Friday, February 12, 2010

Bowling Crime: Alley losing money? Just set fire to your competitor

Steven Smink, a retired Philadelphia police officer, is the owner of Pike Lanes in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Apparently, Mr. Smink, like myself, was not much of a businessman. According to the website Daily Finance, Pike Lanes "was a dump with out-of-date equipment." With bankruptcy looming, what did Mr. Smink do? Allegedly, he hired two young men to torch his competitor, Loyle Lanes in Vineyard, NJ. Before he was charged with two counts of aggravated arson and conspiracy to commit arson, he was quoted as saying, "These things happen. You have wires all over the place and no sprinkler systems. You just pray that nothing shorts out and that no people are in the building if a fire breaks out."

Apparently, he left out the part about praying that nobody is in the building when two delinquents he paid pour gasoline all over the place and light it on fire. Charles Loyle, who built Loyle Lanes with his brothers, was quoted by NBC Philadelphia, "We got comments that he would put us out of business in two years, but it took him a little over two years but to take us out of business they had to burn us down." The moral of the story is this. To all of you bowling alley owners who wonder why your business is failing, you can: a) blame the president for a crappy economy; b) set fire to your competitor; c) invest a little money to spruce the place up. Please think before you answer that question.


  1. Our house came up with a money-making idea: "Let's sell top-shelf margaritas for $11!" The team doctor and I drink 'em by the pitcherful. It's the least we can do.

  2. It's nice to see someone trying to come up with creative solutions to their current economic woes.

    Todd; you should write your brother about having me visit some foreign auto factories to give the US a boost up on their competitors. I'm pretty good with fire.

  3. EB, Kind of you two to make that sacrifice.

    K-terk, In faculty meetings, we often talk about burning down CSU.


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