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 1:08:02 PM
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
1/16/2013 3:34:07 AM
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.
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