Oakland Mayor Jean Quan just might have made crime all that much easier in a city coping with a disturbing homicide rate.
The struggling mayor is getting well-earned shit from her constituents after she not-so-brilliantly encouraged residents to sign up for a weekend workshop on how to pick locks via her newsletter.
Before you allow your head to explode, try to understand her logic: According to the Oakland Tribune, Quan thought the workshop would be helpful, helpful to the residents who lock themselves out of their cars or homes.
From the workshop ad itself:
Have you always wanted to know how to pick a lock? In many cases, opening a lock without a key is easier than you think!
Join us in this workshop as we introduce the art and technique of lockpicking, explaining the function of pin tumbler locks, wafer locks, padlocks, and many others. By the end of this workshop, you'll have a solid understanding of how lock systems work and you'll know what steps to take should you ever find yourself standing keyless outside the door to your own home!
Naturally, Quan's friends and enemies called her out on this idea, expressing a lack of confidence in both Quan and the lock-picking workshop.
"This is awful," one person wrote on an Oakland chat group. "How could she possible [sic] do that in this climate? What's next? The fundamentals of armed robbery?
"Of all the incredibly unbelievable things I've witnessed in my life, this tops the list."
And of course, there were some enjoyable responses from Trib readers themselves:
After reading these responses and perhaps realizing "gee this does kinda sound like a dumb idea," Quan apologized for poorly phrasing the rationale behind the workshops.
"I am ultimately responsible for what goes out," the mayor wrote in a statement "and I and our editor will do a better job reviewing these listings in the future before sending them."
The good news is that we checked online and nobody has yet registered for this Saturday afternoon class.