Snapshots of Shame and Despair


A local convenience store owner has decided to combat the thieves who plague his establishment by posting security camera stills of them in action.


Since the passage of Prop. 47 in 2014, theft of less than $950 is considered to be a misdemeanor.


With the concurrent passage of AB 109, the state prison system is mandated to transfer much of its population to county jails to ease overcrowding, leaving no room locally to hold those on misdemeanor offenses.  Unless you assault someone, you can steal with impunity in Los Angeles.  That leaves the store owner defenseless, but for a baseball bat under the counter (no guns!) and the power to shame.  Hence, despair.

3 thoughts on “Snapshots of Shame and Despair”

    1. I just had to look him up:
      Raymond Edward “Ray” Johnson (October 16, 1927 – January 13, 1995), known primarily as a collagist and correspondence artist, was a seminal figure in the history of Neo-Dada and early Pop art.[1][2] Once called “New York’s most famous unknown artist”,[1][3] Johnson also staged and participated in early performance art events as the founder of a far-ranging mail art network – the New York Correspondence School –[1][2][4] which picked up momentum in the 1960s and is still active today. He is occasionally associated with members of the Fluxus movement but was never a member. He lived in New York City from 1949 to 1968, when he moved to a small town in Long island and remained there until his suicide.[4]

    2. To complete the meta you could take a picture of me taking a picture of the snapshots in the window. We could then put that image on a t-shirt. Then frame it and hang it in a gallery. Then we would really have the LA art world by the cojones.

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