Crime Doesn't Always Pay



Living in this city for 10 years, I’ve seen a lot of crime.

And by a lot, I mean excessive.

I’ve witnessed people come into my store and literally grab four fragrance gift sets off the counter and then run out the door. And this happens anywhere from 2-4 times a day.

Some of these people are caught by security, but MANY get away free and clear.

I could tell you a lot about the crime I’ve witnessed, but I would like to share a particular story concerning a crime I saw earlier this week, that will BLOW you away.

First, allow me to share with you that Philadelphia is one of the most crime-ridden and violent cities I have ever lived in, however that’s not something most Philadelphians care to admit. Philadelphia is a very angry, paranoid, and highly segregated city. And each segregated area believes that Philadelphia belongs to them, and THEM only. Philadelphia doesn't know how to coexist under one roof and prosper as a unit. And yet, as a visitor, when you look at how beautiful and charming this city is you wouldn‘t think it. That’s because all the anger, paranoia and segregation is hidden underneath. But trust me, not only was I born here, I currently live in Philadelphia, therefore I SEE what goes on behind the image of The City of Brotherly Love. The crime and violence in this city has nothing to do with the economy and people desperate for food because those are not the one’s who are stealing. It has to do with the people who have always been angry at life because they fear growth and evolution - they fear a change in consciousness. And they steal and act violent because they somehow think they're entitled because of their unhappiness at life.

Allow me to interject here, that I applaud the police force of Philadelphia because they have a lot to deal with. And they’re also the nicest and most helpful police force ever. So, thank you Philadelphia Police Force!

Tuesday, I witnessed an attempted robbery.

I was walking down Walnut Street close to the corner of Broad Street, when I suddenly heard a woman’s voice scream, “STOP THAT MAN! STOP THAT MAN! HE JUST STOLE MY IPHONE!”

And as I focused on what was going on about 25 feet in front of me, I saw the woman who was probably about 70 years old RUNNING after this man. Yes, RUNNING!

All pandemonium broke loose. People on the street and sidewalks were trying to trip the thief in an attempt to stop him, but he kept getting way. The next thing I saw was the thief running down a subway entrance, and this 70-year old woman running down after him!

As I hurried closer to Broad Street, I saw the thief running UP the subway stairs on the opposite side of the street. Which means he ran underground, assuming he was going to get away by exiting on the other side.

Well…it just so happens there were policemen patrolling underground who must of seen this thief running so they ran after him. And all the while this 70-year old woman was running too, screaming, “STOP THAT MAN! STOP THAT MAN! HE STOLE MY IPHONE!”

As I crossed the street, I saw one of the policemen grab this guy and throw him face down onto the sidewalk. The guy resisted by trying to get up….when all of sudden the policeman WHIPPED out his gun and pointed it at him with BOTH hands, yelling, “STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!”

Now, here’s the greatest ending…..

This 70-year old woman, reached down into the thief’s hand and grabbed her iPhone, holding it high in the sky, exclaiming, “YES!….I GOT IT BACK…I GOT IT BACK….THANK YOU, POLICEMAN!”

OMG…you should have heard me! I was clapping and cheering, “YOU GO, GIRL!!!!!!”

Here are some photographs I got while the arrest was taking place. I apologize that some of these images are blurring, but I wasn’t even focusing. I just kept snapping.












You GO, girl!


Yup.....crime doesn’t always pay, does it?


Have a glorious weekend everyone!

X


56 comments

  1. Hi Ron,
    Holy cow! You were at the right place at the right time! Eyewitness news :)
    Great shots!
    And yes, way to go, lady!

    This city is like "beauty and the beast".

    On a more personal side, three generations of my family lived in Kensington up until about the 40's. Of course, that part of town went to the dogs. These burbs are known for all the drug & prostitution problems.

    You won't believe it; we went to Kensington on our first trip in 1992! We went to the church where my grandparents were married. The neighborhood was run down and dirty. Since this time, the church has been closed(like many others in Phila).
    I think that it is a never ending battle. The police dep't has it's work cut out for it, that's for sure!

