Parisian lunchtimes

Somehow I’d believe this more of Rome really:

Armed robbers pulled off a brazen bank robbery off Paris’ Champs-Elysées on Tuesday morning, locking staff and customers in for hours while they rifled through dozens of deposit boxes.

The masked suspects, some reports say at least four, burst into the Milleis bank – formerly Barclays – at around 8.30am local time on the Champs-Elysées roundabout.

They proceeded to tie up staff and customers with plastic tape and sprayed them with an unidentified liquid smelling of bleach, according to French reports.

According to Eddy Sid of the police union SGP Police FO, the suspects “placed a placard on the front door saying that the bank was shut”.

The gang calmly searched around 30 deposit boxes for three and a half hours before making their getaway at midday with an unknown quantity of valuables.

Yes, OK, it wasn’t lunchtime etc. But just a “Closed” sign makes more sense to me a little further south than Paris.

26 thoughts on “Parisian lunchtimes”

  1. Paris’ crime squad has launched an investigation.

    You don’t say.

    Mind you, UK plod would be more interested in evidence of a hate crime.

  2. Never understood the appeal of safe deposit boxes. It’s cheaper to install a safe at home, in most instances.

  3. I was watching this on French TV, yesterday. And thought, good grief! At one time I used to regularly use that very bank. So I can well imagine what it would be like being robbed in it. Of course, it was Barclays then.
    And Doc Bud’s not wrong about the French police. Remember when the car was broken into in Lille. The cop said a witness told him the culprits were of N. African appearance. “Maghrebis!” he excaimed with a gallic shrug. “Well we’ve got their prints & no doubt we’ll be arresting them for something else. They can go to prison for this one as well.” I’m not sure if getting your car stolen in London isn’t actually a criminal offence. The Met certainly treat you as if it was.

  4. What would possess you to rob an Italian bank? You would probably leave with less money than you went in with.

  5. In this day & age, Andrew M, I’d imagine minimising the risk of the police seizing your money, valuables, sensitive documents & data records whenever the mood takes them. In the UK they’d no doubt feel justified to do so on the back of issuing a speeding ticket.
    Remember, the police reserve their suspicion & hostility for the law abiding.

  6. But just a “Closed” sign makes more sense to me a little further south than Paris.

    In the past, yes, but I believe that cities are becoming bastions of credulity. They believe in the EU don’t they? And citizens of the EU don’t believe in checking that what is allegedly a lump of beef is, in fact, a lump of beef. They are quite content as long as it has a label saying “boeuf” attached to it.

  7. Still, it sounds as though the thieves are from the South. My last visit to Paris was 14 years ago and I wish I’d had their foresight in carrying spray cans of bleach.

  8. Off topic but Spud has issued his latest tax gap figures for the EU. A startling 825bn Euros.

    But one sentence from his report shows just how utterly meaningless his figures are:

    “[the tax gap] should also include the amount of tax that is not paid as a result of a government decision not to tax certain tax bases or to grant exemptions, allowances and reliefs”

    Murphy claims the tax gap should include amounts governments have chosen not to collect but Murphy thinks should be collected.

    Utterly, utterly, utterly fucking meaningless figures then.

    How can anyone take this sort of shyte seriously?

  9. Talking of UK plod, another token involving themselves in politics:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46965780

    “We want people to report anything that we think is going to lead to violent confrontation and people need to calm down and understand that we are paying very close attention to that and we will stop it wherever we see it.”

    What is mostly likely to lead to violent confrontation is the treacherous behaviour of bastard MPs who are trying to steal Brexit from us. Maybe Assistant Filth Basu should go marching into the Commons and arrest all the remainiac traitors and string them up.

  10. Andrew M said:
    “Never understood the appeal of safe deposit boxes. It’s cheaper to install a safe at home, in most instances.”

    Yes, but your wife might wonder what’s in it.

  11. bloke in spain said:
    “I’m not sure if getting your car stolen in London isn’t actually a criminal offence. The Met certainly treat you as if it was.”

    Crimes against the environment?

  12. I know that spot well, on the Franklin Roosevelt roundabout. There’s a half-decent rugby-themed bar on the next street, and until recently there was an Italian pasta joint which was very cheap, especially given its proximity to the Champs Elysees. I set a scene of my book in there, now I think of it.

  13. “Three and a half hours? In the movies, it’s always, “THIRTY SECONDS! GO! GO! GO!””

    Perhaps they’d exceeded their legal working hours for that day and had to take a break before resuming?

  14. DocBud: ““We want people to report anything that we think is going to lead to violent confrontation…”

    How are people supposed to know what UK plod think?

    Or even if….

  15. More O/T, but fresh from resigning his MMT memberships, the Potato seems to be on the point of developing a new economic theory (which looks like it will be largely based on MMT)

    “Modern Fiscal Policy”

    Expect to start to see books and articles on this as the Potato cuckoos his way into claiming authorship of the theory of MMT itself

  16. Oh, and yet another crude move by the Potato into a potentially lucrative new area of income, once his professorship ends:

    2.Those EU member states that do publish tax gap estimates do so on too limited a basis. Seven only prepare such estimates for VAT. Only the United Kingdom attempts a reasonably comprehensive tax gap estimate.

    Could anyone possibly suggest a suitably qualified expert with time on their hands who might undertake comprehensive tax gap estimates throughout the EU, for a fee?

  17. ” Only the United Kingdom attempts a reasonably comprehensive tax gap estimate.”

    I thought he’d spent the last 4 years telling us the official UK tax gap estimate was wildly wrong.

  18. More O/T, but fresh from resigning his MMT memberships, the Potato seems to be on the point of developing a new economic theory (which looks like it will be largely based on MMT)

    “Modern Fiscal Policy”

    If it’s the LHTD, shouldn’t it be called “Modern Confiscal Policy”?

  19. Blubottle scum spewing Marxist jargon like “far-right” is enraging all by itself. You can be sure if the Yellow Jackets were over here as they are in France UK Plod would have long since run away. 6-10 to one pile-ons –the monkey-suited scum are good with those odds. But against a group that will fight back they will show a clean pair of heals double quick.

    “Remember, the police reserve their suspicion & hostility for the law abiding”–that’s because they are frit of criminals.

    Biggie–well done. You might manage to install a sense of humour in yourself after all. Despite the hostile environment.

  20. “[the tax gap] should also include the amount of tax that is not paid as a result of a government decision not to tax certain tax bases or to grant exemptions, allowances and reliefs”

    Reminds me of his recent pronouncement when he said the UK tax gap included the difference between the tax rate now and any higher tax rate the government might consider in the future.

    Utterly, utterly meaningless and utterly, utterly bonkers.

    What he really means is his tax gap is the difference between what the State allows you to keep now and what he would allow you to keep, i.e. next to nothing.

  21. “[the tax gap] should also include the amount of tax that is not paid as a result of a government decision not to tax certain tax bases or to grant exemptions, allowances and reliefs”

    The Governement has chosen not to levy a £1000/yr tax on testes. 60m in UK, average of 1 each.
    That is a tax gap of £60bn says Spud. Utter bollocks.

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