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She writes on flash mobs:
7-11 flash mobs? I dimly recalled seeing Rod Dreher blog about this happening in malls near his home. Is this really a thing? Are we now sending half-a-dozen police cars to handle . . . teenagers armed with cell phones?
She describes an incident and then points out:
It’s maddeningly clever. It’s hard to defend against dozens of teenagers descending on your store at once. And even if the police catch someone, what are the odds that he can credibly name the hundred-odd teenagers who were also there? For that matter, what are the odds that police want to expend a lot of investigative energy booking dozens of people on a petty shoplifting charge?
The violent flash mob is the cousin to another game called ‘Knockout King’ which Matt Yglesias got to play one night after leaving a house party at McArdle’s house. Is she aware of that game, or do these people talk about anything other than monetary policy and tapas?
Contra many of this blog’s readers, I like McArdle if only because she’s the least prone to progressive preening out of all of her prestige press partners. But is she an outlier, or is she the norm in not knowing about this widely discussed trend?
And then the next question – if journalists stumble upon this trend en masse will they mention the unmentionable?