The Is have it on Go Ask Daddy today.
It’s time for the letter I in the #AtoZChallenge. I picked three questions with the letter I from the list. They’re also the oldest I questions, so it’s nostalgic. These were probably asked at least six years ago. There are some hilarious early questions in there.
For example: Are jesters slaves to the queen?
Good one. Can’t wait to tackle that one. I suspect it might have arisen as we talked about my employment options at one point. I so was born in the wrong era, y’ all. Ever get that feeling? At least I can still blog about it.
Also, remember, I’m soliciting questions from grown-ups to answer in this here space.
Send questions to elipacheco (dot) ejp (at) gmail (dot) com. I do it that way to throw Russian gangsters off their game. Or, just because I’ve seen other bloggers do it. It’s supposed to keep us from getting crow’s feet, I think.
1. Did he just sing “I shot the sheriff”?
And what’s more, this was the first question on the Go Ask Daddy list. It’s been there … well, maybe since Eric Clapton was topping the charts. But maybe not. I feel like The Office when the DVR square hit the corner of the TV screen.
This joint is about to get all kinds of YouTube-y.
Because I didn’t know this, but Bob Marley definitely sang this song too. Check it:
And here’s Eric Clapton’s:
I feel so culturally sheltered. Bob sang it first, and it was one of his biggest hits. He sang it with The Wailers in 1973; Eric did his version in 1974. Before current-day protests and Twitter gatherings to fight the power, this song was an anthem for injustice.
They’re both pretty rocking if you ask me.
2. Why do they call it shoplifting? Shouldn’t it be item lifting?
I get the coolest questions, don’t I? I worked with an old dude (before I was an old dude!) who was a greeter at a membership warehouse. Besides telling off-color and dirty jokes to college guys, he’d direct people to enter and go “sharp left – NOT SHOPLIFT!)
People sometimes still did.
It’s shoplifting because you’re not taking the entire shop. It’s shoplifting, whether it’s a baseball card shop or a Tinkertoy shop or a barbershop. It’s also in Wal-mart, Target, Best Buy, Caldors, Piggly Wiggly and Demetra’s Weaves & Whiskey (now in six locations.)
Any time you’re in a store and take something without paying, you could be arrested for shoplifting. Except for that time the cashier forgot to charge us 33 cents for the clearance Christmas M&Ms that one time. Shh.
If you conceal a product and don’t leave a store, you can still get busted because of intent to leave without paying. Most places will wait until you leave, though, to have a better shot at an open-and-shut case. Sheriff, deputy or otherwise.
3. Is it illegal to be a con artist?
It varies from state to state.
In a dated online forum (that’s admissible in court, right?) I found these criteria:
One or more police reports are filed
The district attorney finds elements of one or more crimes exist
The DA feels they have enough evidence to pursue a criminal case
The DA brings criminal charges
The defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury
A judge determines jail or prison time to be part of a sentence
All you have to do to be a con artist is trick someone into believing something that isn’t true. Like, if I told everyone Eric Clapton’s version came out before Bob Marley. But unless I’m tricking people out of money, it’s not a crime.
We could have used this post for C, for Crime.
A to Z Challenge: