Celebrated redistributionists discover healthy respect for private property

posted at 9:25 am on October 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The lesson in this story, besides that irony is often delicious?  Redistributionism always looks better when you don’t own anything yourself (via JWF):

Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops — and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.

“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”

Crafty cat burglars sneaked into the makeshift kitchen at Zuccotti Park overnight and swiped as much as $2,500 in donated greenbacks from right under the noses of volunteers who’d fallen asleep after a long day whipping up meals for the hundreds of hungry protesters, the volunteers said.

Who’d have thought that a crowd of people demanding the seizure of wealth from banks, corporations, and the wealthy might also have a few thieves?  I’m shocked, shocked to find theft occurring in a group that has hijacked private property it refuses to leave.  I can’t imagine that a crowd that demands free higher education and the forgiveness of tens of thousands in student debt would also think of someone’s Mac or an iPhone as equally as communal as a college education.

The best part of this story is that it sounds like the thieves might be creating a few proto-conservatives:

Security volunteer Harry Wyman, 22, of Brooklyn was furious about the thievery — and vowed to get tough with the predatory perps.

“I’m not getting paid, but I’m not gonna stand for it. Why people got to come here and do stupid stuff? All it does is make people not wanna come here anymore,” Wyman fumed.

Law and order!  Get tough on crime!  Defend private property!  Hey, maybe there isn’t that much difference between this and a Tea Party after all — just a few years of experience and a couple of eye-opening insights on freeloaders.  In my column for The Week, I take a more serious look at the similarities between the two movements, and explain why the Occupiers are heading into an intellectual and political dead end:

So far, the Occupy protests have mainly drawn the usual suspects — anarchists and ideologues who spend their lives attempting to provoke responses from police and gain media attention. Some of the same organizations — unions, AGJ — have agitated at World Trade Organizations and G-8 summits, most notably in Seattle in 1999. In St. Paul, Minn., I saw the same kind of activists form into the umbrella RNC Welcoming Committee and organize violent protests at the Republican National Convention. But could this turn into something more?

It’s not out of the question. Those protests took place during periods of prosperity — in the latter case, before the recession became a collapse — and remained fringe affairs. That is certainly not the case any longer with Occupy, which is why targeting Wall Street will hit more of a resonant chord. The pressure of a chronic economic malaise means that we have millions of people who had been gainfully employed a few years ago who now find themselves outside of the economic system, with no stake in the status quo. They might find themselves agreeing with either movement — and on the streets demanding change of some sort. Right now, the attention is on Occupy, and that may draw a significant number of angry people who wouldn’t normally sympathize with hard-Left groups like AGJ or consider joining a union unless forced to do so.

However, the emphasis on Wall Street rather than Washington as the focus of anger and blame puts Occupy into an intellectual paradox that will likely limit its impact. Certainly Wall Street bears its share of responsibility for creating toxic derivatives that nearly killed the financial sector. But the derivatives failed because the securities on which they were based – congressionally-approved Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities – turned out to be junk bonds. The current issues of spending and debt originate in Congress, where the Democrats who replaced Republicans in 2006 promising fiscal responsibility turned out worse than their GOP predecessorts, ballooning deficits to well past a trillion dollars a year.

In this the Tea Party has a coherent ideology that opposes government interventions in private markets and runaway spending and debt: They want a smaller government. Occupy protests many of the same problems, but in response to these issues, the Occupy movement wants a bigger federal government that would punish banks and wealthy Americans. They apparently want seizures and redistribution, which necessarily means more bureaucracies, higher spending, and many more opportunities for collusion between authorities and monied interests in one way or another.

Right now, they’re also in the process of learning some hard truths about human nature, and why a fairly regulated free-market system works best to allow a channel for the natural self-interest of individuals to put capital to work and create wealth.

Update: Is there any such thing as a $5,500 Mac laptop?  I built my own MacBook Pro with every option on the laptop itself at the Apple store, and only came up with a price of $3,447.  I could also choose 6 or 12 month financing, but that would just put me in debt to the corporations, dude.  It looks like Nan’s mommy and daddy bought the Mac and Nan doesn’t have a clue about its value.

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More and more like the TEA Party rallies as each day passes.

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mankai on October 18, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Obama people.

SouthernGent on October 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM

This is as funny as the TOTUS caper.

darwin-t on October 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500″

5500 bucks?! Does that thing cook and clean too?

Doughboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

$5500 Mac

Excuse me why I break out my tiny violin.

gophergirl on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

StealingECONOMIC JUSTICE is our biggest problemSUCCESS at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.

FIFH (hippies)

Up twinkles!

mankai on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Tee hee hee.

lorien1973 on October 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Also. Um, if you have a $5,500 laptop maybe you aren’t part of the 99%.

lorien1973 on October 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

“Stealing is our biggest problem platform plank at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.

FIFy

PackerBronco on October 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Rove you brilliant bastard…BUSH DID IT!

PatriotPete on October 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

There are no $5,500 Mac laptops. She obviously didn’t pay for it hereself and has no idea what it cost.

tommyboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

If we passed a law allowing the government to confiscate your Mac and give it to some inner city kid, that would be, like, way cooler.

mankai on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Protest the rich from your $5500 Mac laptop. I think that if I total the purchase price of all 4 computers in my household they would not equal $5500.

Zaggs on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Mac laptops aren’t 5,500

blatantblue on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

That each and every one of them didn’t realize that they were in the company of thieves is truly mind boggling.

OldEnglish on October 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

This is funny as hell!
“I can take YOUR stuff but keep your thieving hands off MY stuff”
HAHAHAHAA!

ArmyAunt on October 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

They went to a rally, and got a free education (about life.) Isn’t that what they wanted?

RBMN on October 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

There are no $5,500 Mac laptops.

tommyboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Not necessarily. I think those federal employees who were at that taxpayer-funded junket eating the $16 muffins had $5500 laptops.

Doughboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Let’s cut to the chase, those of the Occupy movement are just plain selfish.

“Tax the Rich” nice slogan but an incomplete thought. The true meaning is Tax the Rich, give it to me so I can be rich too (but not rich enough to pay taxes).

MSGTAS on October 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I cannot see why they are complaining about stolen Mac’s and other items taken. Somebody merely redistributed their wealth.

(Who took it? Probably that guy who was complaining that he had to work three jobs at $8.50 an hour each in order to pay rent. Yeah, he seemed the type.)

coldwarrior on October 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

And… these oh so worldly ones never hears of “the inside job”

Wait till they find it was that cool dude next to them or their fellow “workers”.

golfmann on October 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

According to their own logic, it’s not theft, it’s redistribution.

All property should be communally owned, and it would be evil and capitalistic to horde communal goods and not freely share them.

nottakingsides on October 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Boo hoo. I love this. Maybe your mom came and took back the laptop she purchased for after she saw you on tv showing the world what a slacker you are!

ConservativeMom on October 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Well, did they ever stop to think that they had all the money, and the people “stealing” it had none, so now it is equally distributed…
Their mistake was not giving the money out…wait but how do you pay for food, well, everyone that you give money to, gives back some food, that way you get a little back after giving away a lot…it’s kind of a perpetual giving machine.
They were robbed because they were greedy…that’s the summation, if they would have dispersed the money, they would have never been robbed.

right2bright on October 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM

So – - – those who did not have took from those that did.

Ummm … why aren’t they celebrating?

BD57 on October 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Yep the only Mac that’s $5,500 is an insane level workstation with like Two huge monitors and maybe some accessories.

Yeah I’m finding it very difficult to feel for these morons.

Brad on October 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I think this Venn diagram I found linked at Ace of Spades fits right into this thread.

NotCoach on October 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM

So now maybe the OWS, needs to be occupied because apparently they are the only ones with money…so it will now be called OOWS…

right2bright on October 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Whoever you are, if you live in America, to someone in the world you’re rich. So, what’s the complaint? It’s going as planned.

RBMN on October 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM

$5k for a Mac?

Wow, I can see “fool” written all over that clown.

Must have bought it from a federal source. My Uncle Sheldon can get top of the line for him at $1k, maybe a K and a half, tops…but that’s capitalism.

coldwarrior on October 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Mac laptops aren’t 5,500

blatantblue on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Maybe she included the value of her MacfingerPaint archive. /s

Peri Winkle on October 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Hey OWSers – it ain’t stealing, it is redistributing the wealth!
LOL.

