Just the other day, I was telling someone that it is noticeable that you see far more lawn ornaments in the lower density, suburban ring around cities than you do in the central city. This is due, in part, to the migration of families to the suburbs. Not many moms and dads want to raise kids in a tiny apartment above a Starbucks.
It’s also due to urban crime. The person I spoke to responded that she had once lived near Gainesville’s downtown and remembers having her Christmas decorations stolen. She has since moved to the rural outskirts of town. In St. Louis, police are warning homeowners that the presence of Christmas lawn ornaments makes them a target for crime.
In Chicago, thugs are choosing a different way to get into the holiday spirit. On Chicago’s rail transit Blue Line, a woman was assaulted by a man who had a stocking filled with … goodies … er, no, … coal … er, no, … how about poop? Yes, feces. A man attacked a woman with a sock full of feces.
“It was like the biggest degradation I’ve ever [experienced]. I wish he had just hit me,” the victim said.