The ‘New York Times’ Asked Readers For Their ‘Petty Crime Experiences’ And The Responses Are Too Good

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The New York Times probably wasn’t expecting a Twitter sensation on the morning of Thursday, December 13, when they casually asked their followers if they’d ever encountered a petty crime in London.

But they certainly got one.

The Times took to Twitter and posted:

“Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.”

“(Your submission may be selected for publication.)”

Little did the stalwart American publication know that their question would quickly take on a life of its own.

Twitter users from both sides of the pond decided to use this opportunity to take a massive swing at British stereotypes.

It’s amazing the things that are considered a crime in “high society.”

What’s this world coming to?

Well, that’s a twist…

References to British popular culture abounded.

Some of these crimes aren’t exclusive to Britain.

These make you wonder how society even continues to function smoothly.

They’re almost too horrible to believe!


But then, with a single question, it all began again…


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--