Most of the stories about looting in the ruins of Christchurch send me off into violent revenge fantasies, but this is sort of adorable:
In a separate incident, a looter was caught red handed by police stealing a pearl drum set from a music store in Blenheim Road in the early hours of this morning.
The thief had smashed the front window to gain entry. Police caught and arrested a man 15 metres from the store.
That’s the wonderful thing about New Zealand. No matter how extreme the tragedy, no matter how vast the physical destruction, and no matter how terrible the carnage and despair and grief, there’s always some bogan who sees it all as an opportunity to score a really kick-ass drum-set.
Meanwhile, I’ve been out buying stocks of hand-sanitiser to send down to Christchurch in an aid package. I know that we’re all heroes in our own way – but can’t help but feel that my way is slightly less heroic than the way of the guys who rescued survivors from burning piles of rubble.