The Senior Swindler
Here is a recent story I saw on a website. Basically it explains the motive and execution of a bank robber. However, this isn’t your average bank robber story or even your inflated “Ocean’s 11” robber. Instead, this story is about a the most innocent looking 70-year old women robbing $3,000+ ! Yes, You read that correctly, a seventy year old women.
Obviously I felt as if this was easily a laughable situation because she looks like one of the sweetest people on the planet. But to me the main victim in the story is the bank teller and his or her take on the situation.
This brings me to my issue- how does profiling play into our perceptions of potentially dangerous situations. Human nature has built in all of us an innate ability to recognize “fight or flight” situations. This is based off the fact that humans are animals and the number one rule of animal life is to survive. We are able to break down potentially dangerous situations almost immediately and the next course of action is to look out for #1 and save our own skin. Obviously, it’s a sad reality that profiling is a key factor in our breakdown of dangerous situations. Amidst the issues regarding profiling in Arizona there is still a necessity as humans to profile and asses certain situations for existence alone. So the point I am reaching is that if the situation for the bank had been different, like the robber being a different age, look, race, or sex, would the same outcome (and subsequently the consequence) have occurred ?