commented on Oblivious Shopper Searches for Frozen Food as Robbery Unfolds, Police Say
@3 Tills wouldn't be pulled unless the business was locked up for the night. Riskier to be carrying them, exposed, to/from the safe than to just leave them in locked register drawers.
As a retail manager, I can attest that oblivious customer is pretty average. Hell, they're lucky the customer didn't shove past the robbers to ask the clerk where a prominently displayed product was.
commented on It's True, Seattle Cabs Suck
Alternately, we could simply regulate the quality of taxicabs and their drivers as aggressively as NYC or London.
We shouldn't have to worry about whether the cab will be clean & comfortable, or if the driver will know how to get where we are going. These things should be regulated, and those regulations should be enforced.
commented on Columbia City Residents Dispute Official Account of Friday's Police Shooting
@38 & 40
It's an automatic, manual E-classes are so rare as to be basically non-obtainable.
If the BPD account is correct, and he pulled forward, hitting another car (a cop car? whatever it is, it's not in the photo), the driver likely would have been about to back up again to get out from behind whatever he hit. He could have been putting it in reverse when he was shot. For what it's worth, I do see a sizable dent in the right-front corner of the Benz, so he at least sideswiped SOMETHING.
This street is on a hill. Even if it was left in drive, it's likely a big 4000lb car like the E-Class would still roll backwards (downhill) without someone standing on the brake.
From the image, to me, it does not look like the vehicle is in "the exact same position" as the original impact to the truck. You can see the marks high up on the Benz's trunklid from the 1st impact where it was submarining under the truck - it was pulled or driven out from under the trucks bumper before it came back to that resting place. You can also see from the angle that the trunklid is bent at that the 1st impact was at an angle, leading with the passenger side of the Benz. As it's resting against the truck in the photo, the car's since been turned to the left. If that's how it had hit & pushed the truck, the trunklid would be bent the other direction, with the drivers side of the buckled trunklid being the high side and the passengers side the low side.
I drove at Evergreen Speedway for 10 years, I've seen plenty of accidents and their aftermath.
Also, wet pavement = no skid marks.
commented on What Should I Do With This Drone Someone Bought Me?
Use it to photograph breaking news, like crime scenes, police standoffs, parades, marches, protests, and outdoor press conferences.
Also, I bet there's some really pretty aerial photography you could do with it, just for the art.