Tuesday, April 01, 2014

DRAMA ON THE DOUBLE DEUCE: CTA Passenger, Pedestrian Battered At Clark & Belmont Tonight

One man was shoved into a fence and a CTA bus passenger was beaten by the same offender in the area of Clark and Belmont as this evening's commute got underway.

The first call came  around 4:45PM from a man who reported being pushed into a fence on the corner of Clark and Belmont by a complete stranger.

Minutes later, commuters on a northbound #22 Clark Street bus began dialing 911 to report that a man had gotten onto the bus and was attacking a passenger at Aldine.

An ambulance transported the passenger to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Officers determined that the same man was responsible for both attacks, but they were unable to locate him when they searched nearby streets.

Witnesses describe the offender as black, about 20-years-old, 5'10" tall, 170 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and a brown coat. He was carrying at least one white plastic bag as he made his escape westbound on School Street/Aldine.

The incidents are recorded as battery cases in CPD records HX207106 (Belmont fence) and HX207168 (bus incident).


If You Behave Act Like A Jackass, You Can Have FroYo Tonight!

So anyway, the CWB crew had our weekly "editorial meeting" at Forever Yogurt tonight.

We're kicking back and talking shop when one of us notices that a group of four guys, all about 20 years old, were hiding generously-filled cups of froyo under their jackets while the store employee looked right at them, saying absolutely nothing.

After they walked out with four heaping cups of free frozen yogurt that cost us $22, curiosity set in.

"So, why did you let those guys walk off without paying?"

"Oh, yeah," the clerk shrugged, "they do that all the time. What am I supposed to do?"

It's going to be a long summer at Forever Yogurt.
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45 comments:

  1. So they let the group leave without paying to avoid a possible violence?

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    1. Correct, but nothing stops them from reporting it to the cops.

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  2. I call bullshit. Which location was this? I'm sure a call or email to management or corporate would put an end to this. If not, it will fester. I've seen these thugs steal sugar and honey from the Caribou Coffee on Halsted and then "order" water, so they have what they feel is a legitimate excuse to sit there and occupy tables and chairs, while us PAYING customers have no place to sit. Seriously, give us the location of the Forever Yogurt and I'm sure plenty of people will complain to corporate and put an end to this silliness. And shame on the spineless employee(s) who allowed it!

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    1. OK. Call bullshit. You see things at Caribou, but we're bullshitting? Isn't there a Forever Yogurt right next door to that Caribou? Yes. Yes, it seems that there is...

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    2. It sounds like they were calling bullshit on the Forever Yogurt employee who claimed that there was "nothing to be done"

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    3. Could be. Although that would be an improper use of the term "I call bullshit."

      We are ardent followers of Strunk & White....and Urban Dictionary.

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    4. Clarification!!! I'm the one who "called bullshit." I definitely meant: "It is bullshit for an employee to take that position and allow anyone, especially those hellions who live to make trouble, to get free products, while the rest of us have to pay for it. I WORSHIP this blog for all it does and would never "call bullshit" on the editors, writers, researchers, et al.

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    5. Thank you, Anonymous. Worship is not needed, though appreciated. See you at Caribou!

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  3. Ah, the blogger is quite the hypocrite tonight. We keep hammering away that everyone has to report crime when they see it or are the victim from it…and you sit by and watch it so you can rush back and type a report on the blog - shame on you!

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    1. Aww. Anonymous is quite the misguided commenter tonight. Witnesses can't file police complaints. Only the victim/its representative can. Thanks for playing.

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    2. I am a cop, the blogger is correct... Witnesses can not file a report. The blogger could have called for the police to point out the offenders but I'm sure the clerk would not have signed complaints... End result waste of cops time. Good call crime in boystown, even better to point out that some if the problem is the businesses allowing some if the problems to occur

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    3. While I don't blame the $9 an hour clerk for not stopping the guys, not filing a police report is a disgrace.

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    4. If they are not planning on doing anything to the offender if caught why report it? I mean really? Let's tie up a car to report a theft of a dollars worth of yogurt when the end result will be nothing... Meanwhile someone is being robbed a block away ...

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    5. Because people who tend to steal small things like yogurt also tend to commit other crimes as well, especially when emboldened by non-responses such as the one in the yogurt story. Pretty simply, really.

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  4. They are most likely friends of the worker, happens all the time since the beginning of time.

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    1. You have to consider the employee turnover at these places too. You rarely see the same worker twice in a period of 2 months. Obviously they're still profitable.

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    2. You are right, it has one of the highest employee turnover in the foodservice industry. I wonder why :/

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  5. I was at Dollop Coffee around this time and didn't witness ANY of this...

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  6. Ahhh, starting to see a pattern here! Need some cash? rob a bank, just walk out, nobody will stop you. Hungry? free frozen yogurt! just walk out, again, no one is stopping you. WTF??? Our community has turned into every low life's playground! I bet the Yougrt Yobs run home and tell all their friends how easy it is. I have a bad vibe about what's coming this Summer.

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    1. "Our community has turned into every low life's playground!"

      This "community" will tolerate ANYTHING to avoid an accusation of "ist". It is fucking pathetic, I am embarrassed to be your neighbor.

      The western world has likely never seen a larger concentration of self-hating, disingenuous, delusionals positively begging for their own destruction.

      Assholes.

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  7. This is the "it's my right" entitlement society the majority of people have voted for in recent years. Everyone now believes that it is his/her "right" to have anything they want for free - no need to work for anything any longer, we're special and we deserve other people to pay for whatever we want so we feel good.

