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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:31 am

So last night, it's roughly 9:30pm, we hear a car horn sounding steadily in the apartment complex some distance. Just loud enough to be irritating, just quiet enough to make us consider just ignoring it. About ten minutes goes by. Then twenty. Just out of curiosity, I go to investigate.

Apparently some old Chevy pickup ('75 - '81 Sierra/Silverado, something) had the steering wheel spring switch (or however they made them in those trucks, I assume it was likely all the same technology) fail, and thus, the horn started blaring with no one inside, the doors locked, and the owner nowhere to be found.

There's a small crowd milling nervously around the truck, some pissed dickhead guys talking about how they should break the window and shut it off, other people calling the police on the cell phones, others just standing there. I ask one gal who's truck it is, and she didn't know, nor did anyone else. I said, "I'll fix this." I walked to the truck.

I knew those older trucks had pretty widely-spaced grill "bars" (the plastic kind) and the horns were mounted on a metal bar just in front of the radiator. I reached in and yanked the connecting wire off of the horn's mount (easily put right again). People were STUNNED. I got a round of applause from most of them. Life went back to normal.

I didn't have to break anything, I probably saved the truck's owner a broken window and a dead battery, the citizens of the complex got a night of sleep, and I got to finish my movie in peace. No problem.

I just don't get why it was that hard. People these days.

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monbla256

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:34 am

Remember, we now live in a world that values and teaches PROCESS, not how to THINK. Razz
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:44 am

I know, but sometimes it just astonishes me. I tend to live in my own head and sometimes assume other people are like me to some degree. Laughing Not a good habit, but it is what it is. Bless the education I failed and finally taught to myself. Society's reject becomes its hero eventually.

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Kyle saving the day again!! I think monbla hit the nail on the head. Today people may know a lot of info, but when it comes to actually using their noggin it fails terribly.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:11 pm

Street smarts and logical thinking are a thing of the past it seems. I find myself falling into the same trap sometimes. I might have whipped out my iPhone and searched YouTube for an answer. Embarassed
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Cuervo25_1

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:56 pm

I would have done what Kyle done, only alot faster. I owned a 73 chevy truck and know where the horn is and 2 because I am an auto tech and know what to do and actually popping a lock with a coat hanger is easy with those as well. Then again being the grump ass I am when awakened I most likely would have taken a bat to the window. Just for future referances Kyle, if it happens again the hood might be able to be opened without getting inside if it is old enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:56 pm

Lawn mower gas and a zippo. That'd o taught 'em.







The real question. Now that Kyles a grand hero and all...
What happens when the guy, not knowing some jerk vandalized his truck, blows his horn at the little old lady that wouldn't have stepped into traffic had she heard a horn?
Real hero.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:00 pm

What? You mean people these days sometimes have to actually THINK?


Oh the Horror! affraid


The whole 'Process' way of solving problems, to me, is like calling Tech Support. A guy named 'Steve' who is actually in India or Pakistan goes down a list pre-made for him to try and solve your problem. When something happens or is brought up that's not on his list, he's Effed and the whole idea of you actually getting Tech Support goes down the toilet. Not to mention getting pissed over a 45-minute call that solved absolutely nothing! Mad
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MisterE
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:04 pm

LOL, count me among those that wouldn't have known how to do that. Might be a useful skill to learn as I live in the capital of unattended cars with alarm blaring. It's a daily event outside my place. Evil or Very Mad

Then again, Mexico leads the hemisphere for illegal weapon posession. Maybe I'll just let them blare. People around here are touchy about their "naves" Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:11 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Lawn mower gas and a zippo. That'd o taught 'em.







The real question. Now that Kyles a grand hero and all...
What happens when the guy, not knowing some jerk vandalized his truck, blows his horn at the little old lady that wouldn't have stepped into traffic had she heard a horn?
Real hero.


Why do you hate old ladies so much Kyle? Do you have something against women? Or maybe you just don't like old people. You misogynistic age discriminating bastard. They should lock you up and throw away the key.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:14 pm

IMO it's because in today's society everything is disposable. Nobody does anything for themselves anymore. It's just easier to pay someone else to do it or just throw it way.
And no, I don't know diddly about cars, but I would have at least opened the hood an tried something.
puros_bran wrote:
What happens when the guy, not knowing some jerk vandalized his truck, blows his horn at the little old lady that wouldn't have stepped into traffic had she heard a horn?
Real hero.

