Dropped Lottery Ticket Leads Investigators to Bank Robber
CHICAGO – October 10, 2018
We recently wrote about the trend of dulling the minds of the younger generation in the U.S. We put forth the idea that this movement is a consequence of the global system of consumerism in which people are consumers first, and only then human beings.
The main task here is not spiritual growth, not personal development, but to incorporate values that emphasize those qualities which are necessary in a commercial society.
Such societies need qualities like easy suggestibility, lack of deep knowledge (a person with superficial knowledge is much easier to manipulate), and exceptional inner (spiritual) emptiness, which will lead to unrestrained consumerism — a natural consequence of the complete absence of spiritual, immaterial needs, which a person will try to fill with stuff or with travel.
And since it is impossible to fill the spiritual void with material things, the person will be doomed to dissatisfaction and consume, consume, consume, in order to create the illusion of filling their being.
The case of Dexter Riley, who robbed a suburban Chicago bank and was later detained by the FBI because of a scratch-off lottery ticket is perhaps the best recent illustration of this.
Dexter Riley robbed a Chase Bank branch in Palatine on Sept. 28. Apparently, the simple idea that items like ID, business cards, cell phones, and other personal items that even the slowest cop could use to identify you are better not taken to the scene of the crime did not occur to Riley.
It sounds like a story straight out of detective stories and movies. But it seems he never read these books and never reflected on the movies. Why else would he take his lottery ticket with him? It was in his pants pocket during the robbery, and, of course, he lost it, though he managed to escape with
But the books, I suggest, he never read, he never reflected about the movies, and a video game do not mention that. Why else would he take his lottery ticket with him? It was in his pants pocket during the robbery. Of course, he lost it, but he did manage to escape with $8,2000.
Agents tracked the ticket to the gas station where it was sold in the nearby community of Rolling Meadows. They used store surveillance video to match the buyer to a man who redeemed some winning tickets at another gas station and to identify his car. Local police stopped the car Tuesday night in Arlington Heights.
Once under arrest, Riley briefly denied his involvement in the bank robbery, but soon he admitted that he spent the stolen money on a computer console, drugs, and housing debt payments.
Again, the less educated a person is, the more his decisions are based on external factors such as advertising. Dexter Riley is a son of his time — he is an ideal consumer. Drugs and videogames are what matters in his life. Now he is awaiting trial and it is unlikely that he will be able to play his console anytime soon. But he will have time to think and probably change his priorities.