From the “Oklahoma City Friday”:
NHills Chief Warns of Gypsy Invasion
Spring is quickly approaching — and with it, the likelihood of the onslaught of traveling groups of criminals commonly referred to as gypsies.
Nichols Hills Police Chief Richard Mask said that in his 30 years of service to the city, very few springs have passed that gypsies haven’t invaded his affluent community. He said there are two groups that come to town: the “Roma” gypsies who are of the gypsy culture and criminals who use the same modus operandi as the cultural gypsies.
Thus, Mask said, they may look like the gypsies you see on reality television and they may not.
What usually happens is a carload of four or five people is dropped off in a neighborhood, he said.
“They will often knock on your door and ring the doorbell,” Mask said. “If no one answers in a reasonable amount of time, they try the door to determine if it is locked.”
“If it is unlocked, they enter and go straight to the master bedroom looking for jewelry or cash. They will often take the pillowcase from the bed to carry the stolen loot.”
In the event, a resident returns while the thief is in still in the home, the gypsy will make up a story about looking for their dog or being in the wrong house to meet a realtor.
“By the time the resident has time to react, the thief is gone,” Mask said.
Mask said the gypsies normally hit in broad daylight.
“True gypsies, I’ve never known to hit at night,” he said.
They usually are not violent.
“They are just after property and money,” Mask said.
He urged residents to “set alarms, keep doors locked and don’t let strangers in the front door.” Also, report any suspicious people to the police department at 843-5672.
You see this bullshit? You see this discriminatory, racist, bullshit?
How about we start writing articles like this in the newspaper about other minorities? You think that’d get by without comment?
“traveling groups of criminals commonly referred to as Gypsies”
That police chief is so full of shit I can smell him from here.
Firstly, 99% of these criminals are NOT ethnically Roma.
Secondly, they are not even part of any ethnic group under the pejorative term Gypsy.
They are, by all clarifications, travelling thieves. Period. Misuse of the term “Gypsy” has allowed this cultural confusion. And, with people like this chief (seen as a legitimate source of such information) spouting such racist bullshit it only gets worse.
You think that this isn’t a misrepresentation of my people?
It’s not even like the people on those shows are real Roma or Irish Traveller anyway. They’re people who are paid to be that way, paid to act that way, paid to misrepresent and malign my people. At best they’re idiots. At worst they ARE criminals.
But they aren’t Romani or Traveller.
[from here: OKCFriday]