Memories of Looting Past
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September 11, 2005, 03:49 PM
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Frome the June 1992 Heterodoxy [PDF]

LOOT SUITERS: "A fashionable beggar approached a downtown worker during Los Angeles` three days of rioting and asked for money to buy food.

"He was wearing a new suit with tags still on," Herb Sanders of suburban Van Nuys said in a letter published in the Los Angeles Times.[May 10, 1992]

"The sleeves on the jacket were rolled up along with the legs on the pants. A piece of rope held up the pants. He had on a new pair of Reebok shoes that didn`t match." Sanders said the man asked for change to buy food.

"I asked him, "Did you spend all your money on your new suit and shoes?` With a smile he said, "No, I`m a looter, and I got this new suit and shoes looting.`"

At that point, Sanders asked, "What do you think of the Rodney King situation?" "I don`t follow sports anymore," the man replied."