This article seems to suggest so. Here in Portland, an elderly business owner asked some boarders lounging on the sidewalk in front of his store to please move out of the way so he could clean the walk. He was also tired of them hanging out there and getting in the way of customers. One of the bunch picked up his skateboard and clocked the old guy, who ended up in the hospital.
Cops finally arrested the little shit. Fast forward to the courtroom yesterday,where the guy refused to apologize for his actions and stated that he was “protecting his own”. Apparently, a couple of his buddies waylaid another person who they thought had been interviewed by a TV reporter and who said some unkind things about their friend.
According to the article these guys often have money and credit cards and plans for moving from city to city: in other words, slackers. Now, young folks do this sort of thing. Back in the day, the gig was to hitchhike around the country with your guitar, looking for a commune to live in. Most get it out of their system at some point.
But what’s with the gang mentality among this bunch? Sure, they’re maybe friends and share a common interest, but assaulting someone because of some imagined slight? WTF? Can somebody enlighten me?