Friday, July 13, 2007

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Thief foiled by Democratic party caricature

In the Washington Post, Allison Klein writes about an attempted robbery thwarted by.... Camembert:

A grand feast of marinated steaks and jumbo shrimp was winding down, and a group of friends was sitting on the back patio of a Capitol Hill home, sipping red wine. Suddenly, a hooded man slid in through an open gate and put the barrel of a handgun to the head of a 14-year-old guest.

"Give me your money, or I'll start shooting," he demanded, according to D.C. police and witness accounts.

The five other guests, including the girls' parents, froze -- and then one spoke.

"We were just finishing dinner," Cristina "Cha Cha" Rowan, 43, blurted out. "Why don't you have a glass of wine with us?"

The intruder took a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry and said, "Damn, that's good wine."

The girl's father, Michael Rabdau, 51, who described the harrowing evening in an interview, told the intruder, described as being in his 20s, to take the whole glass. Rowan offered him the bottle. The would-be robber, his hood now down, took another sip and had a bite of Camembert cheese that was on the table.

Then he tucked the gun into the pocket of his nylon sweatpants.

Click on the story to read what happens next... but group hugs are involved.

posted by Dan on 07.13.07 at 03:23 PM


the hell???

I think there should be some clever joke to make about "Six Degrees of Separation," but I'm just stuck thinking: the hell??

posted by: Jacob T. Levy on 07.13.07 at 03:23 PM [permalink]

Notice how the robber -- who is still on the loose -- is simply described as "a man"? This is when PC becomes a public safety issue. Obviously he is black or Hispanic, and just as obviously the Post is keeping it from us (along w/ height, weight, clothing, and other information).

posted by: blah on 07.13.07 at 03:23 PM [permalink]

Blah, notice how the dinner party is Latino?

You'd do better in terms of making people listen to your reasonable request -- the Post ought to have included a description of the intruder, height, weight, eye color, race etc. etc. -- if you would pitch it in reasonable terms rather than tar or feather a certain group of people.

posted by: db on 07.13.07 at 03:23 PM [permalink]

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