This week was a big week for Chief Justice John Roberts. The two days of oral arguments tied to marriage equality are arguably the most important Roberts has heard yet. The last thing he needed was someone ripping him off. But alas. This is a cruel world, and we all have to live in it, even Chief Justices of the Supreme Court.
The fact that Roberts got swindled is somehow less extraordinary than the way he shared the news with the world: via his local suburban Starbucks barista. Evidently, the Chief Justice stopped off for his regular grande skim latte — or whatever — near his home in Maryland. As first reported by The Washington Post's Al Kamen, he usually pays with a credit card but pulled out cash this time. Why? Roberts explained the situation to the cashier. Somebody had lifted his credit card number so he had to cancel the card. Then, the next day, Robert shared the same story at a barber shop in Washignton DC, adding that the thief was somebody in Kentucky. Why Roberts chose to share this somewhat intimate detail with the service industry is a mystery to the media who now refers to 58-year-old as the Chief Justice of Oversharing.
The story is actually a very familiar one. Credit card fraud is one of the more common crimes in the United States. A recent survey showed that a staggering 42 percent of Americans say they've been a victim of credit card fraud in the last five years. Only in Mexico is the crime more prevalent. In other words, this kind of thing can happen to anyone. The fact that it happened to Roberts on one of the more stressful weeks of his career ought to serve as a sturdy warning to everyone out there who's a little too freewheeling with their plastic.
The only question now is, what did the thieves buy? The Huffington Post suggests jet skis. We hope that's true.
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