The Odd Spot in the paper today
A man has robbed more than a dozen AT&T stores in South Florida. His victims have all described him as having a tattoo on his forehead that says, “I’m Me”.
Well, this guy must be either very clever or very stupid.
Clever if he used a removable tattoo that would distract his victims from noticing anything else about him. “I must remember this” they’d think “he has a tattoo on his forehead saying ‘I’m Me’.” Eye colour? Dunno. Shape of face? Dunno. Nose shape? Dunno. But he does have a tattoo that says “I’m Me”. He no doubt scrubs it off as soon as he gets away.
Stupid, stupid, stupid though, if it’s permanent. Then I find myself wondering- is it written in mirror writing so that it looks the right way to him when he sees himself in the mirror? (which is, after all, the main way any of us see ourselves). [A further aside- do they really think that drivers won’t recognize the white van with red stripes, siren and flashing red and blue lights as an ambulance unless they write ‘ecnalubma’ on the front backwards so that it can be read in the rear-view mirror?]
But back to our robber- is the “I’m Me” for him to remind himself who he is, or is it for the people outside as a statement of identity?