Sorry PB. Blowing your horn at anyone causes road rage...therefore retribution...therfore you must defend yourself...therefore you will get sued. So Kyle just saved someone a lawsuit!
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:19 pm

Mozjo33 wrote:
Sorry PB. Blowing your horn at anyone causes road rage...therefore retribution...therfore you must defend yourself...therefore you will get sued. So Kyle just saved someone a lawsuit!

All Fine and Dandy, until he gets arrested and fined for 'Tampering With A Motor Vehicle'... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:45 pm

Mozjo33. A quick tap on the horn is the quickest way to have a pedestrian notice you. It is taught in FMCHSA Approved driving instruction.


Rob. Not just tampering with a motor vehicle but also 'tampering with a motor vehicles safety equipment' 'illegal modification of a motor vehicle' 'reckless endangerment' 'theft by destruction' 'attempted murder' or possibly 'involuntary manslaughter' and on and on.

Kyle, you better flee to Mexico now.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:50 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Rob. Not just tampering with a motor vehicle but also 'tampering with a motor vehicles safety equipment' 'illegal modification of a motor vehicle' 'reckless endangerment' 'theft by destruction' 'attempted murder' or possibly 'involuntary manslaughter' and on and on.

Kyle, you better flee to Mexico now.

Watch out Mister E. There goes the neighborhood! Shocked
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:13 pm

Even admission of possible guilt needs to be backed up by proof... sadly, there is none. Not a finger-printable surface to be had, no cameras, and I wouldn't guarantee a solid ID from the same people who's intelligence I was questioning. Tampering with safety equipment, perhaps, vandalizing means damage--I nary damaged a thing--neener. Still, sorry old lady, but I'm pretty sure you're hoarding cats, were a brainwashed Nazi youth and poisoned school children. Everyone wins again! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:10 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Even admission of possible guilt needs to be backed up by proof... sadly, there is none. Not a finger-printable surface to be had, no cameras, and I wouldn't guarantee a solid ID from the same people who's intelligence I was questioning. Tampering with safety equipment, perhaps, vandalizing means damage--I nary damaged a thing--neener. Still, sorry old lady, but I'm pretty sure you're hoarding cats, were a brainwashed Nazi youth and poisoned school children. Everyone wins again! Very Happy

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And she's probably the one who furnishes the topping those folks over in the Lakeland area use on their 'bac Razz If she's gone, no more topping Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:35 pm

Kyle, what is your solution for this problem?
http://www.wimp.com/doorstopcat/
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:53 pm

Well, if PETA isn't looking, a 2 1/2 pound ball-pin hammer might work? affraid

Just kidding, I love cats. Really allergic to them, but love them.

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:11 am

Monbla: EXACTLY. Cool

Natch: Cats are best when other people own them.

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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:18 am

monbla256 wrote:
Kyle Weiss wrote:
Even admission of possible guilt needs to be backed up by proof... sadly, there is none. Not a finger-printable surface to be had, no cameras, and I wouldn't guarantee a solid ID from the same people who's intelligence I was questioning. Tampering with safety equipment, perhaps, vandalizing means damage--I nary damaged a thing--neener. Still, sorry old lady, but I'm pretty sure you're hoarding cats, were a brainwashed Nazi youth and poisoned school children. Everyone wins again! Very Happy

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And she's probably the one who furnishes the topping those folks over in the Lakeland area use on their 'bac Razz If she's gone, no more topping Razz

Doh! affraid affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:21 am

well PB if you think about it the horn is already faulty due to it blairing all the time, thus in order to have it repaired the owner would have to drive it with the blairing horn to either a shop to have it fixed or a parts store to get the parts then back home to fix it himself. That in turn would cause a whole lot of road rage and possible shots fired and death. That is if a LEO don't stop the said person first and have him disconnect the horn anyway or tow the vehicle.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:33 pm

I find all of this rampant wild speculation to be extremely entertaing!! lol!
If not a tad off of the original topic.
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:53 pm

BuckeyeBoy34 wrote:
I find all of this rampant wild speculation to be extremely entertaing!! lol!
If not a tad off of the original topic.

What else is new? NOBODY stays on topic here Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Are people really that helpless?   Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:21 pm

Had a friend and did that shit in college, the security system on his car was malfunctioning and the horn would blare randomly when turned off. I told him to unplug one of the cables from the battery but he said he didn't want to. Woke up the next morning and someone had kicked the hood till they had dented it enough to pop it open and pull off the battery cables.
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