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Chile Bye: CNN: Shock over 'respectable' lives behind masks of UK rioters


Hooded youths walk past a looted department store in Clapham Junction, London, on August 8.

Before they started appearing in court, most people assumed London’s rioters and looters were unemployed youths with no hope and no future.

So there was much surprise when details of the accused began to emerge, and they included some from wealthy backgrounds or with good jobs.


So it never occurred to the pundits that opportunistic asshats would take advantage of the riots to loot? Or that mob mentality would also play a role? Mmkay.