    Great post my dear!

    Have a great weekend xox
    P.S. I have been hearing how freaking hot it is on the East Coast! Stay cool!

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  2. what a brilliant story!!

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  3. I want to believe that crime doesn't pay. I want to read stories where good has the happy last word. I do my best to spread the love and respect parole.

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  4. CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! I can't believe you got pictures of this! What a creepo that guy is. I just don't understand people like that. Must be a drug addict or something.

    I've been thinking about you all week. They keep showing how hot and muggy it is in Philadelphia. Stay cool, my friend!

    BTW, awesome camera!

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  5. WOW well done that woman for chasing the thief and eventually getting her phone back! I was on the edge of my seat all through your description of what was happening Ron and breathed a sigh of relief when the policeman nabbed the thief!

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  6. I am amazed by your description of Philly. It looks so nice and clean living. Who would have thought there would be a lot of crime there. The old (?) lady did well to run after the thief, well done her. I'm glad she won the day. One day, when I worked for our police force, I'd popped out for lunch and heard a rumpus ahead of me. There was a man running towards me with a couple of detectives in hot pursuit. I knew them. One shouted 'stop that man' so I did. All I did, honest, was put a foot out to trip him up. Well you know me, in for a penny in for a pound. Anyway it worked. Have a brillint and troublefree weekend.

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  7. YAY! for a physically fit, ballsy, senior citizen! She rocked it!
    And ... thank the Gods that there were police around when you needed them!

    Look at you, Ron - going all guerilla photojournalist on us! LOL

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  8. Good job on "capturing" and relaying the scene! Ironic isn't it that this place is called the city of brotherly love?!

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  9. First of all, that mature lady looks more in shape than the thief and I bet she COULD have caught him eventually...but glad she didn't cause they might have gotten into a struggle and messed up her perfect pony and broken her designer shades.

    Second, thiefs should know enough to steal from women in heels, not sneakers. Geeze!

    So, why did he feel compelled to swipe a phone that has a traceable serial number and that no service provider is allowed to reset? My theory is that he was walking by the electronics store and saw a summer special on QVC "In the Kitchen with David." The day was HOT and at almost heat-stroke temperature, idea of his own personal slurpy machine possessed him like the devil. In his desparate panic to place the order with his illigitamte son's credit card number, he GRABBED the closest phone and RAN, frantically dialing the number before he could be caught. Does QVC deliver to County lock up?

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  10. Hey there Barbara~

    "Holy cow! You were at the right place at the right time! Eyewitness news :)"

    HA! You should have seen me desperately trying to grab my camera, but I kept fumbling as I was running closer to the scene of arrest.

    I was soooooooooo happy and excited to see her get her phone back!! She was a toughy, and no one was going to mess with her!

    "On a more personal side, three generations of my family lived in Kensington up until about the 40's. Of course, that part of town went to the dogs. These burbs are known for all the drug & prostitution problems."

    Yes, I know that area very well. In fact, one of the women I work with use to live there and she says the same thing....that part of town went to the dogs. Another area that went to the dogs is Germantown (where my stepmother was born). She visited the last time she was here and got so depressed.

    "I think that it is a never ending battle. The police dep't has it's work cut out for it, that's for sure!"

    Yup...that's for sure!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend! Yes...OMG...it's been soooo hot these past few days. Today, they said it's suppose to get to 110 degrees with the humidity index. Yesterday, I went out to run a few errands and I was sweating like pig. I can't WAIT until Fall.

    Have a great weekend, Barb!

    X to you and D!

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  11. Greetings Laura~

    Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. Nice to meet you!

    Thank you. I just so happened to be at the scene of this crime with my camera on me. I'm soooo glad the police were there and she got her phone back!!!

    Stop by anytime. You're always welcomed here.

    Have a great weekend!

