Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's the economy, stupid.

The local community internet site had this report today:

This is the thing about Canada.  You just don't have people running around with handguns like at home, so now that times are really getting tough, we have people holding up Subways with a screwdriver.  It takes some getting used to.

And no, we don't have an underground train here in Kelowna.  They mean the Subway sandwich shop.

The local reaction to this is to compose Letters to the Editor, complaining about people who are not just exactly like the letter-writers, and complaining that the RCMP is too busy using radar on the side of the road to stop robberies in shops.

Tell you what.  If I was working alone in a Subway, a gas station, a convenience store, or anyplace that had cash on hand, the next guy that came in with a screw driver better rob me before I can get to the cordless drill I would keep stashed under the counter.

A screwdriver, for crying out loud.


Anonymous said...

Hey, a screwdriver is one hell of a weapon. Don't take away from the power of the screwdriver. THIS is the thing about Canada.

Look at the mood meter. Canadian's are in the yellow. There isn't yet a need for big bad weapons, becasue all we are asking for is a free 12 inch. Try adn tell me an American mood meter would be in the yellow. HA! deep red i'd say.

catester said...

Well, thanks for that, and I'm sure you're right about the American mood meter being in the Red.

Of course, Americans have Wolf Blitzer and Canadians have Peter Mansbridge, that might be a factor.

Odd that no one has yet mentioned the Robertson screw (, but maybe I just need to be more patient.

PALGOLAK said...

IIRC the victims of Bernard Goetz's shooting rampage in the 80s had threatened him with at least one sharpened screwdriver.

So please stop the condescension.

catester said...

Well, even if that was true, which it isn't ( you might want to stop by your local convenience store and buy yourself a sense of humo(u)r.

PALGOLAK said...

I was, actually, trying to be humourous!

The very use of the word 'condescension' should have alerted you to an instance of dry Canadian wit.

I hope you stay with us long enough to get it. Because you are funny too.