There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion. – Lord Acton
Remember my column of October 19th, in which I discussed the misrepresentations made by suburban Pittsburgh cops in order to win public support for their valiant efforts to get handjobs from hookers and look at them naked before sadistically busting them? You remember, it was the one in which the cops claimed the typical travelling escort was intelligent enough to manage her own business and ambitious enough to make $5000 in a typical weekend, yet not as smart as the geniuses in the police force who know law better than lawyers do? They also boasted of their stupendous police power to get an erection while actually being repulsed by the diseased harlots who carry drug dealers in the trunks of their cars and spread them around the country like a “ring” of Johnny Appleseeds in fishnets. Well, they’re at it again; they’ve just discovered that touring escorts sometimes use reloadable Visa cards in order to collect prepayment for tours, though in typical cop fashion they paint this as a nefarious plot to escape “justice” rather than a reasonable precaution against being stood up. Here’s the Suburban Pittsburgh Swine Brain Trust again, courtesy of Brandy Devereaux and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
The world’s oldest profession still is cash-friendly, but police departments along the Airport Corridor notice a new trend in paying prostitutes: gift cards. “Instead of having a bunch of cash around, they have a handful of gift cards,” Moon police Chief Leo McCarthy said. “You automatically believe cash is an ill-gotten gain. But if you see a couple of gift cards, you might not think twice. It’s just another game people play.”
No, Einstein, it isn’t a “game”; the word is “precaution”. Those of us not on the public dole like yourself need to actually cover our expenses, and a reloadable gift card allows prepayment from a distance. It’s also a wise precaution against criminals like yourself who have a nasty habit of robbing people under cover of “law enforcement”. And please don’t project your warped suspicions onto other people; YOU may “automatically believe cash is an ill-gotten gain”, but normal people and the government of the U.S. refer to it as “legal tender”.
Since 2009, police arrested more than 100 people on prostitution-related charges in jurisdictions along Interstate 376 between the city of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport in Findlay, according to statistics from police in Moon, Robinson and Carnegie. Departments in Findlay, Green Tree and North Fayette said they’ve also noticed the gift card trend. “It’s becoming more difficult to find cash on them,” North Fayette police Chief Jeffrey Falconer said. Gift cards, sometimes called stored-value cards, easily are obtained and can be reloaded with amounts of money, McCarthy said. Visa, MasterCard and American Express issue the most popular types, he said…”The ones we’re working are still using cash, but (gift cards) may be next the next trend,” Findlay police Chief Jesse Lesko said. “They don’t like to give up the $5,000 or $6,000 they earned over a weekend.”
There’s the $5000 weekend lie (mentioned in the previous story on this subject) again; it’s clearly intended to A) make us look like drug dealers, and B) build on the envy of Joe Sixpack who brings home less than that per month. Note also the astonishingly narcissistic petulance of the cops interviewed; they seem to feel American citizens should happily allow themselves to be robbed at gunpoint by criminals with badges. I am pleased, however, that Lesko slipped up and said “earned”, thereby admitting that our work really is work.
Pittsburgh police have not noticed an increase of gift cards on prostitution suspects. “But, it definitely would make sense. In general, they would think it wouldn’t be as suspect as having a large amount of cash,” said Cmdr. Cheryl Doubt, who heads the bureau’s narcotics and vice division. “They’re smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.”
Well, certainly smarter than the average cop, anyway, not to mention more honest. We actually have to WORK to advance ourselves, Commander Quota. Notice how cops phrase everything in terms of suspicion and criminality? A female cop can’t think of any reason another woman might not want to carry big wads of cash other than to avoid “suspicion”. At least, that’s what she claims out loud. What about YOU, “Commander”? Would you carry $5000 cash in your purse while at work? No, didn’t think so.
Moon police made one prostitution arrest from 2004 through 2007, but made 111 since — including 54 last year and 18 so far this year…If they aren’t responding to specific complaints from hoteliers, detectives usually start investigations on the Internet. “We could be up there everyday, to be honest,” Falconer said. “They’ll always be there. It’s the oldest profession, but we’re being more proactive.”
Just as cops like to use the dysphemism “ring” to mean “suppressed business”, so they employ the euphemism “proactive” to mean “predatory”. Police departments all over have discovered that criminal accusations are a valuable way to enrich themselves at the expense of the public, so naturally they’re upset that people are starting to make it more difficult for them by avoiding the “suspicious” behavior of carrying the currency of the nation in which they live.