Thursday, November 01, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Mugging

On Monday night as the winds were starting to really get crazy in NYC, a man was rushing home to get out of the storm when he was tripped and then beaten and mugged by a gang who stole his money an his iPhone.  You know, because an iPhone will do you a lot of good when there are no cell phone signals and no power to charge it. Maybe they just were crazy about Words With Friends or thought it was an advance iPad Mini and just didn't want to stand in line. Seriously, who calls up their friends and says, "I'm bored. This hurricane thing sucks. Lets go find some guy and beat him up."

55 comments:

Christina said...

Special place for these guys.

Cathy said...

At the same time, this is probably the first guy in history to get mugged in NYC and have an actual shot at getting his stuff back, with all the attention it's getting.

Layna Day said...

Circumstances like Hurricane Sandy just brings out behavior that is already there. Some folks just want to cause havoc and take what isn't theirs, no matter what. It's a sad way to go through life.

Agent**It said...

Enty "Seriously, who calls up their friends and says, "I'm bored. This hurricane thing sucks. Lets go find some guy and beat him up." . Twitterers ?

CarmeliteLady said...

What the hell is wrong with people? Seriously? I know people have always said this, but what is the world coming to? I guess there will always be punk kids and people trying to steal but during a hurricane?

katsm0711 said...

The gang ridden city of Bridgeoort is almost completely black. They were breaking into homes during the 65mph winds, someone shot and killed that night during the storm, a woman almost abducted last night in the pitch black. My friend works at a cell phone store. The cops told him to take all the merchandise home bc if he's robbed, he's "on his own". The national guard left, I don't know why. The mayor is angry that the wealthy towns are getting power back and Bridgeport is being ignored. My friend called me last night saying he's waiting in pitch black in a bad area anyways waiting for his pruned to pick him up. I said put your cell phone away! He said its ok I carry a knife. Well they have guns!

katsm0711 said...

They don't want an iphone to use themselves, you make so much money selling it overseas if you unlock it.

AKM said...

I love hearing about how the best is brought out in people during times like this. I hate reading things like this story.

Cathy said...

@katsm - at first when i read, "The gang ridden city of Bridgeoort is almost completely black," I was stunned by what I thought was going to be a racist story. I was relieved when I realized that you were just referring to their power outage situation!

JoElla said...

There were stories reported (on Drudge I think) how tweets about looting. How people were planning on going during the hurricane and how excited they were for it.

Just proves how bad humans can and do suck. :(

Thank goodness lots of stories about people helping out there.

msgirl said...

katsm, I really appreciate the live updates you give us from the ground. This is the first I've heard of CT, all of them have been Jersey and NYC. Of course the cost of CT would get hammered. I'm from the same neighborhood as you!

timebob said...

I'm so lucky I can work from home this week. The thought of trying to get into the city is a nightmare. I'm praying things will be back to semi-normal next week to get to my office in midtown.

And for those fucking animals I hope the guy had the gps on it and they can track them down and arrest them.

This isn't like 9/11 when everybody helped each other, everyone is on edge and out for themselves only. Mother nature can rally bring out the worst in people.

msgirl said...

Also I hope that we don't get into another racist argument here.

Sucks about the money getting services and not the poor.

msgirl said...

timebob where are you?

As for people like this, sub-human.

crila16 said...

I live in NJ, and all I can say is we are completely destroyed. It's so upsetting. Our Jersey Shore was completely demolished. All the memories gone. But...the Jersey Shore house in Seaside completely survived, even though everything around it was destroyed...God saved the Jersey Shore House. Why?

Me said...

i have a friend who lives in NJ. they were very prepared for the storm, generator, food, fuel, etc. apparently people expected their neighbors to be affected, but not themselves. she said other than moving branches, people are mostly just in a daze. they are stunned that tragedy has visited them. they talk about not having power and being bored and wonder where the crews are to fix things. they go to restaurants and are surprised that the power is out there as well. yesterday she had some of he neighbors over and the kids were watching videos and eating snacks. the parents asked why my friend didn't think to get any kid friendly videos. um i don't know, maybe because her kids are in high school???

katsm0711 said...

Are u really @msgirl? Can u say the street or what area u lived in? I think 8 beach houses washed away, as I said, Bridgeport is terrifying and Milford lost MANY homes and anything that was on the beach. Fairfield is now 55% lit and they expect 95% by Monday! The only reason I can think of why I l've had power since the storm is last year we were the last to get it back.

