At least it’s not just us.

I mentioned yesterday how the morning trash pickup didn’t happen at the usual time. They usually get here between 7:30-8:00am, but yesterday they didn’t arrive until after 2:00pm. Last week they didn’t show up until Thursday. Two whole days late.

What’s going on? Do they not like my street? Did a resident of my neighborhood say something mean about one of their mothers?

Nope. It’s not just us. The Lawrence Eagle Tribune posted this story:

Perry says city on verge of breaking Methuen JRM trash contract

So that’s not good at all, but at least now I have a clue what’s going on. I really don’t know any of the details behind this mayor vs trash feud, but I am aware of it now and that is good.

Bank Robbery

There was another bank robbery in Methuen today.  According to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, that makes four in six weeks.

I don’t get it.  Most banking is electronic today.  How much money do branches even have on the premises, and of that, how much is in each teller’s draw?  I can’t imagine it’s a very large amount.  Let’s say this douche went into the credit union branch, waved his symbolic penis gun around and made off with a couple of teller drawers full of cash.  Let’s also ignore little things like die packs and marked bills or whatever banks do these days to keep stolen money from being used.  What does he get out of it?  A couple months rent and something shiny for his best gal?  Is it even possible for a bank robber in the 21st century to make a five figure score?  How big of a bag do you need to carry $10 grand if you’re stealing from a teller?  Would you be better off knocking over a McDonald’s?  How much time does it take for a teller to put $10,000 into a bag?  I’m guessing more time than it takes the police to respond to the alarm.

Then there is the repetition factor to think about.  The Methuen police are already investigating three of these things.  How pissed off are they going to be when they catch you?  Supremely pissed, I would guess.  It won’t be good cop/bad cop when they interrogate you.  It’ll be bad cop/super crazy Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon cop.  You risk getting thrown off a building like that jumper did in the movie.  Why don’t we be objective.  Think about it… what would Robert DeNiro’s character in Heat have said if some one asked him to be bank robber #4 in one city in six weeks.  There’s no way a professional super thief like that would ever even consider taking a job like that.  No way!  Even if he didn’t have Al Pacino on his trail.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is this:  It’s not worth it.  If desperation drove this guy to do this today, or in any of the other three bank robberies, then the reward of a successful job is going to be tiny compared to the risk, and then inevitable retribution.

It’s a simple matter of balance.  Does a small short term gain balance out a large long term punishment?  Not from where I’m sitting.

Holy Crap!

Woah!  My city played host to a bank robbery today.

Here is a link to the story from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune.

Allow me to quote the story. Please note that there is no author listed on the page.

METHUEN – Police are investigating an armed robbery at the TD Bank at 228 Haverhill St.

A white man with a goatee robbed the bank of an unknown amount of cash at 12:15 p.m. He told the teller he had a weapon, but one was not shown, said Lt. Michael Pappalardo.

The robber, who is about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, was wearing dark pants and a dark, hoodie-style sweatshirt, he said.

The bank was closed after the robbery so police could investigate.

Every officer on duty along with state troopers working in the area responded to the bank after the robbery was reported. “It appears he slipped through,” said Pappalardo, noting officers are now “pursuing several leads.”

A picture of the robber was distributed to officers on duty at 1:50 p.m.

It’s weird.  My wife and I have been to that bank.  I have never had a personal connection to a bank robbery before.  It feels sort of weird.  Let’s hope we don’t get this feeling again, eh?

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The Methuen Police Department released this photo of the suspect. I don’t know if it will be blocked if I post it here or not, but it’s worth a try.