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2014-06-07 12:14:46 AM  
First, it was not a pickup.

Second, they didn't just trash a truck, they trashed his business because he uses it as a mobile platform to demonstrate the variety of air horns he sells for a living, and they trashed his demos.
 
2014-06-07 12:21:49 AM  

TommyymmoT: First, it was not a pickup.

Second, they didn't just trash a truck, they trashed his business because he uses it as a mobile platform to demonstrate the variety of air horns he sells for a living, and they trashed his demos.


It does seem to be a pickup.   Here's his website.  It looks to be a Ford F-650 or F-750 medium duty truck with an aftermarket pickup conversion (they don't sell them that way from the factory).

Now, on one hand, this seems to be an example of abuse of police power.

On the other hand, his business is selling those infuriatingly obnoxious incredibly loud horns for trucks that make them sound like locomotives.  Given that, I'm not exactly upset that the police trashed it.
 
2014-06-07 12:22:26 AM  
I have no idea how this can possibly be legal.  How can that PD possibly justify destroying personal property (as well as a man's business) without a warrant?  I thought they had to get permission to enter a domicile, why not a vehicle?  And what gave them the right to pull out wires and disable his equipment???
 
2014-06-07 12:24:30 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, his business is selling those infuriatingly obnoxious incredibly loud horns for trucks that make them sound like locomotives. Given that, I'm not exactly upset that the police trashed it.


I hope you're being facetious about the "not exactly upset" part of your comment.

What's next?   "He were one of dem dark skinned folk, so I'm not exactly upset."  Or, "She weren't wearing a long enough skirt, so I'm not exactly upset."

Slippery slopes are....slippery.
 
2014-06-07 12:24:59 AM  
The pigs overstep their boundries every day, and dare the common man to do anything about it
 
2014-06-07 12:33:35 AM  

granolasteak: I have no idea how this can possibly be legal.


It's not.
 
2014-06-07 12:52:49 AM  

granolasteak: TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, his business is selling those infuriatingly obnoxious incredibly loud horns for trucks that make them sound like locomotives. Given that, I'm not exactly upset that the police trashed it.

I hope you're being facetious about the "not exactly upset" part of your comment.

What's next?   "He were one of dem dark skinned folk, so I'm not exactly upset."  Or, "She weren't wearing a long enough skirt, so I'm not exactly upset."

Slippery slopes are....slippery.


I get the slippery slop argument, but I really, truly, detest the product that this guy sells.  It encourages and enables this kind of douchebaggery (based on the faceplate decal it actually appears these guys are using his company's product).

It's sort of how like when serial killers and child molesters get beat up in prison.  Yes, it's wrong, but it's hard to have sympathy for them.
 
2014-06-07 01:03:42 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: granolasteak: TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, his business is selling those infuriatingly obnoxious incredibly loud horns for trucks that make them sound like locomotives. Given that, I'm not exactly upset that the police trashed it.

I hope you're being facetious about the "not exactly upset" part of your comment.

What's next?   "He were one of dem dark skinned folk, so I'm not exactly upset."  Or, "She weren't wearing a long enough skirt, so I'm not exactly upset."

Slippery slopes are....slippery.

I get the slippery slop argument, but I really, truly, detest the product that this guy sells.  It encourages and enables this kind of douchebaggery (based on the faceplate decal it actually appears these guys are using his company's product).

It's sort of how like when serial killers and child molesters get beat up in prison.  Yes, it's wrong, but it's hard to have sympathy for them.


I once considered putting one of those horns INSIDE my house as part of an alarm system.

Many burglars are so nervous they almost shiat themselves as it is.
Not only would the horn punish them, they would probably run away before they had the chance to steal anything.
 
2014-06-07 01:04:38 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: It's sort of how like when serial killers and child molesters get beat up in prison. Yes, it's wrong, but it's hard to have sympathy for them.


Yeah, the air horns are annoying as hell and possibly illegal, but that doesn't excuse this unnecessary and borderline legal search. I wish they'd legalize cannabis everywhere like they have in Colorado and put an end to this stuff.
 
2014-06-07 01:06:25 AM  

TommyymmoT: TuteTibiImperes: granolasteak: TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, his business is selling those infuriatingly obnoxious incredibly loud horns for trucks that make them sound like locomotives. Given that, I'm not exactly upset that the police trashed it.

I hope you're being facetious about the "not exactly upset" part of your comment.

