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(Yahoo)   If you found a small amount of cash in a stray wallet on a park bench in New York City, would you take it? The NYPD hopes you do   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 30
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2013-04-14 05:17:57 PM
5 votes:
Years ago, when I was a senior in high school I found a wallet in the hallway.  There were some personal notes that were folded up, no cash but a drivers license.  The license belonged to a student in the class that I was walking to next.  So I went to class with the wallet.  She was in a panic and was looking for it.  I stopped her and handed it to her, told her exactly where I found it.  The teacher stopped her and told her to tell me thank you.

She turned me into the principal for stealing the cash that was already taken from the wallet before I even found it.  Now, my friend was with me when I found it so he knows that the cash (assuming that there was any) was not even there.  So I learned the lesson that no good deed ever goes unpunished and to never return a missing wallet.

Hell, I don't even return lost cellphones.  Of the two I found, one I texted all the female contacts and asked for pic of their boobs, including the one labeled 'mom'.  His daughter was a bit concerned.  To his wife, I just texted her a notice about knocking up a 16 y.o. girl.  I then tossed it into a lake.  Of the other, I just texted one of those text here to donate $10 to this charity.  I did it until the battery ran down.
2013-04-14 03:27:28 PM
5 votes:
Isn't there a precedent here in the case of Finders vs Keepers?
2013-04-14 05:59:00 PM
3 votes:
Street theater happens all the time and I like to jump into it and make fun cuz I know it's a big fat fakery.

Gang stalkers do it too with some undercovers nearby.

One time some fed was playing guitar with sunglasses on outside a bar, then his buddy comes over to watch me watch him, and I see a pile of undercovers scoping everything at the first table on the patio. I say to the buddy "HEY you recognize this guy from his band?" "What band?" "Johnny Snitch and the Undercovers!" and I continue staring.
The look of uneasiness was priceless.

/targetted individual 15+ years
2013-04-14 04:56:18 PM
3 votes:

Candygram4Mongo: So I should stop picking up those nickels I find on the sidewalk?


So YOU'RE the motherfarker we've been looking for
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2013-04-14 07:56:27 PM
2 votes:

Mentat: The problem is that they aren't just leaving bait. They are putting on a performance for the sole purpose of drawing attention to the item and then, based on this article, nabbing anyone who comes close. While that may not technically fit the definition of entrapment, they are toeing the line about as close as they possibly can.


That, actually, is a big (common) complaint with sting operations. Once upon a time it was just an open delivery van left unguarded. Then it became a big "Hey, look at me! I'm leaving my van unguarded!"

In all cases where the cops didn't cross the line, however, the judges have come down against the perps with a simple "I don't care if they did shove your face in the blinking, cherry red button; you still voluntarily pressed it knowing full well you shouldn't have."

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2013-04-14 05:25:32 PM
2 votes:

poot_rootbeer: Entrapment is coercing somebody into committing a crime.   That's not what's happening here.  This is the police arresting people who haven't committed any crime.

Mens rea test, biatches.


Don't you know, not committing a crime in NYC is illegal.
2013-04-14 04:35:00 PM
2 votes:

fnordfocus: Hector Remarkable: Like a foolish fool, I approached a police officer and pointed out her situation. I'll never forget the cop either, because he was only like five foot-six and his nameplate read "Cocks". Officer Cocks seemed real annoyed with me,  and suddenly a deluge of medical and police personnel appeared out of literally farking nowhere and swarmed around me and the scene. They propped the lady up and field tested her in front of me. She said she was fine, and they sent her on her way. A tall, stern looking medical type doctor man in a white body suit got in my face and loudly inquired, "Are you satisfied?"  I mumbled, "sure", not really fully grasping it yet.

I'm suspicious of your story.

It's more believable that NYPD would have beat the fark out of you or arrested you for interfering with their sting than that they'd bother to have a fake doctor on hand.


