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Crazy Lego Thieves

vadangvadang Member Posts: 47
edited June 2015 in Everything else LEGO
Anyone else see this?

http://abc7.com/news/cops-bust-$100k-lego-theft-ring/778243/

They would just walk out with carts full of Lego.  Cops didnt find the "motherload" they were looking for.  They must have a storage locker or something loaded with the supposed $100K worth of Lego sets.

Eeek!

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  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 647
    "Legos" *sigh*  -_-

    This is proof of how horrible people can be. Also interesting that they said LEGO has a high demand on the "black market." I'm sure what they meant was that the crooks would resell the sets for cheaper than RRP, but the way they phrased it has me picturing some shady characters trading drugs for LEGO in some fake alley. 
    EluneSumoLegobobabrickssnowhitieOmastarAdzbadboyAllBrickTheMaker37
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206

    that's kind of funny, the guys go in and out of the store multiple times with carts full of legos and no one notices it?

    why are we so stupid to pay, when all you have to do is enter, grab what you want and leave?

  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206
    illegal, yes. wrong, not sure. it's probably not right nor wrong, but depends on economical choices, how a society decides to distribute its goods, so of course, under a capitalist economy which relies on profit and lucrative property, that would be considered wrong.
    ninick_the_demonAllBrick
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,391
    edited June 2015
    Wow...craziness! Some of the comments in this thread are the most astounding I've ever read in this forum. Simply put...relative morality is the key a ingredient leading to anarchy. Am I missing something here?
    dougtsSumoLegoOmastarAdzbadboyAllBrickpharmjod
  • jnorlundjnorlund USAMember Posts: 32
    Makes you wonder if they had a mother lode somewhere else. Used to live in Santee.....
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206
    edited June 2015

    It's different, and I didn't talk about poor people. A shop is a place meant to distribute goods. My home isn't, you can't come and take what you want, even if you pay what it is worth.

    Anarchy is only the absence of a power above everything else, it doesn't exclude any type of organization or rules.

    ninick_the_demonAllBrick
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    Taking anything that doesn't belong to you for ANY reason is wrong, period. The golden rule applies every where. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    madforLEGOSethro3Omastar
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206

    you must mean taking something that is the property of someone else.

    I didn't say stealing was right btw

  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,112
    And those goods in the store are the property of someone else. Its wrong to come take what you want from there just like its wrong to take it from your home 
    Farmer_JohnmadforLEGOnatro220snowhitieOmastarMorkManAdzbadboy
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206

    well, we're not on the same page, which I guess is normal since we're talking about a capitalist business, and I was thinking of other ways to define the property of means of production.

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,351
    'Legos' was the first thing I noticed as well.

    We had some Lego thieves that were involved in a high speed car chase.

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/05/24/high-speed-chase-ontario-monroe-counties-ends-arrest-three-city/27881941/

    Omastar
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    It's America.  Every mainstream article or casual conversation of any kind uses the word Legos.
    Omastar
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,351
    Shouldn't it be Legoes?
    Omastar
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 647
    ^Yes, because potatoes. 
    andheXefangmonkey76snowhitieOmastarAdzbadboy
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,351
    If they're going to screw up the grammar, they should screw it up correctly.
    XefanOmastarzipsforbananasstluxcatwrangler
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,230
    I like having potatoes with my Terran.
    SumoLegoOmastar
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,204
    So do they employ a security guard? If crooks are able to walk out with full trollies then the store seems at fault too.
    ninick_the_demonOmastar
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 647
    ^Aren't there normally alarms too that recognize when products leave the store? Someone who justs stuffs something in their pocket or under their coat could move quickly, jump in their car and be gone, but if these people were running off with cartloads, that must have at least taken a little bit of time to put in their car before they drove off. You would think there'd be someone to run after them. 
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    Only certain products have sensors.  Most toys do not.
    gmonkey76Omastar
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,082
    edited June 2015
    Most bigbox stores have learned that it is not wise/ is dangerous to confront thieves so it's not real hard to run out the door with unpaid merchandise. The best that can be done is to get a license plate number of the vehicle on the security camera and call 911. Often times there is a policeman in larger stores (particularly Walmart) that can react quickly but smaller venues like TRU would be pretty easy pickings. 

    A civilized society depends on the integrity of each individual. If that is lost with the majority, we will have anarchy.  
    dougtsOmastar
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206
    that's what's weird, it sounds like the store didn't give a damn. they must surely check inventory and the amount of sales, so they would notice this kind of discrepancy before it reaches such amounts.
  • Lind_WhispererLind_Whisperer ZotaxMember Posts: 65
    It was both LEGO and Disney Frozen merchandise - the Frozen stuff probably hikes the dollar amount way up.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    I think the proper APA book states legos is the proper use. Even though LEGO themselves stated that it should be written as LEGO in all capital letters with no "s"
    Omastar
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,351
    Moose!  Deer!

    Although I did see my local news telecast 'deers' recently.

