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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #750 on: February 04, 2014, 06:40:40 PM »
I moved to a nice little place near my work.  The following summer, a man was shot and killed near the mail box/biking path.  That made me a little nervous when getting my mail.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #751 on: February 04, 2014, 06:52:40 PM »
Several years ago, there were 3 unrelated murders in a period of a year within 1 mile of my place. There haven't been any in my neighborhood otherwise in the 20 years that I have lived in the area. Only one of them was solved.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #752 on: February 04, 2014, 07:04:05 PM »


The Sweetie and I agree that if anyone says "Get in the car or I'll shoot you," the proper response is "Well, you'd better shoot me, then." I hope that should that ever really happen, I'd keep my wits enough.

I would agree with not getting in the car. I've heard that it's far better to risk harm than go with the person trying to abduct you, even if they have a gun. You could do anything they say and chances are they'll still harm you. I would probably run, hoping that they wouldn't want to draw attention by firing down the street. I've read countless stories about people walking, having a gun pointed at them, and being told to get in a car. Usually when they obliged, harm came to them :(

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #753 on: February 04, 2014, 07:28:43 PM »


The Sweetie and I agree that if anyone says "Get in the car or I'll shoot you," the proper response is "Well, you'd better shoot me, then." I hope that should that ever really happen, I'd keep my wits enough.

I would agree with not getting in the car. I've heard that it's far better to risk harm than go with the person trying to abduct you, even if they have a gun. You could do anything they say and chances are they'll still harm you. I would probably run, hoping that they wouldn't want to draw attention by firing down the street. I've read countless stories about people walking, having a gun pointed at them, and being told to get in a car. Usually when they obliged, harm came to them :(

When I worked at a bank, they told us do whatever the robber(s) ask except go with them as a hostage. They suggested fainting, running the other way, etc.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #754 on: February 04, 2014, 10:25:07 PM »
The limp doll trick works pretty well for my 3-year-old when she doesn't want to walk somewhere, that might work pretty well for an adult, too, if somebody is trying to grab you and force you into a car (with a gun pointed at you).  Even trying to grab the gun is probably a better idea than getting into a car with a guy who has a gun on you, especially if you are female.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #755 on: February 04, 2014, 11:04:10 PM »
Two women were kidnapped at gunpoint, in daylight, in a park near our house. They were driven around and forced to withdraw money from various ATMs, and one of them was raped.

The Sweetie and I agree that if anyone says "Get in the car or I'll shoot you," the proper response is "Well, you'd better shoot me, then." I hope that should that ever really happen, I'd keep my wits enough.

My husband is retired from law enforcement, and he basically says to do the same thing.  He gets very worried when I occasionally shop in a nearby small city that has had several missing women - only one of which has been found.

In my small town about 30 years ago a drunken man with a gun tried to kidnap a woman.  Fortunately she was tough and resourceful.  The incident happened in an out of the way parking lot owned by a small business. When the man told the woman to get back into her car with him, she threw her keys in his direction and ran the other way.  I think that he stole her car, but it was recovered.

I remember the incident because I had two small children at the time, and a number of errands to run that day.  According to my planned schedule, I was supposed to be in that parking lot at about the same time with my little children.  Instead, there were a number of vexing circumstances/messes with the children that delayed me by several hours.  I was in an unhappy mood when we finally got out of the house.  When I got to the business where the incident occurred and heard the story, I was totally, incredibly thankful for all of the small annoyances that delayed our departure from home. 

If I'd been the one accosted, and had my children all bucked into their car seats I don't know what I would have done.  It probably would not have ended well.  This made me believe in guardian angels.


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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #756 on: February 05, 2014, 09:19:33 AM »
When I was in college, I lived in a co-ed dorm. "Showering" was a common prank, involving getting the person into the shower and, well, showering them.

I'm an expert at going limp, twisting when being dragged by the legs, and other tactics*. I've put on a lot of weight since then, so I'd be even MORE trouble limp now.

(Once, I fought back for such an entertainingly long time that by the time the guy got me to the shower, the onlookers grabbed the guy and showered HIM instead.)

*all in consensual fun.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #757 on: February 05, 2014, 01:55:24 PM »
A little late to the party, but here's my 'dramatic, scary' story:

I used to work for a religious institution that had it's share of death threats sent to the big bosses.  So, security was very important. We were in a donated building that was cornered on three sides by an interstate, conservation land, and a giant cemetery.  I was the help desk manager and walked around the building a lot, taking tech issues and resolving them.

This particular day, I was sent over to a lady in finance, who had a desk next to the window on the third floor.  She was on the telephone.  I waited, off to the side looking at the pretty snowscape out the window in the conservation land.  Then, I noticed movement.

