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Saturday, June 13, 2009

West of Bathurst 525

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Saturday, June 13, 2009
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Marie is in the Davies College basement, near a door labelled "West of Bathurst by Kari Maaren" in the official Davies College font. She glances back over her shoulder as she's passed by a balding white man carrying a box of billiard balls.

Panel 2: Marie comes up behind the man.

Marie: Excuse me...those are Davies' billiard balls. Where are you taking them?

Panel 3:

Man: Kansas. They're much nicer than my set.

Marie: They're college property. You can't just steal them.

Panel 4: The man smiles condescendingly at Marie as a blonde woman with a deep fake tan approaches.

Man: Steal? This place rents rooms; you can't steal from it.

Woman: Honey, look.

Panel 5: The woman holds out a DVD player as Marie watches in disbelief.

Woman: This DVD player was barely even bolted down. I only had to use one screwdriver.

Man: Ooh...did you grab the remote?

Panel 6: Marie pulls out her phone.

Woman: Yes...and guess what? The chairs and the espresso machine all fit in our trunk.

Man: Perfect.

Panel 7: In the basement nook, Marie approaches Rahim, who is sitting on the couch.

Marie [smiles]: I just had two tourists arrested for reckless misunderstanding of the word "guest."

Rahim: Have you been staying up all night and going crazy again?

Alt-Text: As with many of the less believable WoB comics, this one has a basis in reality. My favourite story of Happy Summer-Time Thievery at Massey involves the mysterious person who stole a DVD player and a VCR, then returned the next day for the remotes. I also remember the guy who removed a board game from someone's carrel, then abandoned it when he found the bike storage room. He stole most of the College DVD collection as well.

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