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(Bangor Daily News)   Protip for the disabled - Do not leave your wheelchair unattended. Society HAS crumbled and your wheelchair WILL be stolen   (bangordailynews.com) divider line 47
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2012-03-23 12:25:34 AM
i39.tinypic.com

/oblig
 
2012-03-23 04:59:26 AM
Update:Link (new window)
 
2012-03-23 05:26:04 AM

LaChanz: Update:Link (new window)


That's good.

but still... I weep for humanity.
 
2012-03-23 05:26:25 AM
GIS for "The End is Nigh"

www.geekologie.com
 
2012-03-23 05:29:03 AM
*Shakes stick at young whippersnappers*
 
2012-03-23 05:33:16 AM
I stopped taking my chair with me when I have to go to hospital after my rather expensive (around $3k non-motorized) custom job mysteriously "disappeared" while in the hospital's care about 5 years ago.

/Hospital paid for a new model of the same chair which was good.
//Took 3 months to arrive which was bad.
///apparently they sell anti-theft devices for wheelchairs now.
 
2012-03-23 05:34:11 AM
If one were to leave your wheelchair unattended, is it really a necessary device? Or is it like when I go to walmart and snag one of their sweet rides left vacant in the HFCS soda aisle, only to be biatched at by some behemoth who has gotten up to waddle over and grab another 86-pack of mountain dew?
 
2012-03-23 05:38:28 AM
"Family said he was admitted to the hospital after having to walk there for issues with water retention"

So he can walk the way to the hospital without a cab or ambulance, but has a mobility scooter?

People over here would use a cane or a walker because they have pride left. And even if they have to inch the way forward, they still won't use a mobility scooter. Also, the chances are good that you'd get whacked on the head with a cane if you ask them if they need help.
 
2012-03-23 06:20:18 AM
We're all de-evolving into a bunch of orangutans.....kinda like Jeremy Clarkson without the fast cars.
 
2012-03-23 06:21:42 AM
Wait a minute, why does this guy get a pass from the "thats what he gets for leaving it unattended" crowd.

What makes a wheelchair thief any different than a POS that takes something out of an unlocked car?

A thief is a thief no matter his object of desire or victim of choice.
 
2012-03-23 06:25:57 AM

Natsumi: LaChanz: Update:Link (new window)

That's good.

but still... I weep for humanity.


It's an electric wheelchair. Actually stealing it, yes, despicable act of a true lowlife. But, you must admit - if you saw one outside unattended, you would be tempted.

I would. I wouldn't actually steal it, but I would spend a few minutes daydreaming about it. Every time I see one occupied I want a go on it.
 
2012-03-23 06:48:09 AM

Gordon Bennett: Natsumi: LaChanz: Update:Link (new window)

That's good.

but still... I weep for humanity.

It's an electric wheelchair. Actually stealing it, yes, despicable act of a true lowlife. But, you must admit - if you saw one outside unattended, you would be tempted.

I would. I wouldn't actually steal it, but I would spend a few minutes daydreaming about it. Every time I see one occupied I want a go on it.


Not really... I get my jollies in other ways...
 
2012-03-23 06:59:07 AM
i44.tinypic.com
Who steals a wheelchair? Honestly!
 
2012-03-23 07:04:10 AM

Xenomech: [i44.tinypic.com image 295x154]
Who steals a wheelchair? Honestly!


i492.photobucket.com
Red bearded man.
 
2012-03-23 07:07:35 AM

MyNameIsMofuga:
[i492.photobucket.com image 600x338]
Red bearded man.


I'm disabled!
 
2012-03-23 07:18:16 AM
It's kind of funny really. We live in the least violent time in the recorded history of mankind with the most respect for human rights in the recorded history of mankind, as well as cripples, invalids and retards receiving the best treatment both medically and socially in the recorded history of mankind, yet when a very valuable wheelchair gets stolen during an economic crisis, this somehow signifies that our society is crumbling?
 
2012-03-23 07:27:53 AM
When society crumbles, we'll be eating the disabled, not stealing their wheel chairs.
 
2012-03-23 07:28:07 AM
All you need to know about Lewiston:
Link (new window)
 
2012-03-23 07:39:13 AM

lucksi: "Family said he was admitted to the hospital after having to walk there for issues with water retention"

So he can walk the way to the hospital without a cab or ambulance, but has a mobility scooter?

People over here would use a cane or a walker because they have pride left. And even if they have to inch the way forward, they still won't use a mobility scooter. Also, the chances are good that you'd get whacked on the head with a cane if you ask them if they need help.


I know this guy. He lives two buildings away from where I work. The hospital is less than 100 yrds from there so yes, he could walk there.
 
2012-03-23 07:45:24 AM

lucksi: "Family said he was admitted to the hospital after having to walk there for issues with water retention"

So he can walk the way to the hospital without a cab or ambulance, but has a mobility scooter?

