48. Have You Seen This Man?

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The local TV news showed a video of man dressed in coveralls, a baseball cap, a -sleeved shirt, and gloves. He was pointing a gun the clerk. He reached over the countertop and money out of the cash register. Then he out of the store. (Since they outnumber Los police by about 1,000 to 1, criminals don't to run anymore.)

The video camera was mounted the ceiling of the store, so its lens looking down at the scene. You, as the , could see the clerk clearly, but not the . He was so bundled up that you couldn't even the tip of his nose. Because there no audio, you couldn't even be sure if criminal was a man or a woman!

Yet, TV news announcer earnestly asked all the viewers, " you have seen this robber or if you who he is, please call the LAPD." To fair to the TV station, they showed the useless video at least six times in two . The LAPD got zero phone calls. At other , the TV news reader will give viewers a better description: "The suspect is about 5'8", 170 ." This description also results in no arrests.