Posts Tagged Colorado

McDonalds Parking Spot Rage

Posted by Rob on Monday, 8 March, 2010

It seems McDonald’s is just a magnet for making news headlines with some sort of shenanigans. McNugget Rage, Hamburger Rage, now Parking Spot Rage.

Apparently this incident happened back in July 2008, but the assault conviction just went through the court system. Jurors convicted 52-year-old Vernon Brant of third-degree assault on 85-year-old Richard Albers in a Loveland, Colorado McDonald’s restaurant parking lot.

Brant and Albers had exchanged words previously over Brant parking his contracting pickup truck and trailer across Albers “preferred” parking spot. This is the parking spot Albers has grown attached to, using it almost daily for some 16 years. I guess that is when Brant does not double occupy Albers’ space…

The boiling point occurred when Albers decided to get out of his SUV and walk up to Brant’s truck while he was still sitting in the cab, obstructing the parking space. Upon tapping or knocking (banging?) on the door, Brant swung open the door, knocking the elderly man to the ground.

A witness testified Brandt then jumped out of the truck and grabbed Albers, cocked his fist and said, “you want to fight, you son of a b____?”

The prosecutor argued that no reasonable man would open the door in that violent fashion. Brant seemed to show further poor judgment trying to condone his action by saying that he wasn’t sure if it was a “nine-year-old child or a man with a gun outside” the door.

“His own words: ‘Could have been a nine-year-old,’” the prosecutor told jurors. “That’s reckless, folks.”

The case seemed to go back and forth, citing the victim was to blame for starting the altercation by approaching the truck in the first place without leaving well enough alone. There were other readily available parting spots.

Then the case swayed back towards the defendant who obviously over-reacted… I think they were both rather equally at fault. Stubborn old man clinging to a particular parking space, stubborn contractor for taking the parking spot he knew was bothering the old man…

Can we all just get along? Perhaps Obama will get involved like the odd Beer Summit for the Henry Gates and James Crowley case in Cambridge, MA and suggest a Hamburger Summit for Albers and Brant at the White House?

I’m Lovin’ It.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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McDonald’s in North Carolina Not Lovin’ It
Food Fight! Round 3

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Stun Guns and Tasers Don’t Kill, People Do

Posted by Rob on Monday, 1 March, 2010

To borrow one of the anti-gun control slogans “Guns Don’t Kill, People Do”, I’d like to offer the following:

“Stun Guns and Tasers Don’t Kill, People Do”

If a person really wanted to kill or otherwise injure you, just about any object could work. A steak knife, a tire iron, a two inch thick tree branch cut into a club, even a ball point pen used in a certain manner… Equal opportunity at its finest.

Yet you will not find crazed opposition picketing in front of Bic Pen Headquarters or otherwise trying to ban and regulate pen use.

But seriously, even if some sort of ridiculous legislation was passed to specifically make it illegal to stab and kill someone with a ball point pen, it would not stop a criminal from doing so. Criminals could care less what the laws are. Best case the killer may opt to use a legal mechanical pencil instead… yeah right.

Let’s for the sake of argument, we use the newer, politically correct term of “Less-than-lethal” self defense weapon, since “Non-lethal” falsely implies that a fatality could never occur… (insert eye roll here)

arrestSo now a police officer, doing his unenviable job of keeping the peace, and protecting the public comes across an unruly person resisting arrest or attempting to harm someone. It does not matter if this person was pulled over for speeding or is being chased down the street after robbing a liquor store with a gun.

The uncooperative suspect is going to be tasered if he does not comply with the orders of the police officer. Stop means stop, no means no. If the officer does not have a “less-than-lethal” TASER Device as an option, he is left with his baton or gun.

But then you are going to have people question their judgment while trying to uphold the law, protect civilians, and keep themselves safe in the process? I’m not talking about blatant Rodney King style police brutality, which is wrong and would need to be dealt with on a case by case basis. No one is arguing that. I’m simply talking about police officers doing their jobs, apprehending the bad guys, and protecting themselves from those who resist arrest. And OMG possibly having to use a TASER device!

