Now that I’ve railed out against the fatties…it’s time to move on to the ugly. So this is why the prisons are full of ugly people, I would venture to say that judges and juries are more lenient against good looking criminals…put the ugly behind bars where we don’t have to see them…we should put all the fatties in bootcamp and the uglies in beauty school…it would make a society with less starvation and less crime…
sorry, I just really don’t have as much to say against the ugly, I really don’t think it is their fault most of the time…it’s not like a diet would help them…Frankly, I’m surprised there isn’t more crime…I mean look around….
The Ugly Face of Crime
The Ugly Face of Crime
By Richard Morin
Friday, February 17, 2006; A02
“I’m too ugly to get a job.”
— Daniel Gallagher, a Miami bank robber, after police captured him in 2003
The hapless Mr. Gallagher may have been ugly, but he was also wise.
Not only are physically unattractive teenagers likely to be stay-at-homes on prom night, they’re also more likely to grow up to be criminals, say two economists who tracked the life course of young people from high school through early adulthood.
“We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to average-looking ones, and very attractive individuals commit less crime in comparison to those who are average-looking,” claim Naci Mocan of the University of Colorado and Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University.
Mocan and Tekin analyzed data from a federally sponsored survey of 15,000 high-schoolers who were interviewed in 1994 and again in 1996 and 2002. One question asked interviewers to rate the physical appearance of the student on a five-point scale ranging from “very attractive” to “very unattractive.”
These economists found that the long-term consequences of being young and ugly were small but consistent. Cute guys were uniformly less likely than averages would indicate to have committed seven crimes including burglary and selling drugs, while the unhandsome were consistently more likely to have broken the law.
Very attractive high school girls were less likely to commit six of the seven crimes, while those rated unattractive were more likely to have done six of seven, controlling for personal and family characteristics known to be associated with criminal behavior.
Mocan and Tekin aren’t sure why criminals tend to be ugly. Other studies have shown that unattractive men and women are less likely to be hired, and that they earn less money, than the better-looking. Such inferior circumstances may steer some to crime, Mocan and Tekin suggest. They also report that more attractive students have better grades and more polished social skills, which means they graduate with a greater chance of staying out of trouble.