Boy is WIS glad Collive was the one that bought THIS subject up.
The night before Collive posted the above op-ed a long time Crown Heights resident related the following to me.
I was shopping in a store on Kingston Ave. when I noticed a young man with a Yechi Kippa entering the store. I recognized the young man from the few times I went to the Shomrim Six trial. This young man came to court (as a friend to the so called “victims”) quite a few times. I decided to stake him out. I noticed him taking some sushi, he then sat down, eat and when finished simply (without even cleaning up) got up and left.
I approached the owner of the store and pointed out what I had just witnessed. The owner asked me if the Theft had a Yechi Kippa which I replied yes. The owner then said “if he had a Yechi Kippa then I don’t want to do anything, these kids steal all the time, if I say or do anything they will come riot at the store and I don’t want that”.
Another group of Mishichistim were sitting at a nearby table noticed what had just taken place (the conversation between myself and the store owner), so they also just got up and left (in middle of their meal) without paying”
The owner then pointed and complained, “see, they all do this everyday, what can I do?”
The previous owner of Empire Grill went out of business because Mishichist Tzfati Mossrim would come there almost nightly to party without pay. The Shmira Mesira would follow in the same manner.
WIS is sure that many businesses when making their accounting’s at the end of the mouth will find big losses.
From an e-mail:
One day he comes home with a few car emblems, I ask him where he got themand he replies that someone on his “mivtzyim” rout gave it to him. Ok, I believe him, after all he is my wife’s brother; a Jew; and did come to “the Rebbe”.
But when he shows up the next day and the next day after that with more (including two Jaguar emblems), I said to my wife something is fishy here and we must get to the bottom of this.
Since it was after all my wife’s brother, I asked of her to interrogate him as to where he really picked up all those emblems.
Turns out, his friend was taking them/stealing them from cars on the street and he being a collector paid him a few dollars for them.
Out of principle I took all the emblems from him and put them away. I was thinking of putting up a notice on the web sites informing anybody who may have “lost” their emblems to reach me to retrieve it back. I was however advised that that course of action would not be a good idea. I was told that it would turn out that I was holding stolen property and an investigation could take place etc…V’dal.
Sorry about your loss!”
Those who have young brother in-laws or cosines that have in the past or currently come to New York for the holidays have probably heard first hand many glorious stories of theft, damage, sex etc…
Did you know that during the month of Tishrei, Old Navy has a special deal for the “Archim” that come to the “Shchuna”?
It’s %100 off of everything in the store.
Let’s be fair.
Is it only Mishichistim that steal?
No, but those who do, might as well consider themselves Mishichist.
Is it only the guest that steal?
Usually when it happens it’s on an individual scale, not an organized effort. Meaning: When these guest come they come with this attitude that it’s all free and they are entitled to what they take (they have a Hechsher). Like I wrote above, some guest will even brag about what they stole or what their so called friends stole.
Now, to all those naive children who wrote comment like…. or anything to this effect…
When the Torah says don’t steal, Don’t kill, Don’t lay with an animal etc…etc… whose the Torah talking to?
Its talking to the frum Jew learning from the holy Torah, the guy with the big beard, who prays 3 times a day with a Minun, who might even go to Mikva everyday etc…
The guy not learning does not know what it says (as far as hes concerned hes not breaking any rules). The lesson is, that even a frum Jew (learning torah) can steal, kill etc… otherwise why would the Torah have to tell him not to do these things, unless it was possible he could or would.
A challenge to those who say these naive statements.
Are you in essence saying that whomever steals is not Jewish (even if born from a Jewish mother)? Are you saying that if we find someone guilty of stealing he/she will become not Jewish?
If you told me that THESE MOSSRIM are not Jewish, we would understand, (for Jews are merciful, have pity etc…Mesira is the worse offense Jew can do etc…), but a common theft not being Jewish is to much, where your Ahavas Yisroel?
UPDATE 10/9/2011 ACTS OF VIOLENCE:
October 09 2011: WEEK OF TERROR: Beatings and Thefts by Tzfatis
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