X-ed Out

So last week I was miffed when I read that this lady was ‘jacked’ for her new Xbox. Today, we find out that she rec’d a new one thanks to some gracious Best Buy employees. Aww shucks – that is mighty kind of them now, ain’t it?

The problem I have with this whole thing is the fact that, according to the article, the victim took the money out of her retirement fund to purchase the game for the kid. At first I thought about it …well ya know – maybe the kid is a really good kid, perhaps in saying retirement fund they actually meant the money under the mattress, then I thought about it ….and said ala Whitney Houston …oh hell to the naw.

*climbing up on soapbox* The mentality that I must get the latest and greatest for my kid no matter what is part of what is wrong with our society. It is what led the victim to pilfer her retirement and what, presumably, led “bruhman” the robber to stick a gun in her face. I remember back in the day when I was a wee one when I really thought my nickname was “No, I’m not buying that” . This was because everytime we went to the store – that’s all that I heard from my parents. I wondered if my parents went out of their way to secure that speak ‘n spell for me oh so many years ago. So I called home to ask them, after my mom stopped laughing – she reminded me that Christmas was about the Birth of Jesus back when I coming up …. OH YEAH….. When did it become OK, even expected that Christmas became the Season for Giving (your kids/friends/family things you can’t really afford)?

I’m climbing off the soapbox now – I’ve got to run, I’ve got a line on a laptop for $250 for my 5 year old…..

4 Comments so far

  1. Gregory Hunlen (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

    Yeah, the problem I have with this story and with other stories like it promoted by our TV and radio journalists is ñ it doesnít past mustard as “News”! I’m willing to wager you that hers was not and nor – will – be the only Xbox stolen in a similar fashion. With the coverage this story got, an injustice was heaped upon all the other victims “jacked” that day. I sure there were countless homes burglarized and cars vandalized. These victims and their problems got buried away in a police file even before the ink dried on the police report. But this woman made national news by getting her XBOX stolen, another worthless story from an increasingly meaningless news media.

  2. Kant Ketchup (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 5:13 pm

    It doesn’t “past mustard”!? WTF?

  3. rick smith (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 1:19 am

    The above post says, “With the coverage this story got, an injustice was heaped upon all the other victims ‘jacked’ that day.” By that measure, every newscast and every newspaper should list every single crime in every category of crime, everyday; or not one. I’m sure after that long listing of every crime on every police blotter in the area, there would still be plenty of room for all the worthy, meaningful news the poster wants.

    The poster assumes there were identical thefts that went unreported, but he offers no documentation; so (again, by that standard) I could also assume that news stories like that prevented subsequent thefts because people were alerted to beware of that m.o., especially now, while that video game is hot, so to speak.

    What I saw on that local news website was a brief, local news story about an unusual theft of one of this season’s popular, hard-to-find consumer items. The story was kind of buried somewhere in the website, it wasn’t even on any of the main pages. So what’s the big deal about it? “Past mustard” indeed.

  4. Jessica (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 10:08 am

    Kendall, I totally thought this post was going to be about the X concert on Friday.

    The advantage of the Xbox 360 is that now PS2s are going to be very, very cheap, and you and your boy can pick up one and play Katamari Damacy all day.

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