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Old 04-19-10, 04:23 PM   #1
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So stupid it'd be funny if it didn't cost me $$ (RANT)

This morning, I( went to the car and found the rear passenger door window smashed out. My car was broken into. The funny thing is what was stolen. I had a half a roll of duct tape on the dash. That's all that was stolen.

Here's the funny part, part 2: Since I don't leave anything valuable in the car, I never lock it. All the thief would have had to do is open the stupid door! Now I have to order a new window, and that unprintable expletive smash and grab thief basically cost me$ for a roll of stinking duct tape.

It's supposed to storm for the next 3 days. so I made a plexiglass insert for the smashed window to keep the rain out, so I'm good there, but it's still a PITA! After all the crap I've had hit me this month, this is just the icing on the cake. Do you suppose I'll ever get a break? Oh, yeah.......I had to buy another roll of duct tape to hold in the plexi insert! . It's an ugly backwoods engineering repair, but at least it'll keep the interior dry and I can see through it. It's not as tacky as sheet plastic, at least.
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Old 04-19-10, 04:25 PM   #2
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Hey Tom,

You could fix that with some duct tape!




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Old 04-19-10, 04:26 PM   #3
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See my edit.....I had to buy a new roll.....and I did use duct tape in the repair.

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You could fix that with some duct tape!





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Ouch, that sucks.

I'm not wondering if thieves break windows just to be ass hats.

My friend had a very similar situation. Car unlocked, they stole a rack of cassettes (yes, cassettes) and broke his rear passenger window.
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Well, kids nowadays are more stupid than ever. I can't believe they can't even make change without a machine!
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Ouch, that sucks.

I'm not wondering if thieves break windows just to be ass hats.

My friend had a very similar situation. Car unlocked, they stole a rack of cassettes (yes, cassettes) and broke his rear passenger window.

I think you are right. They go through the effort of breaking into a car, find nothing of value, and then break stuff. If your friend had CDs (OK I'm dating myself) maybe he'd have a window.
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Ouch, that sucks.

I'm not wondering if thieves break windows just to be ass hats.

My friend had a very similar situation. Car unlocked, they stole a rack of cassettes (yes, cassettes) and broke his rear passenger window.
Decades ago I had my car broken into in a similar manner. Mine was not the first in that area. It seems in some places it is just to cause damage.
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Break a window on an unlocked car door to get half a roll of duct tape? Well that beats my story about the time I went grocery shopping, locked up my bike to the post and when I returned someone took the front light bracket from the handlebar and left the light in the basket. At least for me the light still worked.

Don't worry, Tom, your luck will turn soon!
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Time to deploy the Attack Cat in the car.
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Old 04-19-10, 07:12 PM   #10
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Never leave your duct tape exposed....
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Old 04-19-10, 07:19 PM   #11
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You know, you could put some electrical tape over that and call it good, the plexi looks good.
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Old 04-19-10, 08:05 PM   #12
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I had a year sort of like yours once Tom. One day I suddenly ran out of luck. Not bad luck, just all luck. Fortunately, since it was all bad anyways, things were lots better after that.
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When my previous car was fairly new, I had a kinda-nice Alpine stereo stolen from the car. The thieves left nary a scratch, and in fact, cut a very neat hole in the dash to remove the radio. The cops who examined the car were quite impressed by the professionalism, but of course could not do much to help. I rode around for years with a hole in the dash--never replaced the radio. Some years later, I moved to Brooklyn, and left the car parked on the street with some of my stuff from the move in it. The car was broken into--the thieves popped a lock out of the door, went through my stuff, left the door open with some of my stuff in the gutter, and what did they steal? NOTHING!
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Well, it's not costing me any money, so to me it's pretty funny.

Look on the bright side: At least the hooligan that messes up your car isn't your dependent. My older son has gotten into three accidents, the younger one in two. So I fix the cars on the cheap with a lot of my labor (and a little from them), hand the car back to them and watch my insurance go up.


Don't worry, Tom. God doesn't give us any more than we can handle. Oh snap. You're an atheist...... I'm tellin' ya, you need to find yourself a good Friends meeting.
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Sorry to hear of your woes, Tom.
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maybe the thief had his car broken into and needed the duct tape to fix his window.
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Old 04-19-10, 08:41 PM   #18
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And the book is safe.
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And what looks like to be a laptop.
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Hey Tom, nice job on the window repair ...

No worries about the thieves ... Karma is a *****
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Over the years I've or my wife has, on a few occasions forgot to lock the car door. One day I came out and found the door ajar and the car had been rifled through. They left an MP3 player, a nice Leatherman multi tool, a Maglite, and some other items that might be worth a few bucks. What did they take? All my change. A cup holder had about a buck in nickels, dimes and quarters, and bunch of pennies. There was also about 15 cents in pennies in the hand brake area that was taken.

I suppose someone was wanting enough cash for ciggies. I was glad that was all they wanted.
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Kind of the same thing happened to me...

Car was broken into; Thief stole a 3 year old stereo. But left the $400 radar detector on the dash....
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My friend had a very similar situation. Car unlocked, they stole a rack of cassettes (yes, cassettes) and broke his rear passenger window.
Well...I guess that answers my question about whether or not I should continue hiding my CD wallet out of site when I leave my car.

I have a friend whose pickup had a window smashed even though the lock right below that window had quite clearly been previously punched out. He lost a pair of dirty jeans and some cheap sunglasses (the prior thief who punched the lock out had gotten a cell phone, so he figured he'd leave nothing of value in the truck and not replace the lock).

I still can't figure out why some @$$wipe keyed my car. Truly senseless vandalism.
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A former manager of mine's Jeep Grand Cherokee got broken into once. The thieves stole some of her cassettes. They actually went through the cassettes and took only the ones they wanted.

They completely missed the handgun she had stashed in it.
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Thieves are basically idiots. If they were smart, they would not be thieves. I had a friend whose car was broken into and the thieves stole his prayer journal and his bible. I can only hope that somehow they found salvation in the midst of their sin.
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