    X

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  12. Wow, Ron, great post! You were right on the spot--you should be a crime reporter! And look at that size of that loser!! What a bum! You also make some great observations about humanity: "The crime and violence in this city has nothing to do with the economy and people desperate for food because those are not the one’s who are stealing. It has to do with the people who have always been angry at life because they fear growth and evolution - they fear a change in consciousness. And they steal and act violent because they somehow think they're entitled because of their unhappiness at life."

    That's some powerful stuff, brother. And it's spot on! Take care and have a great weekend!

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  13. Bonjour Susu~

    "I want to believe that crime doesn't pay. I want to read stories where good has the happy last word."

    Me too, that's why I was soooooooooo happy this guy was caught and that fiesty lady got her phone back - yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    Thank you for stopping by, beautiful lady. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Ciao.....X

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  14. Hey Chrissy Girl~

    "CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! I can't believe you got pictures of this! What a creepo that guy is. I just don't understand people like that. Must be a drug addict or something."

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I was soooooooo happy this lady got her phone back and the creepo guy was caught! She was not about to give up! I just happened to have my camera on me at the time and I'm so glad I did.

    "I've been thinking about you all week. They keep showing how hot and muggy it is in Philadelphia. Stay cool, my friend!"

    OMG...it's the WORST! And today it's getting even HOTTER. Like, 110 with the humidity index. I can't WAIT for Fall!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Have a great weekend!

    X to you, Vinny and Millie!

    ((((( You guys )))))

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  15. Wow! Great photos! This is another reason that us bloggers should never be without a camera. This leads me to what I witnessed once.

    I was in a store and the cashiers were emptying their takings into bags for security to take them out back to the safe. (I don't think they do this any more) I was at the checkout as this was taking place. Suddenly a young man rushed forward, snatched the bag of cash and ran for the exit. An elderly woman in the next queue had a walking aid and she promptly stuck it out in front of the man, tripping him up. He landed flat on the floor with security on top of him before he knew what had happened! The elderly lady smiled to loud applause from all the shoppers!

    Often the elderly are far braver than young people, or maybe it's that they get far more indignant at these things. I can just here them saying to themselves "Who does that young whippersnapper think he is?"

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  16. Good Morning Akelamalu~

    "WOW well done that woman for chasing the thief and eventually getting her phone back!"

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! You have no idea how happy I was when I saw that cop grab him and throw him on the ground, and then that lady grabbing her phone in SUCCESS! She was a tough cookie and NO ONE was gonna mess with her - HA!

    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear. Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  17. Good Morning Valerie~

    "I am amazed by your description of Philly. It looks so nice and clean living. Who would have thought there would be a lot of crime there."

    Philly is very extreme. It has gorgeous parts and then parts that look like a war zone. I try and show all the nice areas of Philly with my photography, but there are also areas that are terrible. The energy in this city is very bi-polar - one extreme to the next. That's why when most people visit and they see how pretty and charming parts of Center City are, they're shocked to here of the crime and violence. But trust me, it's here.

    "The old (?) lady did well to run after the thief, well done her. I'm glad she won the day."

    HA! I don't think someone half her age could have done what she did. She was DETERMINED and I so admire that!

    "There was a man running towards me with a couple of detectives in hot pursuit. I knew them. One shouted 'stop that man' so I did. All I did, honest, was put a foot out to trip him up. Well you know me, in for a penny in for a pound. Anyway it worked."

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! You GO, girl! Woot! Woot! I bet they were so happy you did that!!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Have a brilliant weekend!

    X

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  18. Philly, like you said, is beautiful and charming... absolutely! We love taking day trips across the bridge to see all the many things it has to offer. But listen to any one of the several news broadcasts on each day (although I really try to not do that too often) and you'de know there are definitely problems there.
    However, it's certainly good to know that the police force is out and ready to roll. And the old gal herself was right there in the mix of it all! Way to go, honey, I'm diggin' your big dark shades too. :)
    Hey Ron, stay cool today... heat index to climb up towards 115. Do people still get in the fountain at Logan Square??

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  19. Good Morning Lady Nitebyrd~

    "YAY! for a physically fit, ballsy, senior citizen! She rocked it!
    And ... thank the Gods that there were police around when you needed them!"

