Here in California there is a lot of talk about the recent assault on a TV crew in Oakland, in the manner one might expect in Cairo or Tripoli. An excerpt from a news account:
As Makovec was finishing her report, police said, five men rushed up and grabbed a $6,000 camera from the tripod. Viewers saw the live picture being jarred and turned sideways for about two seconds. One of the assailants punched Welk in the mouth before the group fled in a Mercedes-Benz, which apparently was accompanied by a Lexus, police said. Welk declined treatment by paramedics but saw his doctor.
In our postmodern era is there a need to assault someone and steal a $6,000 camera to make the Mercedes and Lexus payments?