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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 Schrag4 on 1/15/2013 2:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


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