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!! She was one TOUGH cookie and NO ONE was going to mess with her!!! She ROCKED! Yes, and thank god the police were around. Philly pretty much has the city well-patrolled, especially in the underground where A LOT of crime goes on. I could tell you stories that would curl your hair about the acts of crime and violence that often occurs here.

    "Look at you, Ron - going all guerilla photojournalist on us! LOL"

    Yeah, I may have new career - HAHAHHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHHHAHA!

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis! Always FAB to see ya! Have a super weekend!

    X ya!

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  20. Good Morning SuziCate~

    Thank you. I'm so glad I was there when it happened. I checked the newpaper the next day to see if there was a story about it, but saw NOTHING.

    " Ironic isn't it that this place is called the city of brotherly love?!"

    HA! Yeah, more ironic than you know!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you had a terrific weekend!

    X

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  21. Hey Tracy~

    "First of all, that mature lady looks more in shape than the thief and I bet she COULD have caught him eventually...but glad she didn't cause they might have gotten into a struggle and messed up her perfect pony and broken her designer shades."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! That CRACKED ME UP!!! And you're soooo right, she looks in better shape than the thief! And just LOOK at the smile on her face in that last shot...it's like, "Success is MINE!!!!!"

    "Second, thiefs should know enough to steal from women in heels, not sneakers. Geeze!"

    HAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

    OMG...your last paragraph in your comment made me HOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "In his desparate panic to place the order with his illigitamte son's credit card number, he GRABBED the closest phone and RAN, frantically dialing the number before he could be caught. Does QVC deliver to County lock up?"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! I'm sitting here at this computer with tears in my eyes, I'm laughing so hard at that!!!!

    Brilliant girl! Simply BRILLIANT!

    iPhone thieft is very predominate here and I have no idea why, because just as you shared....a phone that has a traceable serial number! I saw two guys once, grab an iPhone out of young girls hand at Starbucks while she was TALKING ON THE PHONE!!!

    Geeze!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your wonderful humor on this post. TOTALLY made my morning!

    Have a great weekend, girl!

    X

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  22. Hey Rob~

    "You were right on the spot--you should be a crime reporter!"

    Yeah....maybe I have a new career - bwhahahahahahahahaahahha!

    "And look at that size of that loser!! What a bum!"

    OMG...isn't he a BEAST? He obviously needs to start working out if he wishes to continue this life crime; stealing iPhones from 70-year old women - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for you kinds words, my friend. I know that YOU (also living in a city) understand what I'm talking about. However, I have to be honest and say that I feel safer NYC than I do in Philly because at least in NYC you're aware of it. Here, people don't expect it.

    Have a SUPER weekend, Rob!

    X

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  23. Hey Babs~

    " This is another reason that us bloggers should never be without a camera. This leads me to what I witnessed once."

    You said it, dear lady. A camera is a bloggers best friend!

    " An elderly woman in the next queue had a walking aid and she promptly stuck it out in front of the man, tripping him up. He landed flat on the floor with security on top of him before he knew what had happened! The elderly lady smiled to loud applause from all the shoppers!

    *thunderous applause*

    BRA-VA!!!!!!! OMG...I wish I could have seen that!!!

    "Often the elderly are far braver than young people, or maybe it's that they get far more indignant at these things. I can just here them saying to themselves "Who does that young whippersnapper think he is?"

    I think you're absolutely correct. I think they DO get more indignant at these things. I know for me (the older I get), the more courage I have to speak up to injustice.

    Thanks so much for stopping and sharing your story, Babs! Enjoyed!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  24. Goooood Morning Crystal Chick~

    "But listen to any one of the several news broadcasts on each day (although I really try to not do that too often) and you'd know there are definitely problems there."

    You said it! And thank you for sharing that because there definiately is MAJOR problems here. Problems that no one wants to face. And it's ironic you mentioned that because even though I don't watch the news, my mother does. And she's ALWAYS calling me up saying, "I wish you would move out of Philly because I keep seeing in the news all the crime and violence going on."

    Yet, it doesn't frighten me, it just pisses me off.

    "However, it's certainly good to know that the police force is out and ready to roll."

    Philly cops are truly some of the nicest and most helpful police force I've ever encountered. They're very approachable if you need help or directions, or have any problems. I'm forever thanking them when they come into the store to shop.

    "And the old gal herself was right there in the mix of it all! Way to go, honey, I'm diggin' your big dark shades too. :)"

    Isn't she a HOOT? She looks like Jackie O in those glasses - HA!

    "Hey Ron, stay cool today... heat index to climb up towards 115. Do people still get in the fountain at Logan Square??"

    OMG...I know, I'm DREADING it! I feel like I'm going to FAINT on the streets because the humidity is so high, I can't breathe. Yes, I think people still do get in the fountain at Logan Square and I might just do that today - HA!

    Always FAB to see ya, neighbor! Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  25. You are a regular Johhny on the Spot!!! Those pics are awesome! What makes it even funnier is that it wasn't "he stole my purse!" it was "he stole my iphone!' Perfect!

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  26. OMG RON!!! How fantastic is that?? That looks like one happening 70 year old too!!!! I love it that she had an iphone - she's way ahead of me! I can just picture you clapping and shouting - it's always great to see some thug get what he deserves!

    My neighbors went to Philly for a wedding and had their van broken into in the church parking lot and their video camera stolen. Sadly, it really soured them on the city.

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  27. Hey there Katherine~

    'What makes it even funnier is that it wasn't "he stole my purse!" it was "he stole my iphone!' Perfect!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! I know!!! At first, I thought it WAS here purse or wallet. OMG...can you imagine how she would have responded if it had been?

    She was one tough cookie and I LOVE it!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady! Wishing you the BEST weekend!

    X

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  28. Hiya Bijoux~

    "How fantastic is that?? That looks like one happening 70 year old too!!!!"

    Isn't she FLAWLESS? And not one hair on her head moved out of place while she was on the RUN - HA!

    "I love it that she had an iphone - she's way ahead of me!"

    OMG...I don't EVEN have a cell phone, period!

    "My neighbors went to Philly for a wedding and had their van broken into in the church parking lot and their video camera stolen. Sadly, it really soured them on the city."

    Oh gosh, I'm sorry to hear about that. That's thing about this city, people don't expect it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Always so great to see ya!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  29. WOW, Great shots Ron!!

    I'd have to say that the police most likely saved this mans life, because if she ran after him that far she would have surely caught up and beaten the tar out of him before retrieving her phone.

    Gotta love her determination

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  30. ...That is AWESOME! *applause*cheering*whistle* What a feel-good story this is too - thank you Ron! You always hear about the one that got away but not this time. And seriously, all that for an i-phone? Are they really all that and more? Huh. *shrug*

    ...And btw, love that little cartoon version of yourself over there on the top right! Cute! Altho' I am surprised to not see your lil' cartoon self dressed in a polo, designer jeans and a fashionable loafer, but then that's just me. *giggle* ;o)


    ...And I love the guy in the blue shirt looking right at you as if to be thinking to himself, "wtf?" And then the next photo he's looking at what everyone else is looking at and he's thinking, "oh."... lol... :o)

    ...Enjoy your weekend dear and stay cool! Not that you're not already cool and all but, you know what I mean...*wink*wink*

    ...Blessings :o)

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  31. YAY PHILLY WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!! what a plucky little lady and what a schmuck is the thief, ugh.... i didn't know you had such crime there but lots of unemployed so lots of anger i imagine....come to think, i don't ever hear much about the city at all. weird...anyway, i love stories like this and great pics too!! xoxoxo

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  32. Howdy Jimmy~

    Thanks bud. I took these photos rather quickly so I wasn't sure if any of them would come out.

    "I'd have to say that the police most likely saved this mans life, because if she ran after him that far she would have surely caught up and beaten the tar out of him before retrieving her phone."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You know what? I never even thought of that, but you're soooooo right!!!!

