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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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RE: idiots and A-holes
By mherlund on 1/15/2013 11:04:31 AM , Rating: 5
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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.


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