by Jeff Taylor
I’ve seen a lot, been through a lot, and nothing much shocks me — I mean really, truly shocks me. But this, whoa:
Man steals video games from children receiving cancer treatments
Here are the details from WBTV:
Police are looking for a man who they say walked into a hospital in Charlotte and stole gaming systems used by children who are being treated for cancer.
The incident happened at Carolinas Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8, around 4:23 p.m.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the treatment center was closed at the time and none of the children came in contact with the thief.
On Thursday, CMPD released two surveillance pictures of the suspect standing in the hallway at the hospital.
The suspect was wearing a toboggan which appeared to be blue or purple. He was also wearing glasses, a thick black coat and had a back pack.
Police say they hope to find the man and the stolen gaming systems so the children will be able to continue using them while receiving treatment for their illnesses.
If you recognize the man pictured, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Needless to say this piece of dung needs to get picked up yesterday — and not necessarily by CMPD. And if I know Charlotte even a little, whatever was taken will be replaced by tomorrow — the weekend at latest. Right? Damn right.
But. Imagine to even have to tell one child, one time that, no I’m sorry, you can’t play the games. They have been stolen. Someone thinks so little of you that they stole a meaningless little distraction that gave you joy and happiness in the midst of an awful struggle. What is the hell is wrong with people?
I see red.
Update: More details on what needs to be replaced, via News14:
Police said the man went into Carolinas Medical Center-Main on Saturday morning and broke into closed offices. He took video game consoles in one of those offices. CMC officials said the man stole four PlayStations, one Xbox, one GameCube, two Nintendos and two Game Boys.
“Video game systems that are used to help entertain and pass the time for children who are being treated for cancer,” said Sgt. Rich Stahnke, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.