    Yup...you gotta LOVE her determination. I applaud that lady!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you and Miss Cindy an AWESOME weekend!

    X to you both!

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  33. Hello Dear TJ~

    *applause*cheering*whistle*

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! True...you always hear about the one that got away, but not this one!!!

    "And seriously, all that for an i-phone? Are they really all that and more? Huh. *shrug*"

    I know, that's what I said. Yet, I spoke to someone at work about this and apparently these people who are nabbing iPhones have a way of de-programing the phone, and then they resell them. Who knew?

    Thanks for noticing the new cartoon, I just put him up there last night. I made him at a site called Toondoo, which I discovered from another blogger friend of mine. You can make all sorts of things for FREE. I added the little clap board myself from a graphic I had on my computer.

    "I am surprised to not see your lil' cartoon self dressed in a polo, designer jeans and a fashionable loafer, but then that's just me. *giggle* ;o)"

    HA! I may just do that in a few months. In fact, I may change his outfit for each holiday!

    "...And I love the guy in the blue shirt looking right at you as if to be thinking to himself, "wtf?" And then the next photo he's looking at what everyone else is looking at and he's thinking, "oh."... lol"

    It's funny, because I never even noticed him standing there until I loaded the photos onto my computer and thought, "Who the hell is that????"

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Always a joy to read you comments!

    Have a great weekend!

    X

    P.S. yes, it's VERY hot here today. I think it reached 115! I've been sweating all day long - OY!

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  34. Helloooooo Dear Linda~

    OMG, it's so great to see your comment because I just got home and was looking through my google reader and saw that you posted today. I'll be over just as soon as I finish with this comment!

    "YAY PHILLY WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!! what a plucky little lady and what a schmuck is the thief, ugh...."

    Wasn't she GREAT? Such moxie and determination!

    " i didn't know you had such crime there but lots of unemployed so lots of anger i imagine....come to think, i don't ever hear much about the city at all."

    Yes, we do have a lot of crime and it's getting worse all the time. Some of it may have to do with unemployment, but MUCH of it has to do with people who simply think they're entitled. This city has a very strange attitude. Friendly to its tourists, yet not to its own residents.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're feeling well and that you have a great weekend!

    ((((( Linda )))))

    xoxoxoxox

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  35. Well weren't you just Ronnie On The Spot? Whipping out that camera like a lethal weapon and capturing it all for us to share. Way to go lady! I wish I were that brave. I'd probably let him go. And I'd be afraid to take pics because I'd be afraid the police would yell at me!

    Hope you have a superhero weekend dear friend!

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  36. Hey there Peg~

    "Well weren't you just Ronnie On The Spot? Whipping out that camera like a lethal weapon and capturing it all for us to share."

    I think I was just in right place at the right time. Or rather the wrong place at the right time - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!

    Was this lady the BOMB? I applaud her guts for going after him.

    "And I'd be afraid to take pics because I'd be afraid the police would yell at me!"

    There was so much going on I think they didn't even notice me. Or maybe they thought I was a reporter - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend! Always GRAND to see ya!

    Have a superhero weekend too!

    X

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  37. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I LIKE that woman!!!

    GREAT story!

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  38. Hey there Gayle~

    "I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I LIKE that woman!!!"

    Meeeeeeeeeeeee too! I applaud her! And the police force too!

    Always so nice to read your comments. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  39. What an AMAZING story! It had everything: action, adventure, intrigue, good v. evil...and a happy ending! I give it a standing ovation, too!!

    And I'm not surprised the old lady chased after him. Look at her...she's FEISTY! She probably ate a cheesesteak for lunch, which fueled her up and gave her energy. (You sure you don't want to try one, Ron? You might just turn into Superman if you do!).

    Great shots. Love this post. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Oh my goodness! If I hadn't seen the pictures, I would have sworn Momma Boots went to Philadelphia! I LOVE IT! This post cracked me up!

    Hope you are doing well, Ron!

    Have a great weekend!

