This video shows what can happen if you try to use “self-help” to get your stuff back after you conclude you know who just pickpocketted you:
“Messed Up: Pickpocket Victim Gets Knocked Out Trying To Get His Wallet Back!”
This video has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. That amount is certainly more than the number of people who came to town to see the America’s Cup last year. I’ll tell you, those “gentlemen’s match races,” which cost us eight figures, were designed to burnish our image, nationally and internationally. But videos like these also affect our image, right? It could be that this one viral video, by itself, has erased any and all image burnishment gained by hosting AC34, right? What if SFGov exerted as much effort upon its core functions, you know, instead of having fun with Larry Ellison – what would that look like?
Self help [legal term] can work, sometimes. Good Samaritans can join in to overwhelm a team of pickpockets – that might happen. But what if you’re wrong about who took your stuff? What if you capture your “pickpocket” only to discover that s/he’s clean. Maybe your wallet was handed off to others in the team or maybe you were mistaken in the first place. Either way, you will have been putting effort into a fruitless endeavor. And the risk. The next step up would be an edged weapon, and then a firearm. OTOH, the chances of ever getting your stuff back are decreasing by the second. It’s tough to know what to do in this kind of situation.