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"I don't care about these technology pets they have."

It's no fun being Wayne Dobson. Dobson isn't famous; he is a normal guy who lives in a home in northern Las Vegas. The problem is that a glitch with wireless carrier Sprint in the area sends a lot of people that use an app to find their lost smartphone to his front door.

According to the 59-year-old man, over the past two years, he has had multiple people show up at his door at all hours of the day and night demanding that he return their lost phone.

"It's very difficult to say, 'I don't have your phone,' in any other way other than, 'I don't have your phone,'" Dobson said.

The police have been sent to Dobson's home twice by mistake on domestic violence calls. The problem has become so persistent that Dobson has posted signs on the front door telling people he doesn't have their phone and to call the police.

The issue that keeps sending people to Dobson's door appears to be limited to some owners of Sprint mobile phones. Sprint officials have said they are researching the problem at this time.

"It's a hell of a problem," Dobson said. "It would be nice to be able to get a good night's sleep."

Dobson said the first time this happened was in 2011 at around midnight on weekend with an upset couple banging on his door demanding their phone back. Dobson and the couple ended up calling the police.

Dobson told the police, "I just said, 'I don't know these people; I don't go where they go.' I'm 59 years old. I don't care about these technology pets they have."

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal



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idiots and A-holes
By kattanna on 1/15/2013 10:37:08 AM , Rating: 2
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Dobson said the first time this happened was in 2011 at around midnight on weekend with an upset couple banging on his door demanding their phone back. Dobson and the couple ended up calling the police.


so.. some app tells you your phone is at a location and you show up .. in the middle of the night.. to a private residence.. and start banging on the door demanding your phone back?.. all without calling the cops first?

I'd like to see them do that to MY door, cause it would have been answered just like in the photo with clint..




RE: idiots and A-holes
By GulWestfale on 1/15/2013 10:40:43 AM , Rating: 5
haven't you read stories of elderly people driving their cars into lakes and rivers because their navigation systems told them to? technology is no replacement for common sense; a machine is only as smart as the person using it.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Nortel on 1/15/2013 10:54:43 AM , Rating: 3
you sir are obviously not a lawyer


RE: idiots and A-holes
By GulWestfale on 1/15/2013 11:06:27 AM , Rating: 5
not an american one lol


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Mitch101 on 1/15/2013 11:13:59 AM , Rating: 5
Or Al Nino of Nipomo California for the weather.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=199...


RE: idiots and A-holes
By lennylim on 1/15/2013 2:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
Is that for real or something out of The Onion?


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Mitch101 on 1/16/2013 11:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
Its legit I remember seeing the guy inteviewed on the news. I just did a quick google because there had to be an article out there that the first one I found.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Flunk on 1/15/2013 10:40:50 AM , Rating: 3
And you would likely find yourself in jail. Life is not a movie.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Litzner on 1/15/2013 10:45:49 AM , Rating: 1
You are within all your legal rights to answer your door with gun in tow, even if it is the police.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By mherlund on 1/15/2013 11:04:31 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
You are within all your legal rights to answer your door with gun in tow, even if it is the police.

Even if you are within your rights, that would not be wise to do.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By GotThumbs on 1/15/2013 11:36:32 AM , Rating: 2
And any fool that goes banging on some strangers door after midnight is the real idiot.

I'd NEVER answer the door unless it was someone I knew and definitely not with out a weapon of some kind.

This is how home invasions happen!!!!!!

Those people are lucky the man does not come to the door with a shot-gun.

Where has common sense gone in this society?


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Omega215D on 1/15/2013 12:47:36 PM , Rating: 3
It's the damn ME generation. Considering that it's in Vegas many of the people were probably drunk, irresponsible or both.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Samus on 1/15/2013 1:08:02 PM , Rating: 3
I live in iffy part of Chicago (murder central of large cities in the US, but they're supposedly working on it...) and if someone knocks on my door I'm not expecting, especially late at night, I know where my Walther P22 is.

Unfortunately it, among many other great personal defense firearms, is on the Chicago Banned Guns list (a highly unconstitutional fabrication) so if I ever use it, I'm probably screwed anyway because it is registered at my other residence outside of the city.