What's next?   "He were one of dem dark skinned folk, so I'm not exactly upset."  Or, "She weren't wearing a long enough skirt, so I'm not exactly upset."

Slippery slopes are....slippery.

I get the slippery slop argument, but I really, truly, detest the product that this guy sells.  It encourages and enables this kind of douchebaggery (based on the faceplate decal it actually appears these guys are using his company's product).

It's sort of how like when serial killers and child molesters get beat up in prison.  Yes, it's wrong, but it's hard to have sympathy for them.

I once considered putting one of those horns INSIDE my house as part of an alarm system.

Many burglars are so nervous they almost shiat themselves as it is.
Not only would the horn punish them, they would probably run away before they had the chance to steal anything.


Huh.  It appears you may have stumbled upon the one non-asshole potential use for those horns.  That actually doesn't sound like an awful idea.
 
2014-06-07 01:07:44 AM  

CruiserTwelve: TuteTibiImperes: It's sort of how like when serial killers and child molesters get beat up in prison. Yes, it's wrong, but it's hard to have sympathy for them.

Yeah, the air horns are annoying as hell and possibly illegal, but that doesn't excuse this unnecessary and borderline legal search. I wish they'd legalize cannabis everywhere like they have in Colorado and put an end to this stuff.


I'm with you there.  I'm really hoping that legalization starts spreading quickly now that WA and CO have broken the dam so to speak.
 
2014-06-07 01:08:01 AM  

CruiserTwelve: TuteTibiImperes: It's sort of how like when serial killers and child molesters get beat up in prison. Yes, it's wrong, but it's hard to have sympathy for them.

Yeah, the air horns are annoying as hell and possibly illegal, but that doesn't excuse this unnecessary and borderline legal search. I wish they'd legalize cannabis everywhere like they have in Colorado and put an end to this stuff.


Yes, but then who would the cops arrest, and how will the jails make up for lost fine/bail revenue?
 
2014-06-07 01:14:38 AM  

Trance750: Yes, but then who would the cops arrest


Black people.
 
2014-06-07 01:26:41 AM  

granolasteak: I have no idea how this can possibly be legal.  How can that PD possibly justify destroying personal property (as well as a man's business) without a warrant?  I thought they had to get permission to enter a domicile, why not a vehicle?  And what gave them the right to pull out wires and disable his equipment???


Because we signed up for a for profit police state because we love two things - getting abused by corporations and wetting ourselves like snivelling children about the horror of non violent crime.
 
2014-06-07 01:28:02 AM  
First they came for the douchebags and I said nothing because I support noise ordinances...
 
2014-06-07 04:06:34 AM  

Trance750: Yes, but then who would the cops arrest, and how will the jails make up for lost fine/bail revenue?


Doesn't seem to be an issue in Colorado. Most cops are happy they don't have to enforce marijuana laws.
 
2014-06-07 04:14:47 AM  
Cops are criminals hiding behind a badge.
 
2014-06-07 04:15:21 AM  

doglover: Trance750: Yes, but then who would the cops arrest

Black people.


As long as there are dogs to be shot, the police will have plenty of work.
 
2014-06-07 04:18:59 AM  
i.imgur.com

That guy?  That truck?  Those horns?  Juicy J?  Abuse of police power?  I just don't know whom to side with here.  Let's just nuke 'em all from orbit.
 
2014-06-07 04:22:24 AM  

doglover: Trance750: Yes, but then who would the cops arrest

Black people.


But isn't pot illegalization was a means to that end?
 
2014-06-07 04:23:08 AM  

Radak: But isn't pot illegalization was a means to that end?


FTFM.
 
2014-06-07 04:24:39 AM  

granolasteak: I have no idea how this can possibly be legal.


It's not legal, but what are you going to do--call the cops?
 
2014-06-07 04:27:33 AM  

flondrix: granolasteak: I have no idea how this can possibly be legal.

It's not legal, but what are you going to do--call the cops?


I had a friend who had a similar problem when someone stole his (illegal) radar detector.
 
2014-06-07 04:28:26 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: I get the slippery slop argument,


It happens when you have sloppy slippers.
 
2014-06-07 04:34:01 AM  

TommyymmoT: I once considered putting one of those horns INSIDE my house as part of an alarm system.


Surely god would punish you by having it go off suddenly when you were on the crapper.
 
2014-06-07 04:35:05 AM  
Jeez, how many police abuses would we eliminate if we just made pot legal? No more "I smelled pot so I decided it was my duty to violate the 4th amendment."
 
