Las Vegas Man Tells Owners of Lost Sprint Phones to "Get Off My Lawn"
January 15, 2013 10:14 AM
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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."
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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RE: idiots and A-holes
1/15/2013 12:23:51 PM
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?
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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