Well it's a true story. It was Rudy's New York then. And I think the guy was a real doctor, although he looked more like some German scientist from a Volkswagen commercial. It was all very odd. I also remember distinctly the whole scene being joined by this guy who had been, for the previous minutes, seemingly uninvolved and changing a car tire across the street, and yet now stood conversing with the authorities. I really didn't know what was going on. That was a great summer in New York, though. Ended with a bang, too.
2013-04-14 04:33:27 PM
2 votes:

Mugato: Isn't there a precedent here in the case of Finders vs Keepers?


Actually, it's Keepers v. Weepers...common mistake :)
2013-04-14 04:23:54 PM
2 votes:

Hector Remarkable: Yeah...summer of 2001, I'm wandering somewhere up Midtown East after getting my mail one Monday morning when, I think it was a subway stop near Lexington, I saw a lady face down at the top of the stairs, apparently passed out. She was well-dressed with a conspicuous purse filled with instant lottery tickets sticking out of it by her side. People just walked right by her. Oh, but not Mr. Remarkable.

Like a foolish fool, I approached a police officer and pointed out her situation. I'll never forget the cop either, because he was only like five foot-six and his nameplate read "Cocks". Officer Cocks seemed real annoyed with me,  and suddenly a deluge of medical and police personnel appeared out of literally farking nowhere and swarmed around me and the scene. They propped the lady up and field tested her in front of me. She said she was fine, and they sent her on her way. A tall, stern looking medical type doctor man in a white body suit got in my face and loudly inquired, "Are you satisfied?"  I mumbled, "sure", not really fully grasping it yet.

Later in the day, I sat on a bench down across the street a ways, for no good reason. I could plainly see the same lady laying again on the ground at the top of the subway stop..


Those early days of "What Would You Do?" had a really pissy crew.
2013-04-14 04:06:58 PM
2 votes:
Picking up a pack of unattended cigs is theft? Not only is that the most stupid thing I've heard, but I had already assumed Bloomberg had outlawed tobacco in NYC anyways.

By the way, NYPD, ten years ago I lost a bag of chips in the subway. I demand you find the perp.
2013-04-14 12:58:03 PM
2 votes:
Sounds like the NYPD are a real bunch of master baiters.
2013-04-14 12:35:10 PM
2 votes:

bronyaur1: WTF is up with the NYPD? They clearly have WAY too many resources and a truly bad attitude toward their citizens.


My brother in law is an extremely decorated NYPD officer.  He's a farking dumbshiat.  That tells me all I need to know.
2013-04-15 01:12:26 AM
1 votes:
So, don't bother being a good samaritan in NY, got it.

What happens when the arrest from these stings drop off because people won't pick up the bait? Let me guess they'll arrest you for walking past their sting and NOT being a good samaritan.
2013-04-14 06:42:44 PM
1 votes:

AxemRed: One time I found a purse on a public sidewalk along a strip of bars. No one was around. I figured that some drunk girl had lost it. I took it with me, and I contacted her on Facebook. We met up the next day, and I gave her purse back. But I guess it would have been better if I would have kept on walking and said "not my problem." Better for me anyway... if I lived in NYC.


Worst "Dear Penthouse" letter ever...
2013-04-14 06:33:33 PM
1 votes:

puddleonfire: Street theater happens all the time and I like to jump into it and make fun cuz I know it's a big fat fakery.

Gang stalkers do it too with some undercovers nearby.

One time some fed was playing guitar with sunglasses on outside a bar, then his buddy comes over to watch me watch him, and I see a pile of undercovers scoping everything at the first table on the patio. I say to the buddy "HEY you recognize this guy from his band?" "What band?" "Johnny Snitch and the Undercovers!" and I continue staring.
The look of uneasiness was priceless.

/targetted individual 15+ years


There was a house across the street from my college dorm that student groups could rent out for small events of 20-30 people. The animal rights club had an animal liberation guy come speak. In my dorm lobby a couple of uniformed university police officers were talking to two undercover city cops who would be sitting in on the meeting. They were both in their 40s, ~250 lbs, and looked like they just got done filming scenes for a Roadhouse remake. Having been to a few seedier places in California they appeared to be trying to infiltrate something more like the Hell's Angels. I'm sure they didn't stick out at all from the skinny hipster kids at an expensive private university that I saw going into that meeting.
2013-04-14 06:16:41 PM
1 votes:

thamike: Mugato: It's good to know that there's no crime in NYC so cops have the time to engage in entrapment.

