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    Arm these vendors with non-lethal rounds (i.e. rock salt bags, "hornets nests," bean bags, tazers, etc.) Post a sign saying said vendor is armed and that criminal violators will be met with force until law enforcement arrives. I'll bet these punk kids would think twice about their mischievous activities. The reason they're doing this is because in their minds they know they can get away with it, they're not held accountable nowadays (thanks lazy "Parents" who choose to spare the rod and spoil the child)...
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    @ConserveUSA I agree, but unfortunately this is the "feel special" generation, where discipline, punishment, accountability, and reality are outright ignored or distorted. My girlfriend has a problem with this. She spoils her child and then wonders why he gets all the attitude towards her. Time and time again I tell her to put him over the knee and then stick him in a corner. Apparently "that's too harsh"....we're doomed....
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    Arm the venders, once one or two of them get cracked with a load of double 00 buck they flash mobs will stop.
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    Yea or how about a 'flash mob of pi$$ed of vendors' with baseball bats teaching the punk hoodlums some manners they should have learned at home. And no free medical for any of them afterward - let them flash medicate .
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    I am so F...ing tired of the police doing NOTHING on property crimes. Vendors are a great part of life in the city. I would seriously be glad to patrol as a vigilante. Good people shouldn't have to live in terror. Have gun..will travel:-)
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    This isn't a flash mob. These are criminals. If a vendor was attacked four times in a matter of weeks, can they not have an officer on scene monitoring the area? Even if he is able to arrest one of them, it should at least scare the rest.

    I have a feeling these ransacking mobs are organized online. I also have a feeling if these vendors were armed, this would not happen.
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    that one young feller in the front looks like he could be obama's son if he had a son,maybe our president needs to stop their after he gets thru educating the chicagoans for mr. jackson.maybe the prez will send some educational drones there way?
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    Make the penalties for doing this severe enough and then ENFORCE the penalties. No one is taking this crap seriously enough. If it were my store attacked, I would lock the door and let them out as they paid for their items or showed that they had nothing. Call it illegal confinement if you want, but I call it a merchant's right to control a crowd that is stealing from him. If the police won't stop it the merchant should be able to take action as he sees fit.
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    I love how the media uses the word "Teenage" that carries the connotation of some little kids pulling a prank when it could easily be a group of 6' 200+ lb. prison fodder that could and would just as easily kill you as to rob you. I'm sure these vendors don't have a heavily armed posse to protect them like the idiot mayor Bloomberg who wants to take everyone's guns away. Too bad all your tax dollars protect people like him and not yourselves.
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    HMMM.....from the picture (which is from video surveillance cameras), they don't look like "prison fodder" to me. They kinda look like >18 year old kids who have a "mob-gang" mentally....but my eyes can be deceiving me!
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    @stepped_in_it as this has been on the news in Chicago in the warmer months, it is high school kids doing this.

    Why are they doing it? Boredom maybe. If there were actually part time jobs for these kids, they might be less inclined to engage inthis sort of behavior. Makes me rethink that .25ยข tax on gym sshoes; it sounds kind of reasonable now.
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    I hate a thief. I really hate a gang of thieves. I would make it very dangerous to flash mob my business.
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    Time to put Uncle Joe's "a shotgun is better than an assault rifle. Of course with 30 and 40 looters in your store a better have a pump
    than a double barrel.
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    @Medicinebow. I agree. I've never lived in a big city, and hopefully never will. Small town living is so nice, I don't understand what attracts people to big cities.
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    NYPD is already 40,000+ strong. Not including the Transit Cops on the subways. This is part of what happens when people live stacked on top of one another. The same behaviors have been observed with White Rats in laboratories: Tendency to psychotic and very violent behavior when they are forced to live in overcrowded conditions.
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    How about a job? That would keep them busy. Teens these days are lazy, disrespectful, and a hindrance on our society. That also says something about the parents in our society. Parents need to own up to their children's actions and straighten them out!
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    How about bystanders with camera phones uploading pics of theft and destruction to YouTube? Get a goodly number of these people caught and punished and perhaps this activity will ease off.
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    Yep, useless young indoctrinated children with no respect and nothing to do.

    "Fema Camps" would be perfect for these kids
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