2014-06-07 04:35:33 AM  
Under any other circumstances this would be an example of blatant disregard for a citizens rights and the police overstepping their bounds but in this case, they were looking for drugs. We must protect our children and society. You can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs.
 
2014-06-07 04:36:35 AM  
Meanwhile the vehicle next to his probably had a pound of primo weed sitting in plain sight on the back seat.
 
2014-06-07 04:39:40 AM  

Catlenfell: Meanwhile the vehicle next to his probably had a pound of primo weed sitting in plain sight on the back seat.


This
 
2014-06-07 04:41:39 AM  
s.hornblasters.com
Yes.  That's his actual logo.
 
2014-06-07 04:42:20 AM  

gibbon1: TommyymmoT: I once considered putting one of those horns INSIDE my house as part of an alarm system.

Surely god would punish you by having it go off suddenly when you were on the crapper.


It would create an atrium in my bathroom.
Have you ever been near a fire truck when they blew the 'big horn'?

I can barely imagine what it would be like indoors.
Extensive hearing protection would be required just to work on the thing.
 
2014-06-07 04:44:02 AM  

mooseyfate: Yes.  That's his actual logo.


What's his fark handle?
 
2014-06-07 04:45:23 AM  
I hate this LEO-hate that comes up on threads like this.  I love our local LEOs.  They're amazing men and women, and every single one of them works damned hard and is as honest as they come

Maybe my town is an oddity, but I just don't get the gangbanger attitude that seems to be rampant in some officers in some other cities.

And it's frightening to think that people like those responding here, average joes so to speak, are raising their children to fear and hate law enforcement.  It's frightening that it even seems reasonable to fear law enforcement in any shape.

End the war on drugs and end 3/4 of the problems people are arrested for.  Make prostitution safe and legal and end the other 1/4.   The straggly idiots who stilll commit crimes after that are worth shooting, anyway.
 
2014-06-07 04:47:03 AM  
They arrested the truck.

But seriously they do this crap a lot. I know a few people who have had their cars towed, impounded and search because it was suspicious. They ended up having to pay impound fees to get their cars back to find them stripped of stereo equipment and any of value they had in it stolen.
 
2014-06-07 04:47:10 AM  
Well maybe you'll think about driving something other than your life savings the next time you go see Juicy J.
 
2014-06-07 04:54:09 AM  

mooseyfate: [s.hornblasters.com image 200x150]
Yes.  That's his actual logo.


img.fark.net
Air horn seller in cartoon logo shocker! More news as the story develops.
 
2014-06-07 04:54:41 AM  

ongbok: They arrested the truck.

But seriously they do this crap a lot. I know a few people who have had their cars towed, impounded and search because it was suspicious. They ended up having to pay impound fees to get their cars back to find them stripped of stereo equipment and any of value they had in it stolen.


This kind of thing not only infuriates me, it really stuns me.  I don't have a reality setting where the police are the bad guys.

My husband, as a Chief in the FD, has stricter rules on his conduct than it seems many LEOs in other states do.  It's just shocking.  People should be able to trust, without question, those who commit to protect and serve.  And this sort of theft should be not just actionable, but a demanded actionable offense.  No way to get out of it, no excuses.

Most of us expect that when we call 911, the people who show up will be compassionate, competent, honest, sober, and hardworking.  Any deviation from that is just ...appalling.  Absolutely appalling.
 
2014-06-07 04:54:56 AM  

twiztedjustin: Well maybe you'll think about driving something other than your life savings the next time you go see Juicy J.


Herrrppp
 
2014-06-07 04:58:52 AM  
This is why you always leave a note.
 
2014-06-07 05:09:22 AM  
Wow, this abuse of power really infuriates me. How dare these asshole cops overstep their boundaries and ruin the property of a law abiding citizen. I'm so pissed off right now, I'm shaking. I need something to calm me down.
 
2014-06-07 05:09:34 AM  
The smell of marijuana is pretty farking worthless as evidence of any crime. Or maybe I've been in Hawaii too long. Seriously, I can walk down any street nearby and smell it somewhere. I smell it at the beach (often from quite far away, as the wind carries that smell for a long ways - I've smelled it from a boat offshore from people smoking onshore). I smell it everywhere.

How does anyone know that it didn't originate from some other source? How can he be SURE that it's marijuana?

