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(The Register)   In Armenia, if the electric company cuts power to your house, the acceptable response is to show up at their offices and pistol-whip some employees   ( divider line
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2006-01-09 11:57:24 AM  
When will people learn that you can't just pistol-whip all your problems away?
2006-01-09 12:02:53 PM  
New levels of customer-suckiness are reached every day.
2006-01-09 12:32:22 PM  
im going to pistol whip the next guy that says shennigans.

/something like that.
2006-01-09 12:33:02 PM  
a minister living in an apt? no wonder he was pissed
2006-01-09 12:33:44 PM  
Man, should be ArMeania.
2006-01-09 12:35:31 PM  
As a fellow Armenian, Maddox would be proud of this man's actions in taking on the situation.
2006-01-09 12:35:40 PM  
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Pistol Whip....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
2006-01-09 12:36:34 PM  
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Mmm... pistol whip...
2006-01-09 12:37:39 PM  
Beaten by StarshipPooper... damn

/second time ever posting
2006-01-09 12:38:32 PM  
Morgan Freeman unavailable for comment.
2006-01-09 12:40:02 PM  
Bravo. There have been plenty of times I'd like to crawl right through the phone line and bludgeon the smug little pencil-necked biatch on the other end who won't wait two days for their money. Electric companies (and utilities in general) know they have no competition, and therefore get to charge whatever they want, no matter how outrageous.
2006-01-09 12:42:13 PM  
Actually, the way you see some people hold a gun to "pistol whip" you makes no sense. They basically hold the barrel facing themselves and hit you with the butt of the pistol... right by the cocked firing pin. If I was going to hit someone, I believe the barrel would suffice. It won't hurt as much but if the damn gun goes off at least it will be them getting shot and not me.
2006-01-09 12:42:26 PM  
Until you pay for the production plants yourself, Mind Blender, be happy you have power at all
2006-01-09 12:51:08 PM  
can you imagine working the Customer Service department?
2006-01-09 12:51:35 PM  
In Russia, employees pistol-whip you.
2006-01-09 12:51:40 PM  
ok thnaks for the tip i'll be sure to do that next time
2006-01-09 12:52:49 PM  
Pistol-whipping is never the solution to your problems. When will people learn? use the gun in the manner in which it was intended?

\hammers cost less than pistols
2006-01-09 12:52:57 PM  
See? That's EXACTLY what I'm talking about.
2006-01-09 12:53:20 PM  
I spent a month in Armenia several years ago. Electricity was reliable, though a nice shock or two would be inevitable. Water was the really big problem, though. At the time, there was only running water for two hours in the morning and two at night (at least in Yerevan). You flushed the toilet with a bucket, and washed clothes in water that you'd heat by plugging in a very crude-looking wire-wrapped device. Then you'd drop it in the water (still plugged in). Yet, our host family had a Nintendo. Good times, good times.
2006-01-09 12:53:29 PM  
Ebenator: In Russia, employees pistol-whip you.

Beat me to it!
2006-01-09 12:55:06 PM  
In Russia, employees pistol-whip you.

we get that here in America too, but in a more figurative manner of speaking.
2006-01-09 12:57:15 PM  

it's called the "Shaft"
2006-01-09 01:02:36 PM  
From Wiki:

To pistol whip someone means to hit them with the butt or barrel of a handgun (pistol), typically in the head and shoulder area. This is usually done in order to knock them unconscious or to cause them pain, sometimes to elicit information and sometimes to punish.

Pistol whipping is a well-known clich in American popular culture, as it appears to be a simple method of asserting dominance. It was prominently featured in the film Equilibrium as a component of the fictional martial art of Gun Kata.

Contrary to fictional portrayals, there is no clear boundary between the force needed to render someone unconscious and the force needed to kill them, and all such blows to the head must be regarded as potentially fatal.

I actually liked that movie.. wasn't that bad at all.
2006-01-09 01:11:10 PM  
i knew some guys that got pistol whipped

lotsa blood
2006-01-09 01:14:38 PM  
If you use a revolver is it still called a pistol whip?
2006-01-09 01:14:56 PM  
I'm Armenian, and I approve of this methodology.
2006-01-09 01:17:07 PM  

Who uses revolvers anymore? Next you're going to ask what the term is if someone beat you up a musket.
2006-01-09 01:18:40 PM  
The electric company must be run by Turks
2006-01-09 01:20:12 PM  
that's just how we roll in Armenia, biatches
2006-01-09 01:22:27 PM  
Mind Blender

You appear to be a moran. For one, utility companies in the USA are not at all free to set their own prices.

