East Greenbush, NY resident Lisa Robinson was on a quest to raise money to send care packages to troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. An honorable gesture, to be sure. But one that was rewarded with a dishonorable act, prepertrated by dishonorable people. From the Albany Times Union:
While Robinson was living on the roof of an American Legion post in Rensselaer to raise money to benefit U.S. troops, someone burglarized her Barber Road house.
"They got my jewelry. I just talked to my husband and found out they got my pocketbook, too. I'm sitting here in a tent up on the roof with no identification. It's probably in a Dumpster somewhere," she said.
The burglars who struck sometime Sunday afternoon also took jars filled with spare change and ransacked desk drawers inside her home office.
Robinson was hoisted to the roof of the American Legion Melvin Roads Post No. 1231 in Rensselaer at 9 a.m. Saturday with a sleeping bag, tent and provisions, and vowed not to come down until she raised $25,000. The money will buy supplies for troops in Iraq, who are often lacking practical and comfort items like batteries, beef jerky and DVDs.
I don't know who broke into Robinson's house, but I do know what they are: assholes. Don't get me wrong, I think all burglars are assholes. But these clowns are gold-medal winning assholes. Especially if they learned about Robinson in the news and targeted her because they knew she wouldn't be home.
In breaking news, Lisa Robinson is down from the roof of the Legion after raising $20,000. My hat is off to Ms. Robinson for her support for our troops.