I am as mad as FIRE!

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by musicmaniac, May 20, 2008.

  1. musicmaniac

    musicmaniac G&G Enthusiast

    So this morning, I wake up get out of bed, take my shower, and get all dressed for work so I can hold my new baby boy for a few minutes before I head off to work for the day. Well, 7:10 rolls around which is when I always leave home so I can make the near hour drive in rush hour traffic. So I leav the apartment and walk down the stairs to where I parked my car last night, only to find that some dirty bum has jacked up my car and stolen the rear tire on the driver's side leaving his jack and tire iron behind. So, great I think, that sucks but, I will just throw on the spare and drive to work. So I get the spare out and realize that the idiot took my lug nuts too. So I take off in my wife's SUV to head to Checker only to find out they don't open until 8. Off to AutoZone to find the same thing. So, I finally make it to PepBoys and find out they opened about 10 minutes before at 7:30. Great, I buy the lug nuts and head back home now that I have made it so my wife will have to be late to her niece's kindergarten graduation. Out of the SUV, load up the baby for my wife, head over to my car to put the spare on, in my black slacks, button up shirt and tie of course. I got it on and stayed relatively clean. Only to realize on the way to work, that I am going to have to buy a new wheel and tire which is going to take all of the money I was going to use to take my wife uo north with and all the money I was going to use to buy that Tanfoglio single action .22 I was going to get while we were up there. I am already a 22 year old with a wife and new baby, who is making just enough money to survive right now and then some guy who is too lazy too work his butt off like I have comes by and steals my property. I am so ready to move out to the country and not worry about all this big city BS anymore. :hitwithrock: Anyway, thanks for letting me vent ya'll.
     
  2. tlarkin

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    You need a beer!
    :beerchug::friday:

    This happens all the time actually. Some idiot gets a flat and ruins their rim, and they find someone who has the same car and steal their tire. Happened to my Mom a few years ago at the shopping mall, in the parking lot. The funny thing is, they have security that drive around all the time at that Mall, and I mean you can't go anywhere with out seeing them. I guess someone changing a tire doesn't seem that suspicious.
     

  3. CrazyIvan

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    Well, if you want to save some cash, just buy some cheap (maybe even used) steel rims temporarily. Take your wife up North and save up later for a replacement shiny rim.

    On a side note...and I don't mean to be offensive, but...I never understood why people with such important responsibilities choose to buy things like car rims instead. But, to each their own.

    P.S. When you buy some new lug nuts, get some lug locks....cheap investment....
     
  4. musicmaniac

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    Yeah I know it happens alot, but, it just makes me mad. I have had my gas syphoned (sp?) twice, and walked up on a guy that was walking around my old car trying to open all the doors while looking at my sound system the whole time. The only part that makes me really mad is that I work long and hard for my money so that I can take care of my family and people take advantage like this. We have a security guy who drives around our copmlex 24/7 as well, but he doesn't ever see anything. The main gate to our community got rammed last night too and security was nowhere to be found. Oh well though, there is nothing that can be done now. But, you are definitely right about me needing a beer, and maybe a shot. Haha!

    I don't have fancy rims, they were just the OEM stock rims that came on it in 97. Here is a pic of the car. Trust me, my family comes before anything that I want or even need. I already sold my jeep and sandrail so that I could afford to buy a more reliable car for my wife to drive the baby. I have also sold my Yugo SKS and M44 with 600 rounds to be able to afford necessities. We don't do things expensively. Lol. We were going to go about an hour and a half north and stay with her aunt. It was just supposed to be a nice weekend to escape the second triple digit weekend this year. And while we were there, we were thinking about going to J&G and spending the 75 dollars I just got from family on a birthday present for me. I am sorry if I am getting defensive here, I just don't usually do anything for myself and was looking forward to it.
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  5. tlarkin

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    The last time I hurt someone physically, I caught them trying to open up my roommates door to his car. I didn't even really say anything to him and let my fists do the talking. That summer at least 20 cars were broken into on my street and I was starting to get pretty ticked off by it.

    When my car got broken into, my alarm went off but by the time I got outside they were long gone with my stereo (with no face plate) and had broken my window.
     
  6. Man it's getting intense. I went to Lowe's this week and sat my empty Blue Rhino propane bottle down before entering, and some body stole it. When they went to unlock the cage, they said where's the return? I said I sat it right there. I told them that it was a security problem , review the tape. Glad I didn't leave my kid to guard it. Skeleton crews are being taken advantage of.
     
  7. HARDERTR

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    Not that I would ever consider this....but have you ever thought about crook-hunting? Baiting somewhere (open car window, money on the seat, garage door left open, etc...) then beating the hell out of anybody that took the bait?

    I bet it would slow things down a bit....at least until the shooting started.
     
  8. CrazyIvan

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    Music,

    My bad dude. Howcome a 97 stock honda rim is so expensive? I'm confused. Go to a junkyard and buy one off of a junked car. Those cars are about as popular as worms after a rainstorm. Shouldn't be hard to find one.

    LOL...the way you were talking, I thought you were driving around in a 2008 Escalade with $1500 rims (each).
     
  9. tlarkin

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    That is highly illegal, and it gives you a motive, something I would not want any prosecutor to have on my hide.

    Then again, when I kicked the crap out of that crack head I doubt anyone in the legal system or law enforcement lost any sleep over it. I feel bad that it has to be this way, and I acted out of anger, but I am much calmer these days. I probably wouldn't chase anyone down these days. Well, that and now everyone seems to have guns. No sense getting shot over something material IMO.
     
