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Torch My Ride: Arson for Hire
"Because of the way the economy has gone, the gas prices skyrocketing the way they have, we started to see a peak" (in arsons), Rowe said. "People that had the gas-guzzlers that got eight miles per gallon, they started to get hit hard. They didn't want those cars anymore."
Vehicle arson has had a long and occasionally humorous track record over the years. In Texas, a car salesman was arrested after offering his customers what he called a "rotisserie program." He would have their cars torched; then, after they collected on the insurance, he sold them a new car. In another part of the state, two students were arrested after they torched their high school teacher's car in exchange for passing grades.
The hilarious summer hijinks of Americans! One can almost imagine a Soccer Mom finding an unexpected taste for burning gasoline as she lobs a molotav cocktail at her hunk of Detroit steel.
Just remember, though, context is everything. If you eat granola and burn an SUV, you might find yourself doing hard time... (you questioning our way of life, boy?) Keep it funny, yo.
Why a 22.5 Year Sentence?
Many people have asked "Why a 22.5 year sentence for burning 3 Sports Utility Vehicles?" In a society where murderers and rapists with prior convictions get out of jail in 4 years, a 22.5 year sentence for a property crime seems out of wack. We believe that Jeff received such a drastic sentence because of the political nature of the action he took. While the damage was moderate ($40,000) and the trucks were later resold-the Judge with the backing of the city and state of Oregon opted to throw the book at Jeff to not only punish him but to send a chilling message to the local Eugene community that dissent will not be tolerated.