Dalrymple reads about Jeffery Wood, who was sitting in a car outside a petrol station while an accomplice engaged in a routine robbery of a convenience store at a petrol station. The only hitch was that the attendant inside ended up being shot and killed.
One newspaper sums up the case as the robbery of a little store that went wrong. Dalrymple comments:
What would be a robbery that did not go wrong? Presumably one in which the robbers got away with the booty without anyone coming to physical harm. This shows how far we have come to accept the criminal’s point of view: one is peacefully robbing a store when the storekeeper turns stubborn and refuses to hand over the key to the safe — what a human tragedy follows!