‘Lush’ Life for Subway Thieves

Fun story in the NYTimes over the weekend on a rare but distinguished group of criminals known as “lush workers” that cut out the wallets of boozy, snoozy subway riders with a surgeon’s precision.

There are 109 lush workers plying their nefarious trade in the NYC subway system, says the NYPD.

Reports Michael Wilson:

The lush worker sounds like a monster in a bedtime story, a stooped creature with a razor blade in one stealthy hand. Don’t drink, children, or the Lush Worker will get you.

But he is actually a middle-aged or older man who has been doing this for a very long time. And he is a fading breed.

“It’s like a lost art,” the lieutenant said. “It’s all old-school guys who cut the pocket. They die off.” And they do not seem to be replacing themselves, he said. “It’s like the TV repairman.”

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