We love the smell of vigilante justice in the morning. A purse snatcher in Providencia, Chile was rewarded for his efforts in stealing a woman’s purse in the worst way. By which we mean a horde of angry onlookers ran him down and stripped him butt naked on the side of the street.
After the attempted theft, a group of assailants chased the snatcher into the road, where someone had the idea to take all of his clothes. The mob forcibly removed his shoes, pants and underwear, then backed him into a corner and made him take his shirt off himself. Mercifully, they let him keep his socks. Then, onlookers on a pedestrian walkway above the road added insult to injury by pelting him with coins and empty plastic bottles, and passing cars honked at his dishabille with what we have to assume is derision.
If anything could make you feel sorry for a common criminal, it’s watching him try to hitch a ride with a passing vehicle only to be brutally rebuffed. Eventually, the cops chased him down and put him and his socks in the back of a cop car. Here’s hoping no one in jail tries to steal his prison jumpsuit.