead, from what I gather, he passively sat there with a 'bad feeling' while he was being surrounded until the inevitable happened.

LOL. What a rookie. Let him blame cops, society-at-large or the man in the moon... It's clear that this guy is still playing in the Bush Leagues as far as Successful City Living goes. Anyone who's earned their "Chicago Stripes" knows that you react to situations like that BEFORE your iphone is running away.

Let him pull his hair and try to blame everyone else for what boils down to his own cluelessness.

- Hegewisch Electronics Geek, who personally bashed in a shitbirds face at the Medical Center Blue Line stop in 2007 for making towards my laptop. I kept my laptop, he ran off with a bloody nose.

7/15/2010 02:16:00 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...



It aint the victim's fault he wasnt a copper he figured it out after


Give the guy a break Cops become victims too

7/15/2010 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome to Shitcago and the brotherman :-) Have a nice day, that's if you don't get shot, robbed, beat, raped or murdered.......

7/15/2010 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A few years ago, I tried to get the officers walking the beat on north michgan ave. to arrest some pandhandlers who were posing as injured vets."
__________________________________

WHAT!!! You wanted someone locked up for lying? You must not be the Police. I'm guessing you are a liberal. You stand up for the "unfortunate" until they're in your neighborhood and then you demand that they be locked up for nothing. Panhandling is a 1st amendment right...don't you know? Lying is not a crime. Go back in your condo with a lake view and stay off the blog! Enjoy your new neighbors...your building just went mixed income!

7/15/2010 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

What's the story with the car jacking at Foster and Harlem.

7/15/2010 10:13:00 AM

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That one got my attention as well. Seems were getting more panhandlers in front of the Jewel's up on the NW side too. Target and Walmart throw these idiots off their property.

I'm sick of getting approached by these mutts going into the store.

7/15/2010 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

iPhinnin to give it back after iPhu*kin call my baby mamma and tell her about da job iPhixin to get after I graduates.

7/15/2010 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More importantly, were his groceries still there when he finally returned?
Read the entire story on line Wednesday.(can't remember where)
I immediately became skeptical about other details not mentioned in Thursday's post.
Especially, when it was disclosed he was a reporter, thought it was a made up drama so he could author
article.
Also thought he made himself look like a real SAP.

7/16/2010 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous noone90210 said...

If I write a Yuppie's Newcomer's Guide To Chicago: Essential Rules You Must Know When Moving To Chicago , I wonder if it would be a bestseller. :)

7/16/2010 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: "Maybe even a Daley Inc. associate will actually get to feel some pain.

Viva Hate...

Sic semper tyrannis!

7/15/2010 08:03:00 PM"

A Daley Ins. associate, such as Burke, or Pflager has a police body guard 24/7.

7/16/2010 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A few years ago, I tried to get the officers walking the beat on north michgan ave. to arrest some pandhandlers who were posing as injured vets."
__________________________________

WHAT!!! You wanted someone locked up for lying? You must not be the Police. I'm guessing you are a liberal. You stand up for the "unfortunate" until they're in your neighborhood and then you demand that they be locked up for nothing. Panhandling is a 1st amendment right...don't you know? Lying is not a crime. Go back in your condo with a lake view and stay off the blog! Enjoy your new neighbors...your building just went mixed income!

7/15/2010 11:33:00
___________________________________Now, try to remain calm as you read this. There have been arrests made for theft by deception because the persons begging for the money did it under false circumstances. In fact at least one of these was approved by Felony Review. If you want to stop crime, it's good to know what law is being violated. For whatever twisted reason Daley and his minions removed the footmen in 018
and 001 several years ago and lost control of the streets in these highly populated areas. Today, if you want to find a footman in 018 and 001 to report a violation, you can't. Brilliant! Brilliant!

7/16/2010 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE IS A SIMPLE FIX TO THIS ONE.

INVENTORY THE PHUCKING I PHONE!

HA. HA.

7/16/2010 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

If your spider sense doesn't go off when two shitheads surround you then you deserve whats coming. He learned a valuable lesson.

7/15/2010 02:44:00 AM

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Spider sense? Great metaphor for this situation. When I see thuglets with baggy pants, my natural inclination is to move gingerly in the opposite direction. Great observation.

7/16/2010 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not trust these people. They are robbed on Michigan Avenue because they have DEMANDED to live in a world where criminals are given everything except justice.

Justice is a social pact. Although I was not robbed on Michigan Avenue, I support punishment of robbers because I am a part of society and I do not want this behavior in my society. At least that is how I used to feel.

The people of Shitcago have torn this social pact to shreds. They do not support justice for victims, they support the social drama of the criminal. In fact, these citizens are willing to give criminals their own tax money to feed the drama. That includes ALL of the citizens, white, black, and other.

