How much are we paying for stupidity? The recent shoplifting at the Port Stanley
LCBO is an example. It was obvious from the outset that these villains were from
out of town.
There was a time when Port Stanley's thirsty citizens would break into the LCBO
at night, grab the cheapest bottle of wine in the place and end up asleep on the
counter when the police arrived in the morning. The latest thieves' attempt, without
much success, to shoplift more than a thousand dollars worth of booze in broad daylight
is pure bush league.
Naturally, they were stopped by the OPP just south of Fruit Ridge Road on the highway
to St. Thomas; but ... get this ... it took 5 OPP CRUISERS to apprehend these idiots
in their little, outdated Ford car.
Does it really take 5 OPP CRUISERS to deal with this threat to public safety? How
many OPP cruisers would it have taken to respond to terrorists with atomic weapons?
Six million? The 5 OPP CRUISERS that stopped and arrested two delinquent shop lifters
probably cost the taxpayer well over a thousand dollars. Then there will be the
public defenders, paid for, once again, by the taxpayer, and the appeals, paid for
by the taxpayer, and, if we are lucky, a few days in the jug, at the taxpayers'
Next we hear that on Monday, our emergency services people had to respond, not once
but twice to kite surfers in distress on the lake. On a day that was blowing
an absolute snotter, these idiots, who share their limited IQ with the LCBO shoplifters,
chose to play their silly games at the expense of ... you know, the taxpayers.
How about charging these people about $1000 each for the rescue effort, plus a fifty
thousand dollar bond to guard against future acts of stupidity? And make them co-habit
for four years with the shoplifters in a school designed to treat adult and terminal
stupidity - or is that where the taxpayer should be?
Port Stanley, ON