    XOXO

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  41. Holy Crap!

    She looks incredibly fit for 70
    good for her
    I love the last shot where you can see the officer is smiling at her
    the thief looks like trash

    you're so right about the anger coming out of frustration at a sense of entitlement not being met
    I see it here as well

    stay as cool as you can kiddo
    later on I'm thinking of setting my head on fire just to cool off a bit

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  42. Howdy Mark~

    Thanks, bud.

    Right after this happened I ran home immediately and typed it out, while still fresh in my memory. It's odd though, because nothing was mentioned in newspaper!?!

    Isn't the lady awesome? I never found out who she was or what her name is, but ADORE her!

    "She probably ate a cheesesteak for lunch, which fueled her up and gave her energy. (You sure you don't want to try one, Ron? You might just turn into Superman if you do!)."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! Yeah...those Philly cheese steak sandwiches are MAGIC!

    Thanks for stopping by, Mark! Always fab to see ya! Have a grrrrrrrreat weekend!

    Can't WAIT to read about your paranormal thingie you've got going today on your future post!

    X

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  43. Hellooooooo myfwbs~

    So great to see ya, girl!

    "If I hadn't seen the pictures, I would have sworn Momma Boots went to Philadelphia!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahha! OMG...and I bet Momma Boots would have reacted the SAME way! Even though I've never met her, I can tell she's got a lot of guts and know-how!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope is well with your family. I'm sending ya MUCH 'good energy!

    Have a great weekend!

    X

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  44. Hey Lady Dianne~

    "Holy Crap!

    She looks incredibly fit for 70"

    I know....isn't she freakin' AMAZING????

    "I love the last shot where you can see the officer is smiling at her."

    OMG, Dianne....I CANNOT believe you just said that because I feel the same way about that shot. The officer's expression on his face and the gentle way his hand is on her shoulder, says so much. Such a beautiful and caring gesture, isn't it? That's what I mean about the Philly police force, they're so nice and caring.

    "the thief looks like trash"

    Yeah...BIG time!

    "you're so right about the anger coming out of frustration at a sense of entitlement not being met
    I see it here as well."

    Isn't it something?

    "stay as cool as you can kiddo
    later on I'm thinking of setting my head on fire just to cool off a bit"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! Holy shit, this heat is soooooooooo bad, isn't it? It actually makes me feel sick to stomach. Oh boy...I can't WAIT for Fall!

    Have a FAB weekend, dear lady. Thank you for stopping by!

    X to you and gang!

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  45. Awww! That 70-year old woman is one hell of a bad-ass!

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  46. Hey Meleah~

    You said it.....one hell of a bad-ass!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Hope you're having a fab weekend!

    Stay cool...it's hotter than hell here, isn't it?

    X

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  47. that's pretty darned gutsy of that woman - GOOD FOR HER! She chose not to be a victim but to choose empowerment. Good for her! That story rocks. And Ron, can I just say that you are a true blogger? The first thing you think to do is pull out your camera and get first-on-the-scene photographs. Content rules baby! I love you man. xoxo Diane (& Cristybella)

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  48. Wow! That women definitely still has the fire in her! Reminds me of that youtube sensation where the old lady hits the cars hood and the air bag deploys because he honked at her lol! So glad to see some bad guys dont get away!

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  49. Hey Diane~

    "that's pretty darned gutsy of that woman - GOOD FOR HER! She chose not to be a victim but to choose empowerment. Good for her!"

    That's what I admired about her, she choose empowerment!And I like you how you said that!

    "And Ron, can I just say that you are a true blogger? The first thing you think to do is pull out your camera and get first-on-the-scene photographs."

    HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA! Isn't that the truth. We bloggers are always thinking, "Gee...I could use this for a post!"

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and that it's not as hot as it is here - OY!

    X to you and Cristybella!

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  50. Hellooooooooo cestlavie~

    "That women definitely still has the fire in her!"

    Yup....doesn't she? She was determined to get that phone back and she DID!!!!!