A liberal: Do unto others as you would not want done unto you.

albill on October 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

This is absolutely delicious. That person had a spec’d-out mac. Three grand is pushing the high end on a mac pro desktop. Sounds like she had multiple HDs an insane amount of RAM and multiple monitors. She’s definitely not part of the 99% crowd. I’m typing on a $350 Acer lappy!

robblefarian on October 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

The gatherings will inevitibly turn violent. As time goes by people will lose interest and the novelty of a bunch of goofy kids camping in the park will fade. Thus, in order to keep getting the attention they obviously crave they will have to engage in ever more provocative and sensationalist behavior. There will be blood.

tommyboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

There wasn’t a man voting for it who didn’t think that under a setup of this kind he’d muscle in on the profits of the men abler than himself. There wasn’t a man rich and smart enough but that he didn’t think that somebody was richer and smarter, and this plan would give him a share of his better’s wealth and brain. But while he was thinking that he’d get uneared benefits from the men above, he forgot about the men below who’d get unearned benefits, too. He forgot about all his inferiors who’d rush to drain him just as he hoped to drain his superiors. The worker who liked the idea that his need entitled him to a limousine like his boss’s, forgot that every bum and beggar on earth would come howling that their need entitled them to an icebox like his own. That was our real motive when we voted – that was the truth of it – but we didn’t like to think it, so the less we liked it, the louder we yelled about our love for the common good.

Except from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Life imitates Ayn Rand once again.

Question: If these esteemed members of the National Socialist Left want to redistribute the wealth so much, Why aren’t they redistributing Their wealth?

Chip on October 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

…unless she is including the price of software, which I’m absolutely SURE she paid for. Riiiiiiiiiight…

robblefarian on October 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

The MAC that mommy and daddy probably bought. We need a new lap-top, can’t afford it in this economy.. These people make me SICK.

reshas1 on October 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I think this Venn diagram I found linked at Ace of Spades fits right into this thread.

NotCoach on October 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Heh. Oh, I will be using that.

visions on October 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

There are no $5,500 Mac laptops. She obviously didn’t pay for it hereself and has no idea what it cost.

tommyboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

But thats what the guy she stole it from said it cost!

ctmom on October 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500.

Reminds me of a survey when they asked the public what a doctor nowadays makes per year and the response ran from 90,000 to 9 million. “9 million” was our current President’s guess.

Marcus on October 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

And people say we do not need lawyers and laws because as you can see people always treat each other well.

jimw on October 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

This is funny as hell!
“I can take YOUR stuff but keep your thieving hands off MY stuff”
HAHAHAHAA!
ArmyAunt on October 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Communism and Islam are based on the same fundamental principles.

And there’s nothing funny about that.

logis on October 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

They should ne protesting at waters and franks place

cmsinaz on October 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Trustafarians finding out they are marked for crime?

Why, who woulda thunk it?

Not that all that high priced electronics, clothing, food and… CASH… need any guarding… nope. Just one big, happy community.

Sucks when you find out that to other people you aren’t noble ideologues but hapless, naive ingrates. Wanting to bring down the system, they find their own system prone to being taken down from the inside.

Every flea has a flea that bites ‘em. On and on ad infinitum.

ajacksonian on October 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Yup. A brutal irony alert is indeed in order.

Although, if the great unwashed mass of neo-bolsheviks are not happy with the theft situation, they could seek out the various cop cars they shat upon and ask the officers for help.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Bwahahaha. These idiots want govt to play Robin Hood for their benefit, but don’t cotton having their property appropriated. I call it justice.

Southernblogger on October 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Good one chip!

cmsinaz on October 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, to find this story of theft at the OWS protest wasn’t mentioned in the CNN article on the main page of their website this morning.

Browncoatone on October 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops

 
Ha. From yesterday:
 

Anyone know if the Occupy ______ folks are giving their iPads and North Face windbreakers to the local homeless folks?
 
rogerb on October 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

 
They are giving their food.
 
ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

 
Ha. They’ll give away the free food, but not their laptops, eh? Disregarding that the food is donated:
 
So they’re behaving exactly like the 1% who feed the entitlement class while maintaining their material wealth.
 
Congratulations.
 
rogerb on October 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

rogerb on October 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM

So basically what is happening is that these trust fund kiddies are learning more about how life really works after a couple of weeks of exposure to the real world outside of the classroom then they learned for all of the money spent, and borrowed, all the time in the classroom.

