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Opening Arguments

Granny the grabber

You have to admire tenacity in someone:

Authorities said an 86-year-old woman charged with shoplifting wrinkle cream and other items from a Chicago grocery store has been arrested 61 times since 1956. Ella Orko was arrested Sunday afternoon on the North Side after she allegedly stuffed $252 worth of groceries into her pants, including cosmetics, salmon, batteries and instant coffee.

Police say she has used as many as 20 aliases in the past and, despite the 61 arrests, has only 13 convictions for shoplifting. That's the secret of life, isn't it? Decide what you're good at, and stick with it.


Bob G.
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 11:36am

Damn shame she's not about 30 years YOUNGER...I smell potential for a Presidential run...(oh, wait, we just DID that, didn't we?)

Never mind.


Michael B-P
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 1:00pm

Was that canned, smoked, or frozen salmon? You know, it occurs to me that both shoplifting recidivists as well as first-timers could be easily nailed at the door if controlled entrances and exits were to be located in completely separate areas of the store and shoppers were to be weighed individually upon entering and again when leaving. It might also reduce congestion in the frozen desserts section.