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(Mail Tribune)   Robber pulls off heist at Radio Shack. Unclear how he was able to escape without signing a two-year contract with Sprint   (mailtribune.com) divider line 56
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2010-04-01 08:49:36 AM  
It shouldn't be a problem catching him, I am sure he had to give his name, address and phone number
 
2010-04-01 01:48:06 PM  
Find the dude with 10 disco balls, 15 remote control cars, and a bag full of watch batteries.
 
2010-04-01 02:20:25 PM  
There are still Radio Shacks?
 
2010-04-01 02:20:37 PM  
So if he took a 250-in-1 project kit, how many counts of theft is that?
 
2010-04-01 02:20:54 PM  
downstairs: Find the dude with 10 disco balls, 15 remote control cars, and a bag full of watch batteries.

And a Tandy computer.

marketpower.typepad.com
 
2010-04-01 02:20:55 PM  
two year contract with Sprint

talk about cruel and unusual punishment...
 
2010-04-01 02:21:11 PM  
mr_a: It shouldn't be a problem catching him, I am sure he had to give his name, address and phone number

Thread over.
 
2010-04-01 02:22:30 PM  
Radio Shack is great when you're tinkering with electronics, or wiring up a home audio system and realize you have a desperate need for some odd adatper/coupler to complete your project.

/and pay a retarded price for the Radio Shack branded version of it
/BUT IT"S GOLD PLATED!!!
 
2010-04-01 02:22:31 PM  
Wait - there was cash inside the register at a Radio Shack?

There must be some mistake.
 
2010-04-01 02:24:50 PM  
Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares
 
2010-04-01 02:25:30 PM  
styckx: Radio Shack is great when you're tinkering with electronics, or wiring up a home audio system and realize you have a desperate need for some odd adatper/coupler to complete your project.

/and pay a retarded price for the Radio Shack branded version of it
/BUT IT"S GOLD PLATED!!!


They charge $50 for an HDMI cable. I can get one for less than $15 on monoprice.com. Fark Radio Shack.
 
2010-04-01 02:27:36 PM  
styckx: Radio Shack is was great when you're tinkering with electronics, or wiring up a home audio system and realize you have a desperate need for some odd adatper/coupler to complete your project.

/and pay a retarded price for the Radio Shack branded version of it
/BUT IT"S GOLD PLATED!!!


FTFY.

Many Radio Shacks don't carry the electronic parts they used to carry.
 
2010-04-01 02:27:52 PM  
moops: And a Tandy computer.

Notice there's no "hard disk" mentioned in that ad! Man, how top shelf do you have to go these days to hit $8500 for a home system?
 
2010-04-01 02:28:02 PM  
The Onion: Even CEO Can't Figure Out How Radio Shack Still In Business (new window)


"...It's like walking into your grandpa's basement. You always expect to see something cool, but it never delivers."
 
2010-04-01 02:28:28 PM  
Several officers in cars were stationed around the area to watch out for the suspect, who was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s with brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

Holy crap! I think I know this guy.
 
2010-04-01 02:28:34 PM  
JohnCarter: Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares

The last time I went to Radio Shack and bought a roll of solder the woman was more than excited to show me how she like to wear them as rings.
 
2010-04-01 02:29:09 PM  
I was amused more than I should have been by the headline.
 
2010-04-01 02:29:34 PM  
JohnCarter: Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares

Or completely wrong answers.

Me: I need a DVI cable.
Them: Oh, you don't want that; DVI is completely obsolete.
 
2010-04-01 02:30:01 PM  
palelizard: There are still Radio Shacks?

Nope. It's now The Shack. Yeah, really.
 
2010-04-01 02:30:39 PM  
moops: styckx: Radio Shack is great when you're tinkering with electronics, or wiring up a home audio system and realize you have a desperate need for some odd adatper/coupler to complete your project.

/and pay a retarded price for the Radio Shack branded version of it
/BUT IT"S GOLD PLATED!!!

They charge $50 for an HDMI cable. I can get one for less than $15 on monoprice.com. Fark Radio Shack.


Dude, I wanted to use the TosLink cables from my 360 to my Opitical in on the PC. So I went to every stupid place I could think of. No one just sold a Toslink cable. Most places looked at me like I was an idiot. Last stop, Radio Shack. 6ft TosLink cable $14.99.

/yeah I just ordered one online instead for considerably cheaper.
 
2010-04-01 02:30:53 PM  
say what u want about sprints contract but at least they don't charge u an extra 30 bucks smartphone fee like the other dickbag carriers.

/typing this from a sprint HTC smartphone.
//contract ends in august, then im free!!!111!
 
2010-04-01 02:31:10 PM  
The Angry Hand of God: JohnCarter: Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares

The last time I went to Radio Shack and bought a roll of solder the woman was more than excited to show me how she like to wear them as rings.


That could be kinda sexy, depending on her level of creativity. Maybe.
 
