BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Berkeley residents have a reputation for being politically active and getting things done in their community – typically with an extra flair.

Case in point: Berkeleyside reader Marty Schiffenbauer spotted this deadpan letter to a man who’s been stealing a Wall Street Journal subscriber’s papers.

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The comedic notice, posted in front of Skylight & Sun at 2019 Blake St., starts off by saying:

We recently installed a video surveillance system around the building and we have a very nice image of you taking the newspaper yesterday.

It goes on to suggest an ultimatum.

Obviously the Wall Street Journal is important to your life. So, if you’d like, just feel free to borrow it every day as long as you return it around 10 or 11 the same morning.

This offer is contingent upon the newspaper being returned in a relatively crisp state with no coffee stains.

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I find the editorial stance of the Wall Street Journal to be reprehensible, but the journalism still justifies the subscription.

However if you are reading the WSJ for its editorial and op-ed positions, I reserve the right to withdraw this offer.

By taking the newspaper today, Friday March 13th, you hereby initiate this contract with no jeopardy to your reputation.

Any stock tips you might have would be greatly appreciated.


See the enlarged photo on Berkeleyside.

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