777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11350 posts, RR: 17 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1944 times:
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I came close to having my cellphone stolen in Auckland last year, but a passing Ambulance saw what was happening and blasted its siren and the thug ran off, one of the paremedics gave chase while telling Ambulance communications.
NUAir From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1922 times:
My roomate in college was shot and killed when burglars broke into my apartment. Luckily I was at the library studying for a Spanish test but even so I would'nt mess with a burglar with a gun (or group of burglars), just let them take what they want and go!
Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
A stupid mugger attempted to mug me almost 20 years ago while existing the the subway one afternoon. His mistake was that he stood 2 steps above me and reached for my wallet when I "tried" to hand it to him. He wnt down about 30 steps and I went home.
NUAir, not to diminish what happened (my condolences) but you said burglars, the police, and witnesses, imply a "hit" of some sort. Two shots to the legs implies they were trying to teach him a lesson.
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 50 Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1896 times:
George Michael robbed me of my innocence in an LA toilet.
Well at least I didn't spend my summer vacations at Neverland Valley Ranch like a certain scot did a few years back GKirk... Ahem.
Truth be told, if I ever did meet George Michael, I'd give him a couple of them Sugar Ray punches myself... *punch* "That's for inflicting WHAM on the world, and this is for starting a musical career in the first place!" *punch*
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
VSLover From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1886 posts, RR: 24 Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
i was burglarized christmas even 2003. i had to run to the office for two hours or so and when i came back my apartment had been broken into and my two laptops (one old and one powerbook i bought the week before) two digital cameras, memory cards, three watches, and my ipod CHARGER.
i had my ipod with me, but the charger pissed me off the most as at the time apple had the charger available only in a kit that was $80 which is absurd.
it did make me angry, but at least no one else was home, and only my stuff was stolen...but hey it was all replaceable, so no big deal.
what concerned me most was the fact that someone was in my apartment when i wasnt there, and that this person would have had to have known where certain things were as my digital camera equipment was sort of hidden away, and nothing in my place had been disturbed.
they never found anyone obviously, but i think it was a guest of my roomates that had passed through days earlier.
Prosimtec From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
When we were in high school, my brother and I worked at a fast food joint. One night a guy comes up and asked for change for a twenty, and like a dummy, my brother opens the register to check. No sooner than the register opened, he pointed a gun at my brother and demanded all the money. I saw all this happening through the corner of my eye, but pretended not to notice. I didn't want to create any more of a disturbance and have this asshole put a bullet into my brother. He took the cash and ran, I called the cops, but the guy got away.
NUAir From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
After the investigation it turned out that they were just robbing our place for the money. My roomate was shot twice for going at them with a knife and trying to be a hero.. (they had already tied up his girlfriend in the living room)
Anyway I just think its a good idea to play it safe. Money and "stuff" can always be replaced but you only live once. That's not to say let people take whatever they want but just be smart and if something happens let the police deal with it.
If its some moron on the subway who is trying to pick pocket you, like in your case, I would probably try to do the same thing you did (of course I say that now).
"How Many Assholes we got on this ship?" - Lord Helmet
Alcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
My friend and her boyfriend were mugged on New Years morning this year as they walked home from a night out. A gang set upon them, punching them ans kicked them to the ground and stealing their mobile phones and around £60. They got away and later the gang came back and started to pick on them again, but they managed to get away. They are ok now, just lots of bruises and sitting in a&e for hours on New Years Day.
Grz-air From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 573 posts, RR: 4 Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1803 times:
I worked at a cigarette store once and in the very early morning when I wanted to go into the store from the backside I heard noises..I stopped in the room before the store and turned on all LIGHTS (I never thought about burglars) when I heard voices and the door..
I waited and then I saw that cigarettes and other stuff worth about 35k €uros had been stolen..
Since then they tried 3!!! more times however all doors have been reinforced, an alarm and movement activated lighting have been installed..they never managed to get in..
Still, it is very SCARY to know that someone was IN while the shop was closed..it scared me!
Austria is a very safe nation, but recently crime rates have been going up it really SUCKS...
Ghostbase From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 354 posts, RR: 3 Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1772 times:
Visited Nice in France in the winter quite a few years ago with my wife. We were walking through a park and this young Italian woman holding a baby came up to us and started shouting and hassling me, trying to hand the baby to me. I put my hands up to push her away and my wife and I left as fast as I could. Only when we went into a shop later I realised she had pick-pocketed me! Luckily I was carry very little change so she only got one 20 Franc note. I didn't tell my wife until many years later, I was so ashamed at having been caught out like that.
Also used to work at railway ticket offices in the London area in the late 80's. Was working evening overtime at Clapham Junction every other day for a while, I shared the overtime with the resident guy. Turned up for work one day to find that he had been held up by a shotgun toting robber the previous evening, quite incredibly he had put up a fight and he got on TV and they even staged a re-enactment using actors for the 'Crimewatch' programme. That could have been me!!
Flybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1791 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1766 times:
My mom was caught in the middle of an armed robbery at a dry-cleaners in NYC. My God, I don't know what I would have done if she was harmed or killed. Luckliy the bastards involved are rotting in prison as we speak.
"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 71 Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1754 times:
A street urchin in Hong Kong tried to get my wallet once. I picked him up and hurled him into the street in front of a passing Army truck. It screeched to a halt in good time. He stared at me with his mouth hanging open for thirty seconds before running away.
Guy wrote me a bad check for stereo equipment once. Professional paper hanger! He plead guilty to mine as I was the only non-business he'd stung. They dropped about fifty other charges and he went away for two years of grad school courtesy of the CDC. He paid about five dollars worth of the court-ordered restitution of $900 or so.
Dealt with a stalker who more than once cut our phone line before invading our home. Just a complete fluke that we never killed him. He has no idea how lucky he is. I'm glad I did not have to kill him but it was not multiple choice, if I caught him in our house he was a dead man and forget all that fairplay stuff.
Most recently some loser smashed my car window to steal $2.17 plus or minus a half-eaten sandwich worth of junk to support his drug habit, I suppose, while I slept peacefully. I'd have paid him a hundred bucks not to break my window. The replacement was the only one in the US on that day.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.