2010-04-01 02:34:31 PM  
JohnCarter: Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares

Me: I need a wireless router. Where are they?
Radio Shack Employee: *blink blink*
Me: Wireless Routers?
RSE: Uhhh. Router? We don't have any of those.
Me: You had ten in here the other day.
RSE: Yeah, we don't have any.

That's when I stepped out the door and across the street to *ugh* Walmart and picked from their large selection of wireless routers.

The thing that makes me the most sad about it is, I really like the guy who owns the local Radio Shack. He's a great guy, known him for years. I want to support his business. But every time I go in there, they either just plain don't have what I need or the morons don't know what I'm talking about.
 
2010-04-01 02:35:12 PM  
Did they at least get his zipcode?
 
2010-04-01 02:35:48 PM  
I've previosuly mentioned how I wander around Radio Shack only when I'm waiting for a prescription at the pharmacy next door. I was doing so the other night. The kid working in there was playing with a RC helicopter - which I have to admit looked like it could be a great cat toy, other the the de-whiskery whirling blades.

Anyway, it was like the whole concept of heavier-than-air flight was new to him. Remember the Seinfeld when Elaine got stupid because she hadn't had sex? That was the look on this kid's face as he made it hover. "It's in the air all by itself!" And I'm going to sign a phone contract with this nimrod?
 
2010-04-01 02:39:14 PM  
My friend who worked there they were a good place to steal from. Even the display phone he grabbed was kept activated for over a year afterward.
 
2010-04-01 02:41:15 PM  
Fish in a Barrel: JohnCarter: Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares

Or completely wrong answers.

Me: I need a DVI cable.
Them: Oh, you don't want that; DVI is completely obsolete.


That's institutionalized.

Back about 16 years ago, I worked at one for month. Someone came in asking about two-way radios, and what kind of range they could expect, blah blah blah.

I, being a bit of a radio geek, and a ham radio operator, started explaining that it depends on a lot of things, like transmitter frequency and power output, antenna gain, antenna height, and the terrain. I asked some questions about what they were going to use them for (bicycle to bicycle comms, sometimes out of sight but not too far), and suggested one of the products available at the store.

After I made the sale, and they left, my manager pulled me aside and told me that we were supposed to tell them "A mile per watt". So if the radio puts out half a watt, you get half a mile in range. Five watts? Five miles.

Needless to say, I was rather shocked. Not that I was planning on making it a career or anything, but I assumed that I was to give the best advice I could give to a customer, not simple rules of thumb that don't even apply in the area (somewhat hilly terrain).

I *HATED* working there.
 
2010-04-01 02:41:41 PM  
radioman_: And I'm going to sign a phone contract with this nimrod?

I don't know - I think they set me up pretty well:

www.lullabyebaby.com
 
2010-04-01 02:41:52 PM  
factoryconnection: moops: And a Tandy computer.

Notice there's no "hard disk" mentioned in that ad! Man, how top shelf do you have to go these days to hit $8500 for a home system?


A mid-tier Mac?

/flame on!
 
2010-04-01 02:42:42 PM  
factoryconnection: moops: And a Tandy computer.

Notice there's no "hard disk" mentioned in that ad! Man, how top shelf do you have to go these days to hit $8500 for a home system?


Start with one of those $850 BMW designed cases and go from there. I'm thinking 4 SLI or Crossfire video cards, top of the line, of course, a 1 TB solid state drive....

Yeah, I could do it :P
 
2010-04-01 02:44:29 PM  
Jaakobi: palelizard: There are still Radio Shacks?

Nope. It's now The Shack. Yeah, really.


It's all under the Circuit City umbrella now, at least in Canada, IIRC.
 
2010-04-01 02:50:55 PM  
He said that in the past three months, the shop has seen an increase in shoplifting, but hadn't experienced anything like an armed robbery for cash.

Ok, most Radio Shacks I've been in you could spit from one end to the next and completely empty. How is it possible any employee could be so busy in a Radio Shack they fail to notice someone stealing product?
 
2010-04-01 02:51:08 PM  
...

And a Tandy computer.


Adjusted for inflation, that's about $15000 now...
 
2010-04-01 02:54:10 PM  
Robot Devil's Advocate: A mid-tier Mac?

/flame on!


Ha. I'm such a loser, I almost appended my post by adding "besides a 2-year-old MacBook Air."

mofomisfit: Start with one of those $850 BMW designed cases and go from there. I'm thinking 4 SLI or Crossfire video cards, top of the line, of course, a 1 TB solid state drive....

Yeah, I could do it :P


You'd still have to think about it a while... that Tandy wasn't exactly "pro" equipment like you're describing.
 
2010-04-01 02:54:14 PM  
mofomisfit: Start with one of those $850 BMW designed cases and go from there. I'm thinking 4 SLI or Crossfire video cards, top of the line, of course, a 1 TB solid state drive....

RAID the hell out of it two, so you've got one TB RAIDed onto four 1TB drives.

Put in TWO Intel Core i7-980X CPU into a really pricey mobo.