  10. patrick70

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    About three months ago some one stole 2 spools of #12 copper wire out of the back of my truck at Home Depot.Things are getting rough,there's been an increase in burglaries around the area too.
     
  11. tlarkin

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    Copper is worth a lot now, thanks to the war (price went up because of bullets, or at least that is what they tell me). We are recycling CAT 5 copper wire these days instead of just buying new because it is that expensive.
     
  12. musicmaniac

    musicmaniac G&G Enthusiast

    Haha. No way man, and it won't be expensive, but neither was my trip or revolver. The revolver and trip up north were going to cost less than 125 bucks and I just got 75 from family for my 22nd b-day on the 15th. We will probably still end up going as I just checked my account and we finally got our 1200 stimulus, but it is more the principle than anything I guess. I am checking craigslist for a rim. I wouldn't even buy a new rim if it weren't for the fact that I would like to still have a spare. The spare I have on it now is on a full size steel wheel.
     
  13. My car got broken into when I was in highschool My cds and player were stolen. The Cd player was a pretty cheap CD player about 8 to 10 years before it was stolen so I wasnt overly mad about that. I was foaming at the mouth because to steal the cd player that wasnt worth 20 bucks hot the guy ripped and messed up my cars dash. Several people at my school got robbed all of us friends and none of us had the nicest systems on the street. We knew who took our stuff because we got him kicked out of school the day before that because he showed us pot he had in his back pack and said there was a pistol in there as well. The cops took a report but said not to hold our breath because they cant even talk to the guy because we didnt have proof. We did our own investigation and recoverd some of our stuff. I got back some of my cds lol.
     
  14. CrazyIvan

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    If the apartment you live in has security or some "expected level of security" you may be able to make a small-claims court filing with the complex for the cost of the rim.

    If security is something they pitch when you go to look to move in, then they have issued an "expected level of security" and have therefore advertised something they need to stand up and do. If they fail, they have deemed themselves liable.

    Talk to other tenants and see if security is something they were pitched when looking to move in.

    Ask if they would be willing to sign an affidavit of their statement for presentation in court.

    This may also be grounds to break a lease agreement without penalties, if you are so inclined.
     
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  15. Cyrano

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    Man, that's really a rotten thing to have happen, musicmaniac! The only slivers of silver in this dark cloud is that you ought to be able to get a replacement rim at an auto salvage yard ("junkyard" isn't politically correct any more) for not very much, and it might even still have a good tire on it; and locking lug nuts don't cost much and you can get them at most auto parts stores. Just be sure you get the special lug wrench that fits into your lug wrench and works the locking nuts, and put it someplace in the car where it won't get lost. All my cars until my latest one came with locking nuts as standard equipment. They can be a pain when you have to change a tire in rain, snow or mud, but they will stop freelance socialists from stealing your tires. (And a suggestion: while you're at the salvage yard getting the replacement rim, ask if you can have a set of lug nuts to go with ti. Put them in a bag and leave them with the spare, so if you ever have one of those A Christmas Story moments and send all your lug nuts flying in the dark, you'll have replacements right to hand.)
     
  16. Marine1

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    If I might suggest to others, if this may occur in the future...if there are no lug nuts...remove one lug nut from each of the other three wheels, space them out on evenly as possible (ie) 12:00 - 4:00 - 8:00 positions, (depending on the amount of lugs on your wheels)... and put on the spare. Use a minimum of (3) lugs. It will get you safely to a tire store, driving at a slow residential speed.
     
  17. Cyrano

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    Actually, tlarkin, the reason copper prices are up is the Chinese are buying all the copper they can get their hands on for the Three Gorges electrification project. I have this from a commodities trader. The increased cost of ammo is due to that, because the brassmakers have to pay the price the Chinese are paying to get the copper to make brass with. The Army thinks the situation is critical enough that instead of releasing overage .50 BMG ammo to the civilian market, they are pulling the bullets and primers, dumping the powder, and shredding the cartidge cases to make scrap brass that will become 5.56 NATO ammo.

    Now, if you could come up with an explanation as to why the Army is shredding surplus ammo boxes, we'd be getting somewhere. I can think of a couple, but they fall into the paranoid the-gummit-is-out-to-get-us category. They want to make it harder to stockpile ammo, that sort of thing.
     
  18. tlarkin

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    Hmm, yeah I don't ever have to buy raw copper, just some of the cabling we use with networking are copper.

    I couldn't tell you why the Military does anything.
     
  19. musicmaniac

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    My best friend actually lives there too on my referral. One of the main reasons we both chose this apartment complex over others in the area, were the fitness room, the gates that close at dark, and the 24/7 "security" guard. He lives in another building a few down from mine, but has had problems with the people below him having huge parties. The cops had to come out once, because there were nearly 100 underage kids drinking and smoking weed. Well, my buddy who called the cops thought they were just drinking and smoking weed anyway. When the cops got there, they had cocaine and heroine too. The party went on for 4 hours before he finally called. He actually saw the security guard walk right past the party 3 times during his shift. Pretty lax security if you ask me. I think I may have to talk to the property manager. I don't know that I expect them to pay for a new wheel only because to them, it would have just looked like someone changing a tire I suppose since they don't know who the vehicle belongs to.

    I almost did that, but decided that since they are 4lug wheels, I would just make my wife a little late and use her car to be on the safe side. She ended up only being about 5 minutes late and it was only to a kindergarten graduation anyhow.
     
  20. tippmann7

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    i was at my friends house last last year when we walked out side and saw someone trying to take his brothers tire of his F-350 and well lets just say this guy wont be doing that anymore....but he looked alot better than what he would have if my friends brother would have caught him:)