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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 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.


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