On the flipside, most people should do what my wife just does, just ignore it. Women have the incredible ability to ignore things, especially men.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By djkrypplephite on 1/16/2013 3:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
The IL legislature did pass a law a few years back that gives self defense as an affirmative defense to prosecution in the case of banned firearms in any municipality being used in self-defense, so you're good there. There were a few cases right before the handgun ban got thrown out where they didn't even bother pressing charges because there was no point. Just FYI, don't fear.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By DT_Reader on 1/15/2013 12:40:14 PM , Rating: 5
If you live in Seattle or King County, WA, you're insane if you answer the door without a gun if it's the cops. And you'd better call the State Patrol before you open the door and video the entire encounter yourself. Myself, I'd call the State Patrol and hide in the basement.

Case after case of the cops killing or maiming innocent people, and they're always cleared by Internal Affairs with high praise for a job well done. We've gone from a nice safe place to live to a gang ridden cesspool, and the gang wears blue.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By roykahn on 1/15/2013 6:37:40 PM , Rating: 5
Nice comment. A sad story is that of Kenneth Chamberlain's fatal shooting by police. Have a read of some of the related stories here:
http://www.democracynow.org/topics/police_brutalit...

It's also weird reading the comments here about guns and sensing just how much fear exists in the USA. Perhaps it stems from an individualistic society. Perhaps people have an idea that a gun will keep them and their family safe while failing to accept the fact that a gun is more likely to make your family less safe (according to statistics). I guess the attitudes also come from a distrust of government and police and mistakenly believing that a gun will empower oneself against the government. You can't compete against state forces by yourself and rarely even when amongst many others. The right to bear arms was set at a time when the balance of force wasn't so skewed towards the state.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By tng on 1/16/13, Rating: 0
RE: idiots and A-holes
By ShieTar on 1/16/2013 8:59:24 AM , Rating: 5
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Lets face it, some of the highest crime areas in the US are in areas where there is very tight gun control, this is not a coincidence. Since guns were banned in the UK the incidence of home invasion and violent crime has skyrocketed. Being gunless has really help protect people there hasn't it?


Skyrocketed indeed: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69...

You can clearly see the sharp increase after 1997. If you stand on your head.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By tng on 1/16/13, Rating: 0
RE: idiots and A-holes
By ShieTar on 1/16/2013 11:11:02 AM , Rating: 3
But you won't, because you have a strong dislike against substantiating your opinions with data?


RE: idiots and A-holes
By johnsmith9875 on 1/15/2013 1:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
Knowing how trigger happy cops are (mainly because most haven't fired their service weapon in anger and would jump at the chance) No its not a good idea to show up carrying a gun when a cop is at your door.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By mmatis on 1/16/2013 9:30:56 AM , Rating: 2
The pigs will murder you if you do that in Florida. Here is just ONE example:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/07/18/48483.htm
How many more would you like?


RE: idiots and A-holes
By FITCamaro on 1/15/2013 11:33:26 AM , Rating: 1
Maybe you live somewhere where it's a crime. I don't. I had an unexpected knock on my door once well after dark around 9pm. You bet I grabbed my gun before I went to the door.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By arazok on 1/15/2013 11:50:08 AM , Rating: 5
Are you kidding?

It was after 9pm, so you grabbed your gun?

I don’t understand the American culture when it relates to guns. There’s an aura of paranoia about it I have never experienced. On a certain level I understand it – better safe than sorry. It’s just that I’ve never felt I live in a place where something requiring such a defense would ever happen.

If I get a knock on the door after 9PM, I just answer the door. The thought that it could be somebody dangerous doesn’t even cross my mind. It never happens where I live. Even at 3AM, I’d do it, just a bit more cautiously. I’d never assume I was ever in danger. I’d think it was the police or a distressed neighbor, never a criminal. It just doesn’t happen here.

I’m a libertarian at heart, but when it comes to guns I’m so glad they aren’t available up here. I’d hate to live like that.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By tng on 1/15/2013 12:09:50 PM , Rating: 2
9PM is kinda iffy IMO. Midnight, yeah that is uncalled for and yes the response should be escalated.

