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Disability Placard Pinched and an Irate Casino-Goer

A look at unusual crimes in our Patch region.

Local police departments provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.

Someone stole a disability placard from a car while it was parked in Northbrook.

Police charged a 38-year-old woman with shoplifting at a Northfield grocery store. Employees allegedly watched her move through the aisles putting various items in her purse — salsa, cookies, candy, cat food, magazines, and lunch meat — and leave the store without paying.

A man wearing woman’s clothing pulled a gun on a Wilmette pharmacist and stole 2,955 pills of hydrocodone, putting it down the front of his shirt or dress and left the store. The loss is estimated at $1,860. He was wearing a white cap, shin-length skirt, three-quarters length jacket, gloves and sunglasses and had a black bandana pulled over his nose.

A mink coat worth $9,000 was stolen from a Northbrook home while the owner was having a sale attended by several dozen people.

Police responded to a report of a man at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines who was arguing with the bar manager because the casino had stopped serving liquor for the morning.

When casino personnel asked the man to leave the casino, according to the report, he responded by getting very close to the employee’s face and yelling. He allegedly placed his open hands on the employee’s chest and screamed, according to the report, “You never get laid!”

Debra De Palma March 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Hey Patch, it's time to leave behind the word "handicapped.". Please use a word that is more respectful to people who need to park close to a destination because they have a permanent or temporary disability or condition. How about "accessible"? If we all use more respectful language related to disability, eventually language used by local, state and federal governments will catch up Thanks!
Emily Stone March 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hi Debra, thanks for pointing that out. I was using what I thought was the official name (however outdated it may be). But I just checked and the state now calls it a "disability placard" so I've switched the language.
Red Sam Rackham March 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Oh please, Debra! Lighten up FGS! I'm a disabled person who qualifies for use of a parking placard and whether people say "handicapped" or "disabled" or whether or not folks refer to a parking space as "accessible" doesn't bother me in the least. Just treat me like a person. I'm on SSA disability income and need a part time job to supplement my income. Instead of debating what to call me or my parking space, how about giving me a f###ing job? That'd show you really care.
annie March 19, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Well said Red Sam!
Red Sam Rackham March 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thanks annie! To that may I add that the guy who'd call me a "cripple" but would give me a job is in my opinion a much better person than the politically correct twit who refers to me as "physically challanged" or "handicapable" but does nothing positive on my behalf.

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