|A Mahogany Rob in action|
High rates of criminality force law-abiding consumers to pay higher rates for goods as businesses must make up for lost profits (and for increased security, which negatively impact profit margins).
Calling them Flash Robs is wrong, just as calling the phenomenon of teenagers utilizing social media or just spontaneously organizing to attack people (primarily white people) 'Flash Mobs'. No, those are Mahogany Mobs.
In the Wall Street Journal article, the authors delineate a list of cities that have seen private businesses ravaged by these s
Retailers this holiday season are preparing to protect themselves against a new group of unwanted visitors: swarms of teenagers and young adults who plot via Twitter, phone texts and Facebook to descend on stores and steal merchandise.
Law enforcement officials call them "flash robs," a criminal incarnation of the "flash mob" phenomenon in which participants use social media to organize impromptu gatherings, from dances in shopping malls to uprisings in the Middle East.
In Philadelphia, about 40 boys swarmed into a suburban Sears in June and made off with thousands of dollars in merchandise including sneakers, socks and pretty much anything else they could snatch, police said.
Several retail chains including Filene's Basement, Armani Exchange and The North Face were victimized by similar incidents in Chicago this spring in which teens ran inside stores in Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile shopping district, screamed, knocked over displays and fled with jeans, sweaters and shirts.
Mahogany Robs in Sin City
In Washington, D.C., surveillance cameras caught a group of 10 young women streaming into a convenience store in August and making off with bags of snacks. Similar incidents have broken out in Cleveland, Las Vegas and St. Paul, Minn., among other places.