What I thought I saw was a man up a deer blind with a rifle. Eeek!!!!!  He was either aiming at conservation land, the interstate or us.

I turned and ran down the stair as fast as I could.  Our head of security (Fred) was a retired state trooper and took his job VERY seriously.  I bolted to his desk in the mailroom and told him what I thought I had seen.  His assistant mentioned 'the strange van was back in the parking lot'.  The security head took off and his assistant and I headed to the window.

The potential hunter was entering our lot!  Fred confronted him.  We couldn't see anything else.  Fred eventually re-entered the building.  I was slightly off in my observation.  It was not a rifle.  It was a machete!

It turns out the machete man was an employee of the highway department.  He built the blind to see progress on a road construction project and was parking in our lot, since it was the only one around.  My powers of observation made me one of Fred's most popular employees - while I was wrong, I did still spot a stranger near the building with a weapon, even if it was a completely legitimate situation.


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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #758 on: February 05, 2014, 03:01:19 PM »
Why would a highway department person need a machete though?  Was he single handedly cutting down the plant growth in the path of the road project?   :-\

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #759 on: February 05, 2014, 03:44:48 PM »
Why would a highway department person need a machete though? 

What a silly question.  Machetes are awesome.  Who wouldn't need one? ;)

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #760 on: February 05, 2014, 04:02:10 PM »
Why would a highway department person need a machete though? 

What a silly question.  Machetes are awesome.  Who wouldn't need one? ;)

Snakes?  Vegetation growing back on the path between trips to the blind overlooking the construction site?  He mislaid his bullwhip & Indiana Jones hat - so grabbed the machete instead?
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #761 on: February 05, 2014, 04:16:04 PM »
Why would a highway department person need a machete though? 

What a silly question.  Machetes are awesome.  Who wouldn't need one? ;)

I have a friend who lives in an extremely rural part of a foreign country that would be considered "third world."  Last year, her son was kidnapped (she was also taken briefly, but let go).  Kidnappings for ransom are not uncommon there.  Anyway, he was ultimately let go and survived the incident fine. 

She was talking to a bunch of friends on Facebook later, and she mentioned that her son said something like, "Hey, Mom, since I had to go through that kidnapping and all, don't you think I should get to have a pocketknife now?"

The rest of us were like, "Yes, seriously, get the kid a pocketknife!  You live in <foreign country> and he can't even have his own knife?"

She immediately realized that we were all misunderstanding, and she said, "Oh, no, it's not that he can't have the knife because we're overprotective or anything.  I mean, he has a machete, of course, even little kids do here.  It's just that he's lost several pocketknives and we don't want to buy him another one for him to lose."
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #762 on: February 05, 2014, 04:56:00 PM »
Not horrifically strange or scary, but I was out shoveling the driveway this morning and a coyote walked down the shoveled sidewalk towards me plain as day.  Our eyes met for a second and I wasn't sure whether to make a break for the garage or stand my ground.  So I kept shoveling and kept an eye on Mr. Coyote.  He made a right hand turn and headed off between our house and the neighbor's so all's well that ends well.

I'm just glad that the coyote didn't sneak up on me when I had my back turned.  I had heard news reports that the coyotes are getting bolder (we live in the middle of suburbia) due to the rough winter, but didn't know just how bold they were getting.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #763 on: February 05, 2014, 06:04:36 PM »
Not horrifically strange or scary, but I was out shoveling the driveway this morning and a coyote walked down the shoveled sidewalk towards me plain as day.  Our eyes met for a second and I wasn't sure whether to make a break for the garage or stand my ground.  So I kept shoveling and kept an eye on Mr. Coyote.  He made a right hand turn and headed off between our house and the neighbor's so all's well that ends well.

I'm just glad that the coyote didn't sneak up on me when I had my back turned.  I had heard news reports that the coyotes are getting bolder (we live in the middle of suburbia) due to the rough winter, but didn't know just how bold they were getting.

You are very brave, cattlekid.  I think that this is very scary, especially since the creature was hungry and looking for food. 

We've had foxes and a bear in our neighborhood.  Some raccoons used to hang out on our deck.  [This was not appreciated by our territorial indoor cat.] 

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #764 on: February 05, 2014, 06:47:27 PM »
A couple of weeks ago a man renting a room from my next-door neighbors was found murdered in his room.  I don't know them and they keep very much to themselves; in fact, I found out what had happened from a reporter.  There was crime scene tape up and for at least 48 hours there were police vehicles in front of the house.  I was even interviewed by a police detective, but I couldn't tell him anything except that I'd seen two of the people who live there arguing in the front yard as they were being picked up for what I later discovered was a funeral service for a different family member, and this happened the day before the murder.  I couldn't tell him what was being said, as I don't speak the same language, but they didn't look happy with each other.