The white stuff is not mine...
But sir, I see no white stuff, only brown stuff... which white stuff?
A Memphis man driven to distraction by the low-riding pants of two youths is facing aggravated assault charges after popping a cap into one of the exposed asses in question. Kenneth E Bonds had become incensed by the clothing of a pair of teenagers he spotted walking through his neighbourhood. The teens were sporting …
"....he didn't wind up charged with attempted murder...." Seeing as he was charged with aggravated assault it sounds like the two yoofs involved didn't merely disagree with the gent but probably offered to bravely re-arrange his head with their boots. If such a threat was made then the old gent would have then been justified to draw his weapon in self-defence, but not to fire upon the suddenly less-than-eager steetfighters us they fleed back to their Mommies. The difference here in the UK is the old gent would not have had a gun to draw, so the yoofs would have been free to hospitalise him and then wander off to their local dole office.
"old gent" = genteel old man who wouldn't hurt a fly, obviously safe for him to have a gun, he'd never do no harm. Discharging a gun at some people running away from you is perfectly polite.
"yoof" = thug. Low slung trousers are never worn by law abiding citizens.
What a lovely simple world you live in.
Well, he obviously wasn't such a "genteel" old man, as the yoofs found out! And the term "yoof" is used here in London to indicate a young, unemployed male, often on the lookout for trouble or vandalism if only out of boredom. They are noteably cocky when in packs or deaing with (AKA mugging) the elderly, but become quite docile when confronted by the coppers.
You also did not consider that the neighbourhood in question could be an area suffering from high levels of vandalism, burglary and/or muggings, in which case the locals (such as the old gent in question) would be keeping an eye out for those that didn't fit in (such as jailin' yoofs). If the neighbourhood had been filled with calm, well-behaved and law-abiding young men that always wore their jeans in a rediculous manner merely due to fashion, then it's highly unlikely the old gent would have objected in the first place as they wouldn't have been considered unusual or out of place. Seeing as the local Police don't seem to have come down on him with a ton of charges I'm guessing they knew the yoofs in question from previous criminal events.
No, in the UK the locals are much more likley to feel cowed and unable to defend themselves should the same yoofs turn out to be intent on a bit of mugging, burglary or vandalism. Nice of you just to assume the old man was starting a pointless argument, simply - I assume - because you think all old people act irrationally.
No, telling people who are not your children how to dress is the pointless argument (no assumption required - if he didn't go ballistic, would he really stand a chance of changing their ways?, and by arguing with a gun he is guaranteed to have generated a)bad feelings and b)a law suit against him - so the point was?).
If there is an ordinance in Memphis against their dress, call the police - that's why we have them. If not, he should try going about his own business next time.
"No, telling people who are not your children how to dress is the pointless argument...." As I pointed out, you are fixating on one factor of the whole event (the one being pushed by the media as it makes for a better story) and not considering what may have actually happened. Sure, if it was simply the old dude that got incensed at the sight of some jailing, was calmly and politley ignored by the youths, and then went straight to loony setting without provocation, then I would agree that he deserves all he gets. But, he has been charged with aggravated assault, which implies there was a bit more to the discussion. Don't assume the headline is the truth, it's just what the media use to get you to buy their paper (or read their website with it's associated advertising).
"Sounds apocryphal, but I'll happily believe it and will chuckle to myself whenever I see a person so dressed"
You're right though. Various twists on the theme are universally dismissed at Snopes (yes I have seen the relevant XKCD): http://www.snopes.com/risque/homosex/sagging.asp
"The teens were sporting fashionably low and sagging jeans."
This is was fashion back when I was a kid.
Fashion? Todays kids havent got a clue what fashion is. I even walked by some youth wearing "Top Gun" sunglasses! They need to be advised that their "fashion" is 20 years old.
What a let down todays youth are!
I'm sure you made a thorough investigation of all the background to the case, such as why the old man was annoyed or how the conversation progressed to the point where he pulled a gun, and didn't simply accuse him in ignorance? I'm sure you also made enquiries to confirm the good nature and unblemished record of the two young gents in question too? What, you didn't? I'll try and look surprised.
Whilst I don't condone the actually shooting, or the old man's attitude if it really was a case of him merely objecting of their attire to the poit of violent response, I would suggest a more thorough look into the actual event and the background of the participants before lamely blaming it on a "typical old git" and his "view of the world".
Fair play to the man. He was obviously raised in a time where respect for ones elders and no doubt betters was sacrosanct.
The decline of the English language, the decline of grammar within tweets and Facebook entries, and youths walking around as if they had a right to dress how they wish by wearing ridiculous looking apparel makes me furious too.
I only have praise for his actions. I think it is about time someone made a stand against such declining standards and the "I can dress how I like" attitude of a disrespectful youth culture.
It's not like these youths have a right to express their individuality by dressing the same as every other one of their peers.
Do I really need to enclose the above in a sarcasm tag?
when I worked in soul crushing retail, a shoplifter was caught at the local gas station -- the woman had slipped an entire case of beer under her skirt and tried to walk out the door with it.
She'd have gotten away with it, too if they didn't have the coldest beer in town, causing her to drop it.
She was a big girl.
A month or so later, she was caught at the local grocery, trying to steal a 20 lb frozen turkey, same method, similar results.
he ever visits England, and Birmingham in particular, he's welcome to travel on the 51 bus with me - how I enjoy accompanying da yoof - they smoking dope upstairs and blasting gangsta rap at the dizzyingly late hour of 5pm, me trying to listen to radio 4 on my headphones.
Ken - load up, mate, and start shooting. The driver takes no notice of anything
If I shot everyone whose clothing was ridiculous looking the streets would be piled high with the corpses of kids wearing jeans around their knees, people who wear pajama bottoms in public, and lets not forget the Snuggie, Goths, Emos, tracksuit-wearing spides, and so on...
Besides if someone really wants to look stupid, who am I to stop them from making a tit of themselves in public for our entertainment?
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