People over here would use a cane or a walker because they have pride left. And even if they have to inch the way forward, they still won't use a mobility scooter. Also, the chances are good that you'd get whacked on the head with a cane if you ask them if they need help.


I blinked a couple of times when I read that, too. But then I noticed he was admitted. So all it means that he walked there was that he managed to get there without dying---we don't know what kind of shape he was in by the time he arrived, or how long it took him.

And if you'll note the rest of the article, the scooter is his means of getting around town instead of a car, because he lost his license to drive and has nobody locally to drive him. US towns and cities are not designed to be pedestrian friendly and have things within walking distance. Chances are he needs it for grocery shopping and such. He also probably, at 80, has a variety of doctor's appointments at places around town other than the hospital.

As for whether he's over-relying on the scooter when he should be using a walker or a cane more, that's a question you'd have to ask his doctor or physical therapist.
 
2012-03-23 07:50:24 AM

jimjazz: I know this guy. He lives two buildings away from where I work. The hospital is less than 100 yrds from there so yes, he could walk there.


Wow. Small world.

That's really great housing for an elderly family member if you can't live in town, to have that kind of proximity to care.

Glad he got his chair back.
 
2012-03-23 07:50:52 AM
Maybe the person who took the scooter was poorer and nicer and more deserving. Didn't think about that, did you?
 
2012-03-23 08:00:33 AM

Terrydatroll: It's kind of funny really. We live in the least violent time in the recorded history of mankind with the most respect for human rights in the recorded history of mankind, as well as cripples, invalids and retards receiving the best treatment both medically and socially in the recorded history of mankind, yet when a very valuable wheelchair gets stolen during an economic crisis, this somehow signifies that our society is crumbling?


words of wisdom from Terrydatroll. See, society?!? This is what it's come to. Being educated by internet trolls! AND THAT is why society is crumbling, not because someone snagged a valued piece of property to feed their 9 kids and get a 20 rock. That's actually normal. Opressed/repressed/depressed people do that stuff.

/Get out of the city, where they'll need $20 in gas to come take your shiat. Problem solved!
 
2012-03-23 08:01:23 AM

Publikwerks: All you need to know about Lewiston:
Link (new window)


Nailed it
 
2012-03-23 08:19:20 AM
I once stole someone's wheelchair. I was at a museum with my pregnant wife and about halfway through she had to sit down. I found an empty wheelchair in a stairwell that I thought the museum provided for people. The rightful owner found me and was quite upset that I stole her wheelchair.
 
2012-03-23 08:33:15 AM
Or worse.
red-dragon.trailertheater.com
 
2012-03-23 08:44:06 AM
Eeew, it would have crippled old man bum stank on it.
 
2012-03-23 08:57:43 AM
Came for the Robert Patrick striptease references leaving Unsatisfied.
 
2012-03-23 09:16:22 AM

MyNameIsMofuga: Xenomech: [i44.tinypic.com image 295x154]
Who steals a wheelchair? Honestly!

[i492.photobucket.com image 600x338]
Red bearded man.


*shakes fist*

I was gonna use this:
i238.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-23 09:18:44 AM
NSFW

I tried to find the video of the uncle stealing a bait car with his nephew. All during the crime the uncle is telling his nephew to "steal everything". The nephew is so proud of his uncle and excited.

Instead I found this guy filming himself breaking into 5 or 6 cars in a mall parking lot. The sad thing is he has 2 guys filming him. (new window)


NSFW
 
2012-03-23 09:20:01 AM

Snapper Carr: I stopped taking my chair with me when I have to go to hospital after my rather expensive (around $3k non-motorized) custom job mysteriously "disappeared" while in the hospital's care about 5 years ago.

/Hospital paid for a new model of the same chair which was good.
//Took 3 months to arrive which was bad.
///apparently they sell anti-theft devices for wheelchairs now.


That's awesome. I'm actually surprised the hospital ponied up for the replacement chair. I'm assuming they made you jump through some hoops (provide proof of the original chair's value, etc).

Curious about the bells and whistles that made your chair worth $3k. I can't give away a barely-used power wheelchair (Invacare) that was about $4k new. Offered it for $250... no takers.
 
2012-03-23 09:20:53 AM

CrispFlows: MyNameIsMofuga: Xenomech: [i44.tinypic.com image 295x154]
Who steals a wheelchair? Honestly!

[i492.photobucket.com image 600x338]
Red bearded man.

*shakes fist*

I was gonna use this:
[i238.photobucket.com image 636x343]


I went with speed instead of quality.
 
2012-03-23 09:21:00 AM

MyNameIsMofuga: Xenomech: [i44.tinypic.com image 295x154]
Who steals a wheelchair? Honestly!

[i492.photobucket.com image 600x338]
Red bearded man.


Was waiting for this. Thank you.
 