The whole thing is BS. Everyone knows it's BS. Hell, ALL the damn drugs should be legal just because the BS around their illegality - sending people to jail, destroying property, outright theft, not to mention the goddamned cartels - is way worse than the consequences of drugs being legal and available.

As for this guy, I don't care how much of a douche he is, cause the cops sure topped him.
 
2014-06-07 05:11:59 AM  

adamatari: The smell of marijuana is pretty farking worthless as evidence of any crime. Or maybe I've been in Hawaii too long. Seriously, I can walk down any street nearby and smell it somewhere. I smell it at the beach (often from quite far away, as the wind carries that smell for a long ways - I've smelled it from a boat offshore from people smoking onshore). I smell it everywhere.

How does anyone know that it didn't originate from some other source? How can he be SURE that it's marijuana?

The whole thing is BS. Everyone knows it's BS. Hell, ALL the damn drugs should be legal just because the BS around their illegality - sending people to jail, destroying property, outright theft, not to mention the goddamned cartels - is way worse than the consequences of drugs being legal and available.

As for this guy, I don't care how much of a douche he is, cause the cops sure topped him.


Especially at a concert in the parking lot.
 
2014-06-07 05:12:19 AM  
his truck after having attended a Juicy J concert in Ybor City, Florida
Sorry but Juicy J only fark with lean/syrup, and dogs can't smell that since it's RX
 
2014-06-07 05:14:36 AM  

adamatari: The smell of marijuana is pretty farking worthless as evidence of any crime. Or maybe I've been in Hawaii too long. Seriously, I can walk down any street nearby and smell it somewhere. I smell it at the beach (often from quite far away, as the wind carries that smell for a long ways - I've smelled it from a boat offshore from people smoking onshore). I smell it everywhere.

How does anyone know that it didn't originate from some other source? How can he be SURE that it's marijuana?

The whole thing is BS. Everyone knows it's BS. Hell, ALL the damn drugs should be legal just because the BS around their illegality - sending people to jail, destroying property, outright theft, not to mention the goddamned cartels - is way worse than the consequences of drugs being legal and available.

As for this guy, I don't care how much of a douche he is, cause the cops sure topped him.


I know stores that have incense that smell like weed
 
2014-06-07 05:26:32 AM  
The cops probably didn't like the air horns as well. They want to be the biggest peckerheads on the road.

I've seen this happen twice at 2 different state parks. Coming back to the car, and seeing cops or park security looking in people's cars (even using a flashlight during the daytime). One time there was a little commotion, because what appeared to be seeds and stems on the dash. We didn't stick around, we assumed they were going to wait for his return.
 
2014-06-07 05:37:47 AM  
I work with a guy here in Sweden, as blonde as most of you think all Swedes are. He's a big Juicy J fan. I often chide him for being the whitest guy ever to have attended a Juicy concert, but after reading this I can no longer say that with any integrity.
 
2014-06-07 05:50:04 AM  
"I've got my whole life savings into this truck"

Ugh.

/fark, fark
//fark, da police
///fark da police
 
2014-06-07 05:50:05 AM  
1. Make the cop pay for all repairs. Take it out of his pay check. Pay him minimum wage until the total amount is paid off.
2. Then fire his ass and ban him from working for any police department or security firm for the rest of his worthless life.
 
2014-06-07 06:01:02 AM  
TuteTibiImperes:

Now, on one hand, this seems to be an example of abuse of police power.

In light of recent Supreme Court decisions and the current makeup of the Supreme Court, I would argue that there is no such thing as abuse of police power.  It simply does not exist in the US today. Anything the police do is OK, precisely because they are the police. The exception being, if the person who was abused has lots of money.  Then, and only then, the court may consider the possibility that police powers were abused.
 
2014-06-07 06:05:10 AM  

granolasteak: I hate this LEO-hate that comes up on threads like this.  I love our local LEOs.  They're amazing men and women, and every single one of them works damned hard and is as honest as they come

Maybe my town is an oddity, but I just don't get the gangbanger attitude that seems to be rampant in some officers in some other cities.

And it's frightening to think that people like those responding here, average joes so to speak, are raising their children to fear and hate law enforcement.  It's frightening that it even seems reasonable to fear law enforcement in any shape.

End the war on drugs and end 3/4 of the problems people are arrested for.  Make prostitution safe and legal and end the other 1/4.   The straggly idiots who stilll commit crimes after that are worth shooting, anyway.


You just don't know how the cops in your town are crooked.
 
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