Reality bites, those that can’t handle it either become professional students or teachers safely sheltered in the halls of academia away from the harshness.

Just A Grunt on October 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM

On twitter I’ve asked numreous times what does OWS want at the end goal. The answers I’ve received are all over the map. Fairness. Equality. Blah blah. Dig a little deeper and the answer inevitably comes back to more govt spending and higher taxes.

angryed on October 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Redistribution reminds me of an old ‘Wizard of Id’ strip where Robin Hood hands a bag of gold to an extremely exuberant peasant who yells “I’m rich! I’m rich”

Whereupon Robin Hood says “Stick ‘em up.”

Peri Winkle on October 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Mac laptops aren’t 5,500

blatantblue on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I thought the same thing initially, but try going here and selecting all the upgrades.

Fezzik on October 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

OK all you people,

You wipe that smirk off your face, right now,

And, I mean it!

heh,heh,heh

franksalterego on October 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

The fact that they are shocked . . . SHOCKED!! . . . to find that there are thieves among them amuses me to no end.

“Take the laptop, leave the STD.”

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Fool! It wasn’t you’re Mac to begin with. It was THE PEOPLE’S Mac.

Gang-of-One on October 18, 2011 at 9:52 AM

This is going to turn out like every commune experiment in history, it will devolve into these stages:

1. Everyone for the common good, no leaders.
2. A few leaders will emerge and begin an attempt to structure everything.
3. A power struggle will break out. Tension will run high.
4. Some people will become “more equal” than others.
5. Violence.

robblefarian on October 18, 2011 at 9:52 AM

“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.
“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500.

Suck it up you little social justice redistributionist, that “thief” was just another of your brother in arms that “needed” it more than you. You are just being fair by letting him keep it! That’s what social justice is all about, so don’t *itch about it!!!

Not so funny when somebody takes your stuff is it moron?

Tim Zank on October 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM

You can upgrade pretty close to 5k, now add Adobe creative suite premium ( 1k to make Photoshops of Bush, naturally) and a few other odds and ends…

Yeah i can see it. Some 1%er’s kid has to ask mommy for a new toy.

Irritable Pundit on October 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500.”

It was most likely paid for with college loans… Just sayin’.

Oh, and Daughter explained it was probably a top of the line Macbook Pro with a huge iTunes account on it (music, movies, etc).

Fallon on October 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Priceless! haha

tinkerthinker on October 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Everybody looks like the 1% to somebody.

John Deaux on October 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Not a family friendly environment.

WisCon on October 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Also. Um, if you have a $5,500 laptop maybe you aren’t part of the 99%.

lorien1973 on October 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

But perhaps Mom and Dad did.

garry on October 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I’ve seen a lot of protests/encampments like this over my life time. Theft, sex crimes, and violence is the norm. Occasionally, there is even murder.

Blake on October 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Question: If these esteemed members of the National Socialist Left want to redistribute the wealth so much, Why aren’t they redistributing Their wealth?

Chip on October 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I would to send somebody in there to just start picking up laptops and smart phones and tell the protesters it’s cool because we’re going to send them to the 99% who live in places like Uganda and Vietnam.

mankai on October 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Too bad this article didn’t poll the thieves—or did they?

Yet the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people—and particularly with swing voters who are largely independent and have been trending away from the president since the debate over health-care reform.

The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Our findings probably represent the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.

Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%).

Does stealing five thousand dollar laptops qualify as “radical redistribution of wealth”?

Rovin on October 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Good one chip!

cmsinaz on October 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Thanks.

Chip on October 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

A loaded, top of the line 17″ Macbook Pro costs about $4000. Maybe she had some high dollar software on it like Final Cut Pro which would take you in the $5500 ball park. However, I think a more pertinent point might be that she could have gotten a good $700 laptop and used the savings to pay for an entire year at a state school. But then she couldn’t demand a free education for here degree in 18th Century Hat Design.

ReaganWasRight on October 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Nan Terrie sounds like one of the 1%. She’s got a high price computer and both the time and money to travel from Fort Lauderdale to NYC.

Blake on October 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Just a reminder to Nan, that is what this means:

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. ~ Karl Marx

Your cool stuff is taken from you and given to someone else. Nice, huh?

Fallon on October 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

franksalterego on October 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Nope, not gonna’ do it.

cozmo on October 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”

Dude, you shoulda gotten a Dell.

mchristian on October 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

“I had my Mac stolen — that was like $5,500.

