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2004-12-10 10:09:07 AM  
too bad its the russian onion and the story isnt true
 
2004-12-10 10:09:53 AM  
Darwin,

He was across our back yard (next house I suppose, not next "door"), and their back yard...so it was about 50 feet to hit him/her. I poked hole in my window screen and would just hit it after each first or second bark in the sequence. All this was way into the AM hours, because we knew and liked the guys; just hated their yapper dog.

Bark, Bark, Bark...pop.
Bark, Bark...pop
Bark...pop

Silence
 
2004-12-10 10:11:29 AM  
All types of revenge for car alarms, but the potato up the exhaust is my fave.
 
2004-12-10 10:11:47 AM  
Smash the window. Pop the hood. Take out the battery.

No one will notice since the alarm is going off anyway.

/Not that I ever did that when I lived in west Philly.
 
2004-12-10 10:12:25 AM  
zvoidx:

Funny, how if there were someone who was killed while in the car...the tag would be instead of


No...it'd still be hero, because if the car alarm was going off, anyone in the car would either be:

1) Someone breaking into and or stealing car
2) A person so monumentally inconsiderate that they'd let their own alarm go off as they went about their business in the car

Now, please, go post some tirade about how people in either of those hypothetical situations don't deserve to die...
 
2004-12-10 10:14:25 AM  
In the 1980's a neighbor of mine and I went downstairs in the 12th hour of a car alarm going off downstairs in the street outside our aparment bldg. and proceeded to get under the car with aviation shears and cut wires until the sound stopped.

It's actually legal since the Federal EPA reg said at that time that alarms had to have a cutoff and if they didn' then they could be disabled by anymeans necessary. It turned out that the car belonged to a divorced cop who was visting his kids for the weekend so it was all the much sweeter.

Similarly about a year later there was a piano store window across the street that someone had thrown a brick or cinderblock through and the alarm, which was not connected to the police, rang for about half a day. It turned out that the owners were away for the weekend so a few of us got a ladder and a rock hammer, climbed up and smashed the bell off the bldg. The cops were there at the time and offered no resistance as it is the law that the alarm, especially an alarm hooked up to bldg. current has to shut off or be disabled.
 
2004-12-10 10:14:52 AM  
I'm gonna do this the next time my neighbor's alarm goes off, but first I'm going to sign the sink "R. Mutt" and then make MILLIONS!!!!
 
2004-12-10 10:15:25 AM  
Car alarms are obnoxious.

What's more obnoxious are the alarms that use the proximity-activated voice of god saying "You are standing too close to the car. Please step away from the car."

Of course, this type doesn't wake the whole 'hood.
 
2004-12-10 10:15:30 AM  
The car owner deserved it.
I live in Brooklyn and my bedroom faces on a busy street, so I am woken up by car alarms all the time. The summer before last, the entire neighborhood was woken up by a car with an incessant car alarm. Seriously, this thing would go off for no discernible reason at all....constantly...all night long and into the morning. The owner never came to turn it off. By sunrise, it had really brought the community together. I saw a number of neighbors go outside and throw shiat on the car. I found a pound of spoiled tilapia and a bunch of rotten eggs in my fridge. Those went on the car's hood. Eventually the cops came and unhooked the car's battery. By the time the owner came to claim the car, it looked like it had been in a huge food fight. It had also attracted a giant swarm of pigeons who thought they'd found the world's greatest Applebee's.
Noise pollution oughta be outlawed, and that especially goes for car alarms. Car alarms never fix anything anyway, everyone ignores them.
 
2004-12-10 10:15:46 AM  
It's a good idea, whether or not the story is true. My asshat neighbors (so bad we made up nicknames!!!) "Prowler Man" and "The Altima Jackass" could both use a couple sinks falling/thrown on their cars.

/or maybe a bat to the head...
//no, i'm not bitter
 
2004-12-10 10:16:44 AM  
When I was in college, some asshat had set their car alarm to "super-duper sensitive," meaning that every time someone broke wind within 10 yards of the thing, the alarm went off.

A gov't contractor used to be based right in the landing path of Dulles airport. The noise/vibrations of planes in their final approach just a few hundred feet above the parking lot would always set off the alarms of several sports cars/luxury SUVs. Pretty soon everyone just disabled the alarms before their batteries were drained.
 
