View Full Version : [Parody] Bank robber wearing ‘Day of Dead’ mask may be charged with cultural appropriation

09-18-2019, 04:05 AM
An armed robber wearing a “Day of the Dead”-type mask, who held up a Wells Fargo Bank, may be charged with cultural appropriation (https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/tagged/cultural-appropriation/), in addition to bank robbery.

According to a press release by the Santa Monica Police Department (https://www.santamonicapd.org/), on Sept. 10, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a skull mask similar to one that represents the Mexican holiday, entered a Wells Fargo location in the beachside Los Angeles suburb.

Holding a shotgun, the man demanded cash in amounts varying between $3,000 and $5,000, and ran, jumping an 8-foot fence outside. According to the Santa Monica Observer (https://www.smobserved.com/story/2019/09/18/crime/day-of-the-dead-bank-robber-charged-with-cultural-appropriation-after-santa-monica-robbery/4197.html), a witness said the robber jumped into a red SUV waiting in an alley.

Eighty police officers from neighboring towns Beverly Hills and Inglewood and from Los Angles county, including the sheriff’s department, also responded to the scene, reported the Santa Monica Observer (https://www.smobserved.com/story/2019/09/18/crime/day-of-the-dead-bank-robber-charged-with-cultural-appropriation-after-santa-monica-robbery/4197.html).

No one was injured in the robbery. Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are searching for the suspect, who is also wanted for bank robbery and assault.

A representative of the Santa Monica Police Department did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. "Use of a Day of the Dead Mask during a robbery can be a separate offense or an enhancement, under the California Penal Code,” a police spokesperson said in a press release, per the Observer (https://www.smobserved.com/story/2019/09/18/crime/day-of-the-dead-bank-robber-charged-with-cultural-appropriation-after-santa-monica-robbery/4197.html). “In this case, the suspect is sought for violating the rights of indigenous peoples, and for bank robbery."

A spokesperson from Wells Fargo tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “We are working with law enforcement and are unable to provide more details as this is an ongoing criminal investigation. Wells Fargo values and promotes diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business at all levels. We do not tolerate racism, cultural appropriation or discrimination of any kind.”

The Day of Dead, a holiday that lasts between October 31 and November 2, is a celebratory period for Mexican people to honor those who have passed on. Toy company Mattel is currently selling a “Barbie Día de Muertos (https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-dia-de-muertos-doll-fxd52)” (retail price: $75) that some reportedly tweeted appropriated Mexican culture.

09-18-2019, 06:10 AM
He should have gotten some matching gloves

09-18-2019, 06:55 AM
Why do they assume he is not Mexican?

09-18-2019, 07:32 AM
WTF , Now bank robbers need to check with Ca Code , to see which masks are BR approved.

Like wtf again, you can charge someone for wearing a Mexican or American, Armenian , Chinese
mask, maybe you like the mask, so you get charged for something that you wear cause you
just love the mask or whatever your wearing.

Even if you mean to make a racist , cultural , or Social statement by a mask that you wear, this
is your right to do so , under the 1st amendment , Ca can just f the f off, period, secede you
pile of schit.

09-18-2019, 07:33 AM
He should have gotten some matching glovesYou must spread some Reputation around before giving it to oyarde again.

Anti Globalist
09-18-2019, 07:35 AM
Cultural appropriation was the last thing on that guys mind when he picked out that mask. I'm sure he chose to wear that mask in particular because he thought it looked cool.

09-18-2019, 08:31 AM
am I allowed to eat tacos or not

09-18-2019, 10:37 AM
They really do embrace clown world.

09-18-2019, 10:40 AM
Update 9/18/2019: This article, which was picked up by Yahoo news, is intended as satire. No one from the SMPD actually said the unidentified bank robber could be charged with cultural appropriation. We thought it was kind of obvious.

Everyone thinks they are The Onion now.

09-18-2019, 12:28 PM
am I allowed to eat tacos or not