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It's not like he's dressed as a cop. If you want to draw distrust, you dress up as a cop, not in a suit.

 

Why would you want to con people who live in the poor neighbourhoods? First of all, they ain't got much money either, if they're living with you. Secondly, it's not very ethical to rob those who don't have much.

Wouldn't it make sense for John to sell himself to people with cash and take their money? It's about blending in, isn't it? You wear a suit to blend in with the bourgeoisie, not to blend in with other poor people.

Well not saying John would necessarily rob someone in the hood but he himself would get robbed.

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It's not like he's dressed as a cop. If you want to draw distrust, you dress up as a cop, not in a suit.

 

Why would you want to con people who live in the poor neighbourhoods? First of all, they ain't got much money either, if they're living with you. Secondly, it's not very ethical to rob those who don't have much.

Wouldn't it make sense for John to sell himself to people with cash and take their money? It's about blending in, isn't it? You wear a suit to blend in with the bourgeoisie, not to blend in with other poor people.

Well not saying John would necessarily rob someone in the hood but he himself would get robbed.

 

yeah,he damn sure would.but for real,his accent sounds like he's not high class,so how are you falling for this?(actually,he sounds like he's not an idiot,that could help) really,i thank being a tall handsome dude with blonde hair and blue eyes worked wonders for him....and swinging both ways would give him bonus points.

 

and no he wouldn't be in da hood,but the way philly's set up,high society and the hood tend to be within walking distance at times.do NOT ask me why it's like this,it just is.like temple university is right in the ghetto.really.and center city,homeless people and wealthy people walk the streets,nice shopping places right next to the tacky ones.the shit's crazy.really if he didn't 'ride the synchronicty wave' he might accidently walk right uo in the hood and be fucked before he realizes it,especially in the day when everyone's at work

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You have a good point about how class works. John could dress up posh, but he has a working class background and has lived in poor areas of England, so he wouldn't pass very well in high society.

Although, John is highly educated. He doesn't just embrace his proletarian background. So, there is that.

Working class joes can learn to talk more edumacated if they work at it, to pass for middle class when they need to.

Wealthy folk could see him as someone "low born" trying to better themselves, eh?

 

A lot of big cities are like that. Toronto was like that. There were areas you could walk through at night, but there were certain alleys you knew not to walk down, because you'd wind up in a part of Toronto you wouldn't want to be in.

They make the cities for locals, not for tourists, eh? It's like a trap for the new people who don't know the lay of the land.

I'm sure cities just end up that way due to economic decay and gentrification. Certain areas used to be higher-class, but with time, the economy sunk, and the money moved to other areas, so now you have slums right alongside "respectable" areas, for those from the middle class who didn't take off for the 'burbs when things started going south.

In Flint, the University of Michigan is right in the ghetto too. It's like "parts of the city you don't want to be in" and "that one nice part of the city where the college is" right next to each other.

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why couldn't john just live somewhere where wearing a suit and coat would make sense?

like lets say... england?

 

berlin was like that for a long time. low and middle class living in the same houses, gentrification destroyed that. i think its a good think if you meddle the two. that only can work of cause, if you have a functioning social system.

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why couldn't john just live somewhere where wearing a suit and coat would make sense?

like lets say... england?

 

but he isn't in england anymore...

 

maybe new york would work, though i've never been there

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New York City is mostly fine. You can see pretty much all types of people on the streets in NYC. Wall Street is in NYC, so John could fit right in. Kidding!

There are plenty of places to live in America where you can get fairly cheap housing and you won't get jumped for wearing a suit. A lot of neighbourhoods, people come to recognize who lives there and who does not. John would probably end up as, "That crazy guy who keeps trying to pretend like he's not living on welfare!". It's usually the case that strangers end up getting treated badly in poorer parts of town, because the locals wonder what the person is doing "slumming". Most people in the neighbourhood realize that if someone is living in that part of town, they must be hard up too, so there's no use hassling them, even if they are dressed in a suit and trenchcoat.

Most businesses want potential employees to dress in a suit for job interviews.

Anytime I dress up in Flint, people I know always give me the same greeting, "Going for a job interview today?". Fuck! No!

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Worth noting that people skills John has would quickly let any potential muggers or someone thinking he is a cop know that he is not a threat or a target.

 

Ironically that's something Azzarello handled well in his first few stories.

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Really he is thrown off enough that he might be known as that crazy white dude if he plays his cards right and get on the right people's good side...and do something messed up like laugh at somebody with a gun to his face and ...do something weird...

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