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Monday, November 15, 2021

Subway stealing is apparently no longer a young man’s game, as the NYPD says the City’s pickpocket threat is down to a small clique of 40-to-60-year-old veterans:

It once was common to come across teenagers as young as 13 learning the tricks of the trade from professionals — an urban apprenticeship of sorts for aspiring city criminals…

At some point, junior crooks decided picking pockets in the subways didn’t pay — at least not enough for the risk involved. A pick with a record can expect two years in prison if convicted of grand larceny, one undercover said. Young guys now just want to deal drugs, old-timer pickpockets have griped to police.

Hard to believe the ROI on thievery has fallen off so much. People have been pickpocketing for centuries, and sardine-can crowds like those underground seem ideal for the trade. The generational gap hints at no honor among thieves, indeed.

Still, I’m going to continue being acutely aware of where my wallet and other valuables are while I ride my daily trains, just as I have since childhood. Just because there’s a talent drought in the finger-felony business doesn’t mean it’s safe to let your guard down.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/15/2010 11:41pm
Category: New Yorkin', Society, True Crime
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Call it a case of social media collateral damage. Thanks to some controversial comments he made about escrows on his million-dollar income, goalie Dan Ellis earned some online backlash, including a “Fake Dan Ellis” Twitter account. From which came forth an especially biting zinger:

@FakeDanEllis: Does anybody have change for a diamond? #DanEllisProblems

So now, I can’t come across any reference to the Tampa Bay Lightning backup and not think of that mocking tweet. Not that I think Ellis deserved all the flack he got — would someone earning $40,000 a year and complaining about a proportionate tax bite get the same negative reaction? But the joke definitely sticks. The hashtag punctuates the poor-rich-boy tenor.

The real Ellis has since quit Twitter, citing the now-poisoned context. Luckily for him, NHL players typically don’t gain nicknames from online chatter. Although he could do worse than “Diamond” Dan…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/15/2010 11:19pm
Category: Comedy, Hockey, Social Media Online
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Following a franchise-record 10-game losing streak, the New York Islanders today fired head coach Scott Gordon.

An unintentional underlining to this painful move came via the team’s telecommunications system:

Perhaps it was appropriate that Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” played before the conference call announcing his firing began.

I’m sorry that Gordon had to lose his job (although he will remain employed by the Isles as an advisor). But I’m glad that a certain hockey blogger is on the NHL‘s media list, and so was in a position to pick up on this pop-cultural coincidence.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/15/2010 10:20pm
Category: Hockey, Pop Culture
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