Sunday, March 11, 2012

What is it that keeps Detroit F-ed?

For instance, why does crap like this keep happening? 86-year-old World War II veteran was assaulted and his car was stolen in broad daylight. After several people passed by him as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack, the man tried to pay a stranger to drive him home. The good Samaritan man drove him for free, and called an ambulance. Days later, a 21-year-old suspect was arrested. Charges are pending.

Here's a clue.

Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is drafting an ordinance that would require gas station owners to hire security guards to protect the public.

"And as we watch this man was beaten on camera and crawled into the station, never once did I see the proprietor, as well as the people who were going to that gas station, help that individual. We are saying secure your facility, safeguard us as a community," said Kenyatta.

Pretty much given up on the idea of having the cops do it, I guess. Ok, but that's not normal, really. After the beating people usually go help the old man, right? Why didn't they?  Why did the owner/manager/punk kid employee stay buttoned up inside the store?

Here's a clue.

A man was shot and killed Friday night after an apparent dispute over the price of condoms at a Detroit gas station.

WWJ's Beth Fisher spoke to an employee at the BP gas station on Fenkell and Meyers, where the shooting took place on the city's westside overnight. The employee said the argument was apparently over the price of a box of condoms.

He said the customer bought a box of condoms, but made a comment that he was overcharged and could have bought them somewhere else for a cheaper price. After being told he couldn't get a refund, the customer allegedly began tossing items off the shelves. That's when, according to the employee, the overnight clerk came out with a gun and fired a warning shot, which struck the customer in the shoulder.

Police say the customer was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Why is this a clue as to why nobody wants to "get involved?  This is just toooooo good:

Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said they are working on conflict resolution between gas station owners and Detroiters, something they will be discussing at a meeting on Sunday.

"We can't have this kind of attitude and this kind of disrespect for life. Whether it happens to people who work in the gas station or definitely if it happens to people in the community. From what I'm understanding, the price of a condom should not be somebody's life," said Scott.

Police say the store clerk, whose name has not been released, is in custody. An investigation is ongoing.

Because shooting some violent asshole who's probably armed and obviously dangerous, during a crime wave, when he's wrecking your store and threatening to kick your ass, is just so WRONG.

Bottom line here,  Councilman Kwame Kenyatta  wants to make gas station owners hire security guards to "safeguard us as a community", and Ron Scott is ok with that but wants to make sure they can't actually -do- anything when the "community" gets all up in their face and starts wrecking the joint. 

'Cause its all down to respec'. I couldn't make that up, that's a DIRECT QUOTE baby!

Scott said part of the problem is the general relationship between customers in the communities and gas station owners and employees.

"The problem basically is that you have people who work in the stations who do not have a reasonable relationship with the community, where the respect for the dollars that they spend is accorded to them in the terms of human respect. On the other hand, you do have people in the neighborhood who come in, or people who might engage in negative activity, where the lives of the owners are threatened," said Scott.

What it comes down to, said Scott, is respect.

"I've been in similar situations in some of these stores where I've been disrespected. And now we're talking about young, specifically African-American men. One of the major things in the community that you want is respect… and I think people here don't have skills in terms of de-escalation of violence," said Scott.

Brothers gotta have their props. That's all Ron baby sayin'.  Don't start none, won't be none.  Sing it Aretha! "R-e-s-p-e-c-t, Find out what it means to me..."

And that is what keeps Detroit f-ed. Its run by people like Kwame and Ronnie, two guys who between them have the IQ of a ham sandwich.

Cue Kathy Shaidle in 3, 2, 1... [mushroom cloud, lightning]

The Phantom


Anonymous said...

How are the gas station security guards supposed to react when some condom enraged goon starts wrecking the store?
Can they shoot them?

Better check with Kwame.

Your antirobot thing is a farce, can anyone actually read what letters they are supposed to type?

Try number 3, and the last one...

The Phantom said...

Greetings. My bet is that Kwame advises running away as bravely as possible, because it would be sad if some banger with a twelve foot rap-sheet got waxed while "on the job" so to speak.

The anti-robot thing is Blogger's deal, not mine. I have it on there to keep the trolls from crapping all over my comments section.

I love crushing trolls. Its fun, and I get to use my awesome spiked cluebat!