Times are tough this holiday season.  People don’t have jobs and kids are looking for the next big thing to play with and store in their closet. So, while we don’t condone robbing, we can understand some of the sociological pressures to have the latest things.

Yes, the AJ11's are hot, but are they worth getting jumped, or shot? For many, the answer is yes...

People at the Hilltop Mall in wonderful Richmond, CA (no sarcasm intended or implied) risked life and limb to get these shoes.  There was gunfire, where a guy tried to pull a Cheddar Bob, Plaxico Burress and let off gunfire while waiting for the stores to open.  But, it was an accident, so that doesn’t count. We grew up with some snatch and grabbers, but not with fools robbing with guns.  When you go that far, you have to be ready to use. That was the Bridge too Far for most of the dudes we hung out with.

But, this time justice prevailed.  For those who have a job, they understand that they work hard for usually meager wages to make it work. They get up every day and in some cases, do a job they hate.  Robbing is easy, but you have to have some skill.  This is the story of Mostafa Hendi, who needs to take a remedial course in how to rob, or at least listen to my man 50.

By: WLOS | NBC17.com
Published: December 26, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. –A robbery suspect got a lot more than cash when he tried to hold up a North Carolina store.

An employee knocked the suspect unconscious at the “We Buy Gold” business on the Spartanburg highway in Hendersonville on Friday and held him down until police arrived.

“He came through the door. He had his hand down here on his waist, hoodie on his head, he said ‘Gimme the money, gimme the money, gimme the money,’” said employee Derek Mothershead.
“And I got up, and I threw my hands up and said take the money if you want it.”

Mothershead took matters into his own hands.

“He had a bag and instead of putting it in the bag I kind of handed it to him,” he recalled. “I said here, take it take it. And I just kind of came in and hit him.”

Mothershead knocked the robber, 25-year-old Mostafa Hendi, unconscious.

No means no, Ben. You reap what you sow buddy boy....

“If he wants money get a job, work like everybody else in this world.”

Mothershead held down Hendi, who was bleeding, and called police.

“We Buy Gold” manager Juan Cruz said knocking out armed robbers isn’t exactly store police. But he had a message for anyone considering robbing the store:

“Merry Christmas … Mostafa Hendi.”

Hendi is charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.
He’s in jail on $100,000 bond.

Video can explain why good triumphs over evil this holiday season.

Wow.  And that was with the left.  He never saw it coming.  Didn’t he see Friday?

I still think that the worst part was that he had to clean up his own blood, because he was leaking all over the place.  This is the picture..,remember that this is one punch.

They should have given him some makeup for the mugshot, or at least reset his nose for the picture.

Choose your weapon! Wait, this isn't a duel....

We here are Too Old are not attempting to tell you how to commit crimes.  But, we will tell you what NOT to do.  One of the more stupid criminals that have come across out desk is Jennifer Mercado.  If you are ever thinking about committing some credit card fraud, Ms. Mercado shows you want not to do…

Jennifer Mercado allegedly swipes fellow juror’s credit cards – during trial of credit card thief!

BY Brendan Brosh and Kerry Burke
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Originally Published:Tuesday, March 16th 2010, 11:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 18th 2010, 7:21 PM

There was more than one criminal in this courtroom.

The Bronx trial of an accused credit card thief was thrown into turmoil when a juror’s plastic was stolen and used for a shopping spree – allegedly by another juror!

Jennifer Mercado, 20, went from sitting in judgment to sitting in a cell after she brazenly waltzed in from lunch breaks loaded down with bags.

The prosecutor of the trial – which also involved a stolen credit card – helped nail her by reviewing the store’s security video.

Mercado doesn’t deny she used fellow juror John Postrk‘s American Express card to buy more than $500 worth of loot, but she apparently didn’t learn much about reasonable doubt while doing her civic duty.

“The guy did give me permission to use his credit card,” she told the Daily News.

Asked why Postrk would do that, Mercado came up with an alibi worthy of “Law & Order.”

“He came on to me,” she said. “It’s a he-said, she-said situation. In court, they will find out he’s lying.”

Hopefully, that is all she is going to say.  The dude likes your profile after sitting next to you and he starts whispering sweet nothings in your ear.  Then, to seal the deal, he doesn’t ask you to dip to the closet hotel so he can have carnal relations, he just causally drops his AMEX on you?  What did he say? “Here is my card, go buy yourself and others something nice?”  What was the rush?  You already stole the card, what about waiting until you are out of court for the day, before you go on your big shopping spree?

Postrk, 49, who works for the Children’s Aid Society, said prosecutors asked him not to talk about the case.

He and Mercado were sitting on the trial of Warren Stewart, arrested in 2006 for burglary, grand larceny and possessing a stolen credit card.

A perfect example of life imitating art.  Or stupid following stupid.

Why Yes I did. It is the reason I stole and committed my crime DURING THE TRIAL!

On March 8, Postrk’s American Express cards and MetroCard were swiped from his coat, court documents charge.

That day, and the next two days, his card was used at local stores during jurors’ lunch hour.

When Postrk reported the theft to the judge on March 10, he already had a suspect in mind because the charges on his American Express account came from stores where Mercado had been shopping.

“It’s the person that came back with the baggage,” Postrk told Judge Barbara Newman.

He noted that a court officer commented on Mercado’s bags.

“As we were leaving one of the court officers mentioned, ‘Oh, that’s a really nice bag,’ ” Postrk said. “And I just happened to look. And she did a double-take back, like I scared her.”

Assistant District Attorney Jacob Kaplan, who was prosecuting Stewart, investigated Postrk’s claims during a recess.

With another prosecutor and investigator, he went to stores across from the Bronx Hall of Justice and viewed videos of a woman who appeared to be Mercado using Postrk’s card, court transcripts say.

Twenty minutes later, Mercado came back to one of the stores and tried to make a purchase. A manager asked her for ID and she apparently got spooked.

“She pulled out what [the manager] believed to be another American Express card in what he believed was John Postrk’s name,” Kaplan told the judge.

“And when he turned around, she dropped the credit card and walked out of the store.”

Isn’t that when she should have known that the gig was up?  That is when you drop everything and walk away.  The fact that she went back to the scene of the crime (re: the Courthouse) tells you that this was probably her first rodeo with stealing credit cards.

At the Jeans Plus shop, Mercado made quite an impression, buying four pairs of shoes, including a pair of Nike Air Jordans.

“She was talking nice to me, asking for a discount,” manager Jason Ayoub said.

Mercado was arrested March 12 and charged with grand larceny, stolen property, identity theft and unlawful use of a credit card. She faces four years.

Her lawyer declined comment.

Mercado was removed from the Stewart case but Postrk stayed. The jury acquitted Stewart of having a stolen credit card, but convicted him of burglary.

Ironic the person on trial was innocent of the credit card crime…when Mercado is going to be found guilty, because of the film.

Stewart’s lawyer, Soraya Hurtado, asked for a mistrial because of the incident but was denied.

The district attorney’s office declined to comment, but word of the case spread quickly.

“You’ve got to be really stupid to do that in front of a judge, court officers, law enforcement and all the cameras in this building,” said one courthouse employee.