..to think that the London Marathon water theives should be named and shamed?

(202 Posts)
Jaimx86 Sun 24-Apr-16 18:49:16

I'm horrified at the news of looters (small group) stealing from the London Marathon water station at Deptford! Some adults are using their child's pram to carry all of the bottles they're taking.
What will people do next year if this goes unpunished? Steal the runners' phones and trainers as they go past?!
The London Marathon Event Manager has said it will be investigated.

Ihangmyknickersontheline Sun 24-Apr-16 19:39:50

Don't know anything about this. You'll always get your opportunist thieving bastards though in an event like this.

Oldraver Sun 24-Apr-16 19:41:56

I saw this via FB and wondered how low you have to be to steal water...in a country that has no shortage of it

BennyTheBall Sun 24-Apr-16 19:43:03

No! That's unbelievable.

Cocolepew Sun 24-Apr-16 19:43:20

It was awful.

Alasalas2 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:43:56

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Tightywalterwhities Sun 24-Apr-16 19:45:41

YANBU! I'm sure someone will be along in a minute to tell you that the poor souls can't afford thier water bill but given the number of them I would find it very hard to believe that most of them are just opportunistic thieves jumping in on what everyone was doing

Tightywalterwhities Sun 24-Apr-16 19:47:09

Sorry I have worded that completely wrong, that sound be aren't!

Earbudbitter Sun 24-Apr-16 19:47:53

Really very common. I've maned water stations/lucozade stations at Great North Run on many occasions and at the lucozade station has a police guard and they have their work cut out for them with people trying to get bottles.

Jaimx86 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:58:11

Really, Earbud? That's terrible!

Pinkheart5915 Sun 24-Apr-16 20:07:22

shock they should be ashamed all these people running do so for good causes and some sod steals there water.
Some people will take anything that's not nailed down

coffeeisnectar Sun 24-Apr-16 20:12:12

I saw this as well via FB. Shocking. Some people really have no morals at all.

On the plus side, out of the 40k people taking part I actually saw my mate on TV this morning!

Oysterbabe Sun 24-Apr-16 20:13:28

My understanding was that they were told they could take it as there were only stragglers left and they were clearing up the course. You can see the water station volunteers in the video not saying a word.

ConfuciousSayWhat Sun 24-Apr-16 20:13:35

It's London I'm suprised it's not been filmed before in all honesty.

sharknad0 Sun 24-Apr-16 20:16:12

The volunteers have been instructed not to intervene to avoid any fight, which is very wise. The thieves were stealing, not helping out!

Sparklingbrook Sun 24-Apr-16 20:17:39

My understanding of it is they did it when only the first lot of runners had gone through and the volunteers were told not to get involved.

Oysterbabe Sun 24-Apr-16 20:20:00

Whatever the truth of it the racist comments on the FB video made me feel sick.

Boleh Sun 24-Apr-16 20:21:43

I ran the Edinburgh marathon years ago (2009) some of the water was stolen from the course before the race started - I think they might have put palettes out at the stations the night before. It was Scotland's one hot day of the year and it was horrendous for runners, especially in the back half of the pack. I stopped and refilled a bottle at some public loos along the course - the amazing folk with houses on the route also came out with buckets of water and hose pipes from the garden for us for which I will be eternally grateful.
I am no longer surprised at the depths some people will stoop too and the contrasting amazing loveliness of others.

M00nUnit Sun 24-Apr-16 20:23:19

It was pathetic, they were piling up as many crates of bottled water as they possibly could and stacking them on to trolleys. It reminded me of those videos you see of shoppers on Black Friday desperate for "bargain" items they don't need.

Sparklingbrook Sun 24-Apr-16 20:26:57

metro.co.uk/2016/04/24/london-marathon-people-seen-taking-bottled-water-left-for-runners-from-the-side-of-the-road-5838167/

Lockheart Sun 24-Apr-16 20:30:47

It's water confused we're not that third world a country that water is a valuable resource. Just get it out a tap.

sparechange Sun 24-Apr-16 20:30:57

You can see that the course is nearly empty, and those coming past are walking, so it would have been when the last few stragglers are coming through, rather than in the thick of the race. So no runners went thirsty because of it.
Anyone walking at the Deptford bit of the course isn't on for any sort of record...

My guess is someone realised it was the very end of the race, and they started nicking it, others saw and joined in.

The volunteers, one of which is in a scout uniform, stood back rather than get involved in a fight over water.

But yes, it is ridiculous. They are teeny bottles and it isn't like there is any issue with the tap water

Pipbin Sun 24-Apr-16 20:31:35

Stealing water? People steal water?

Alasalas2 Sun 24-Apr-16 20:36:15

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specialsubject Sun 24-Apr-16 20:37:31

googling this produces some links to some websites you would not believe...

the other story going round is that the runners had all gone through and that the water was therefore available to anyone who wanted it as the organisers weren't going to collect it. If that's true it is the organisers that need a long hard look at themselves.

so let's hold fire, shall we?

and who steals bottled water???

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