Hamburg is experiencing a crimewave that's benefiting its homeless. A group of thieves dressed as superheroes are targeting purveyors of expensive food stuffs and robbing the supermarkets to provide gourmet food to the city's poor.
Carsten Sievers, the manager of a luxury supermarket in the wealthy Blankenese area of Hamburg, recently watched the robbers run off with trolleys full of expensive foodstuffs, including Kobe beef which, at more than Â£100 a pound, is always on their illicit shopping list.
First, let me say that I do not advocate any kind of crime. Unless, of course, said crimes are pulled off in superhero costumes. I've always maintained that there's a thin line between crime and performance art, and I feel that these modern day Robin Hoods have crossed the line. And unlike much performance art out there, this is actually entertaining.
Obviously, I do have some concerns. I worry that the poor will not appreciate Kobe beef or caviar. I'm hoping they're mentally balanced enough to savor pistachio crusted salmon, or whatever types of foods they're given.
And when is this going to catch on in the U.S.? Where are our super heroes? Who is going to take on Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and Dean & Deluca? By the way, Gelsons, I've got my eye on you, too. You're borderline.
How cool would it be if gangs stopped trafficking in guns and drugs and switched to foie gras?