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Tell me Little Doofus, which of these products were “…like $5,500…”? Problem with most of these little nit-wits is not only do they have no values, but when Mommy and Daddy are meeting all their needs, neither do they any idea of cost. Too bad their parents were such abject failures at teaching the little jerk-wads how to live within a budget. If this little twit will have Daddy forward me $5,500.00, I’ll happily replace the stolen Apple device.

oldleprechaun on October 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM

This story is priceless.

John the Libertarian on October 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Right now, the attention is on Occupy, and that may draw a significant number of angry people who wouldn’t normally sympathize with hard-Left groups like AGJ or consider joining a union unless forced to do so.

You’re leading into a very interesting point here Ed.

Right now the Obama-media is all about promoting these protests – even when they turn towards the dark side.

What happens when a majority of people realize that the Occupied With Socialism crowd is only pushing more of the same that hasn’t worked with Obama?

What happens when more people start siding with the Tea Party side of the street?

[Be careful folks, the change in attitude of the media towards speaking out will change so fast it’ll make your head swim]

Chip on October 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

There are no $5,500 Mac laptops. She obviously didn’t pay for it hereself and has no idea what it cost.

tommyboy on October 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Yea, no kidding. I got the absolutely most redic one that they made around 2 years ago and it came in right under 4k.

She mad bro.

preallocated on October 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Dang! Seems to me that I need a new laptop. Plane ticket to New York… Weasel in to the crowd… “redistribute” one to myself. I mean, from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs… and I do programming, so a triple boot Macbook Pro 17inch monitor would be much more needed in my hands than sitting next to a pile of Micheal Moore’s Spaghetti, right? So how is it stealing, right? And it’s a capitalistic transaction too, as I’m saving money by flying to NYC and back instead of coughing up the dough directly to Apple.

That said, this person is an idiot. If they were running Lion, Apple’s latest software, there is a “Find my mac” feature built in, as I recall. And if they aren’t running Lion, this wasn’t a 5500 lappy.

Vanceone on October 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

“I’m not getting paid, but I’m not gonna stand for it. Why people got to come here and do stupid stuff? All it does is make people not wanna come here anymore,” Wyman fumed.

I called this one, on one of Allah’s threads OWS = “Lord Of The Flies” without the literary pretensions.

So the Law Of The Jungle has set in looks like those kids are going to get a life lesson out of this after all….whether they learn anything from that lesson is another story.

Dr Evil on October 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

And let me say, I just configured a MacBook Pro 17″ with a 512GB SSD and it came in at ~$3800…

There’s no reason on earth for her to have that type of laptop … she ‘s probably one of those people that takes her MB to high school and some kid’s like “Damn girl, that thing musta costed 10gs, huh?!” and she’s all like “You know it.” and started to believe it herself ;-)

preallocated on October 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

$5,000 Mac, insurance claim or tax write off. But I have a devious mind.

IlikedAUH2O on October 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

A liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.

John the Libertarian on October 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Update: Is there any such thing as a $5,500 Mac laptop?

Don’t think so but that’s why I don’t have one. Perhaps she’s including those pesky accessories (is there a special charger for it?) that add up to the price but it’s like she’s saying that her laptop and her iPad2 were stolen which a strech of incredible stupidity.

Once my laptop, tablet and cell are with me I don’t separate from it, period.

But don’t worry, fanboy Rush will let us know on his show today.

ProudPalinFan on October 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Vanceone on October 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

What kind? I’m tryin to hire a college kid to work for me. I’m overloaded and can’t keep up with all the crap on my plate. I need someone who’d like to get some experience and can do basic tasks that I give them, or bug fixes off of our issue tracker.. etc.

Mostly PHP/JS web stuff, but also a couple large Python apps.

I guess I should put an ad on craigslist. Maybe I could get someone who is working at Wendy’s and has a CS degree.

preallocated on October 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Yeah, $5500 gets you a video editing workstation. Or Almost 2 Macbook Pros.

Instead of sending kids to school, we should force them to watch How its Made, Dirty Jobs and How do they do it. We’re so divorced from the realm of production nowadays.

