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    Were you ever a victim of a crime? If you don't mind, please share....


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    I've been robbed at gun-point 3 times in my life. Once, standing at a bus stop, once working as a manager of a pizza restaurant, and once walking from one bar to another.


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    Yes. It was all very drunk and, in hindsight, hilarious.

    About 15 years ago now I lived in Brixton. Lovely place in general, seriously - nice restaurants, good shopping, and legendary music. Still, you had to put up with kids chasing each other with knives whern they got drunk late at night, and suchlike phenomena.

    I should have known better, but when you've been drinking the world seems a safer place: so on my way home after the night out I had the minicab drop me off at the 7-11, so I could get some Pringles.

    I got out and paid him and then a woman came up to me and asked me for the time (!) while I still stupidly was waving my wallet around. As I tried to address her query a wiry bloke with rather wild eyes snatched at my wallet. The woman kept trying to talk to me as he twisted it out of my grip and ran.

    In slow motion (did I mention I'd been drinking), I started bellowing "Stop, thief!", and then proceeded to do about the silliest thing I've ever done: I ran after him. I quickly gave up as it became apparent that: I was running less effectively than a pregnant hippo and was out of both breath and energy; I had irretrievably lost him; I had got myself into the dark and lonely place under the rail station where it was odds on I would get knifed if I didn't get out immediately.

    So, about £150 poorer I went home without the Pringles.

    I strolled down to the Police Station the next day and reported it and they were awfully attentive and sympathetic. As an upshot, I received two letters from Victim Support Groups with offers of counselling and group therapy. These I found really, really, funny as, at no time during the entire incident had I ever felt the least bit scared, and whilst I was angry with myself at my stupidity, I hadn't let it turn into self-loathing or anything. I thought the whole incident, bar the loss of the money, a great joke, but there you go.

    Also, a week later, I was called and asked if I could attend a line-up because they thought they'd caught/identified the bloke involved. They called me a day before to say they're had to cancel, but would reschedule. They never got in touch afterwards, and once my salary came in for the next month and I was off the lentils and rice I considered it a fair price to pay, overall, for the experience. Could have been worse. Or could never have happened and then where would I be when people like you ask for anecdotes like these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinewarrio
    Yes. It was all very drunk and, in hindsight, hilarious.

    About 15 years ago now I lived in Brixton. Lovely place in general, seriously - nice restaurants, good shopping, and legendary music. Still, you had to put up with kids chasing each other with knives whern they got drunk late at night, and suchlike phenomena.

    I should have known better, but when you've been drinking the world seems a safer place: so on my way home after the night out I had the minicab drop me off at the 7-11, so I could get some Pringles.

    I got out and paid him and then a woman came up to me and asked me for the time (!) while I still stupidly was waving my wallet around. As I tried to address her query a wiry bloke with rather wild eyes snatched at my wallet. The woman kept trying to talk to me as he twisted it out of my grip and ran.

    In slow motion (did I mention I'd been drinking), I started bellowing "Stop, thief!", and then proceeded to do about the silliest thing I've ever done: I ran after him. I quickly gave up as it became apparent that: I was running less effectively than a pregnant hippo and was out of both breath and energy; I had irretrievably lost him; I had got myself into the dark and lonely place under the rail station where it was odds on I would get knifed if I didn't get out immediately.

    So, about £150 poorer I went home without the Pringles.

    I strolled down to the Police Station the next day and reported it and they were awfully attentive and sympathetic. As an upshot, I received two letters from Victim Support Groups with offers of counselling and group therapy. These I found really, really, funny as, at no time during the entire incident had I ever felt the least bit scared, and whilst I was angry with myself at my stupidity, I hadn't let it turn into self-loathing or anything. I thought the whole incident, bar the loss of the money, a great joke, but there you go.

    Also, a week later, I was called and asked if I could attend a line-up because they thought they'd caught/identified the bloke involved. They called me a day before to say they're had to cancel, but would reschedule. They never got in touch afterwards, and once my salary came in for the next month and I was off the lentils and rice I considered it a fair price to pay, overall, for the experience. Could have been worse. Or could never have happened and then where would I be when people like you ask for anecdotes like these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by svwillmer
    Everything happens for a reason :wink:.
    yep - goes to show that pringles are bad for your health + they're bloody expensive !
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    Quote Originally Posted by svwillmer
    Everything happens for a reason :wink:.
    yep - goes to show that pringles are bad for your health + they're bloody expensive !
    That was certainly my take on it. :P
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    About ten years ago, my sister's apartment was robbed. My Grandpa was in the hospital at the time and my sister was staying with my Grandma. I guess the thieves knew that the apartment was empty during the nights. She was going to show me the apartment for the first time... and when we walked in, she said "Where's my TV?! Where's my ____?!, etc."

    She was pretty disturbed by it and has been, ever since, vigilant.

    Many items were stolen, including women's clothes and makeup. My sister took that as evidence that a female did the burglary. I was skeptical. I thought the female items were taken possibly as a smokescreen. Typically, females aren't as brazen as males....

    Her place was entered through a window that was pryed open.

    The police dusted for fingerprints, but that was about it. The thieves were never caught.

    Lessons to be learned from this (as a minimum) were:
    Try to avoid first-floor apartments, and put cut-to-length pieces of wood in the windows so that they cannot be opened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william
    ...brazen...
    Don't you mean clever?

