Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Is apparently the latest niche criminal fad in Florida. There are over 18,000 chapines in Palm Beach county alone, many of them indocumentados with a disinclination to call the cops when robbed and with a preference for their footware over bank accounts for depositing their earnings. Friday − the day they generally pick up their pay-cheques − is said to be the peak time for these speculative assaults on passing Guatemalans.

1 comment:

scott said...

I read about this recently...appparently it's a largely Mayan population that is being targeted.

In the DC area, where many Hispanic day workers congregate on street corners looking for work, it's becoming common to hear of laborers who get taken to more remote areas to (say) build houses, and then being left there, unpaid, when the work is over...