Posts Tagged ‘stealing’

Scene From Under The Interstate: In San Francisco, Bicycle Theft Isn’t Just a Gig, It’s a Lifestyle

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Rent-free living under the I-80:

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On It Goes…

To Entrap a Local Predator: Electricity Parasite, Caught in the Act

Monday, February 24th, 2014

There, but for extremely cheap and powerful backup OEM batteries from the Amazon, go I:

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Assignment Desk: Just How Fake was the Recent Episode of “Mystery Diners” Taped at Chapeau! on Clement in the Richmond?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I’m saying very fake, or mostly fake.

Last year, Michael Bauer had the Inside Scoop on the recent Mystery Diners fiasco up at Chapeau! on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond:

“It was halfway into our anniversary dinner when things turned for the worst, as the camera crew from Mystery Diners rushed through the dining room with lights and mikes to catch a naughty bartender/actor in the act of giving away free drinks for a group of fake diners.”

I’ll tell you, I don’t have that cable TV so I can’t actually watch all the fakery, but here’s a quite gullible writer on the topic over at Examiner.Com.

I’m auspicious of this whole deal, I tell you.

Oh, EaterSF has this:

This is scripted. This would never really happen in Philippe’s restaurant. I live down the street and go there.”

So, have at it, MSM. Philippe himself prolly would have contractual reasons to tell you to go to Hell, but there are other ways of getting a scoop…

Oh, and SFWeekly had this to say about this particular TV series a few years back

In short, I call shenanigans.

San Francisco City Hall Goes Blue and Yellow to Help Steal the Golden State Warriors From Oakland

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Thusly:

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At first I was thinking…Easter?

And then I thought Boston Marathon.

And then I realized it was for the GSW.

Is it a little cheesy to do this so far ahead of time?

Yep, IMO.

Oakland doesn’t have much, you know.

They were going to get a pair of pandas from China, but that didn’t work out.

Oh well.

That’s Venus, the Evening Star, to the right of the dome, BTW.

And that’s a #5 Fulton hover bus heading inbound on McAllister…

Stolen iPhone Spot Market – Meet the Gentlemen Who Fenced Your Apple Device – Mid-Market, SF, USA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Hanging out at 7th and Market in front of the check-cashing place in the heart of San Francisco’s corrupt Twitterloin / “Uptown” Tenderloin.

Good  times:

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Now I’ll tell you, there will come a time when fencing an iPhone will become less lucrative. You know, the way it’s becoming in New York City. (Right? ‘Cause if you all can’t actually use the iPhone you just bought off of craigslist for cheap, then you all will stop buying them and that will be the end of the bulk of the stolen iPhone market.)

If only SFGov and the SFPD were so “innovative.”

But remember, appointed Mayor “Ed Lee Get’s It Done,” unless he doesn’t, as in this case.

And so many others

“Hospital Property?” Wear It Like a Badge of Honor, Wear It Like You Wear Your CDC Prisoner T-Shirt

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I guess writing HOSPITAL PROPERTY on hospital property cuts down on theft of hospital property:

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Add it to the list of contraband clothing – here’s another entry:

Halloween 2012 is just three short weeks away!

Shoplifter at the Union Square Apple Store – A Sidewalk Scrum for iPhone – Bad Security Guards on Video

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I don’t know how long you’ll be able to watch this one – all the action is in the first part and then it just goes on and on. (“Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!” ”Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!”)

Not sure if the shoplifter had an actual iPhone. Seems as if he had, at the very least, some kind product endorsed by Dr. Dre, anyway:

Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

And, indeed, those can retail for up to $350, so one of the security guards got that part right. As far as everything else though, there’s just too much to inventory – this is like a video on how not to detain a shoplifter. (Should you let go of the perp temporarily to show off the booty to sway the crowd? Probably not. I could go on, but, as always, You Make The Call.)

It ended up requiring the attention of both the SFPD and the SFFD. (I wonder if there’s an official report or two on this incident.)

Anyway, I’m surprised this one didn’t go viral:

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Let’s Be Careful Out There…

My Thing With the George Gascon for District Attorney Campaign

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

[UPDATE II: I think we've come to an accord, via a terse, 13-word email. Hurray! [#bygones] BTW, that’s Jim “The Hammer” Hammer in the background, during the let’s-have-TASERS-in-SF presser. The Hammer was gung-ho for the TASERs on that particular day, but by the following week, not so much. No so much AT ALL. The upshot is that peace officers still don’t have TASERs in SF (unless they’re in the CHP or something), for better or worse. Worse, IMO.]

[UPDATE: Oh, apparently the Jeff Adachi for Mayor campaign recently had a similar issue with a local shutterbug and it ended with the Jeff Adachi campaign no longer using the photo(s) they had no right to use in the first place.]

I don’t know, the digital SLR era for me started a decade ago,* so that’s a while, but I’ll tell you, I’ve never come across anything like this.

I get an email asking me how much I got from the George Gascon for District Attorney campaign for the use of my photos and I’m like, well, nothing?

So I head over to the official website and I see one of my photos, anyway, getting panned (ala the Ken Burns Effect) in some videos here.

Thusly:

So I send out emails to two people with the campaign and there’s no reply, no reply at all.

I’m not a professional or nothing, but I talked with a couple and they said is that this is a straight-up copyright violation and that I should invoice the campaign. (Oh, and that I’m a “wuss”** for “sitting on this.”)

Oh well.

Is this how you roll, George Gascon, with no respect for Da Law?

*With the Canon D30 - no, not 30D, the old-school 3-megapixel one, the kind Bill Biggart had when he was killed at Ground Zero on 9/11/01. Anyway, you can’t take an unprocessed shot like that and get a look like that without a SLR-type camera. (It was with a six pound 300mm 2.8 lens…)

**Or something

Signs of a Little Black Friday Shoplifting Trouble at the Old Navy Flagship Store

Friday, November 26th, 2010

One or both of these people work security at the Old Navy Flagship store at Fourth and Market.

Seems as if the O.N. security staff was keeping as busy as the overworked clerks, what with all the descriptions of perps being bandied about on walkie talkies

Oh well, it’s a living.

As seen from Fourth Street:

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Outside Lands 2010 Recap: 80,000 Attendees This Year, if You Count the Fence Hoppers

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Outside Lands 2010 was the smallest in the short history of OL - the count is pegged at 70-something thousand or 80,000 if you include the fence jumpers and tunnelers.

And five more makes it 80,000:

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Here are all the deets from the organizers:

“A special thanks to our gracious partner who has made Outside Lands a reality for the past 3 years: San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. We’d also like to thank the following for their support: Office of the Mayor, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Entertainment Commission, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (Muni and Department of Parking & Traffic), all the artists, staff, volunteers, community members and the whole City and County of San Francisco. 

Most importantly we would like to thank you, the fan, for the continued support of Outside Lands since the festival’s inception in 2008 and for cementing it as one of the world’s premier music festivals.

Check out the highlights below:

2010 Blogs & Videos
2010 Photo Gallery

2010 Press

Cheers,
 
Your Friends at Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents & Starr Hill Presents”