• Nov 7th 2010 at 10:32AM
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Jenson Button wasn't the only member of Bernie Ecclestone's traveling Formula One circus victimized by Sao Paolo's rampant criminal element yesterday. Sauber Motorsport says that three of its engineers were also robbed after leaving the Interlagos circuit last night around 8pm. While stopped at a traffic light, the group's minivan was reportedly surrounded by five robbers, one carrying an automatic weapon. The van's front passenger opened his door in response to the threat, and the bandits made off with a pair of backpacks, one of which contained a staffer's passport and phone among other items. After taking the bags, the thieves left, and no injuries were reported. The local police were informed of the incident, for whatever that's worth. Thanks for the tip, Pasi!

[Source: TotalF1.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Brazil should be more concerned about drivers' safety than team orders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "for whatever that's worth" .... many cops in Brasil are afraid of criminals, or are criminals themselves.

      The linked Tourist info said murders are over 4 X higher in Brasil than the USA, yikes!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh come on guys. A weekend in Brazil isn't complete without being held up at gunpoint at least once. It's like icing on the cake!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What did they expect? It's Brazil.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drive instead of fly. Why? I can always have my pistolS on me.
      I plan vacations driving through and to only those states that recognize my state's license to carry a handgun.
      Gives me my constitutionally-guaranteed fighting chance in situations like this.
      US Police are not required to respond to citizen's calls, nor are they required to protect you - per court precedents. Then who is? You. http://www.allsafedefense.com/news/CopsDontProtect.htm
        • 4 Years Ago
        MONTE, your pistol going to help you one bit when five people have semi-automatic weapons and an RPG aimed at your car. You take one shot at them, and everything you've ever known comes to a sudden and complete end.

        And when you show up at the gates of heaven, alongside the guy you just killed, what do you think St. Peter is going to say? Right -- "Okay, you both prayed to God every day, that's cool. But you're both guilty of breaking the Sixth Commandment in the last moments of your life. Hey, pal, don't look at me like that, we don't care what your state laws say about self-defense. You've had your whole life to study the Bible, and you couldn't swing the basics. It's an eternity of hell for you! Kthxbye!"

        Fat lot of good your gun did, eh.

        I have an alternate idea -- it comes from the Bible, too. How about we learn to treat everybody around us with some respect and dignity, and we take good care of the people who are mentally ill and prone to violence? Then everyone will feel included in society, and we won't have so many people f-ing mentally snapping and mowing down their co-workers, fellow students, families or whatever. I am fully in favour of a person's right to own and carry firearms, but I think we'd be a lot better off if we lived in a society where it wouldn't be such a big deal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for reminding me why I am proud to be Canadian!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever makes your life more interesting I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's pretty sad that you've let your own fears keep you in your own box. Missing out on a lot of great places to visit.
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      Warren: I agree with your suggestions/ideas. However, you are referring to America and that will NEVER HAPPEN in America! Too much HATE ingrained in the soul and culture of the country!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's Brazil. What did they expect? Wait until the olympics. Between the crime/drug problem and their police/military not being able to control their own neighborhoods, it's going to be a hell of an event.
        • 4 Years Ago
        gun rights debate? Nice attempt at trolling there, buddy. This is Brazil, not the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ exboy99

        Outlaw marshmallow guns?! What are you effing crazy? How else would I hunt ligers for their extremely valuable tails and ears?
        You Sir are un-American! Marshmallow guns are protected by my God given 7th amendment to the declaration of freedom!

        Amerika! Amerika! AMERIK!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't worry they already thought of a solution. If you make it through the Olympics without getting mugged you'll get a medal. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing.... Olympics 2016.... how?
        but the hope is that the Games bring a lift to the area
        and that when it's time for the games to begin that things
        will be different..... and that Brazil will be forever changed
        by hosting the games.

        .... they have a long way to go.

        also gun rights debate in......



      • 4 Years Ago
      I just got back from Rio and had my cell phone stolen out of my pocket. Grab and run.

      The World Cup and Olympics are going to be crazy. At least I can blend in and speak Portuguese. 96% of the world doesn't speak a lick of Portuguese and the culture is also "different". This is going to be a crazy. I don't think that Olympic officials thought about the language barrier. Only 2% of all Brasilians speak a second language and Rio is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

      Why oh why did they make those decisions?
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