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Dem tief eeh man!

Published:Monday | November 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Miss Jamaica World 2014 Laurie- Ann Chin is all smiles as she strikes a pose beside her new Audi A3 Sedan at the ATL Automotive showroom yesterday afternoon. The automotive company presented the 'crowning award' to the new queen. The Audi A3 Sedan in Shiraz Red, the only model colour of its kind in the island.

You ever hear Jamaicans say some people will steal milk from coffee?

Some people use the term to describe how persons will steal any object, anywhere, anytime. I always marvel at the ingenuity that the extraction process would need to achieve the desired result. At least, we can argue that if the thief really needed the milk and couldn't get it, then stealing it was the only option.

I don't condone

stealing to fill a need,

but I can understand why someone who feels desperate enough would do it. So that's why I'm not quite sure what to make of the person who stole the Miss Jamaica World crown.

In case you missed it, the current beauty, Laurie-Ann Chin, was at an event in MoBay when thieves broke into her prize vehicle, a posh Audi A3. Now, I guess I can understand why they wouldn't try taking the car. Let's face it, cars today have so many security features, you would have to be a tech whiz just to get inside without triggering anything. Then you have to not only start the engine (which might be difficult if the electronic key isn't in the car), and then there's the little matter of getting away without the vehicle being tracked. Dependent on the system being used, the vehicle might even shut down before you reach too far.

But abandoning the car is one thing. I'm still trying to figure out why they would take the crown. I think we can rule out a few reasons. I don't expect they will be taking turns to wear it, even if the thieves were women (which I doubt). Sporting stolen 'bling' isn't unique, so nobody would take notice of a bracelet, ring or even a real nice necklace. But I think there would be a few questions (and eyebrows) raised if you strolled into the party/club/dance wearing a crown. I can picture it now.

"Gina Goodaz, whe u get dat from? It look nice." The response would probably be somewhere in the region of, "Tony sen' it come fi me!" So let's say the thieves decided to steal the crown because they felt they could get good money for it. Now, I figure there are really shady pawnshop dealers out there, but even then, who the crap are they going to sell it to afterwards? How much would you get for a crown anyway?

Maybe they took the crown for the mere fact that having broken into the car, it was the only thing they could make off with. So they probably decided to make sure the night was not a grand waste of time and ensure they left with something. That I can understand. Nobody likes tons of preparation with no end product, regardless of what you do for a living.

Now if only we could get them to put that 'stick-to-itiveness' to good use. Hmmm.

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