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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:20 PM

Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins

Remember when "Flash Mobs" were groups of people spontaneously breaking out in song and dance?

Sigh!

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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/04/flash-mob-mayhem-violent-groups-of-teens-leave-nyc-neighborhoods-in-disarray/

EW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City.

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“They assemble, they do whatever it is that they’re going to do, and then they disassemble in a matter of minutes,” said Jon Shane, assistant professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. “By the time somebody recognizes what is happening or is injured, if the police are able to respond, it’s slow.”

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Raj Shmara owns a newsstand at Broadway at 55th Street. Shmara said his newsstand has been targeted seven different times by mobs of teens. During an attack just last week, the kids threw a bottle at an employee who had to be hospitalized.

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FrodosPet Feb 2013 OP
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FrodosPet Feb 2013 #2
Mosby Feb 2013 #3
Recursion Feb 2013 #4
bluedigger Feb 2013 #5
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Response to FrodosPet (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:25 PM

1. And of course, the story has 1500 posts of flames and snipes on something totally unreleated

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:30 PM

2. Aren't they always?

WARNING: Never read the comments sections on main stream news sites.

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Response to FrodosPet (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:33 PM

3. Larry Niven predicted this 40 years ago

In his novella "Flash Crowd".

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Response to FrodosPet (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:33 PM

4. PG County Maryland was having issues here

I forget what they did but there seemed to be some kind of low-tech police tactic that stopped it.

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Response to FrodosPet (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:37 PM

5. That's why I don't want them on my lawn.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:28 PM

6. Or anywhere else

They need jobs and recreational activities and mental health counseling, but they DON'T need to be swarming some poor innocent's newsstand or convenience store.

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