2012-03-23 09:26:05 AM
images.wikia.com
 
2012-03-23 09:39:48 AM
Subby, stealing someone's wheelchair, while vile and despicable, isn't any worse than stealing their wallet - which happens every day. Steal someone's wallet, and you take away the food they were going to feed their children tonight.

Thieves are among the lowest forms of human waste. Whether they are stealing someone's wheel chair, someone's wallet, or someone's car. I really find it hard to be outraged when we have articles about a thief or home invader being shot in the back of the head twice, execution style, by some 80 year combat veteran.
 
2012-03-23 09:44:29 AM
Nice to know subby is a professionally disabled.
 
2012-03-23 09:52:30 AM

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: We're all de-evolving into a bunch of orangutans.....kinda like Jeremy Clarkson without the fast cars.


And now you just gave me an excuse to sound like him for the rest of the day.

/The best dramatic pause... in the world.
 
2012-03-23 09:58:48 AM

croesius: If one were to leave your wheelchair unattended, is it really a necessary device? Or is it like when I go to walmart and snag one of their sweet rides left vacant in the HFCS soda aisle, only to be biatched at by some behemoth who has gotten up to waddle over and grab another 86-pack of mountain dew?


I know! I thought they were supposed to be "jolly"...
 
2012-03-23 10:09:58 AM

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: We're all de-evolving into a bunch of orangutans.....kinda like Jeremy Clarkson without the fast cars.


You say that like it's a bad thing.

/monkeys are easier to please
 
2012-03-23 10:20:47 AM

BurnShrike: When society crumbles, we'll be eating the disabled, not stealing their wheel chairs.


What do we do with the leftover wheel chairs?
 
2012-03-23 11:01:35 AM
Came for red bearded man.

Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-03-23 11:10:20 AM

croesius: If one were to leave your wheelchair unattended, is it really a necessary device? Or is it like when I go to walmart and snag one of their sweet rides left vacant in the HFCS soda aisle, only to be biatched at by some behemoth who has gotten up to waddle over and grab another 86-pack of mountain dew?


It could be like the Walmart scenario, but I give it the benefit of doubt. Sometimes I use a cane to help me walk, but only when my back problems are really bad. When it's mediocre, I just limp around without the aid of a cane. While it would be beneficial to use the cane more often to help reduce the pain when walking I have too much pride to use it most of the time. I imagine there are situations where people need a chair on ocassion, but not all the time like me. Food for thought.
 
2012-03-23 11:10:26 AM

ThrobblefootSpectre: execution style


I see the problem in your thought process - you're okay with ungoverned executions.

Don't kill - the government hates competition.
 
2012-03-23 11:27:30 AM

Midnight Rambler: Snapper Carr: I stopped taking my chair with me when I have to go to hospital after my rather expensive (around $3k non-motorized) custom job mysteriously "disappeared" while in the hospital's care about 5 years ago.

/Hospital paid for a new model of the same chair which was good.
//Took 3 months to arrive which was bad.
///apparently they sell anti-theft devices for wheelchairs now.

That's awesome. I'm actually surprised the hospital ponied up for the replacement chair. I'm assuming they made you jump through some hoops (provide proof of the original chair's value, etc).

Curious about the bells and whistles that made your chair worth $3k. I can't give away a barely-used power wheelchair (Invacare) that was about $4k new. Offered it for $250... no takers.


i've seen people trying to sell nice riding lawn mowers cheap, can't give them away from what i've seen at garage sales. maybe it comes down to transporting it to the new location.
 
2012-03-23 11:39:50 AM
Bought a really comfortable wheel chair at a flea market. Guy looked like he could stand well enough. Anyways, that thing was great because I could go from the TV to the kitchen without getting up - although I could never manage to pee from the chair into the toilet. I was living in someone else's house which was small, and so when I left for the summer I left it on our back porch. Like 2 weeks later some jerk stole my wheelchair! What kind of scumbag steals somebody's wheelchair? What if I really needed it?

To this day, everytime when I get up and walk to my fridge to get food, I cry a little bit thinking about that wheelchair, and how for a brief while in my life, how I didn't have to stand up.
 
2012-03-23 12:59:59 PM

Midnight Rambler: Curious about the bells and whistles that made your chair worth $3k. I can't give away a barely-used power wheelchair (Invacare) that was about $4k new. Offered it for $250... no takers.


This was a basketball chair which are pretty expensive even without custom options. Even the standard sports models (sans customization) can run anywhere from $1-2k (or sometimes more depending on the mfg you go with). Once you start throwing in things like Spinergy (new window) wheels, the price approaches used car territory.
 
2012-03-23 07:45:25 PM

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: We're all de-evolving into a bunch of orangutans.....kinda like Jeremy Clarkson without the fast cars.


So what you're saying is, if you want to become a biologist... watch Top Gear.
 
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