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    1. True, but there are only so many jobs available at McDonalds anymore.

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    2. I really doubt the majority would vote so hooligans can take free yogurt from a small business. Now excuse me while I mail a few thousand dollars to the State.

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    3. Sorry, but it's really not about recent politics, as much as you'd like to spin it that way. It's crime, and it's happened before and after Obama. Do you think the guys who were selling BS mortgages were part of some recent "entitlement society"?

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  8. Hey, it is self serve. LOL. Tell me exactly how all these yogurt places make it in the first place?

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    1. By charging by the pound. I almost flipped when I got to the register with mine. Never went back. They had some chocolate syrup I wanted to drizzle in it but I didn't want to pay another $2.

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  9. I have no problem believing this story. Last year at the same Forever Yogurt I witnessed a rough looking transient put his mouth right up to one of the fro-yo nozzles and help himself. In plain view of the workers. Other times I have seen aggressive youths causing disturbances and harassing staff and customers. I actually commented to a friend that I can see why the workers don't confront these animals. A young girl doesn't stand a chance against a group of thugs.

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    1. Suggest you send complaints to http://www.foreveryogurt.com/contact. I just did. Referred this blog site to them.

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    2. Just contacted HQ as well to inform them of this instance and the blog.

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  10. It is the entitlement society with free everything from cell phones to free lunch to health care. Until this changes, the society will degenerate and we will be unsafer. It's unfortunate that our Chicago politicians especially Rahm and Preckwinkle are into enabling and justifying this bad behavior by blaming it on bad economic conditions. All current politicians have to go with Emanuel leading the crowd.

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    1. "It is the entitlement society with free everything from cell phones to free lunch to health care..."

      As George Carlin used to say, "I've got this real moron thing I do, it's called 'Thinking'."

      If you've got your thinking cap on, consider this - Denmark is also an "entitlement society", but you don't see this happening in Denmark. Think about it. You also don't see any "gun violence" in Switzerland, where every man, woman, and child possesses a gun. If your thinking cap hasn't fallen off yet... And the "liberal politicians" haven't messed up Portland, Oregon the way they've messed up Chicago and Detroit...

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  11. Just curious, if you witnessed this crime, why did you not do anything?

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    1. Please read above. Witnesses cannot file police reports, only victims and, in this case, an agent of the business (employee) can. In this case, the agent of the business had no desire to file a police report.

      Second, we are not suggesting that the correct course of action would be for business to call 911 every time something like this happens. Asking them to pay and/or telling them that if they come back they will be arrested for trespassing would at least let them know that their bs will not be tolerated. And if they do come back, call the police. Done.

      In this case--and in other cases--businesses and service agencies establish reputations for being easy marks and, for lack of a better term, safe havens.

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    2. very safe havens, with love shady and bench.

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    3. Now that's funny!

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  12. Oh cool. FREE FroYo for everyone and anyone then! I mean if they are not going to bother filing reports....might as well get a freebie -- if they can do it - why cant I? :)

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  13. Sounds like it's time for Forever Yogurt to hire a security guard.

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    1. Just like the grocery store "banks" don't hire security guards, "shrinkage" is built into the product or service. Whole Foods couldn't jack up their prices anymore to sustain themselves, hence the security guard there. The bean counters have this down to science.

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  14. The image of the transient with his mouth around the yogurt dispenser just did it for me. That and the thought of what the yours would do if they were denied their free fro-yo. Frozen treats at home a lot safer and cheaper. No thanks, don't need the "dine in" experience.

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  15. Re: Frozen Yogurt -- I just let he HQ know that THEIR profits are being stolen too. Basically told them their store owner needs to step up and at least file a report for this or next time (and I said there WILL be a next time). Believe me...HQs listen when you have a complaint against a store. Informed Potbelly's of an emplpyee behind the counter with sagging pants -- needless to say, I recv'd two emails from HQ thanking me and apologizing.

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  16. Again I want to point this out... If the victim is unwilling to actually be a victim there IS NO CRIME! In other words if the frozen yogurt place doesn't care if people come in and help themselves and run off it really isn't a theft... I'm not trying to sound like CPD brass here but without actually wanting to prosecute the offenders there is no reason to report the crime...

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  17. Hello Everyone!

    First of all, we at Forever Yogurt would like to thank all of those that have voiced their opinions on this matter. It is clear to us that there are more people that would stand with us than those that would wish us harm. We have taken this incident into consideration and have contacted the franchise owner about this matter. The franchise owner and store manager have acted on it appropriately. Our first and foremost concern has been, and will always be, the safety of our employees companywide. We are lucky that these problems do not occur as frequently as they could and we are thankful for our fans who are looking out for the betterment of our company and community.

    We have no plans on leaving our Boystown location, it is one of our homes. Hopefully we will be seeing some of you around soon.

    Thank you again,

    Forever Yogurt

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    1. Great. I don't know how you're going to handle this but I hope the employee's safety is taken into account first and foremost. I can almost guarantee you that if those offenders were reported and caught, they'd be back. I've been into this store only twice and many others in the area and can't help but notice that many have only one employee. There should probably be at least two at all times.

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    2. How can you guarantee they'd be back?

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    3. It's a backwards mindset. "If I don't report the crime, they won't come back." Wrong. If you don't report the crime, they know where the easy pickings are. And YOU are the easy pickings.

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