Now that the pact is dissolved, I no longer support justice for criminals. Let him be free. Let him have your IPhone. This writer's employer has done nothing but feed bullshit to its readers that all these poor criminals are really innocent and it is the police who are the real enemy. The paycheck the writer got from the Tribune was financed with these bullshit criminal drama stories supplied by personal injury lawyers.

Now the writer can live in the world he helped create. He is not safe. Criminals will again take his IPhone and next time they'll take his groceries too.

The writer has finally gotten the one thing he and his employer have denied victims for decades. The writer got justice.

7/16/2010 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

16 PO's:

The alley behind Wilson Park (Windsor/Lockwood, southwest end) has become a favorite after hours hangout spot for some suspicious looking characters.

As always, your presence is very welcome and appreciated. I recall watching once while you patrolled in the area. Some chain laden misfit, baseball hat on backwards, started running down the alley pulling up his drawers as you approached.

People who aren't doing anything illegal have no reason to run from the police.

7/16/2010 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I was in that Duncan Donuts when the offenders went by.

And I stayed in there and enjoyed my personal and fresh hot coffee and several greasy donuts dripping with icing, damn that was tasty!

--------------------------------

Chicago's finest deserves much better than "old Bombay/Dirty Dunkin Donuts." I wish Krispy Kreme would open in the City. I'm still heartbroken that they closed the Rosemont store.

Those donuts were mouth watering.

Donut jokes aside.....I think you're the best.

7/16/2010 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous An Old Sergeant said...

So John D. Thomas "booked it in hot pursuit" down the alley after these two honor students--good luck catching them, by the way--and did his experience watching cop shows on TV give him a clue what would happen to him if he did catch them?

On the bright side, he did come away with a fine t-shirt--probably a little small for him.

7/16/2010 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the 1133 PM poster, you must not know the law or must have been asleep during law class at the academy. Not for lying, but for pandhandling and stolen wheelchairs! Idiots like you give the police a bad name. And, no, I am not a liberal. You should learn to give a respectful reply .

7/16/2010 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If I write a Yuppie's Newcomer's Guide To Chicago: Essential Rules You Must Know When Moving To Chicago , I wonder if it would be a bestseller. :)"

It would be burnt by the ACLU. The necessary things would be called racist, violent, and lies.

7/16/2010 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm sick of getting approached by these mutts going into the store."

Then DO SOMETHING, you can't smack em, you'll get arrested, also maybe knifed etc.. so I get close in my car and tell them straight out to take a hike, leave people alone. etcc... I threaten to call 911, and then a few times I had to too. I say there is an aggresive panhandler harrasing people...I live in 16, do not accept this kind of behavior. Or it will just become the norm.

7/16/2010 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really John D. Some little hood rat up from Englewood grabs your phone and gets a couple of bucks for it to survive is a problem for you? Why don't you be more careful next time and just buy another one. You 151 people always profess to be concerned about others. Consider it an education for you and a donation to the down trodden. Moan about something else; like the a/c not working on the 151 Lakeview pansy bus. Next time you grab a shirt you get cut.

7/16/2010 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley says that it is no surprise that I-phones are being stolen and that people have to look out for their property. What will the stupidentendent say about this? What will the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association say about this? Time to go Rich. You have become worse than inept, you have become an embarrassment.

7/16/2010 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in A/3. The robberies & thefts of iPhones, lap tops (WTF sits on the el with their laptop out), iPods, etc., is off the hook!

People are like moths to a flame with their new toys. Unless you absolutely have to, leave that shit in your pocket, bag or whatever.

The shitheads are walking up, punching, pushing, doing whatever it takes to grab these items. And no bystanders are intervening. If just one of these POS ended up under the wheels of a bus or train, the rest of these assholes would think twice before trying to snatch someone's property.

7/17/2010 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"I'm sick of getting approached by these mutts going into the store."

Then DO SOMETHING, you can't smack em, you'll get arrested, also maybe knifed etc.. so I get close in my car and tell them straight out to take a hike, leave people alone. etcc... I threaten to call 911, and then a few times I had to too. I say there is an aggresive panhandler harrasing people...I live in 16, do not accept this kind of behavior. Or it will just become the norm.

7/16/2010 05:14:00 PM

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Maybe you misunderstood me so I'll clarify my post. The mutts are collecting for any number of alleged charities, probably themselves, standing by the door of the store.

Perched by the entrance, they bother shoppers both entering and exiting the store. The panhandlers (do gooders) haven't followed me out to my car ..... at least yet.


Target and Walmart won't allow charities, panhandlers, etc to set up shop in front of their stores. I wish Jewel would follow suit. The Butera at Naragansett/Lawrence doesn't have this problem either.

7/17/2010 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HATER said...
I PHONE RECALL!

I WONDER IF HE HAS THE GPS APP TO TRACK HIS PHONE.

DONKIN DOUGHNUTS DONT STAY FRESH LONG EITHER DID ANYONE NOTICE THAT?

7/15/2010 07:52:00 AM



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