It is so easy for those not in harm’s way condemn something, but these same people would be wishing they had a stun gun or a TASER device if they were being beat half to death by some thug in an alley. That is unless they would just rather have their cell phone to call 911 instead, I mean violent criminals have rights too, who are you to fight back…

Did you see that story the other day about the math teacher who tackled a shooter in a Colorado school parking lot? A 32-year-old gunman was walking through a middle school parking lot with a bolt-action hunting rifle, taking shots at students. He shot 2 kids before David Benke tackled the man, and wrestled him to the ground.

What the hell is wrong with some people these days, you may ask?

Good question. You just never know when minding your own business, some random lunatic with a gun, baseball bat, pocket knife or machete might turn his head funny and trigger a chemical imbalance induced act of violence.

Personally I’d rather have a telescopic steel baton and some pepper spray first, then my cell phone to call in the cleanup crew afterwards. Unless there is a real “protect and serve” police officer already standing there. But I’m not going to wait around and take a beating, especially if there is only a “observe and report” security guard watching from a safe distance.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Boston Defenders 1, Colorado Burglars 0

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 7 January, 2010

I love stories like the first one here.

Earlier this week a knife-wielding thug attempted to steal the purse of a South Boston woman just before noon at the intersection of Dorchester and Telegraph Street.

“Give me your purse,” the suspect said.

How about some pepper spray instead? The woman whipped out a canister of OC pepper spray and lets the thug have it in the face.

He dropped his knife and took off purse-less, but the woman was able to ID the guy and he now has a warrant out for arrest.

This next story, I’m not quite sure what to think.

So, this loser in Colorado breaks into the home of his buddy’s ex-wife…

Unfortunately for the suspect, the woman was in the house baby-sitting the burglar’s children. Even with the bandana on his face, the kids recognize dear old dad… Talk about awkward!

Local Authorities arrested him on suspicion of second-degree burglary and other charges. Suspicion of? Are you kidding, his children caught him.

Kinda like those old Scooby Doo episodes when the bad guy gets foiled and says “I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those dang meddling kids…”

Not that we are keeping track, but score 1 for the pepper spray savvy woman is Boston, 0 for the scumbag burglar in Colorado.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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118 Successful Ninja Burglaries, and Counting

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 14 May, 2009

Police in Jefferson County, Colorado are having a problem catching a cigarette-swiping burglar. Apparently this man, dubbed the “Nighttime Nicotine Ninja” is thought to be responsible for at least 118 burglaries, in 18 metro area jurisdictions, while netting $120,000 worth of cigarettes over the past two years.

He is dressed in black and wears a black mask across his face to conceal his identity. Not exactly regulation ninja ensemble, but it works.

However, his key to success is that he strikes gas stations, convenience and liquor stores in the middle of the night, often breaking out front glass windows and doors. Not sure how much noise he is making but at least he is using the cover of the night to act all ninja stealth-like.

At least this guy is getting part of the ninja routine right, unlike our recent katana wielding ninja at the dry cleaners at 8 AM in the freaking morning.

Once inside the store, the “Nicotine Ninja” with discerning taste only steals name brand cartons of cigarettes and leaves the generic brands behind. He also leaves other items untouched, like lottery tickets, cash registers and other typically valuable targets.

Since this ninja is still at large, the rest of the details are still unknown, as far as what ninja weapons he carries or other important tidbits. Just as a ninja would want it too be.

Police are entertaining the possibility that this may be a well coordinated group of ninjas, since there have been so many similar incidents over a rather significantly large but local area.

If the Nicotine Ninja’s 2-year crime spree is any indication, it may be increasingly difficult for the police to foil his next hit, unless of course the Colorado Police deploy an Anti-Ninja Task Force comprised of former ninjas, trained in the art of Ninjitsu.

That or find a Spartan Warrior. (Yes the Spartan beat the Ninja on the Deadliest Warrior TV show.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.


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What Does Not Kill You, Makes You Stronger

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 4 September, 2007

Let’s be realistic, life is a contact sport. This is not just a catch phrase for some sports drink.

