Reader Jamie has been leaving links on a post I wrote in 2014 about what was starting to happen as tobacco taxes rose.
This week on Tuesday:
"A lucrative black market for cigarettes is fuelling an increase in armed robberies, with criminals targeting dairies and stealing tobacco products to order.Source
Some dairy owners are toying with the idea of pulling cigarettes from their shelves, but the decision is not an easy one with tobacco products making up a large amount of their business.
In the last seven weeks, robbers have targeted at least 17 Christchurch businesses, including dairies, pubs and bakeries. That compares to 12 in the first five months of the year."
And on Wednesday:
"In Napier a father and son produced a hockey stick and table leg from behind the counter and fought back after two masked robbers, armed with a claw hammer and crowbar, attacked their dairy on August 26."Source
This was utterly predictable and is unconscionable.
If you feel frustrated and impotent under cynical and pragmatic governance, watch the father and son beat back the would-be burglars.