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An audiophile and petrolhead's journal: Buckle up! - Page 477
Gear mentioned in this thread:
LaFerrari update: It's tested, ready, and sitting at the factory, it would be here by now if we weren't waiting for the 458 Speciale. I got a killer price on air freight and they're going to be shipped together on a single two-car flat, then after a brief stop in Charlotte for prep, hopefully they'll arrive together.
Will there be a wallpaper of them 2 side by side?
People online love pictures; One, they seem to validate claims of ownership, and Two, who doesn't like to look at a pretty car? However, they don't do the owner of the vehicles any favors whatsoever, unless the person in question is a social media whore and/or they somehow make money off the pictures and videos, like those Tax the Rich boobs who rag out their parents' cars to make a few extra bucks. (The rich kids don't have to pay for the maintenance and repairs, so why not? Right?)
Anyhow, the general social climate in real life isn't too bad. Sure if I'm out in anything that looks expensive I get panhandled a lot (quite a lot, actually) just about anywhere I stop. Sometimes I don't even have to stop, I've had people run up to me at traffic lights, yelling for money for [insert BS reason here], thinking that I'm simply going to throw a wad of cash out the window, like some pre-Revolutionary French aristocrat. However, when I'm getting gas or stopping on an errand, I pretty much must comply to some degree. "Hey, I'm a little short, could you give me a $20 to fill my tank?" If I don't, it could lead to a confrontation, which could make me late to where I'm going or possibly even lead to violence. Since I don't like to argue with random people off the street, I often hand over the money.
Or at least I used to. Now I don't carry any cash at all and simply offer to swipe my card at their pump and they can get gas. However, since that's not what they really wanted, they often gripe that they'd already done that, or, they don't have their car with them, or, they need the money later to put in more gas to get to [insert BS state here]. After I show them that I don't carry cash, though, and just have a couple credit cards on me, they walk away, usually while mumbling nasty things about my parentage. Why not just give them the money? Because then they circulate your description (and oftentimes a photo too!*) in their network that you're an easy mark, which then means you get harassed even more often, everywhere you go. Network? Yes, successful, full-time panhandlers have networks, and even forums, where they talk shop and reveal good marks. Why? Because the more they squeeze you, the easier you are to squeeze, it's basic conditioning. If you often give money to people who beg, then guess what? You probably already have a profile with them. No, I'm not joking.
(*Yeah, I've had them turn around and take my picture after giving them money. How's that for gratitude?)
What does that have to do with posting pictures of your stuff online? Well, it's not hard to figure out where a person on a forum lives, especially if they're active there. At some point they're going to flub up, or even just mention it, and then the cat's out of the bag. At that point those networks I talked about have a reference. If they follow the breadcrumbs, ie. connect online conversations, etc.. they can find out who you are and even get an address. Then all kinds of nasty stuff can happen. Some evil SOBs burned that guy's cars because he refused to pay any more protection money, and he wasn't even really wealthy, they were hire cars that his family rents out as part of their business. At first I didn't want to mention it here, but I've already received blackmail demands and threats, quite possibly from what I've already posted here (unconfirmed). Instead of complying I immediately called the Feds, local police, and even hired a PI firm to help track those people down, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, in both criminal and civil court. No matter what it costs I'll go after anyone who does that, out of sheer principle. That's just the way I'm made.
You probably have noticed that I've not posted here as frequently of late, and well, that's why. Actually I was advised that it would be best if I removed all traces that I was ever on this forum. I'm not going to do that, but I am going to change some of my habits, and that's really all I have to say about that. It's just a shame that a few scumbags have to screw things up, but isn't that true in most matters?
Don't quote this post, I'll probably delete it soon, along with several other things I've posted over the last couple years, and don't want to have to hassle a mod to get your post edited.
Edited by Magick Man - Today at 11:28 am
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Good for you holding on to your principles and prosecuting them. I applaud you. It's a scary world and someone like you who has the wherewithal that others covet are in a tough spot.
It sucks to be honest. Our world is going in the wrong direction.
Just got back from vacation and found a broken window (kids threw a rock through it) on my trailer, then two days later someone stole one of my deep cell trailer batteries. Pisses me off.
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But back to your situation - this is just not right. It's a clear sign that our species is on the wrong path. While part of the society is killing themselves trying to make things better for themselves and for others, the rest are trying to take what they didn't work for, and then blame everyone and everything when they don't get what they want. I could never be a panhandler - and I simply do not buy the "you've never been hungry" arguments. If we're talking about starving Ethiopians, I would agree with the concept - but not someone asking for dollars at a gas station in the USA. IMHO, there are only two reasons someone is panhandling in America: 1) They have a mental illness and have been conditioned to use panhandling as a means of survival, or 2) They consciously choose to panhandle as their means of survival. Both are the fault of society - in the case of the former, society is taking the easy way out and choosing to ignore the fact that the population of mentally-ill people is significant and needs to be dealt with in a systematic (and in many cases institutional) manner. In the case of the latter, society is is ALSO taking the easy way out and choosing NOT to try to discern the difference between the truly mentally ill and the people that are simply leeches and need to be kicked in the @ss. We'll never be perfect at figuring out where to draw the line - but NOT being willing to draw the line is helping no one.
I refuse to apologize for the human species, because quite frankly, I'm not sure the people you are talking about *are* part of the same species we are. Other than biology, I see little evidence that they are.