Cops Act Wasted to Catch Gadget Thieves

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Are you the type who likes to get blotto and ride public transportation home late at night? Congratulations, you are a gadget thief's favorite target! The NYPost reports that the NYPD is training a new squadron of drunk-impersonators to bust them.


Here's the scenario: you suck down a few too many cocktails after work downtown and next thing you know, it's closing time and you're an hour on the subway from wherever the hell in the stratosphere it is that you live. Must. Fight. Urge. To. Pass. Out. Zzzzzzzzzzzz…. Of course you pass out, and when you wake up five stops past home, your iPhone, your tablet, your laptop, etc. is gone. How did they pry it from your freakishly small hands?

The NYPD is training "dozens" of officers to pose as bait for the late night culprits who would filch your pricey gadget while you ride the train home at your most vulnerable. There has been a 16 percent increase in train thefts this year, the result of more thieves going after smartphones and the like, according to the Post's sources. Who knows if it'll actually work, but if you want to save yourself a headache, don't drink so much—or at least take a cab home. [NYPost]


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With my last breath, I curse Zoidberg!

Why not just have some of the cops go plainclothes on trains/buses and act when it happens to an actual drunk person.