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Ick.

We had the same problem here on the San Francisco peninsula for a while. Some of the flowers in the farmers' markets were clipped out of people's gardens, so a sting was set up that collected a few bad guys. I haven't heard about any thefts recently, but I suppose it still happens.

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  • "I am certain, though you would never admit it, assessor," said the bishop's wife, "that there can exist two kinds of genuine truth, one for the south, the other for the north."

      --From Iceland's Bell, by Halldor Laxness (1902-1988)

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