2004-12-10 10:17:11 AM  
Police are looking for the following individual believed to be the mastermind of this destructive plot...

 
2004-12-10 10:18:09 AM  
I put barking dogs in the same category- just a f*cking nuisance. Why do people think their barking dog doesn't annoy others?
 
2004-12-10 10:18:14 AM  
In honor of St.Alfonzo's reply, I present one of the many oddball image of GIS for Fark You!



last summer when I was on vacation in Colorado, I rented a Caravan that had one of those. I managed to lock the doors just fine by hand.

I love all of the replies I get along the lines of "Yeah, but I got no choice... how do you lock a door manually?"

Yeah yeah, it's a rant but I've seen people so monumentally stuipid that they actually inconvenienced themselves to use the farker. Opened the door... hey, look, the lock is two inches from my hand. Should I use it? Nah, I'm going to load my arms with crap and get out of the truck... shut the unlocked door, put ALL MY CRAP down so I can dig the keys out of my pocket and THEN lock the door.

Or, the guy I saw use one once with HIS WINDOWS ROLLED DOWN!

Or... the guy who was loading his van up one morning and even though he was never out of sight of it for more than fifteen seconds it was... put something in the car (honk) go into the house. Come out, put something into the car (honk) go into the house for fitfteen farking minutes...

Hey, look, valium! Nummmy...
 
2004-12-10 10:19:01 AM  
WTF are you people talking about with 'no one pays attention to car alarms any more'? Was there a time when you or people you saw called the police or ran out to chase away the ruffian?

My wife worked for a company that built a prototype 'security bear' alarm. They gave one to us to try. It was a teddy bear that you were supposed to leave in the back seat, held in place by some cable. The idea was if someone set it off, it would make such painful noise inside the car that it would chase the hooligan off.

Of course in order to avoid potential lawsuits, they had capped the volume on the bear to "kind of annoying". And then I was able to yank it off its cable on my first, arms-only try.

I don't think it ever made it to market.
 
2004-12-10 10:19:17 AM  
In the neighbourhood were I grew up, there used to be a car-alarm that went off almost every evening when I had gone to bed. It used to annoy me alot, but I couldn't possibly tell which car it was, and besides it never lasted more than five minutes.

However I laid this plan, which I found pleasure in, that if I at some point found myself severely provoked, I would leave a note on the car, making sure he understood that if the noise continued, the car would be without a windshield the next morning.
 
2004-12-10 10:20:07 AM  
Espertron I was searching for a pic of Letterman dropping a TV or watermelon - no luck.
 
2004-12-10 10:20:44 AM  
Fed-up residents drop a sink from a high-rise apartment block on a car to shut the alarm up

4 more car alarms go off as a result.

/lives where the cars are close together
//didn't RTFA
 
2004-12-10 10:21:08 AM  
I call shenanigans. Exactly how would dropping a sink on a car make the alarm stop? All you need is a working battery and whatever noisemaker.

/Lives in NYC, wants to kill anyone with a car alarm.
 
2004-12-10 10:21:13 AM  
"but the potato up the exhaust is my fave."

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2004-12-10 10:22:03 AM  
Civil_War2_Time:

Bark, Bark, Bark...pop.
Bark, Bark...pop
Bark...pop

Silence



Ahhhh.

I only mention the pepper spray because I've put it to highly effective use on dogs while walking home drunk from a club. A snarling, drooly pit bull slamming into the chain link fence at 3AM when you're three sheets has a way of bringing out the cross species Shaudenfraude.

:)
 
2004-12-10 10:23:19 AM  
I used to have fantasy's about doing something like this to the local big truck alarm asshat going off all the time. Also witnessed the "please step away from the car thing" almost made me crazy.
 
2004-12-10 10:23:51 AM  
 
2004-12-10 10:24:52 AM  
I have never understood why loud car alarm owners aren't charged with Disturbing the Peace. I mean, if I held a 100 dB rock concert at 4 am I would find my ass in jail, but if it is an overly sensitive car alarm going off because it rained tonight, they get a free pass. I think the cops think that car alarms cut down on crime, so they give it a free pass. This is stupid. Keeping hundreds of people awake for hours on end ought to be a misdeameanor. Cops, save us and enforce the law!

