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September 24, 2013 17:12      

permalink   Bra or no bra? 

Did that header get your attention? If it didn't, I bet the picture will. Part of this post was inspired by an email I got yesterday. It said: Right bra. Right attitude. Find the perfect fitting bra

Now I don't care if people wear bras or not. I'm neutral about it. But I'm a guy. I don't wear a bra. Does this mean I'll never have the right attitude? Never have the right stuff, so to speak?

Hey, bras are big business. Keep reading and you'll see what I mean. But first, I want to tell you about a story that made headlines in Boston recently, a story about an honest man.

There are a lot of crooks out there, but Glen Davis isn't one of them.

Glen Davis

Glen (left) has been homeless since 2005, but that doesn't mean he isn't honest. On Saturday, September 14, he was at a shopping mall in Boston and found a backpack. The bag contained $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in traveler's checks, and personal documents, including a passport.

Given his circumstances, you might think he kept the money. Considering the large sum, many would have. But Glen is an honest man. Instead of keeping it, he flagged down a patrol car and gave it to the police officer so that it could be returned to its rightful owner. Police were able to locate the owner and return the backpack to him.

Even if I were desperate for money," Glen later said, "I would not have kept even a penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious -- God has always very well looked after me."

The Award Ceremony

In a ceremony on Monday, September 16, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis presented Glen with a special citation. "He's an honest guy,"  Davis said, "and realized the property belonged to someone else." Davis thanked Glen for his "extraordinary show of character and honesty."

After working as a file clerk in a Boston courthouse for 13 years, Glen lost his job in 2005 and became homeless. He receives help from the homeless shelter where he stays, and food stamps. To make ends meet, he sometimes panhandles on the street.

Glen prefers not to speak in public because he stutters. At the ceremony, he issued a written statement thanking the strangers who have given him money over the years.

"It's just nice to have some money in one's pocket so that as a homeless man I don't feel absolutely broke all the time."

One good turn deserves another

A Virginia man, Ethan Whittington, 27, saw the article online and wanted to do something for Glen. "I thought what he did was very honorable," Ethan said. "We've all been in a situation where we've lost something." Ethan began an online campaign to raise money for Glen. "Let's all chip in and help this man change his life," Ethan wrote. "Let's rejoice that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation." 

Within 24 hours the "GoFundMe" website raised $20,000. A few days later Ethan spoke with Glen by telephone. Glen thanked him, but expressed concerns over all the publicity. Ethan's goal at first was to raise $50,000, but as of Thursday, he had raised nearly $100,000. He is now devising a plan on how best to transfer the funds to Glen.

I haven't forgotten about those bras 

Okay, now it's time to talk about bras and Victoria's Secret.

Great name for a store, right? Great marketing possibilities. The photo at right is from one of their promotional efforts.

Victoria's got a secret, but it's not what you think.


A few weeks ago, on August 29, someone made off with $4,000 worth of underwear from the Victoria’s Secret in Peabody, MA. They took 72 bras worth $52 each. Don't ask me why they cost so much, but they do.

And it wasn’t the first time the store was robbed. This was the 9th theft at that particular Victoria’s Secret in five months. The thief stole bras, a lot of them, and panties. A week before the August 29 bra caper, someone stole $1,500 worth of merchandise. In July, 60 bras were stolen, and in May there was a "a high-volume panty raid.”

Spring Fever? Crazed college kids?

As it turns out, there's been a rash of thefts at Victoria Secret stores in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Chicago. Who is stealing all these bras and what are they doing with them?

At first, Peabody police were stymied. But after obtaining a surveillance photo of the suspect, a woman, they gave it to the media. They soon identified the woman, but were unable to find her. Finally, on September 14, police arrested Jennifer Santos and charged her with six counts of larceny over $250, and three counts of trespassing.

I bet you a cookie Jennifer isn't the only bandit pulling these underwear heists. Someone needs to investigate this.

Some people like wearing underwear, others not so much.

The Little Rock, Arkansas, school board recently announced a new dress code that requires teachers to wear underwear. Yes, you read that right. Teachers must wear underwear. Imagine that!

Think of the children, people!

As it turns out, the dress code won’t go into effect until the fall of 2014. That's a whole year of kids hiding their eyes.

Of course, some of the kids that are older than this little guy are not covering their eyes.

And wait till you hear about the flip-flop ban.

Teacher complaints 

Little Rock School Superintendent, Dexter Suggs, wanted to impose the dress code this year, but teachers complained. They worried about how the code might be enforced and whether they might be fired for not wearing ... a bra!

Here are a few of the dress policy edicts.

  • Foundation garments shall be worn. Like a bra and panties
  • No clothing with patches or slogans about alcohol, cigarettes, obscenities, sexual references.
  • Casual T-shirts (faded, sheer, or inappropriately sized) are not allowed.
  • No mini-skirts, halter tops, backless or sheer dresses.
  • No flip flops

No flip flops? Do some of those Little Rock students have a foot fetish?

Cathy Koehler, president of the Little Rock Education Association, thought there were more important things to worry about than a dress code. Like a new teachers’ contract with the district, which says it has little money for pay increases. Cathy issued a statement saying she had worked with the administration and was able to defer implementation for a year in order for teachers to "adjust” to the edict.

So here’s my question: Are the Victoria’s Secret underwear heists related to the new dress code for teachers? I think somebody should look into that.

NOPD Detective Frank Renzi signing off. Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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