When liberating a lonely issue of the New York Times from the doorstep of a neglectful subscriber, it's best for your conscience and your target if they are affluent. But steal too often and their missing paper is no longer a sporadic irritation but a deep injustice that nibbles at their brain like moths on a 100% cashmere sweater.
Since February, most of Randy Mandel's copies of the Times have been stolen from his 93rd Street apartment, so he set up a security camera which captured the culprit. His mind presumably fresh off that sweet Dashiell Hammett anthology, Mandel began following and photographing the thief, who was swiping other papers off other doorsteps, and selling them to as many as two bodegas.
Thankfully, NBC's I-Team was helpful enough to confront this monster and the disgusting pulp purveyor who would peddle his purloined periodicals:
There are two things we don't understand about this story:
1) Did the thief remove the labels that show the subscriber's name and address? Even if he did, it would be pretty obvious to the bodega owner and anyone buying them that the papers were stolen.
2) If the bodega owner was paying the thief $2.50/paper, then selling them at the newsstand price for $2.50/paper…why not just buy them directly from the Times?