Car alarms ought to be silent, with the option of making loud noise at the owner's discretion (if and when the owner has determined that the car is actually being stolen). 99% of the time you hear a car alarm going off for more than 2 minutes, the owner isn't within earshot and it could be hours before the darn thing gets turned off. All the false alarms mean that nobody thinks the car is being broken into, they just want the darn noise turned off. Having the noise be the first option is irresponsible.

I would never buy a car alarm without a silent notification option. The standard car alarms are more of a pain to the owner (who wants to keep getting up in the middle of the night to go turn off the alarm, ~again~?) than they are to the car thieves.
 
2004-12-10 10:26:02 AM  
I was about to say that if the person in the car were the thief, then the tag might be , as the thief was caught by someone who dropped a sink, because they thought it was a false alarm.

/ At least I'd say it was ironic.
 
2004-12-10 10:26:50 AM  
Schadenfreude, Herr Darwin. But good call nailing the pit bull.
 
2004-12-10 10:28:26 AM  
Apartment buildings are the worst for this kind of crap. Back in the dot-com days a neighbour's car went off in the middle of the night with that really obnoxious siren that changes noises every second or two (like that's going to make me run out to his car faster).

Anyway, after a couple of hours it stopped-turned out somebody went down there, took a couple of "practice" prys to the hood with a crowbar, then started pulling wires from everywhere until it stopped. I heard from other neighbours that the car's owner was practically in tears when he saw the results; I wish I knew who did it 'cause I owe him a beer at the least. ;)
 
2004-12-10 10:28:33 AM  
funftotekuhe
too bad its the russian onion and the story isnt true



Hmmm....Russian onion...
 
2004-12-10 10:28:51 AM  
Darwin,

That brought back a great memory...

In high school, a buddy of mine and myself went to walk over to my girlfriend's house a mile or so away. After we had our fun and were returning home, this big free roaming dog charged after us like we had eaten its offspring.

At the time, I was running in the low 4.6 (40) range, with my buddy being a long distance track runner. I hauled ass as fast as I could, but I felt like I was standing still when WHOOSH, my buddy flew by me at about 45 miles an hour. Fastest human I've ever seen...period.

Damn I wish we'd had some pepper spray that night. It was worth the eventual laugh after the 50 yards of sheer terror.
 
2004-12-10 10:29:10 AM  
Car alarms are useless, but can be annoying. They're so common they're called "city crickets" and no one pays any attention to them. I learned that at the College of the Obvious.
 
2004-12-10 10:30:11 AM  
Ouch, NineInchNader, I expected to get hit for that, but not with Carrot Top. That farking hurt.

Please note, I'm not saying I don't know how to unlock the door manually, only that it seems like too much effort to do that, now that I can just push a button instead (no matter how much effort it may take to push that button).

It is surely one of the most evil and sadistic inventions of mankind; once you have the power, the lure to use it is irresistable.
 
2004-12-10 10:30:30 AM  
Zingraff However I laid this plan, which I found pleasure in, that if I at some point found myself severely provoked, I would leave a note on the car, making sure he understood that if the noise continued, the car would be without a windshield the next morning.

So your story is that you strongly considered almost doing something very passive about the problem, but didn't do the aforementioned passive act of almost threatening the person's car? Good story.
 
2004-12-10 10:31:48 AM  
2004-12-10 10:05:54 AM zvoidx


Funny, how if there were someone who was killed while in the car...the tag would be [dumbass] instead of [hero].


My guess is the tag would likely stick as anyone actually in a vehicle with the alarm going off is a thief.

/hates alarms; hates insurance rates due to theft even more
 
2004-12-10 10:32:55 AM  
That article was quite clear and well-written.
 
2004-12-10 10:34:28 AM  
2004-12-10 09:51:41 AM syberpud
golf clap; yours was much better.

2004-12-10 10:03:36 AM morrisonsl
hah! that also made me chuckle!


speaking of those talking car alarms, I've always thought that the first guy who made one of those customizable would make a million bucks. Instead of "Please step away from the vehicle", I could record myself screaming, "biatch, get the fark off my car!!!!" or Jules' monologue from Pulp Fiction. Or whatever. It'd be fun.

Plus, the mental image of a parking lot full of cars cursing eachother and honking at maximum volume is funny to me.
 