    I TiVo'ed it but nobody in my immediate family cared about the mistake.
    andheOmastarLostInTranslation
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    Disgusting. Thinking I work a day job and work my tail end  off to buy my kids some nice toys and myself while others waltz in and steal. Thieves are nothing short of trash. I hope they get fried by our "judicial" system.
    ChrisbstmdougtsOmastar
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206
    it sounds more like jealousy than like justice :/
    ninick_the_demon
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    edited June 2015
    @Fauch Me? REALLY? Jealous is not the right word whatsoever. Are you saying I do not have the right to be mad at thieves and hoping they get busted? If you think I am jealous well you have another thing coming. I work hard and saying someone should get it trouble for stealing is not jealousy but a sensable reaction. I cannot believe that... jealous... ha. 
    ChrisbstmdougtsmadforLEGOLordofLegoOmastar
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,230
    Jealousy? I think someone is trolling pretty hard. Let's not feed the troll and pay him no mind.
    BACbrixRonyardougtsmadforLEGOOmastar
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,351
    ^ How am I going to get across the bridge - the grass is greener on the other side?  

    And apparently free Lego.  
    BACbrixTXLegoguyOmastarVorpalRyugmonkey76pharmjod
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206
    I may have misinterpreted "hope they get fried", it didn't sound like a sensible reaction to me, unless you didn't literally mean to fry them.
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    If you thought "fried" like electric chair then no. I mean to crack down on the criminals hard and not let them tip toe around the case by only getting 18 months and a fine. 
    Omastar
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206
    yeah, I thought like the electric chair.
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 743
    ^ that was my immediate interpretation as well.
    Omastar
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,351
    Let's all be too literal.

    Can we turn this back into snide comments about criminals begin caught stealing or trafficking Lego?  (Legos... Legoes... Legeese... )
    OmastarVorpalRyu
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    Besides, we don't use the chair any more.
    BACbrixOmastar
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    Yeah I thought they would understand the connotation of my message. But either way my point is what these people did was criminal and stealing is wrong but kids toys is a new low.
    Omastar
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,172
    ^^-They may have to though due to lack of drugs to give lethal injections.

    As for these thieves, they should, and likely will, see jail time. However I am torn between seeing people 'get justice' and subsidizing someones free room and three meals a day for a prolonged period when an assault was not involved. They should also have to perform community service. Like go to schools and explain that they are thieves and it is wrong, and make them do it for like 3 years.
    Shame, it seems, is the only form of punishment most people fear these days.
    oldtodd33OmastarSethro3pharmjod
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206

    good idea, if it is well prepared. children aren't stupid, they know stealing is wrong, but there are obvious benefits. it is understandable that kids from disadvantaged areas may find it tempting, not understanding why they have so little when some other kids can have absolutely all they want.

  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,206

    I dunno if people don't want to work, but they probably want to know that what they do is useful. if you work your ass off only to get everything taken away from you, you'll end up thinking, why even bother? and it seems it's happening to a lot of workers, we are asked to do always more efforts and are greeted by seeing our advantages disappear one after the others, because it will presumably save the economy (most likely after we will all be dead)

    I have no idea why this guy would steal, though I would guess he paid his house with other people's works (or his profits in other words)

    the value of money is a difficult subject, I would say it has no intrisic value. some people even consider money was created as a subtle way to plunder people. after all, how do you get people to work for you?

  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    So, who's ahead in the NBA finals?
    BACbrixSumoLego
  • BACbrixBACbrix AmericaMember Posts: 655
    Lol it is all about hockey and my hometown Lightning @TheLoneTensor ;
    SumoLego
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    edited June 2015
    This is California.  For those who reside there, please don't leave and infect other States. :smiley: 
    SumoLego
  • michallmichall czMember Posts: 3
       BACbrix said:
    Lol it is all about hockey and my hometown Lightning @TheLoneTensor ;
    ´Hawks in 6. Unfortunately ;)
    BACbrix
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,425
    edited June 2015
    Since we're talking about theft...

    Reminds me of this crazy story: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/VP-of-Palo-Altos-SAP-Arrested-in-Lego-Scam-152320475.html

    And this dude could AFFORD them but just wanted to profit at a price.
  • matticus_bricksmatticus_bricks Member Posts: 647
    edited June 2015
    "Langenbach bought a $279 box of Millenium Falcon box of LEGOS"

    He did what? Research please, reporters. -_- And correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember there ever being a $279 Millennium Falcon. Still, what this guy did was unbelievable. I'm glad they caught him, but with the way security cameras are today, I'm surprised he wasn't caught sooner. And wouldn't the cashier notice a stickered on barcode where there shouldn't be one?
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,010
    You'd be amazed what cashiers do and don't notice - If the sticker is over the existing barcode most would just assume it's meant to be there.

    a friend of mine told me a story about how last year he paid for some stuff at tesco totalling about £3 with a £5 note, but needed a few 20p coins for a machine (I forget which one) and when he asked the cashier id he could have a couple of twenties in the change she actually handed him a couple of £20 notes. Being an honest sort he gave them back and corrected her or she could have been in some serious trouble when the discrepancy was noticed.
    madforLEGOMattDawson
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