The New York Times has received a sarcastic response after it asked British people to detail “petty crimes” they had been victims of in London.
The newspaper, which has run a series of pieces about austerity and crime in Britain, asked its followers on Twitter: “Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.”
The article linked to the tweet blames the recent crime increase in the capital on austerity, writing: “A surge in violent crime in London has exacerbated a decade of service cuts under the government’s austerity drive, leaving the city’s Metropolitan Police severely stretched and unable to pursue most suspects involved in minor property crimes.”
It then goes on to ask British people if they have been burgled.
However, the 3,000 people who replied to the tweet responded with jokes about British life, including manner malfunctions and the price of a pint.