Thieves across Philadelphia have a new target: USPS boxes
In one of the more random pieces of news this week, it seems Philadelphia’s petty criminals have found a new source of income: stealing checks out of USPS boxes. No, seriously.
Ellie Rushing of the Inquirer had the whole story; you can check that out below:
What are we doing, Philadelphia?
Man, what a world we live in. The sports world is in shambles, people can’t see their families for another Christmas, and people are roaming the streets of Philadelphia looking for checks to steal.
How do they break into the signature blue box? According to Rushing’s article, there are a few different ways. Some thieves prefer to pick the locks, while others have assaulted US Postal Workers to get their unique keys.
Some folks I would call “Gentleman Robbers” have offered to pay USPS workers upwards of a few thousand dollars for access to their keys. I know you’ve got to spend money to make money, but Jesus Christ.
Honestly, considering all the crazy shit going on in the world, this almost feels like a welcome change. Although, on the other hand, seeing petty thievery in my fair city as a piece of lighthearted news makes for a pretty grim outlook.
To me, that’s a pretty lackluster response. People talk about arming certain public employees with firearms, but I think there’s a legitimate case to be made here. I’d think twice about jumping a mail carrier if I knew they all had standard-issue glocks.
We have to protect our postal workers at all costs, and I think giving them some kind of weapon is the first line of defense, in Philadelphia and beyond. Hell, give them a medieval mace or something like that. Doesn’t matter to me!