The old adage “Only the strong survive” is alive and well, and that’s healthy. And that will always be the case, whether we are talking about sports, business or life in general. Healthy competition keeps everyone on their toes. It keeps everyone constantly striving, developing, and innovating. You keep one eye on the market and the other on your competition. Somewhere we are starting to lose this…

Another elementary school in Colorado has banned playing tag on its playground. Playing tag?!? Apparently some children are complaining they were harassed or chased against their will.

“It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” says the assistant principal of the school.

Other running games are still allowed but if students start to chase each other, a playground aid with have to step in…

At least two parents complained about this ridiculous ban, but sadly most parents and children didn’t have a problem with this.

In 2005, two other Colorado elementary schools near this latest district in Colorado Springs did away with tag and similar games in favor of alternatives with less physical contact.

School officials are saying this move encourages students to play games and reduces playground squabbles. But what are we really teaching our children by sheltering them from the real world? How to grow up in a bubble? How to not stand up for yourself or get ahead in the world?

What happens when these kids that weren’t allowed to play tag, football, or other normal childhood activities grow up and are confronted with other real world situation that may involve some physical contact?

The playground lady is not going to be there to blow the whistle at the guy looking to rape, rob or otherwise injure you on the street. In the real world, not all the sheltering
rules are going to adhered to.

Is this person going to know better to run away or are they going to sit down and cry? Are these kids going to grow up and have enough nerve to fight back when that is the only option left at their disposal?

These children are our future. These weak willed, avoid conflict at all cost minded people are going to run our corporations and government. Do you think children in the
Middle or Far East are being brought up this way? Not on your life.

We need to nip this in the bud and prepare our children and ourselves for the REAL WORLD, where things sometimes take a turn for the worst. Where someone might need to take a stand for himself or herself and not rely on someone else to show up and fix it. Where people are prepared for the worst, and know how, when and what steps to take to get through it.

This is America, the greatest country in the world, founded by strong action-oriented men, who fought back against opposing forces and took a stand for what was right. Men who played tag and other contact sports as kids. Men who grew up strong and able bodied by preparing for the world as they knew it.

What has changed in the past couple hundred years? Outlawing Tag is not the answer, you pansy.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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Et Tu, Brute? Actor Playing Brutus Stabs Himself

Posted by Rob on Friday, 31 August, 2007

As Julius Caesar lay dead, Brutus was talking to his co-conspirators about swords and blood. A common scene from this famous play.

Uncharacteristically, in the middle of the scene, the actor playing Brutus paused and excused himself, saying “I seem to have stabbed myself.” That’s not part of the play as I remember it.

The actor (and amusingly also the director) accidentally sliced his leg open with the knife he was using in an outdoor performance of “Scenes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar” this past week in Aspen, Colorado.

He tried to honor ‘the show must go on’… “but my boot was filling up with blood and I was flubbing my lines, wondering if I was going to pass out, wondering if the audience could see the blood.”

“That’s what you get for trying to kill Caesar,” he said.

Typically the actors normally don’t use real knives; however, this scene was painstakingly(?) set up so that none of the performers were close enough to hurt each other. Opps.

“But I hadn’t thought an actor might stab himself,” said the clumsy actor.

Although Brutus may be limping for the next couple performances, the show will continue. Hopefully with a less-than-lethal prop knife.

Knives are serious weapons, even in the hands of unskilled wielders. Great caution must be used in any incident involving one. Best bet is to run, if you can. Next would be a counter-weapon with some distance capability, such as some pepper spray.

Although possibly effective, a stun gun would require you to get up close and personal, not necessarily where you want to be when he is waving some metal. 8-10 feet away spraying some ultra-hot Wildfire pepper spray is where I’d rather be.

You never know. You may be at an outdoor play in the park, or walking to your car in a dark parking lot. When the situation arises, make sure you are tooled to take care of matters.

You might even be in a bathroom stall next to a Congressmen with happy feet. You never know when you might need to unleash a whoopin’.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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