Nixon's Memoirs: What's mine is mine

Saturday, August 07, 2004

What's mine is mine

All due refunds hit the bank this morning, so I can finally stop blogging on the boring topic of my personal finances.

So, today I share the following local news item, courtesy of Today's THV reporter Chris Shaw in Little Rock, AR. I have edited the story here, the complete story can be found at the above link.

Benton police released dramatic new video Friday of the purse snatching that started a two county police chase ending in Little Rock a day earlier.

Maybe the only thing more amazing than what security cameras caught on tape is the 69-year-old woman's fight to hang on to her purse.

The video shows Margaret Lambert walking to her car in the Benton Wal-Mart parking lot. She has her back to the security camera and to the man in a truck whose about to steal her purse. "My eyes probably followed his arms up and realized he was stealing my purse," Lambert says of the moment she felt her attacker.She says her instinct kicked in right away, and she wasn't letting go.

Neither was the man in the passenger seat. From another angle, you see Lambert disappear and for several seconds the car is dragging her through the parking lot. "[The man in the passenger seat] was telling the guy next to him-go, go, go. And I was screaming, help, help, help." Until finally, she couldn't hang on any longer.

Amazingly, the 69-year-old was able to walk away from the attack with only a few bruises, and a few skid marks.

"She could've been pulled under the truck, ran over or even killed," Sgt. Lisa Wylie says.

Police say Lambert hanging on, was about the worst thing she could've done.

"If you're confronted in a situation where somebody is trying to steal your personal property, by all means give it to them," Wylie says.

But Lambert says that's a lot easier said than done.

“What's mine is mine. And I worked hard for it and I don't believe in people like that just taking what you have," Lambert says. "And would I do it again? Yes, in a New York minute."

All I can say is "Go Margaret!" Of course, I'm glad she wasn't hurt, and I also believe she should not have risked her precious life over a purse, but the ones who crossed the lines of common sense were the thieves themselves.

Now, instead of purse-snatching charges, they face attempted murder (I hope). They risked killing a woman over a PURSE. What did they expect to find in this purse, millions in gold? An unlimited credit card? A trip to Hawaii? Good grief, you morons, it was an elderly woman at a WAL-MART! You'd be most likely to find $30 and some breath mints, if my grandmother's usual purse contents are any indication.

But, what Ms. Lambert says here rings true with me, what's hers is hers, damnit, and it makes me want to puke reading what these two did.

Throw the book at these two, and give Ms. Lambert a medal for standing up for her rights.

"Thou Shall Not Steal"- Exodus 20:15


At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said it!!! That's just stupid!!



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