• Geoffrey Line

    Geoffrey Line is a COM graduate student. He can be reached at gline@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Theft of Canada Goose Jackets on the Rise

  1. “There’s really no excuse for anyone coming into the facility, putting their stuff in a locker, and not securing it,” Rouse says.

    OK but there’s no excuse for people stealing either. don’t victim blame

    1. Please, don’t co-op a term used to defend victims of sexual violence to apply to people (with resources offered to them at no cost) who chose not to lock up expensive personal belongings. Not only is losing a coat not the same thing as traumatization and perpetration of sexual violence in the slightest, I feel it’s unfair to conflate violence that stems from societal power dynamics and sexism with theft that is perpetrated against people with the resources to buy a Canada Goose (and presumably, a lock of their own) who are ALSO offered free lockers, locks, and constant encouragement from BU to lock up their personal items. Asking someone to lock up their coat with a free lock and locker is not the same as telling survivors of assault to dress differently or behave differently. One is a systemic issue, one is not.

      I definitely do NOT condone theft. It’s not cool to steal someone’s stuff. But please don’t throw around that term lightly, it’s not the same thing. If this happened to you, I’m sorry. But they make resources available, which is more than a lot of people can say (in a gym scenario, or in any other situation where violence is happening).

      1. It’s fine for Olivia to say don’t blame victim. Victim can be anything. She’s just making the point that instead of blaming the people who have things stolen, focus any criticism on those who did the stealing.

    1. It is a good thing when we are careful not to project our capitalist doctrine onto actual facts. It’s very tricky to start making assumptions about the people taking these jackets. For example, one could easily say that the thefts are from greedy capitalists seeking to make themselves even wealthier and with no regard to how they are affecting others.

      Hence, be careful about projecting political beliefs onto people you don’t know.

      1. Hah you got me there. I bet that’s exactly what happened. I now see the errors of my ways. As a corrective action I registered as a Democrat intending to vote for Elizabeth Warren. Thanks for setting me straight.

  2. Buy a just-as-good-as-Canada-Goose jacket for $200 or less, save yourself $1100 and greatly reduce your chances that your vastly overpriced, unneeded in Boston, status symbol jacket will be stolen in the first place. Plus, you won’t be supporting the killing of geese and coyotes for your fashion statement. Faux fur works just as well as real fur.

    Unless BU offers a semester abroad in the Arctic or Antarctic, Canada Goose jackets are complete overkill for New England weather.

  3. If you are not going to take necessary measures to prevent theft, do not complain when it happens to you. OR, if you truly are that careless, purchase a cheaper jacket! Easy solution (: OH, and… you won’t have to support the slaughter of innocent geese and coyotes along the way! So, it’s a win-win!

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