Politics 28 August 2009 Hopeless criminals Hardcore Wire-esque front-line story of the week Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The best thing about this story, our crime posting of the day, is that it all takes place in Gainesville. There's nothing I like more than having a place name that seems so suitable for the news story where it appears. So. Fark takes us to deepest Orlando -- in fact, to the wonderfully named Orlando Sentinel. Why do we not have a paper in the UK called the something Sentinel? What in fact is a sentinel? Anyway, the story is excellent (violence and criminality aside). The disastrous thieves made about 25 cents each from the whole process -- they would probably have been better off spending ten minutes crawling the pavement and picking up dimes. And now they'll go to prison and generally have an awful time. Orlando officials should clearly employ them to lecture disaffected teens on the absolute pointlessness of stealing unless you're a criminal mastermind, and even then something will probably go dreadfully wrong and you'll end up looking stupid. They're the best anti-crime advert I've ever seen. › Is the BBC biased? Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The public like radical policies, but they aren't so keen on radical politicians Theresa May dodges difficult questions about social care and NHS in Andrew Neil interview Why is Labour surging in Wales?