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Local trench coat-wearing kids defend themselves

Mary Thompson

Take a trip to the South “Y” Center and you might see some of South Shore’s very own trench coat clad teens.

But, they say, not to worry. They’re not out to do any harm.

“Those kids in Colorado gave trench coats a bad name,” said Josh, his jet-black hair matching his flowing, knee-length coat.

Josh said that he and his trench coat-wearing buddies, about five of them in all, aren’t affiliated in any way to the Trench Coat Mafia in Colorado.

“We’re probably the most normal people on Earth,” said David, 17, who was also wearing a trench coat.

The group said that they’ve been wearing the trench coat for about a year and a half because they wanted to be different.

So much for that, they say.

“This is our own style and people are just trying to copy it, even out in Colorado,” David said.

Bell said that their coats aren’t some symbolic gesture of hatred and violence or racism.

“They’re just warm,” David said. “And things don’t fall out of the pockets. They’re practical.”

But the teens don’t deny that the coats have been a cause of trouble for them. They said that some businesses at the shopping center have asked them not to stand outside of their doors because their appearance has been scaring away customers.

But they say they’ve never caused any trouble.

The police agree.

“There’s been a long-standing problems with teens at the South “Y” Center, but we don’t have any particular problems with kids in trench coats vs. kids without trench coats,” said Sgt. Mike Ritter of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

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