    "Reminds me of that youtube sensation where the old lady hits the cars hood and the air bag deploys because he honked at her lol!"

    Bwhahhaahhahahaha! I've not seen that one, but I will head over to You Tube today and see if I can search for it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Hope you're having a FAB weekend!

    X

    P.S. btw, I've been meaning to tell you this - I LOVE your blogger name. It's very cool!

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  51. I never imagined that crime could get so bad. What's the SOP for when people steal from you? Do you have a direct line to security, or do you shout out a code like, "WE HAVE A 1-ADAM 12! WE HAVE A 1-ADAM 12!"?

    Man, I hope you aren't expected to run down and tackle these thieves!

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  52. Howdy Herman~

    "I never imagined that crime could get so bad."

    I know, isn't it the pits? And it's becoming that way in a lot of places. The thing about Philly is that it "appears" to be not this way. However, after you live here for awhile you begin to see it and understand WHY it's happening.

    "Do you have a direct line to security, or do you shout out a code like, "WE HAVE A 1-ADAM 12! WE HAVE A 1-ADAM 12!"?"

    HAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Hilarious!

    "Man, I hope you aren't expected to run down and tackle these thieves!"

    No, not unless you're someone like this 70-year old woman!!

    Actually, the cops here are pretty scattered throughout Center City so if anything should occur, they're there PRONTO!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    X to you and the family!

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  53. *sigh* Sad state of affairs when we feel 'entitled' to rip off a senior. Seriously.
    Sad state of affairs, period.

    Don't get me wrong--wonderful ending to the circumstances and awesome photos. The gal looks rather chuffed with herself. And he ain't looking so 'cool' and 'all that and a bag of chips' with his new bracelets. It's just sad when we justify actions and act on that sense of entitlement. "If you had my life blah blah blah....." *sigh*
    I do agree with the: It has to do with the people who have always been angry at life because they fear growth and evolution - they fear a change in consciousness. And they steal and act violent because they somehow think they're entitled because of their unhappiness at life.

    I didn't 'get it' for a long time either--and I was just as guilty for acting on that sense of 'entitlement'. Now granted, I didn't steal some senior's iPhone. I had more respect and more common sense, dontchaknow! I stole a police car and used it for furnishing my apartment, don'tchaknow.
    Disco lights and all!

    k.
    I'll go to the naughty corner.
    BUT I DID PAY FOR THE CAR! Eventually.....literally AND figuratively....
    Do ya KNOW how expensive those things are?!

    <-- *hanging head and going to the naughty corner*

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  54. Hiya Mel~

    Yes, I agree....wonderful ending to the circumstances but it's still a SAD state of affairs, period.

    " And he ain't looking so 'cool' and 'all that and a bag of chips' with his new bracelets."

    HA! You said it, Mel! Love it.....'his new bracelets!!!'

    "If you had my life blah blah blah....." *sigh*"

    Yeah, that's the thing that totally pisses me off, because I hear that almost every single time the cops are dragging these thiefs out of our store. BOO. HOO.

    "I'll go to the naughty corner.
    BUT I DID PAY FOR THE CAR! Eventually.....literally AND figuratively....
    Do ya KNOW how expensive those things are?!

    <-- *hanging head and going to the naughty corner*"

    HAHAHHHAAHHAAHAHHAAHA! Mel, that cracked me up!

    Yup, I too (when I was a kid) stole something from a store. However, I felt so guilty I buried it in the back yard so I wouldn't have to look at it!!!

    *hanging head*

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings. Muchly appreciated and enjoyed. Have a great week!

    X

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  55. OMGaud, i LOVED this. that would be me at 70. good for her. i thought he stole her purse, but an iphone is just as valuable.

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  56. Hey Valerie~

    "that would be me at 70. good for her. i thought he stole her purse, but an iphone is just as valuable."

    Wasn't she amazing? KUDOS to her!!!!!!

    At first, I thought it was her purse too because of her reaction. But, you're right....an iphone is just as valuable.

    Thanks for stopping by, girl!

    X

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