The book thieves of 1990s London


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#2

This sounds like a really depressing Jasper Fforde novel.


#3

Apparently this is the plot to Fast & Furious 7, with Jason Statham playing Roy “The Nutter” Faith.


#4

slumps


#5

I dunno what fraction “a fraction” is, but a fraction of 50,000 pounds is not a lot of money. What a miserable way to use your creativity.


#6

There was a study of the average professional bank robber’s takings and, allowing for robberies that failed to net any cash and time spent in gaol, they would have been better off begging. I guess the smart criminals run banks rather than rob them, and the really unambitious ones end up robbing bookshops for peanuts.


#7

The original Freakonomics included a similar study, of drug dealers, and concluded the vast majority work below minimum wage. The only ones making any money are at the top - but eveybody thinks they’re going to get there, some day.


#8

I’m planning on just making one last big score and then retiring from the game…


#9

They give two reasons for the fall in book theft- online sales and CCTV. I wonder what the contribution of each was. Was this an example of killing the patient to eradicate the disease?

Ether way, it looks as if the crime has been foyled.


#10

Isn’t it called “The American Dream”?


#11

I used to know someone who was doing this around that time. She probably knew some of those guys.


#12

That’s why the great unwashed masses vote Repuglican. They want the tax rates to be low when they finally join the top 1%.

I once shocked a group of co-workers by saying I wished I paid $10M in taxes per year. After one stuttered, “Bu-bu-but why?”, I responded, “Because it means I would be taking home at least $40M per year and I think I could learn to live on that.”


#13

My favourite (fake) Steinbeck quote:

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”


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