I have a camera on my front door and can bring it up on the big screen to see who it is first, then I decide if I need a sidearm.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By half_duplex on 1/15/13, Rating: 0
RE: idiots and A-holes
By arazok on 1/15/2013 1:09:57 PM , Rating: 3
No, I trust myself with a firearm. I’ve used them and owned them.

I just don’t feel I need one. Yes, there are people with illegal weapons where I live, and shootings happen. However, it’s rare enough that I feel like the worst case scenario is a fist fight or perhaps a guy pulls a knife on me.

Would I like a gun in those situations? Yes. Do I feel like it’s ever going to happen? No. In fact, I’d be more scared of an accident with my own guns, then I would be of an attack from somebody else’s.

If I lived in the US, I’d certainly have a gun. Your probably crazy not to have a gun in the US. It’s a self-perpetuating requirement. I think that’s my point… I’d rather be secure in my belief that I don’t need them, then secure in my belief that I’m protected by them.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Rukkian on 1/15/2013 1:23:22 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't listen to the retoric about the US, as I am pretty sure many more people do not have guns that those that do. While I have been in the military, and am comfortable around weapons, I do not feel the need for one at home where I live. Some of it depends on where you live.

The big thing here is that it is a right to bear arms, and even though I do not have one, do not think they should be outlawed, as others should have the right if they feel so inclined.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By HoosierEngineer5 on 1/15/2013 7:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have any, but I am very happy it is well known that others do. It certainly reduces the tendency for rational criminals to attempt something risky.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Manch on 1/15/2013 12:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
If you lived in some of the places I have, you'd have it with you 24/7. Not everyone gets to live in nice places.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By StevoLincolnite on 1/15/2013 4:59:27 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
If you lived in some of the places I have, you'd have it with you 24/7. Not everyone gets to live in nice places.


But everyone can move to a nicer place.
Great thing about free countries with the freedom of movement. :)

Personally, I've never seen the need for guns, I pay the police and the military for that, gun control has made them scarce over the last few decades.
So, coincidentally it's knives and forks (Not kidding) that people rob with, which is nothing a baseball bat can't fix.

But I'm with the other poster, I've never felt threatened or unsafe in my home or even when strangers show up at 2am.

Besides, my 3 legged guard cat would lick them to death.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By eagle470 on 1/15/2013 12:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
I live out in the Sticks of NE, you can bet your ass that if you show after dark, beating on my door, I'm walking to the closest to be near a gun, while someone else answers the door. Not everyone out here is sane and we've had more than one person threaten to shoot us over property lines and livestock 'smell'(stupid city people moving out to the country.) It is ALWAYS better safe than sorry, as some people just don't care. I've never had to brandish the firearm, but if push comes to shove, I will certainly put a round by their foot, or in their leg or in the heart as the need requires it. And not to be discriminatory, but older people seem to be less concerned with repercussions than younger people. There was a neighbor lady that walked in to the Registrar of Deeds office for the county and proceeded to rewrite property lines to what she thought they ought to be and demand that they be signed. She's not allowed back there anymore, she has to hire an attorney to go there now. But that's the way it is some places. It's always better to be careful. I mean, I ride a helmet on a motorcycle, why wouldn't I arm myself against the crazy neighbors?


RE: idiots and A-holes
By ClownPuncher on 1/15/2013 1:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, after 9-10pm I'd be checking the windows and armed if I didn't recognize someone. If you've never been robbed or assaulted, you're lucky. I hope you don't have to go through that.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Schrag4 on 1/15/2013 2:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If I get a knock on the door after 9PM, I just answer the door. The thought that it could be somebody dangerous doesn’t even cross my mind. It never happens where I live. Even at 3AM, I’d do it, just a bit more cautiously. I’d never assume I was ever in danger. I’d think it was the police or a distressed neighbor, never a criminal. It just doesn’t happen here.


It wouldn't take very long on google to find quite a few home invasions that took place in nice neighborhoods where that sort of thing "just doesn't happen here." The absence of guns in your neighborhood doesn't mean you might not be killed for your stuff with something else, like a knife. I suppose you would die happy knowing that neither you nor the criminal have a gun. Yes, some areas are more dangerous than others, but I don't care where you live, home invasions happen in even the nicest neighborhoods.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By arazok on 1/15/2013 4:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
Your absolutely correct. I know of several home invasions in my area. But I also know of two other facts associated with those invasions:

1. Over 90% of home invasions are targeted. The criminals knew the victims in some way (usually, the victims turn out to be criminals themselves)
2. In Canada, most home invasions do not involve guns.

