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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

" [URL=http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20060508223435549article[/URL] "]A GANG of anarchist Robin Hood-style thieves, who dress as superheroes and steal expensive food from exclusive restaurants and delicatessens to give to the poor, are being hunted by police in the German city of Hamburg.

The gang members seemingly take delight in injecting humour into their raids, which rely on sheer numbers and the confusion caused by their presence. After they plundered Kobe beef fillets, champagne and smoked salmon from a gourmet store on the exclusive Elbastrasse, they presented the cashier with a bouquet of flowers before making their getaway.

The latest robbery is part of a pattern over the past several months, suggesting that the thieves deliberately set out to highlight what they perceive as the inequality inherent in German society.

However, the authorities do not agree. Bodo Franz, a police spokesman, said: "They get off feeling they are just like Robin Hood. There are about 30 in the group. But whatever their motives, they are thieves, plain and simple."

Carsten Sievers, the manager of a luxury supermarket in the wealthy Blankenese area of Hamburg, recently watched the robbers run off with trolleys full of expensive foodstuffs, including Kobe beef which, at more than £100 a pound, is always on their illicit shopping list.

In another recent swoop, the gang emptied a groaning buffet table in a top restaurant into sacks, while one of their number held up a sign saying. "The fat years are over" - the title of a hit film currently doing the rounds in Germany.

In internet statements, the gang have made a point of saying their booty is distributed to Hartz IV recipients - the poorest of Germany's long-term unemployed. The benefit is named after the disgraced Volkswagen personnel director Peter Hartz who, before he lost his job with the car-maker in a prostitutes-and-bribes scandal, devised the new means-testing which is loathed and derided by society's most economically challenged.

When the gang robbed the gourmet store in April - triggering a massive police investigation that cost £20,000 in taxpayers' money without an arrest being made - they left a note behind saying: "Without the abilities of the superheroes to help them, it would be impossible for ordinary people to survive in the city of the millionaires."

Police say they are concentrating their investigation on a loose collective of anarchists and malcontents called "Hamburg in Vain", to which they believe the superheroes belong. But they admit there is a certain panache and skill about their robberies. indicating a strong criminal element as well.

The gang are also behind black market cinema tickets which they distribute free to the poor, and they have printed leaflets telling passengers how to dodge ticket inspectors on the city's underground and buses.

Mr Franz said: "They try to make crime fun but are politically motivated."

I support the idea, but not the action.

Why should people in a restaurant eat £100/pound steaks while people behind the restaurant starve?




Joe Bonham

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#2 12 years ago
masked_marsoeI support the idea, but not the action. Why should people in a restaurant eat £100/pound steaks while people behind the restaurant starve?

Probably because 99.9% of those "starving" people are spending $200 a day on crack and booze.;)




Flodgy

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#3 12 years ago

I support what the idea, and it sounds almost thrilling to be a part of. But: -

Probably because 99.9% of those "starving" people are spending $200 a day on crack and booze.;)

Thats what gets me, its probably true :p




WarHawk109

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#4 12 years ago

masked_marsoeI support the idea, but not the action.

Why should people in a restaurant eat £100/pound steaks while people behind the restaurant starve?

And who are you to dictate what people spend 100 pounds on?




WarHawk109

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#5 12 years ago

Also, I do not think it's fair to compare these thugs to Robin Hood. Robin Hood stole from Prince John or whatever because he was over taxing the poor, so he was simply returning their own money. Were these steaks paid for by tax dollars?




totallymortal

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#6 12 years ago

I'm guessing masked_marsoe was objecting more to the massive inequalities in urban Germany, rather than the diners' choice of steak.

Also, it's probably not fair to pick holes in the journalists' historical accuracy, especially when referencing mostly a mostly fictional character. The first thing people think of when they hear Robin Hood is the fact that he steals from the rich, gives to the poor, rides through the glen, etc etc. As a metaphor, it works well enough.




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#7 12 years ago

That analogy only works so far. As WarHawk (Nice to see you again!) implied, there's a difference between robbing of tax money and robbing of another citizen's money. These thieves aren't getting the correct message out when they are being referred to as "Robin Hoods", or even by doing what they're doing. There's nothing honorable about stealing from one honest, hard-working citizen who earns his money in order give it to another. (Assuming the latter is working at all.)




totallymortal

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#8 12 years ago

I think the thieves are getting exactly the message they want out of this: publicity. For them, what people actually make of their actions is a secondary concern.. They just want attention drawn to their message.




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#9 12 years ago

It said that the gov. spent 20,000 pounds on the investigation. rather than using the money to catch the thieves why not use the money to help the poor thus robbing the thieves of their motives and then getting the public to help catch them if they continue?




WarHawk109

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#10 12 years ago

Robin Hood, who is recognized by most people as a hero, stole back the money that was stolen from the poor through unfair taxation by an illegitimate ruler. You have to realise that back in those days the "rich" were pretty much all royalty, and they had the power to tax people, so the two situations are not exactly the same. Characterizing these thieves as Robin Hoods is just a way for the left-wing media to demonize rich people.

Hypnotoad13It said that the gov. spent 20,000 pounds on the investigation. rather than using the money to catch the thieves why not use the money to help the poor thus robbing the thieves of their motives and then getting the public to help catch them if they continue?

Ah, so you don't want the laws of the land to be enforced?