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1,029 - Types of Vandalism

Sometimes when things get dangerous, people like to take the law into their own hands. Find out how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:39
Fast dialog: 18:24

Jim: Did you hear what happened to the Romeros?

Helene: No, what?

Jim: They went on vacation for a week and vandals broke a couple of windows in the back of their house and tagged their living room walls with graffiti.

Helene: That’s terrible! There are always punks who like to egg houses in this neighborhood for fun, but this is much more serious.

Jim: I think things are getting out of hand. Every week or two, we hear of incidents of people having their tires slashed or their cars keyed.

Helene: And the Jamisons had their flowerbeds trampled and a small fire set on their lawn three weeks ago. This neighborhood is really going downhill.

Jim: What should we do about it?

Helene: What do you mean?

Jim: I think we should start patrolling the streets at night.

Helene: You mean organize a neighborhood watch? Wouldn’t that be dangerous?

Jim: If you’re worried, when you see something suspicious, call the police.

Helene: And you think they’ll come in time to catch them? The police aren’t known for quick response times in this neighborhood.

Jim: Then we’ll go after them ourselves.

Helene: You mean be vigilantes? I’m not sure that would be wise.

Jim: Why not? If Clint Eastwood can do it, so can I. Go ahead, punk, make my day!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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