For another, I have been extremely late paying some utility bills. They wait a hell of a lot longer than 2 days from the original due date before taking any action. And again, this is not from their own choice.
2006-01-09 01:26:43 PM  
Where's the hero tag?

Around Christmas I was traveling through a nearby town and saw this one business lit up with Christmas lights. Not only did they string up the building to the hilt, but roughly 60 or so trees that were on the property, and I'm talking wrapped from truck to up in the branches. You could see the glow from behind surrounding buildings. Closer inspection revealed to me that it was the headquarters for my electric company.

I expect to see a notice for a rate increase any day now.
2006-01-09 01:27:26 PM  
Everybody knows the phone police are the tough ones in Armenia anyway.
2006-01-09 01:30:53 PM  
Who uses revolvers anymore? Next you're going to ask what the term is if someone beat you up a musket.

I'm a renegade, vigilante-esque cop in San Francisco, and I still use one.
2006-01-09 01:32:29 PM  
In the book demon, one of john varelys characters beats someone with the barrel of the gun with the (mis)quote"Beat tehm with the grip? I didnt live to be 100 years old by doing something so stupid as pointing a gun barrel at myself."
2006-01-09 01:58:34 PM  
StarshipPooper: Who uses revolvers anymore?

Togusa in Ghost in the Shell does, and he lives in the future!
2006-01-09 02:10:02 PM  

Why? semi's are just as reliable now and you have a larger magazine capacity compared to a revolver. Would the trigger pull be you're reason? You can get a double action pistol that has the same trigger pull making it just as safe.
2006-01-09 02:11:25 PM  

Yeah, but that's not a common revolver. That's understandable. Like that gun they used in that movie Alien Nation.
2006-01-09 02:34:38 PM  
Armenian girls are disproportionately good-looking.

That's all I have to add.
2006-01-09 03:06:40 PM  
One advantage of a revolver is that it can be more easily stored fully loaded. Rounds loaded into a semiautomatic pistol compress a spring in the magazine, and over time, if the pistol is stored in this state, the spring weakens, and is less able to push the rounds into the chamber. A revolver has no spring tension and is better suited to home defense, if you're into that sort of thing.
2006-01-09 03:34:28 PM  
Smeek excluding the fact that pistol (revolver and semi auto) will punch through drywall and go into adjoining rooms with no problem, yes a revolver is smarter.

Excluding 00 buck and slugs, a 12, 20 gauge or .410 is completely adequate home defense. Most people instinctively (sp?) know the sound that a pump action shotgun makes when a round is chambered and freeze or immediately RUN at that sound.

/son of a marine
/Grandson of a Highway trooper and relative of a lot of renecks.
2006-01-09 03:35:53 PM  
*hopes people overlook the large amount of typo's in my previous post*
2006-01-09 04:00:25 PM  
...relative of a lot of renecks.

It shows.

/just joshin'
2006-01-09 04:18:26 PM  
Armenian bumper sticker:

2006-01-09 05:01:39 PM  
I'm goin, that's all there is to it.
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2006-01-09 05:08:21 PM  
"...Oveyan to call Armenskiye Electroseti and demand satisfaction"

Can't help but wonder what was so important he needed electricity for..

2006-01-09 06:18:58 PM  
Since he's no longer a member of armenia's govrnment do you think we could get him to emigrate and straighten out beurocracies in the US.
2006-01-09 08:04:47 PM  
Baku Today kinda sounds like an unreliable Azerbaijani newspaper, hmmmmm....
2006-01-09 09:10:34 PM  
"One advantage of a revolver is that it can be more easily stored fully loaded. Rounds loaded into a semiautomatic pistol compress a spring in the magazine, and over time, if the pistol is stored in this state, the spring weakens, and is less able to push the rounds into the chamber. A revolver has no spring tension and is better suited to home defense, if you're into that sort of thing."

Bullshiat. Ask any serious shooter or gunsmith: they will all tell you that what weakens springs is repeated compression/release cycles. I've heard of loaded magazines being left for decades and maintaining their strength. Revolvers can malfuction, for sure. All sorts of things can cause them problems. There is no such thing as a perfect mechanical device.
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