It’s rare for a random home invasion to occur. Even though it could happen, it’s rare enough for me to say it almost certainly won’t.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Nyu on 1/15/2013 2:28:37 PM , Rating: 1
You probably live in a majorly whites country, cant compare to the US.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By FaaR on 1/15/2013 2:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because only brown people commit violent crime!

...Idiot.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Nyu on 1/15/2013 3:25:07 PM , Rating: 2
most of it.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Mint on 1/15/2013 8:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
Welcome to DailyTech, where ignorant comments like this get rated up...


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Nyu on 1/15/2013 11:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
Theres nothing ignorant about it, pure statistics straight from the police. That you dont like the truth or are too blind to see it, does not mean the stats are wrong.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By HoosierEngineer5 on 1/15/2013 7:36:20 PM , Rating: 2
Almost without exception, the guy with the gun won't shoot the stranger at the door on purpose unless he feels threatened. The paranoia in the US is generated by the media. It's the wackos who learn from the media how to successfully execute (pun intended) a high-profile act that we need to worry about.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By GotThumbs on 1/15/2013 11:38:38 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. Any reasonable person would be in fear for their life.

Ever heard of home invasions?

You must be waiting to be a statistic?


RE: idiots and A-holes
By kattanna on 1/15/2013 12:10:22 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Life is not a movie


LOL.. oh man.. thats funny.. as some one who figuratively and literally works in "hollywood", i understand that all to well

thanks for my days chuckle !


RE: idiots and A-holes
By rdhood on 1/15/2013 12:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And you would likely find yourself in jail. Life is not a movie.


OR you would likely find yourself and your children alive.

In a suburb of Atlanta last week, a women and her children were met with a pounding on their door, too. They did not answer it, but retreated to a closet with a crawl space... and with a gun. The perp saw them flee, and continued pounding louder and louder, and then broke the door down. He ransacked he house and continued to search for the occupants. When he discovered them, upstairs in a closet, he was met with a face full of .38 bullets.

So while you (those who can't see the purpose in coming to the door with a gun) live in a nice area and judge the rest of the world from your little space (and support stupid laws based on your experience), others are not so fortunate or trusting. Sometimes that knock at the door is danger, and the only thing that is going to deter it is a gun with a hi capacity magazine.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By johnsmith9875 on 1/15/2013 1:14:17 PM , Rating: 1
If she had sliced his arm off with a japanese katana that home invasion would have ended even quicker.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Rukkian on 1/15/2013 1:30:13 PM , Rating: 2
Why, because she and her kids would have been killed faster than it took her to kill the intruder? There is a saying about bringing a knife (even a big one) to a gun fight - doesn't usually end well for the person with the knife (or katana!). It is much easier to be proficient with a firearm than a katana.

While I don't own any firearms (probably never will), I understand others wanting to keep the right to protect themselves. Had they never been legal, then so be it, but there is no way to close the box once you open it. Even if you made all guns illegal tomorrow, anybody that wanted a gun could have one.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By Etsp on 1/15/2013 2:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
A high-capactiy magazine is good for killing many people in a short amount of time. A small capacity magazine is good for protection against home invaders.

Now, I hear these stories, and I hear these anecdotes, where a family benefited by having a gun in the home.

I ALSO hear that the NRA has fought tooth and nail against studies to determine how much gun ownership helps people vs how much it harms. That's because they know it paints a bleak picture for them.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By rdhood on 1/15/2013 4:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A high-capactiy magazine is good for killing many people in a short amount of time. A small capacity magazine is good for protection against home invaders.


3 home invaders. Would you rather have 6 rounds or 16? The woman I mentioned earlier had 6 rounds in a revolver. She used all 6 and did not kill the invader (left him crying face down for police to find). If there had been even one more perp, she and her children would have been in serious trouble.

There is a good case for hi cap pistol magazines.


RE: idiots and A-holes
By FITCamaro on 1/15/2013 11:32:00 AM , Rating: 3
This. I'd be armed.


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