    Joke joke :wink:.
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    The closest I've been to being victim of a crime was when terrorists bombed something very very close to our home, although we didn't suffered any damage beyond the trill. Also it sucked to see the blast damage for days until they cleaned and repaired it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    I've been robbed at gun-point 3 times in my life. Once, standing at a bus stop, once working as a manager of a pizza restaurant, and once walking from one bar to another.
    If you'd just paid the girl like any decent punter.........
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    4 years there was a burgling in our house, in the middle of on the day!
    I was pretty scared about it, i was very young and the idea that were there strangers in our own house was scary.

    later I heard that 2 weeks before this there was a burglary in the house of our neigbours. My parents never told me that, I was glad they didn't, because I would probably haven't slept all night.

    A lot of things were gone. After the police , the CSI's came. that was pretty cool how they came with their silver case and their cool tools ^^.

    I think that is the only time a was a victim of a " big" crime. besides little thingies like a bike (It's very normal for your bike to get stolen if your dutch ) or a wallet (with not much in it).
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    I ran after him. I quickly gave up as it became apparent that: I was running less effectively than a pregnant hippo and was out of both breath and energy; I had irretrievably lost him; I had got myself into the dark and lonely place under the rail station where it was odds on I would get knifed if I didn't get out immediately.
    Thank god you are safe...
    It frightens me to think what might have been.

    Oh, and of course, you too, Mac. Your experiences sound terrifying to say the least.....though a little doubtful (forgive me)
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    My Nana's house was robbed when I was in the junior schools. The joke was that, even though it was their house, our family stayed there without them for the night - becauase they had to go back home (It was a holiday house) So teh only night that we were staying without them, we leave the window open, because it was bloody hot. I got up in the morning, and I wanted to go on the laptop we bought up. I couldn't find it, and that was about 7 in the morning. 10 in the morning, nad my parnets get up, ask me and my sister if we had the laptop then they say we were robbed. They took the laptop, mums purse, wallet, camera, phone... the little stuff that you leave on the table if you can't be stuffed putting it away.
    If they turned oround, they would have found my dads phone, wallet and the car keys (A sencond pair - the first of which were in my mums purse) Without any money, we would have been skerewed!
    Yeah, but the phone and camera needed a charger, and they didn't take them... the laptop needed a power-on password, which -the police said- means that it will probebly be found on the side of the road somewhere!

    Well, the joke was on them really... they got a whole lot of useless junk for a 15 second swipe of the living room.
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    yes. I live on espoo, Finland. Once, middle of day my doorbell ring and i open door. There was two very big man and immediately they stabbed me in chest and run away. So i get in hospital and everything was very obscure, i didn`t have any idea why they stapped me. after couple of month i get envelope, there was letter and 500e. sender was russian male and message was: Hello victim. i stabbed you cople month a go and i am very sorry about that, we was looking another person who had same last name as you, so that was kind of accident. We give you this 500e for pain, ok?
    have a nice life!


    after that, everything was fine
    WHY!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalkhas
    yes. I live on espoo, Finland. Once, middle of day my doorbell ring and i open door. There was two very big man and immediately they stabbed me in chest and run away. So i get in hospital and everything was very obscure, i didn`t have any idea why they stapped me. after couple of month i get envelope, there was letter and 500e. sender was russian male and message was: Hello victim. i stabbed you cople month a go and i am very sorry about that, we was looking another person who had same last name as you, so that was kind of accident. We give you this 500e for pain, ok?
    have a nice life!


    after that, everything was fine
    ooookay.... i dunno why but i think your the stabber right? Understanding people with your IQ can be difficult.
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    Me and some friends got jumped once at night. I ran to the police station, and they wanted me to fill out paperwork. It was nonsense, I just ran from the cops and they followed me in a squad car with the spot light on me running down the side walk. It was hallarious in retrospect, only because my friends didn't get hurt too bad. I was like "Hey officer, can you give me a ride there we will both get there faster don't you think" I geuss he was having fun driving 7 miles an hour because he said that he couldn't. It was stupid, I told him "Do you really have to wait for me, they could be dead by now"

    obviously I didn't use that many words while sprinting

    I've never been helped by cops.
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    everyday on secular forums by secular people who refuse to listen to the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archaeologist
    everyday on secular forums by secular people who refuse to listen to the truth.
    By your definition everyone who does not adhere to your strict interpretation of Christianity is either a cultist, an atheist, or a devil worshiper. Sometimes all three at once.

    Mr. A, you don't have a monopoly on the truth. Stop behaving as if you do. Stop the self righteous claims that you have a direct line to God's thoughts and wishes. Try being humble for once. If you are actually correct in your beliefs there is truly no way you will get into heaven with your attitude. Very bad karma.
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    i doubt you can read my attitude via a few words posted on the internet. in fact i have yet to be arrogant and yes The Holy Spirit does give me the words to say and if you do not like them there is nothing i can do about it.

    it is your choice. God has made the rules and one of them is not 'ye shall know the interpretation and theinterpretationshall set you free'. thereis only one truth and thatis found in Jesus--Jesus said "i am the Way The Truth and the Life..." you cannot escape that fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archaeologist
    i doubt you can read my attitude via a few words posted on the internet.
    I believe you: you do doubt this. You doubt most things that are obvious. However, your attitude stinks and a blind shoe salesman with one leg and a butterfly collection could spot that within two paragraphs.
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    my attitude stinks...sorry but you have no idea what my attitude is. i do know that all of you assume what it is then you attack your assumptions after placing it upon me.
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    well its not me who was the victim but i was a witness to sexual assault and the victim is a very close friend, this happened a few weeks ago and now I'm need to be interviewed to try and help convict him :?
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    Yes I was murdered once back in 1972.
    Are you writing a book or what?
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