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You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Speaking of the O.C. ...

We were in Bishop Arts over the weekend when my 6-year-old espied this "sad sign," as he called it, affixed to a telephone poll at the N. Bishop Avenue-W. 8th Street intersection. 'Tis the season. My son, blog editor in training (poor kid), thought I should post it on Unfair Park. I considered it, then figured maybe I'd call the number and see what's what. I just got off the phone with Patti Erickson, who says the bearnapping, which took place the Sunday night after Thanksgiving, was only the beginning.

Last Thursday, around 6 p.m., she says, she drove up to the house to discover a pick-up truck parked out front. A woman was in her lawn swiping pieces out of the nativity scene -- two of the three kings, turned out. Erickson, who've lived in that neighborhood near Bishop Arts for 15 years, says she chased the truck 'round the neighborhood but couldn't catch the crèche-robbers, and Dallas police said the license number she gave them wasn't right.

"The irony is," she says, "last week, as we were putting out display, I told a neighbor, 'Who would be such a scumbag to take a nativity figure out of the front yard? Well, now I know."

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