Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Local Incident

Sometimes we post about Lancaster life, especially if it can be shown to be relevant to Poul Anderson Appreciation. On the blog, we have discussed:

Indian food, including samosas;
market economics;
entrepreneurs like van Rijn selling spices and condiments;
pluralist societies like the Terran Empire, Avalon and Birmingham;
law and order.

There is a twice weekly open air market in Market Square, Lancaster. See image. Sanah sells Indian food. A week ago, when I had bought a bag of samosas, a white youth smelling of drink grabbed the cash box from one of the stalls and ran into the network of pedestrian alleys between the Square and the former Market Hall. Sanah's family and I gave chase. Shopkeepers came out to say, "He went that way!" The youth was trapped in a cul-de-sac and made to return the box and some coins although the family insisted that bank notes were still unaccounted for, which he denied. A Castlegate Security man and I detained the youth until the police arrived to arrest him. I have yet to learn whether the bank notes were recovered or whether I will be required to give evidence in court. And the moral of the story is: "We don't need it!" (I mean we don't need the hassle. Sanah does need the cash back.)


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

This kind of thuggery is very disturbing! And I'm glad the robber was caught. I'm reminded of Poul Anderson's article "Of Thud And Blunder," in which he discussed how heroes in fantasy stories down on their luck might find jobs being employed by towns as watchmen/constables.


Anonymous said...

Kaor, Paul!

Good for you, helping to catch the thief.

Best Regards,
Nicholas D. Rosen