To Serve and Protect

Okay, time for the big contest. How can private property be protected? Who can help Sean Power recover his stolen laptop?

cop versus doughnut

In this corner we have the universally hailed champion, a vertically-structured coercive institution known as the Police.

In the other corner we have the challenger, a horizontally-structured voluntary institution known as the Internet.

The clock has started! The race is on! And okay, I’m mixing boxing with racing metaphors, but whatever. Which of these contenders will resolve Sean’s problem first?

Right now the champion is just sitting there. And … still sitting there. Is he formulating a strategy? No, he seems to be … eating a doughnut.

What about the challenger? Oh, look. (CHT Charles.)

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3 Responses to To Serve and Protect

  1. Anon73 May 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    It was an interesting story until the party where people were speculating it was a publicity stunt and the alleged thief came on saying he didn’t mean to steal it and no hard feelings. I can’t help but think, if this had been the video game “Fallout 3” then the alleged thief would have pulled out a machine gun and a large gunfight would ensue, utterly destroying the bar and everything in it except the laptop; you would then gain karma for having busted a thief.

  2. Watoosh May 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    @Anon73: not if your Speech skill is high and you pass a Speech Challenge against him, or if you pick his safe while he’s sleeping!

  3. Anon73 May 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Drat I guess I was doing it the hard way this whole time!

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