A new con

Via Jim Berry

A couple of neighbors have reported to me that a person knocked on their door today, reporting to have broken off his key in his front door lock. Curiously, the individual (a virtual stranger to both neighbors) wanted to “borrow” $80+ dollars to engage the services of a locksmith to fix the problem. Perhaps needless to say, neither of our neighbors complied with the request of the stranger and he went on his merry way.

The Fifth District Police have been notified and, in general, the description of the person is as follows: An light complected, African American male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, bald and clean shaven. He had an aqua (blue-green colored) jacket, dark pants and white sneakers trimmed in black.

Be aware of the possibility of this person knocking on your door to solicit money and, because we are trying to track his whereabouts, let me know if he shows up at your house.


Jim Berry

Overflow from the mall

Rarely does anything that happens on the mall make it up to my side of Shaw. Rallies, protests, whatever seem to invade the Red line, Foggy Bottom, Dupont, and downtown. However yesterday there was a protest on the mall regarding immigration. I didn’t know this when I tried to get around a huge mob of Latinos at PG Plaza metro. On the heading back into the city I noticed that the Latino population was significantly higher than usual. Almost every stop between PG and Shaw/Howard had some sizable clump of Latinos. Notably confused clumps that did not comprehend that which is WMATA, which really isn’t the most visitor friendly (confusing signage, grumpy employees) transit system. Normally where there were loud obnoxious and annoying teens, instead there where groups of Spanish speakers. This was a bit odd. I wasn’t sure what to make of it.
Then later at a meeting at a downtown teashop I was told about the rally down at the mall and that Union Station was a madhouse. This new information explained the upsurge, but usually, to me anyways, what goes on at the mall doesn’t come up to Shaw. But there they were looking at street signs, metro maps, looking lost in Shaw. Now one could ask that maybe I never noticed other groups with actions on the mall venturing up before. Well for one, the Green line (to me) has a higher portion of African Americans riding it as it goes through historically black neighborhoods and PG County twice. So if there is an upsurge of a non-black demographic one would notice.
Well once some signage from a pro-choice? pro-life? rally made it to the Shaw/Howard trash can….. Maybe this is a sign that out of town visitors are moving through and stopping in Shaw more?