Every once in awhile something happens that makes me realize how large the gap is between my generation and those that have come since.
This train of thought started yesterday when Hub and I watched a group of high school aged kids depart the City Link bus in front of us. Why, we wondered, weren't these kids in school? It was early afternoon. Maybe they didn't meet the dress code? Lip rings, nose rings, tattoos - the boys shirtless and nearly trouser less. The good sign was the two or three inches of underwear showing above what would be a waist line was bright white.
It continued this morning with a story announcing the police in a nearby town had nabbed three teenagers responsible for defacing a war memorial and vandalizing a school.
It is not unusual for groups to offer reward money to encourage people to come forward with information. This case, however, certainly added a new dimension to the practice. The owner of a local tattoo parlor offered a $100 tattoo, a $50 piercing and $25 worth of body jewelry. Whatever works!
Now I will admit I have never seen anyone adorned quite like the individual pictured, but I have seen people with more piercings than brains. Or so I thought. I may be completely wrong.
This may be far more common place than I would have ever thought! Next time I see such an individual, instead of shaking my head in my usual old lady's disapproving way, I'll look at them and wonder how many perpetrators of mischief they had been responsible for apprehending!
Maybe communities fighting crime and drug problems need to look beyond mere cash rewards for incentive. This small community may be on to something! Consider the communities within the community where they are likely to find their perpetrators!
I never expect to find myself in such a circumstance, however, but if I do, I'll pass. I'm not into pain - and I'd look ridiculous anyway. Though it might obscure some signs of aging. Hmmmm.