Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A nation of laws or a nation of men?

When you're thinking about stupid stuff you could get arrested for, think about this:
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police arrested more than a dozen people for stealing pieces of Yankee Stadium during the 85-year-old ballpark's final game. Police said Tuesday that 18 fans were charged with possessing stolen property. Officers were out in force for the stadium's final game on Sunday to keep souvenir hunters from tearing away pieces of the place. Yankee spokesman Howard Rubenstein told the New York Post that they intend to hire a private security team to protect the stadium from other would-be thieves.
They're tearing the place down in three months. What could people possibly steal that wouldn't otherwise be left for rubble? My guess is that they stole something that the Yankees figure they could put up on Ebay for money.
Meanwhile, somebody put the cuffs on Mariano Rivera, seen here filling a plastic container with dirt from the pitcher's mound.
It's one of those little things, but I have yet to read the arrest report on Mariano Rivera for stealing a piece of the stadium - seen in the photo above. I guess because he works there, he can take what he wants?
Laws are being broken right under your noses, guys.
One fan went onto the field after the game, blended in with the grounds crew - and nearly escaped with third base, a hunk of grass and some dirt, sources said. Many were nabbed ripping cup-holders from seats. Among those arrested was Patrick Kearns, who prosecutors said is the son of a retired New Jersey police chief. Another, Chris Dertinger, was charged with causing more than $1,000 worth of damage. Eleven defendants, including Kearns were released without bail at their arraignments last night.
You're kidding, right? How can somebody cause a thousand dollars worth of damage to something that is going to be destroyed? Rivera escaped with a Tupperware container full of dirt. Stop him! He's dangerous.
Yankee spokesman Howard Rubenstein said the team plans to hire a private force to protect the Stadium's exterior.
Right before they hire a private company to blow it to smithereens.


Handsome B. Wonderful said...

For one, I don't understand why they are tearing down such a historic stadium. Can't they just restore it?

But to your point, I think they should let people take stuff. Like you said, it's going to be rubble anyway. Always looking to make a buck I guess.

Anthony said...

Two words: Luxury boxes.

Wait till you see the price of tickets. It'll make Coors Field look like Wal-Mart.

Kate Michele said...

so what is proper protocol to wait till its IN dumpsters?

Anthony said...

I think what they want is for the fans to wait and pay for the stuff when the Yankees start dismantling the ballpark.
Squeeze a little more money out of the fans.