When i was waiting tables, I once saved a choking man's life, only to find out later that the four people sitting in the corner cheering me on were NYPD homicide detectives.


Well, they are trained only in dealing with the dead.  What help could they have given?
2013-04-14 06:11:08 PM
1 votes:
So if anyone finds anything that isn't claimed and takes it, that's theft? Where does that leave treasure hunters? Should Bill Paxton in Titanic have been arrested? Well he should have because that movie was terrible but that's not the point. I've gotten drunk and left my wallets in various places before and I wouldn't press charges on whoever picked it up.
2013-04-14 05:45:36 PM
1 votes:

Mugato: It's good to know that there's no crime in NYC so cops have the time to engage in entrapment.


When i was waiting tables, I once saved a choking man's life, only to find out later that the four people sitting in the corner cheering me on were NYPD homicide detectives.
2013-04-14 05:06:50 PM
1 votes:

oh_please: After RTFA,  I suspect that she or her daughter actually did grab the "cash", but since the whole bait scheme was so over the top/bullshiat, the judge threw it out, and rightfully so.

Note that TFA is peppered with phrases "According to Myers' account", "Myers recalled", and "the lawsuit says".

Not defending the NYPD in any way, shape, or form...they decided to stage a police chase? Really? REALLY?


The police chase was the most amazing thing to me.  How many people did they put in danger racing multiple cars down a crowded NYC street to try to entice someone into stealing a twenty?
2013-04-14 05:05:46 PM
1 votes:

Kiwimann: oh_please: .they decided to stage a police chase? Really? REALLY?

Yeah, that was the most bizarre part about it.  It would be cheaper and more effective to just use a bait car like other PD's do.


I think somebody in the NYPD has a secret desire to be a Broadway producer.
2013-04-14 05:01:46 PM
1 votes:
It's actually illegal to be in NYC. The rest is just a matter of selective enforcement..
2013-04-14 04:48:51 PM
1 votes:

Popcorn Johnny: Not feeling any sympathy for people who take shiat that isn't theirs and then walk past uniformed officers without reporting it.


Some organization tried an experiment years ago where they turned over wallets with money in them to cops, don't remember where. Something like half the wallets either didn't get turned in or had no cash when they were. Maybe NYPD ought to try that too and see how well their own officers do. Maybe they'll even be prosecuted (yeah right).
2013-04-14 04:39:51 PM
1 votes:

lordargent: SilentStrider: an argument could be made, not that I'm saying it would be successful in court

It wouldn't.

// unless they put a sign on the purse saying "free purse".


Leave the freepers out of this. ;)
2013-04-14 04:33:14 PM
1 votes:

The Pope of Manwich Village: Did someone say "Entrapment?"
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2013-04-14 04:30:17 PM
1 votes:
Did someone say "Entrapment?"
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2013-04-14 04:21:52 PM
1 votes:

skinink: Picking up a pack of unattended cigs is theft? Not only is that the most stupid thing I've heard, but I had already assumed Bloomberg had outlawed tobacco in NYC anyways.

By the way, NYPD, ten years ago I lost a bag of chips in the subway. I demand you find the perp.


if the cops left a 32oz drink on a bench in Central Park and someone picked it up and took a sip from it, will Bloomy come and make the arrest?
2013-04-14 04:20:02 PM
1 votes:
Shouldn't those cops be busy busting people for oversized sodas?
Also, not exactly a shock that big city cops get overzealous and try set the stage for a crime to happen.
2013-04-14 04:16:34 PM
1 votes:
Petty larceny for looking without touching.  Theft of photons.
2013-04-14 04:13:23 PM
1 votes:

Molavian: I dunno, the little biatch tried to steal shiat out of an open car.


The officers took them into custody, even though they never touched anything inside the car, the suit says...

But in the cops' defense, they were black and they were looking, so that's gotta break some law.
2013-04-14 03:31:30 PM
1 votes:
What happens when at the end of the day when the cops comes and picks up the wallet? Can you do a citizens arrest for theft? What goes around comes around.
 
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