Jeremy Palowski reports in The Olympian:
“A down on his luck 54-year-old transient is accused of robbing the Yelm Timberland Bank of a single $20 bill Wednesday afternoon, then leaving the bank, lighting a cigarette, and waiting or police to arrest him.
The man was being held Friday at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of a single count of first-degree robbery.”
‘During a subsequent interview, he said he was basically ‘down on his luck and had lost the drive.’ He added, ‘I couldnt off myself, so I did what I did.'”
One commenter wrote, “What horrible statement for the human condition in our State and Nation,” and that this should occur in Yelm!
As the economy continues to founder here, expect to see more.
I have spoken to several local business owners recently who are really hurting and at risk of closing.
Indeed, even Yelm Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cecelia Jenkins recently spoke to the Yelm City Council about how several Yelm businesses are on a razor’s edge in continuing to operate and must now pay to paint-over graffiti, which causes them additional expenses.
Mayor Harding, where is your leadership about the hard times people are incurring in our city’s midst?