Agent**It said...

crila 16 - I have been "looking" for you ! I am so very sorry you are experiencing this . It must be overwhelming to even see it much less even trying to comprehend it. Thinking of you.

Me said...

@katsm0711, are you in chatham?

Jolene Jolene said...

@Cathy--ME TOO! @katsm--You meant pitch black/no power in Bridgeport, yes?

katsm0711 said...

@me Fairfield Connecticut. Lol I feel like I'm talking to myself ;)

timebob said...

@msgirl i'm in Bayside, Queens and work in midtown nyc, i was very lucky, no power loss or damage in my area all the stores are open and stocked, it was just like a windy rain storm, didn't even lose cable or internet.

SusanB said...

Does anyone know, is there a special charity set up for those poor folks in Breezy Point? While I'm sad for all those who lost their homes in the storm, I have a special pity for those folks in Breezy Point - bad enough to be flooded, but to have a huge fire like that! It's like they've had everything but a volcano.

AKM said...

Yes, what more can those of us who aren't on East Coast do to help? Is there anything else that we can do beside donating to the Red Cross? I feel so helpless here in the Midwest.

katsm0711 said...

Oh man I just turned on the local news and they must have been speaking to a Bridgeport resident. He was saying that people in the ghetto can't afford generators. I never thought about it that way. Last night I laughed to myself at the sound of all my neighbors generators whirring. Someone is definitely getting into trouble for not rushing Bridgeport's power back on. At least they have some schools open today do parents can go to work but nighttime is a war zone.

CarmeliteLady said...

I too thought Katsm was saying Bridgeport was a completely black (!) as in people not lighting. I live in Carmel, CA right next to Pebble Beach and being that this is a heavily wooded area we often have black outs during winter storms. Three years ago we had a terrible storm and Pebble Beach was without power for over two weeks. And most of the residents are 70yrs old +++. It's one of the wealthiest towns in America with the average home being five or ten million dollars, so sometimes it's not just who's the wealthiest but sometimes it's about real complications.

auntliddy said...

People who rob and steal and beat obviously hv no respect for anyone or anything. May they not hv a peaceful moment til they pay for what they did. Shame!!!!!

oralangee said...

Wow. I was panhandled at my own apt. yesterday. For a $. For real??? How long are we gonna have to pay for these no-working N's? At least the lazy Indians stay on their own "reservations". They only leave if they need more alcohol

CarmeliteLady said...

Whoaaa Orlangee... not sure where you're going with that kind of comment. It's not really accurate to say that all Black folk don't work, or that Indians are all lazy alcoholics. This isn't that kind of blog.

katsm0711 said...

I can't cut and paste but if u want to see Connecticut damage, go on YouTube and the name of the video is "ct national guard aerial view of hurricane sandy damage in Connecticut"

oralangee said...

You------Carmella
...you are in a world of your own...pathetic self. Look around you----stereo-types are often true. Wake the fuck up.

crila16 said...

Thank you @ Agent**It!! I'm in the Hoboken area. I'm one of the lucky ones that got my power back within a few days. Broken window though and lots of downed trees. It really stinks. All my best friends are in Hoboken, just down the street. They're trapped without power and I haven't been able to get to them. They attempted to leave yesterday, but the National Guard wouldn't let them leave. They're charging their phones, by running out to their cars. I hope they get out today.

I feel and pray for everyone who has lost their home. I know so many people who have so much property damage, and it's just devastating. I've never seen a storm like this one and hope I never do again.

msgirl said...

I'm from Bklyn and then lived in both Soho and Upper West Side. My friend in from Seaside, and his family's houses are still standing but no electricity, no gas, his mother is elderly. He was just visiting last week, he's in shock. It hurts to see all the pictures. All my family and friends are fine, altho some are still without power and are running out of food.

For awhile I was worried about all the NYC rats taking over the streets, I'm actually surprised so many died.

msgirl said...

crila - I can't believe the pics of Hoboken, so glad you're OK.

oralangee said...

Shut the hell up. My tax dollars pay & enable these people. Apparently it'$ not enough.
They gotta steal and cold cock innocent people for the things that they legitimately work for. Lazy asses.

Tuxedo Cat said...

@oralangee Back under the bridge for you, troll

Tuxedo Cat said...

@oralangee Yes, I'm sure the American economy would collapse without you.

jax said...