Iblis on October 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Watch em start complaining that the nasty, evil, brutal NYPD is failing to keep their stuff from being stolen from the local scumbags (not to mention their fellow hobos)

welcome to the concrete jungle, little lemmings.

theflyonthewall on October 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

I wonder what would happen if they found the theif in their mists, was actually (obviously) on of their own. What would they do? Violence (like they indicated), social means (which is some new crap which is like shunning), call the police (which would get them all kicked out possibly).

Choices!

upinak on October 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

You can buy custom designer, or even diamond encrusted cases for various items in Dubai that can run the price up. I think they may have them in London, too.

IlikedAUH2O on October 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Hey kids, holding the the world is watching signs, they are watching, and they have taken an inventory of your possessions….now they have come to take you up on your offer GRIN.
Is the end of OWS near? Because, I am really starting to dig this tribal theme OWS has adopted.

Hey kids I can hear the drums, the native New Yorkers are restless, and you’re wheezing on their gig, you are squatting in their territory, and you haven’t been paying them rent. LOL!

Dr Evil on October 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

who knows, maybe they’d resort to mob justice, which would definately be in keeping and also a deathblow to their little crusade.

theflyonthewall on October 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

The real fun is going to start when someone calls in a suspicious package on one of the unattended backpacks.

TexasDan on October 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

$5,500 laptop

A lot of you guys are laughing at this chick for saying she has a $5,500 laptop, and that no Mac laptop could be that much.

You are wrong though.

While I doubt she would have such things, there are some software programs that can run up the price very, very fast.

So maybe it’s a $2000 computer with 3,500 dollars worth of software.

Abby Adams on October 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Thieves steal truck with President’s equipment

J_Crater on October 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

I’m sure Eric Holder is all over it…I mean he doesn’t have anything else pressing going on in his life/

Dr Evil on October 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM

A liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.

John the Libertarian on October 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Thread winner!!!

coldwarrior on October 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM

What kind? I’m tryin to hire a college kid to work for me. I’m overloaded and can’t keep up with all the crap on my plate. I need someone who’d like to get some experience and can do basic tasks that I give them, or bug fixes off of our issue tracker.. etc.

Mostly PHP/JS web stuff, but also a couple large Python apps.

I guess I should put an ad on craigslist. Maybe I could get someone who is working at Wendy’s and has a CS degree.

preallocated on October 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Heh. I do php, JS, have dealt with bug trackers and I do python (at least am familiar with the language, and would love to do more with it). I also do objective c and suchlike. And I have some spare time right now, too. Love to help you out. If you are interested, drop me a line at vanceone @ yahoo. Usually that’s my spam account, but I’ll keep an eye on it for something.

On topic to the thread: Will these kids learn anything from this, or do they see any of the massive irony involved?

Vanceone on October 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Iblis on October 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Add in Deadliest Catch… tell the little Trustafarian that you will only listen to them AFTER they have spent a full year with the Bering Sea fishery fleet. From salmon to King Crab to Opie season. Heck, do that before you send them to college or if they want to get into a hyphenated/gender/racial/social/polisci studies major.

Or put them into Outward Bound for a summer.

Then tell them to get a real path to a real occupation, not one stuck in Leftistland in academia.

ajacksonian on October 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Choosing all the options and accessories for a MacBook Pro at the Apple store get’s you this:

$5,854.95

6 or 12 month special financing options
1-3 business days
Free Shipping

Free shipping!!

Rod on October 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Hey kids meet your landlords ;) “La Cosa Nostra”

Turns out they are a hard working patriotic bunch, who really like the capitalist system….go figure.

I love how the food chain works.

Dr Evil on October 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

This is absolutely delicious. That person had a spec’d-out mac. Three grand is pushing the high end on a mac pro desktop. Sounds like she had multiple HDs an insane amount of RAM and multiple monitors. She’s definitely not part of the 99% crowd. I’m typing on a $350 Acer lappy!

robblefarian on October 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Pfft I am typing on a modified XP tower that I amp’d up (of course it still has the FLOPPY drive). I got the “extinct” HP tablet amnogst other toys. I put quotes on it b/c there’s gonna be another ’round for high demand, plus a big bunch that will hook up to AT&T.

A MacBook? WTH did she have the latest PhotoShop, Visio or engineering/desktop publishing software in there? If she adds those are $300/pop up to $500. If I lose my notebook I would not count the software in it even if it cost me that much. Pics and videos of my kiddos are more important.

ProudPalinFan on October 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

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