Oh yeah, I could easily get the bill up to 10k
 
2010-04-01 03:06:02 PM  
hp6sa: Wait - there was cash inside the register at a Radio Shack?

There must be some mistake.


Just a bunch of coupons for free batteries.
 
2010-04-01 03:08:27 PM  
mr_a: It shouldn't be a problem catching him, I am sure he had to give his name, address and phone number

done in one...

+1
 
2010-04-01 03:12:47 PM  
Speedofdarkness: Several officers in cars were stationed around the area to watch out for the suspect, who was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s with brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

Holy crap! I think I know this guy.


I swear it wasn't me officer.
 
2010-04-01 03:16:31 PM  
Speedofdarkness: Several officers in cars were stationed around the area to watch out for the suspect, who was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s with brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

Holy crap! I think I know this guy.


I think it might be me.

/I can look a bit older sometimes
 
2010-04-01 03:22:18 PM  
moops: mofomisfit: Start with one of those $850 BMW designed cases and go from there. I'm thinking 4 SLI or Crossfire video cards, top of the line, of course, a 1 TB solid state drive....

RAID the hell out of it two, so you've got one TB RAIDed onto four 1TB drives.

Put in TWO Intel Core i7-980X CPU into a really pricey mobo.

Oh yeah, I could easily get the bill up to 10k


only 10k? you're selling yourself short! Link (new window)
 
2010-04-01 03:33:07 PM  
mr_a

It shouldn't be a problem catching him, I am sure he had to give his name, address and phone number

Goddamnit. I came here to say that. Having worked there to pay the bills in college, I HATED asking for names and addresses. They kept stats on you for doing that and you would get "punishments" for having low "name and address stats." Cleaning and doing stock mostly. I don't mind cleaning, but I can't earn commission on scrubbing a toilet.

The early 90's were great when you could buy an 800mhz scanner and listen to cell phone calls. Good times.
 
2010-04-01 03:34:10 PM  
non compos mentat: Jaakobi: palelizard: There are still Radio Shacks?

Nope. It's now The Shack. Yeah, really.

It's all under the Circuit City umbrella now, at least in Canada, IIRC.


Oh THAT should improve things!

eye roll for Circuit Shiaty
 
2010-04-01 04:04:10 PM  
Raug the Dwarf: JohnCarter: Radio Shack: You've got questions - we've got blank stares

Me: I need a wireless router. Where are they?
Radio Shack Employee: *blink blink*
Me: Wireless Routers?
RSE: Uhhh. Router? We don't have any of those.
Me: You had ten in here the other day.
RSE: Yeah, we don't have any.

That's when I stepped out the door and across the street to *ugh* Walmart and picked from their large selection of wireless routers.

The thing that makes me the most sad about it is, I really like the guy who owns the local Radio Shack. He's a great guy, known him for years. I want to support his business. But every time I go in there, they either just plain don't have what I need or the morons don't know what I'm talking about.


Rowter? I'm sorry, is that made by RIMM? I've just never heard of that type of cel phone.
 
2010-04-01 04:13:33 PM  
Raug the Dwarf: RSE: Uhhh. Router? We don't have any of those.

I'm laughing because I imagine the RSE saying "router" like Scooby-Doo when he says "Ruh-roh."
 
2010-04-01 04:13:45 PM  
As an ex-Radio Shack employee, I approve of this headline.
 
2010-04-01 04:34:35 PM  
While working at Radio Shack, we were setting up a new store. At lunch, a couple of employees were telling robbery/shoplifting/stupidity stories when the manager stated "you have nothing on Elizabeth here" pointing to his salesmaker eating a sandwich. Elizabeth had been an employee working at the Florin Mall Good Guys April 4, 1991 (new window). Everything went to "oh, did you hear the latest Madonna song?"
 
2010-04-01 04:44:49 PM  
I was at one just today. As I walked in, I was asked if I could be directed to something, so I told the guy I wanted a 3 watt, 25 ohm potentiometer. I was told, sorry, we don't carry those. Figured I would just look for myself, and found one. One. Taking it to the cash, I was smirked at, and told, see, this is a rheostat, not a potentiometer.

/face palm
 
2010-04-01 04:53:18 PM  
They still ask for zip code in my areas. I always just say "no thanks" and they move on. Thankfully.

It's a shiatty store though. Every now and then I will go for something I need and didn't plan ahead and/or am too lazy to get properly. Everytime I end up kicking myself for paying too much for a piece of crap.

I ain't so gud at lernin', apparently.
 
2010-04-01 04:55:30 PM  
VibroCount While working at Radio Shack, we ...

Wow, file that under, "I should have kept my mouth shut." We've all been there.

I saw reference to that hostage incident with regards to the film Swordfish and how the real-life images inspired the hostage set-up in the movie.
 
2010-04-01 05:06:25 PM  
moops: And a Tandy computer.

Oh god, I still remember my Tandy. It had so many awesome games like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and Monster Bash.
 
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