Yesterday, 05:07 PM
Good question. These days, they risk being shot. I brook no theft, no matter who they are or the purport they may claim. Very dangerous game, that, so I would work diligently to avoid such people.
Of course, I no longer have money, so it's a moot point. Used to always carry no less that $3K cash at all times, sometimes a lot more than that. Never had problems, and was always armed.
Was at the old carpet mill in Freehold one day thinking whether I should buy it and make it a base for the NJ Blacksmith Association. All of a sudden Patrolman Ward sees me, stops me, and lies by telling me I'd walked into a drug sting setup; that there were no less than some 30 officers on the roof. Bullshit. I am well trained in observation and going into the shit-section of Freehold Borough, you can bet I scoped things out well before entering the premises.
But they had to play cop, so I went along. They wanted my ID. OK. They see the cash, I dunno, prob. ca. $5K-$6K, which was typical for me in those days because I used no credit cards save AMEX for business expenses, which was how I knew which expenditures were which. Asked if I was trolling hookers. Saw cash and said to the effect that I expected to believe I was not coming to score dope with all this money. I politely told him I didn't care what he thought, at which point he pretty well knew he was dealing with a cool customer and let me go.
I've walked around with more than $100K in a briefcase. I've never feared being robbed because when badass mofo' meets crazyass mofo' trained in a broad spectrum of the martial arts, the former always loses to the latter. I am the latter. I carried a gun illegally when I lived in NYC and NJ for many years because I was not about to surrender so much as a penny to any Tom, Dick, or Harry who thought they were entitled to my hard-earned properties. And yes, I'd plug anyone trying to rob me. It is not only my right, but my duty to self and the community to suffer no criminal's wrongful acts. The scumbag I let go may go on to take someone's life later. I know I'm not responsible for that, but I cannot claim that such thoughts do not enter my mind. I am bushi (samurai) and will not live the life of a coward. Never have, and I don't intend on starting now.