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Were You Ever "Held Up" ?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Jul 27, 2014.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    Just reading about The Bellagio robbery got me thinking --
    Posters mentioned the scenario "Just Give Them The Money"
    I was wondering if anyone was "held up" ?
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    I spent one semester at a college that was in a rough ghetto.
    The first week I was there - a professor was axed to death in his apartment !
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    Later that semester - I was "Held up"
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    Was walking back from a pizza joint ( just off campus )
    with 3 other rather BIG guys.
    WE were 3 football players + a 6'5" basketball player.
    Two dubious MF'ers stopped us on the sidewalk --
    One guy had his hand in his jacket pocket - he asked for our money -
    Did he have a gun ?..........I'll never know ?
    And why he picked us ?........they had to be desperate !
    We all just stopped + there was this silence for several seconds -
    Then, the basketball player fired a unopened can of coke into the
    the face of the talking dude --- point blank --
    That guy staggered and fell into a garbage can - I don't remember what happened
    with the other guy --
    we just ran like hell !!!!!
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    So ?.......tell me your story
     
  2. merlin

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    Nope, crime avoids me.
     
  3. Sonya

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    Only once, when I was a teenager. I was working at an amusement park in the games. I had one of those aprons full of cash on my waist and I was standing out there all by my lonesome. I have no idea why nobody else ever tried it.

    Two guys were milling around and looking around. That made me nervous. Crowds thinned out and one of the guys walked over and made some small talk. Then he showed me a pistol and told me to give him my money. In training, we were told to hand it over if someone robbed us. So I did. I fiddled with the knot while looking around for anyone to make eye contact with me. I held my apron way out in front of me and he took it and they ran. My supervisor saw this and radioed for security and followed them. They caught them at the gate, trying to exit the park with my apron of cash.
     
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    Daughter JG was car-jacked at gunpoint in the lovely city of Plainfield NJ. She did the right thing,gave up the car immediately. A 99 Cavalier is NOT worth getting shot over. Guy was caught a few days later,Bloods member in the making ,car-jacking was one of his qualifications for membership.
    Car was recovered ,she cleaned it up and traded it in the same week for an Integra. Of course shortly after somebody ripped the steering columm apart trying to steal the Integra. I told her to look into a Yugo.
     
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    Mugged twice in Philly, once right in front of City Hall, the other at 30th and Clearfield in North Philly. Each time, the mugger allowed me to keep enough for bus fare.
     
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    Yeah... when I was about 11, I went up to a Lawson's (like a 7/11) on Copley Rd. in west Akron to get my mom some milk and a treat for me. Normally, I traveled with friends, but this time was solo. I got surrounded in the parking lot by 4 or 5 guys about 14 or so. As you know at that age, those guys are giants! At their demand I gave up my $5 bill and they pushed me in the bushes. When I returned home, my mom called the police. I still remember one of the officers (they rode 2 to a car) telling me I did the right thing by giving up the money and making me feel better about the whole situation. A good lesson in knowing when to "fold 'em."
     
  7. Kickin

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    I've had a couple of these types as kids where I'd get jumped or just surrounded by guys who took something from me. But the ones that crack me up when I think about them happened to my little brother. He once got jumped by some thugs who stole his trick-or-treat bag at the end of the night when it was packed to the brim. Another time he got jumped by some guys who choked him with his own bike chain and then stole the bike. It wasn't funny back then but nowadays we just laugh when we talk about it.
     
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    Have been pickpocketed but never held up. Also have had my cars broken into and my truck's wheels and tires stolen too.
     
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    April 2000. I had just gotten to Vegas and was staying at Paris. I get there late and find my friend passed out so I head up the strip to Holy Cow Brewery (corner of Sahara and the Strip). Got well lubricated and went over to Sahara where I imbibed even more. Now it's 3 AM and I cannot get a cab at all so I decide to walk. It's a beautiful April night. I get to where Wet-n-Wild water park was and a guy comes out of the shadows. He says, "Give me your money!" I say two words to him which the cops later say I shouldn't have said. The first word began with the letter "F" and the last word ended with the letter "U". That's the last thing that I remember before waking up with cops around me. He had hit me over the head (with what I do not know) took my wallet and my shoes. He got away with $37 in unmarked non sequential bills. Cops asked why I didn't just give the guy the money and I told them that it was the principle of the thing. That money belongs to the casinos, not to the crook. Vegas is a very dangerous place. That's why I've only been back 50 or 60 times since then.
     
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    LOL... great line!
     
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    I was "asked for a donation" at knife point in front of the Police Station in Nassau, Bahamas by a woman in the middle of the afternoon......this was around 25 years ago. I was pretty sure I could snap her like a twig, knife or no knife, so I gave her $10 and told her to piss off and quit bothering people.
     
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    Thankfully you weren't seriously injured....your story made me laugh pretty good.
     
  13. Nick61

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    Of course it's always advisable to give them the money.
    But what happens after that, depends on your particular thief. Some thieves want more than just money, particularly with female victims.

    Your chances of survival are far better, if the venue for the incident is not far off the beaten track. They don't want to make too much noise or attract attention, that aspect is definitely in your favor. Gunshots or somebody screaming from a stab wound makes a lot of noise. But if you're in a remote area, and you feel the situation isn't going to end well, it's very difficult to figure what is the right strategy--as in maybe I should fight this guy.
     
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