Alright, this email comes directly from Gaz a.k.a. Mr. Friendly at basement club The Shelter, and we quote:
"So last Monday night/Tuesday morning (12th May) around 4.30am group of 8 young people, 6 male and 2 female, decided to kick in the door of The Shelter and rob us. Its taken us a while to figure this one out, but we have come to the conclusion that they were incredible thirsty, possible chronic dehydration, as all they wanted was a few bottles of champagne (yes, Shelter has champagne) and a few bottles of spirits. Their thirst was so intense that they didn’t even think of hiding their faces in front of the cameras inside and outside of the club, and the consequences of breaking and entering as well as the theft weren’t even considered, they just had to quench their dry mouths.
Now we are very shocked and angry about this, and although for the first couple of days we were planning the destruction of these 8 people, we have taken a week to think this one over and to also consult the local police. Although we want these people to be punished for their actions, the police have told us this is a very serious offense and if caught (by the police) face some time in jail before their inevitable deportation. This is not seen as opportunistic theft, this is seen as a premeditated break in and serious theft.
We feel like these 8 people are probably just young idiots, possibly students, and they had been trying to quench their thirst with large amounts of alcoholic beverages before they decided to kick in the door of our lovely Shelter. We believe that their jail time and deportation may be rather harsh and create serious effects on their future, and although their future isn’t really a major concern to us, we don’t want to ruin peoples lives for the sake of a few bottles of alcohol. We all do stupid things when we have consumed large amounts of alcohol, though usually not this stupid.
XuHui district, and most of Shanghai, is covered in street cameras and the police have given us access to these cameras if we need. The thing is, if we access these cameras the incident becomes official police business and these 8 people will face the full consequences of their actions. We have decided that before we take this route, we will give these 8 people 72 hours to come forward so we can deal with this internally and the police need not be involved. If after 72 hours no one has contacted us from the group then we will hand this over to the police and they will access these cameras and find out exactly where they came from and where they went and take any action they deem necessary. Also, if anyone recognizes any of these people and would like to help us out with their identity we will reward them accordingly.
The police can and will find you if you do not contact us within 72 hours, and if the police have to come and find you the results will be way way worse than if you come to find us. So you 8 thirsty people, the choice is yours. firstname.lastname@example.org".
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