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03-17-2010 09:11 PM

I can’t believe it! Why would people steal used horse shoes??? I made a box and set it at the end of my driveway for three neighbors to drop off the shoes after they replace them with new. It was full yesterday and this morning it is empty.

I am trying to get enough to build gates. Things must be getting desperate for some people. I don’t own anything that I would not give to someone in need, just ask and it is yours. At least I know who I helped. But come in the middle of the night… just pisses me off. Thanks for allowing me to rant.

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 09:13 PM

Maybe someone just needs a lot of luck…

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 09:28 PM

Probably some stupid kids. My dad is a very patriotic veteran. He used to drill holes in the top of his ranch fence along the street and put a small American flag on each post. Shortly after doing this, all of the flags, probably about a dozen of them, disappeared. He went and bought more and the same thing happened. He was so furious he called the police. They couldnt really do much since they didnt have any idea who it was. My dad again replaced them and sat in the window in the dark until about midnight each night. On the second night, a 16 year old kid came walking up the street and took each one. He watched the kid, and he went to the neighbors house and he was let in. He called the police again the next day and they went to the house and a young guy there said it was a friend of his so they figured out who it was. They made a deal with the kid to either mow the lawn at my dads place each week for a month, or go to court. The kid did the lawn work. The police came back with more flags and even had a large flag for my dads flagpole. All bought out of their own personal money. Quite a story but a happy ending.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 09:40 PM

put a sign on the box or move it closer to the house. I know around here if it’s at the end of the drive, it’s fair game for “the pickers”. It’s what I do with my scraps that I don’t want anymore (ply, mdf, etc) usually gone in a day or two, if not the trash man gets them. Probably just a misunderstanding of the intentions. Good thing the box wasn’t gone.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 09:49 PM

I’d fill that box with horse excrement…let em steal that

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 09:59 PM

ELECTRIC FENCE! hahahahaha!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 10:14 PM

Follow the hoof prints…

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 10:16 PM

I just checked scrap iron prices. They got about .50 for approx. 100lbs. That is more work and gas than they will ever get out of it. These tweakers up here in the desert will work harder stealing rather than work and make 3 times the money for their efforts. And I thought the Long Beach harbor was bad. Hope they don’t find that sheet of high tensile steel out back. lol That is worth over $2500.00, but they would get a hernia trying to get it over the fence. (1/4” x 8’ x20’) They can’t use my forklift cause they already stole the battery. lol
One of these nights I’ll get lucky and find out how they respond to 9 rounds of 12 ga. 00 buck. lol Is this when I tell them , “Survivors will be shot again and again and…..”

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 10:28 PM

When I amass a large pile of wood scarps from log milling or bowl blanks, I let my woodburning friends and neighbors know. After looking at this pile for a few more weeks, I decided to leave at the curb. To leave no doubt what this was, I had ask my son to make a sign stating ” Free Wood” . The boy spent some time on it, and what fine sign it was. Sometime later in the day the pile of wood was gone, and so was the sign.
Nuts. I quess from now on they will have figure it out on their own.


-- So Many tools, So little time

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 10:29 PM

Probably a case where the junk man thought he was doing you a favor. Cost me $50 to remove a hundred pounds of steel in the shape of a basketball pole… with a two hundred pound ball of concrete attached to it.

I just wish some thieves would come steal the playset the previous owners of my house installed, wife keeps telling me that I can’t have it sold for scrap but what I can do is repaint the metal and refinish the wood.

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#10 posted 03-18-2010 04:01 AM

Around here, anything left at the end of a driveway is understood as fair game. Probably thought they were doing you a favor by getting rid of your junk for you!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#11 posted 03-18-2010 04:17 AM

It is about 10 feet back from the road. And all the scrapers know that I’m saving them. I’ve had every one in the high desert knock on the door asking for them.
I know now who got them. We have tweaker in the neighbor that talked a neighbor into welding up a draw bar on this old trailer. Mike (the neighbor) came over and wanted some steel for the job. He told me who it was for and I said no. I don’t enable dopers in any way. Mike told him what I said, I’m sure. Case solved more than likely. I’m suprised he didn’t try the garage where all my tools are. lol Now that would be interesting. My little Queensland hates him already.

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 06:59 PM

That’s the way it was in Cal,.where my Dad lived. He said he bought 5 batteries for his van before selling it for junk. He live near Riverside.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 07:17 PM

well to throw yer issue in perspective a bit from an ex-theif.. and im sure ill get some flack but it was who i was back then, not anymore
10 foot from the road is not even getting close to you found out unless your house was 5 feet from the road.
in my mind i give theives 2 classifications, theres the “money-motivated” and the “rush motivated”
the money motivated type will seldom steal anything that would be looked at as junk by anyone, since they are in it for sales and ease of removal which i really doubt was who showed up, altho it is always possible and if so, theyl probly be back if the money was worthwhile, which is fairly
then theres the worse of the 2 which i would have been, who will steal anything, and by anything i mean ANYTHING because of the rush they get from doing it, howeverthey typically dont hit the same place twice within any good amount of time and in most cases are not at all predictable because they still have to feel safe enuff to do it and have a way out if a bad situation arises and they have no “need” to do the crime, they can walk right by wheres the 1st class will be much more apt to give it a shot because of their money based needs
if u do care to catch them which isnt very likely but throw something out there that would be a good convo peice, say an old cement statue or a small lawn ornament or some such thing and keep an eye on it basicly any “shiney object” will do preferrablly something u dont care too much about just in case that pink flamingo does happen to fly off in the middle of the night…if u do catch the guy grabbing yer stuff theres a HUGE possibility that he either still has your horseshoes or his buddy does..
i dunno if the horshoes are actually worth going thru the trouble or not, probly not but is an option and if he gets nailed sooner then later itll be much better for you your family and yer town, if he keeps going it will only get to be bigger crimes and closer calls as hell need that little bit more every time to maintain the great rush, its the same as herion or cocaine for an addict with the exception that he can hold back from getting it if its unsafe…
im not sure if this will help or people will get mad at me but that is who i was back in the day and not who i am now so if u feel the need to yell at me do it and i wont blame ya for a second…regardless im just trying to help

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#14 posted 03-23-2010 07:31 PM

that sucks. really sucks

I was working in a very modern looking home and having lunch on the thrid floor balcony with other trades.

This man walking down the street looked up at us, looked into the open garage, looked up at us and then bolted into the garage, grabbed a cango-gun and ran for his life… body caught up with him

A thief broke into my truck destroying the handle and lock mechanism. there wasnt anything but garbage to steal and the passenger door was unlocked and the sliding window was open and both back doors were unlocked ??????

I now have dogs.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 03-23-2010 08:22 PM

A new development….It seems a new neighbor moved in south of us 2 weeks ago. Monday morning about 3am our neighbor that lives next door to them, went out and started his car and went back in to fix his lunch. He heard his car leave. The cops found it high centered on a concret median with two tires blown and damage to the undercarriage. When the cops were called the new neighbors lights went out and everything got very quite.
Maybe I was wrong about the doper. lol Maybe we need to watch a bit closer to home. I think I’ll get me a pitbull with aids to watch the place.

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