"Agent**It said...
Enty "Seriously, who calls up their friends and says, "I'm bored. This hurricane thing sucks. Lets go find some guy and beat him up." . Twitterers ?"

what the ever loving fuck are you banging on about now?? what does twitter have to do with this shit?
ignorant.

SusanB said...

*shakes head* Am I in a time warp? Is this 1920? *writes another name down on the troll/crazy person list*

Audrey said...

This is awful, but I AM surprised I haven't heard about any looting.

dia papaya said...

I second that, Tuxedo Cat!!! Hoo Hoo I made a rhyme!

To Crila16, Katsm, msgirl: I wish there was something helpful we could do besides donating money. I know this is going to be a long process of clean up, rebuilding, survival. I sorry you guys have to deal with looting on top of that. Please keep us posted and let us know if there is anything tangible we can do.

Hugs!!!

msgirl said...

I don't live there anymore, I've been in Seattle for 22 years. Still, NYC is home. You can never take the girl out of Brooklyn!

Thinking of all of you who are there now, it's devastating. NYC and the richer areas will come back a lot sooner. I bet Hoboken is on top of it too, is it still the Mob there? lol But for places that are lower income, it's going to be a very long haul, and it's not safe, pisses me off.

KellyLynn said...

Yesterday, NPR spoke to a person who happened to come across some merchandise from a store a couple of blocks away. He went to the front of the store and threw it back in. They called it "reverse looting". Even though a small percentage of people will cause chaos, there is at least an equal amount who will do the right thing, even if they have to go out of their way to do so.

Turkish Taffy said...

@Susan B: Although I share your sympathy for anyone who has lost their home, just be aware that Breezy Point is a 99.95% white restricted community. The .05%-er is a Chinese friend of mine, and she had to fight like hell to get in.

@Crilla16; The photos of my beloved Hoboken are breaking my heart. I lived there and did hurricane duty in Lower Manhattan through many hurricanes, but have never seen anything remotely like this. I left NYC/Hoboken in 1991, and I understand that after that is when the storm damage started to increase.

Sunny said...

@jax
All the shit that's been said on this board, and THAT'S what you decide to go after? Huh. I spend way too much time wondering if you're this miserable in real life, or if you just save it for a select few.

Six Chick said...

Wow. Someone doubles up on the bitch pills today...sense of humor much??

SusanB said...

@Turkish Taffy - I was unaware of the racial makeup of the Breezy Point community until I read your post. And frankly, I don't give a damn. Those people went through a hurricane AND were driven from their homes and their neighborhood by massive fire at the height of the storm. I don't give a shit if they're black, white or green. They lived through a nightmare. Or should I only feel sorry for racially mixed neighborhoods?

msgirl said...

Well I think what TT is saying is that the Breezy Point people will have a much easier time getting over this if they have that kind of money. They can afford to go to a hotel, collect their insurance and buy anther home, go out to eat, etc. I agree it's still awful, but I also recognize that the poor have nothing now and can't move on very well without lots of assistance, and I don't think that's going to happen.

It's the same between what kats was saying about CT - some VERY wealthy people there and services are coming along whereas the poor neighborhoods are descending into ghetto conditions.

Tuxedo Cat said...

SusanB I have no doubt that the gated community people are extremely upset, especially since their little old gates didn't protect them from getting a big old kick from Mother Nature, the great equalizer.

The wealthy have a hell of a lot more choices in the aftermath, so yes, most of my sympathy would go with the average-income and impoverished folks.

katsm0711 said...

"descending into ghetto conditions"? No, not at all what I said.

Agent**It said...

Susan B, people who had very little built that area. It started as campsites, then small bungalows, and they built it further up, generation to generation. It is a privately owned community with about 4k year round residents. In the summer it swells to about 12k.They are self sufficient. They built their community without handouts. I am sure their resiliance and their work ethic and their roots will see them through. They will be eligible for state and federal funds to rebuild, just like the rest of us. Insurance agents showed up today for my friends in Jersey, they were shocked to see them so soon. Nothing like Hurricane Andrew in terms of bodies being lined up on streets that were never identified, thank God. But the overall damage is so widespread.

smash said...

It made me kind of sad that Obama said Mitt Romney shouldn't be collecting FOOD, blankets, water, flashlights and other needed items. The Red Cross just wants your money. I think that is kind of off.

smash said...

I'm not trying to make a political point. I just think it is actually strange that they only want people's money.

Lisa B. said...

Sunny, did you get my e-mail?

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