So in my home system we have a corp of griefers/can flippers who are fairly active with it. Ion Heavy has lost at least one ship to an over eager pilot taking the bait. This corp (The Unit) seems to enjoy can flipping and view it as a valid profession within EVE. This is a debatable topic, but I personally find it to be a lame cop out that shows you don’t have the ability to achieve anything else.Well, I've done a little can flipping back in the day and I've flown with people who did it a lot more than I did. While I don't think it is the most honourable of activities, I think you are very closed minded if you pass the people off who do it so quickly.
Its a form of hunting. Just like hunters who get in their camouflaged blinds with high powered rifles are hunting relatively defenseless deer whose only protection is paranoia and speed, a can flipper patrols the belts of high sec looking for the "deer" who are not paranoid and fast enough.
Will the miner bite and fire or sick his drones on me? Will he warp out and come back to fight? Does he have buddies in his corp nearby, awaiting cloaked in a Stealth Bomber? Its a game of patience and daring and sometimes you are rewarded with simply nothing but some ore that you nick from a can; other times you can get into a battle with two or three accomplished combat pilots. You roll the dice and hope for sevens instead of snake eyes.
The sad part is that there are so many ways that a miner can avoid can flippers.
- Anchored cans, while smaller, are password secured.
- Mine with a friend in a hauler... or an Orca.
- Mine in a quiet out of the way system.
And most of all if someone does steal your ore from a jet can, ignore them! Let them have a bit of ore but don't give them the pleasure of a fight and/or kill. Or setup a trap with corp mates.
But whatever you do, don't write them off as incapable losers. That simply says more about your inabilities than theirs.