Washington, DC

Ed. Note: To be honest, the whole thing just makes me sad. Obviously package theft is maddening and frustrating, and maybe I’m reading too much Humans of New York, but after reading the flyer I feel a bit bad for the guy. Obviously, he shouldn’t be stealing. Of course. Let me be crystal clear – stealing is wrong. But I’m wondering, why is he stealing? What got him to this point? Maybe he is a selfish jerk or maybe he’s had a really tough life and is in a bad spot.

Anyway, I’m just depressed about how divided our city has become and it feels like it’s getting worse. I’m left with this nagging sadness. I hope this guy stops stealing. I hope he can be healed. I hope our city can be healed. I’m not terribly optimistic at the moment. I’m going for a walk.

A reader reports reports from Trinidad:

“Cool it, Morpheus just gets me every time I read it. Transcript below…

Have you seen this man?

Seen on camera swiping packages at 4pm on 3/27

He puts them underneath his out of style leather jacket.

Seriously are you an extra in the Matrix?

Appearance may have changed, as he stole a box containing $20(?) of off brand make up

Merlot lip stain may not be your color, brother.

Cool it, Morpheus.”

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