The Post has the scoop: Wear Beats By Dre headphones in public, and you’re asking for a beating by Dre. It comes with the territory of proudly flaunting a well-known, noise-obscuring $300-$500 item on your head—you might as well be wearing a blindfold made out of hundred dollar bills, we reckon. Apparently, New York City is the area hit the hardest by headphone muggers, and North Brooklyn in particular.
In Brooklyn North alone — which includes Williamsburg — there have been dozens of Beats heists over the past four months.
“They’re being snatched from teenagers aboard subways or as they walk to and from school,” according to the source.
The thefts are going on even in trendy Brooklyn Heights, where a goon demanded a pair from a teenager after barking, “Give me your Beats!” on April 17. After the victim turned them over, he was punched in the face.
For thieves, it’s a two-for-one deal, too—unless the headphones are purely decorative, there’s usually an mp3 player of some kind at the other end. The fact that these things are like pickpocket catnip comes as no surprise.
Still, Gawker came up with a few helpful suggestions for those afraid of getting their Beats snatched, namely recommending that people don’t wear them at all. Alas, the pitfalls of swag. Maybe the next time Lil Wayne attends a basketball game wearing his $1 million, diamond-encrusted Beats he should also wear a t-shirt that reads, “Don’t try this at home, motha*****s.”