What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Paper?

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NY Times Thief, photo by neighbor John C

Worrying about delivered packages being stolen from your stoop is understandable; worrying about your newspaper being lifted seems largely unnecessary. But it seems there’s a well-read thief hitting a stoop on Berkeley Place near 7th Avenue, as this sign photographed by neighbor John Classon shows. It reads:

Dear New York Times Thief,

Please stop taking our New York Times, we really like reading it.

There are plenty more for you around the corner, all you have to do is buy one for $2.50.

Thanks, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

Your Neighbors

It’s true, a market is literally steps away on the corner or 7th Ave and Berkeley, and they’ve got the Times for sale there, but do you think a thief would be swayed by that info? And we’re guessing this must happen to other neighbors — have you ever woken up to find your newspaper missing from your stoop? If it’s happened regularly, what, if anything, have you done about it? Did anything work?

What's the best way to handle a newspaper thief?

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  • Arkady

    After I complained my paper was delivered over the transom under the stoop. Haven’t missed one in 2 years since.
    Getting hardcore news on the interwebs is fine but if you read the physical paper you stumble over interesting items you might not see while browsing & the puzzle is much more fun w/ a pen & a cat on your lap while you have your coffee.

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