2004-12-10 10:35:24 AM  
At my high school our band would march through the parking lot during practice just to see how many alarms we could set off. (I think the record was 4 or something.) Then after all the owners had to come out and turn them off the band had turned around amd marched through the lot again.

Then there was the student in the band who lived a block from the school whose sister complained to the brother that he was too loud when he came home. So one day the band marched past his house.

/high school was so much fun.
 
2004-12-10 10:37:05 AM  
Banky_The_Hack
No...it'd still be hero, because if the car alarm was going off, anyone in the car would either be:
1) Someone breaking into and or stealing car
2) A person so monumentally inconsiderate that they'd let their own alarm go off as they went about their business in the car
Now, please, go post some tirade about how people in either of those hypothetical situations don't deserve to die...


I'm not sure if you are being serious or not...but I'll answer your question...

1) If the burglar should be killed - then shouldn't the laws be changed to death penalty for stealing?

2)No, I don't think that that someone who was being "monumentally inconsiderate that they'd let their own alarm go off as they went about their business in the car" deserves to die...
 
2004-12-10 10:38:06 AM  
You think that's bad? Try living next to the stadium when it goes off at 10 PM and there's no one there to shut it off. Flashing lights, sirens, and the Voice Of God asking people to exit the stadium.

/goes to Georgia Tech
 
2004-12-10 10:39:09 AM  
HERO tag being used way to much recently
 
2004-12-10 10:42:06 AM  
2004-12-10 10:37:05 AM zvoidx


Banky_The_Hack
...

I realized I said pretty much the same thing, so I'll give my take:

I doubt anyone thinks death is a proper punishment for theft of a car. If that were the case, why would people car jack and not just kill the occupant if the penalty is the same?

But the idea of a car thief getting smushed by a sink is just too good to not at least appreciate.
 
2004-12-10 10:44:35 AM  
What's more obnoxious are the alarms that use the proximity-activated voice of god saying "You are standing too close to the car. Please step away from the car."

"Neener neener neener! I'm not touching you!!"

 
2004-12-10 10:47:04 AM  
In college, the parking lot for our dorms ran parallel to a train track. So, every time a train rumbled by (frequently at all hours of the night), it was a symphony of car alarms.

The benefit is that I can now sleep through the blasted things.
 
2004-12-10 10:48:04 AM  
A few years back, I had a neighbor whose car alarm was going off in the middle of the night. This happened 2-3 days in a row. I ended up calling the cops who went knocking on the car owner's door. I was outside when the cop came back out with the car's owner, and to say I gave them an earful is an understatement.

/hate car alarms/
 
2004-12-10 10:52:17 AM  
And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, Power hath descended forth from thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command, we shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine patris, et filii, et spiritus sancti
 
2004-12-10 10:52:18 AM  
Xhan

Smith Hall?
 
2004-12-10 10:53:49 AM  
(I secretly enjoy waiting to unlock the car, from across the parking lot, until someone is walking right in front of it so I can make them jump out of their skin. I know, I'm a complete prick.)

So you're the one!

/puts on cyber brass knuckles
 
2004-12-10 10:57:07 AM  
"HERO tag being used way to much recently"

----

Why do you care?
 
2004-12-10 10:57:12 AM  
Xhan: Which stadium would you be referring to? I lived in Howell and Smith my first year there (98) and never once heard any alarms in the stadium go off.
 
2004-12-10 11:01:11 AM  
krysith, Dyolf_Knip

Chi Phi house. They rent their rooms to desperate grad students. :P It's right at the intersection of Fowler NE and Bobby Dodd, next door to the Navy ROTC building.
 
2004-12-10 11:05:30 AM  
I stopped using my truck's keyless remote because it was always getting the lock button pressed while in my pocket. I've got a factory alarm, and one of the conditions that triggers it is if you unlock the car manually with the alarm enabled (and it enables automatically 30 seconds after all doors are closed and locked). So I'd have it in my garage, with the windows rolled down, pull the lock knob to open the door, and the alarm would go off.

At least it isn't one of those stupid after-market alarms with a tilt switch. Those are the real menace to society, because they're always set way too sensitive, and lots of things other than your car being broken into (like, say, the WIND) can set it off.
 
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