Friday Question of the Day

Many people have written me about the craigslist post alleging that there was a mugging in the DC USA parking garage. This has turned out to be absolutely false. Ed. note: You see I learned from my previous rumor spreading mistake and waited for confirmation this time. But my question is – what is the motivation for spreading such a false damaging rumor like this? Who would do such a thing and why? Are these jealous proprietors from Virgina or some folks who are upset about losing business. For real, why would someone lie about crime in this area when crime is such a provocative topic? Is it just for the thrill of riling people up? Or is it something more nefarious?

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  • Just like with spam—what’s the point? People spread that stuff because they are bored with their lives and have nothing better to do. Some people are sad and ridiculous.

  • I suppose there have got to be gangs and other thugs that lose a lot a “street cred” when their hood gets characterized more by its Linens-N-Things than its crime.

    Say what you will about the merits of Urban Revitalization, but it’s probably not so great for aspiring local rap artists.

  • There always has been and always will be gossip, the Internet is just a more efficient way to spread it. Add to that our society’s fascination with crime (look at all the crime TV shows and movies) and is it any wonder these rumors run rampant?

  • Hadn’t heard it and glad it’s not true. I finally made it to Target, BB&B, and Marshall’s. But I generally don’t like or use underground parking. Maybe I’ve seen too many movies, like The Pelican Brief back in the day where there’s that scene…

  • That’s one nice parking garage, though.

  • I end up going to Target at least once a week. I love it! And the becuase I’m at Target I usually end up visiting BB&B or Best Buy as well. Finally, the city has built something that real residents can use on a daily/weekly basis. Yay for consumerism!

  • It could be something much LESS nefarious; like a game of telephone I’m sure that something rather inconsequential occurred in the parking garage and snowballed… perhaps a heated argument was recalled second hand over drinks and then became a ‘fight’ which eventually fell into the wrong ears and passed through embellishing lips to become the mugging which caught the attention of every person who had the time and concern to worry themselves over it.

  • The Columbia Heights Yahoo listeserv, where I believe this rumor started, has long been known for its wackiness. I’ve long ago ceased using it as a primary source of information, since it seems to exist more as a platform for various rantings and ravings, rather than fostering a sense of community like we find here at the Prince of Petworth!

  • Last time I was at Target there was a security guard by the elevators in the parking garage. I very easily parked steps from the elevator. It felt very safe. The parking isn’t free, but worth every $.01 of the $1 I spent on it 🙂

  • Now if they’d just provide more bicycle parking. No – those blue fences in the alley to the loading dock don’t count. d.DOT placed one rack out front on 14th street, but it’s almost always full.

  • I have a question I was hoping somebody would be able to answer. In the Best Buy and Target there is uniformed police officers standing guard at the stores. Target has one by the entrance / exit and Best Buys is in the middle of the store by the customer service desk. Are these officers on Duty or off duty? And is the city paying them to watch these stores or are the stores paying for the extra protection?

  • I think it’s usually overtime, paid by the merchant to the city, then on to the officer. I don’t think that the officer has any direct administrative/payroll interaction with the merchant, they are just pulling overtime.

  • I think Flipfloppirate is right here.

  • We were attacked right in our front yard two nights ago. the culprits were about 10-12″ long, had bushy tails, and beady little eyes. They uprooted a few tulips, terrorized the cat, pooped on our porch, and then taunted us from the railing two rowhouses down.

    I feel violated.

  • I think it was started by the gentrification haters. I hate them. 😉

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