Just had a run in with a young guy at the door claiming to be Lance Corporal
soandoso from "the military" demanding to know who the homeowner was.
Got aggressive when I asked what his business was (apparently the
military needed to know for some "scheme").
He eventually produced a piece of card as identification which had no
photo and started with text along the lines of "I'm here trying to bring
you a friendly service ..." and there were some tick boxes on it and
someone has signed it.
He refused to leave and started swearing when I said I'd call the cops.
Any idea what this was? Some sort of scam?
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Used to have CCTV covering the doorway at my last house in Reading,
and it was very good for dealing with such things as door-to-door
scams, kids misbehaving in the street, fractious youths, etc. When I
installed it, we definitely had a problem with a bunch of the latter
getting out of hand, but a robbery and a CCTV enabled conviction
later, and suddenly word got around. The street was much quieter
If you do get CCTV, and it encodes the date and time into the video,
ensure that the clock is always correct, particularly after the clocks
have changed. Note that it should not enable you/her to see into
people's houses, or parts of their gardens where they might reasonably
expect to have their privacy respected. Note that you may have to put
a notice somewhere reasonably visible saying that CCTV is in use. You
may get people, even police officers, who do not know the law telling
you that you need to be licensed under the RIPA, but this is untrue.
I used a unit that was part of a porch light, which had the great
advantage that most people didn't know it was there, but for a number
of other reasons I couldn't recommend that make and model, even if I
could remember it.
On Sat, 02 Mar 2013 15:46:42 +0000, Alexander Lamaison
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Ah! I still have the newscutting of that ...
Soviet Soldiers Swapped Tank For Vodka
Frankfurt (AP) - Four Soviet soldiers lost while on manoeuvres in
Czechoslovakia sold their tank to a pub owner for two cases of vodka,
then were found sleeping it off in a forest two days later.
The tank was nowhere to be found. Authorities later learned that the
publican had broken up the tank and sold the pieces to a
metal-recycling centre, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported at
the weekend. The article was by Mr Ota Filip, a Czechoslovan emigré
Yesterday he said the episode occurred during Warsaw Pact exercises in
Czechoslovakia last year. He only learned of the incident in a letter
from reliable sources bought to him by "friends" three weeks ago. Mr
Filip's article quoted a report by police in eastern Bohemia.
The tank crew got lost as darkness was falling. It was cold, rainy,
and foggy and they were running out of vodka, since rations had been
cut as part of a Soviet campaign against alcoholism.
Around 9pm the tank drove a into a village where the only pub was
still open. The crew parked in a shed behind the building and went
into the pub as it was about to close
The soldiers had money for one bottle of vodka, but got three more
after the tank commander plunked down his gold wedding-ring.
At 11.15, the crew was spotted leaving the pub with two cases of vodka
and more than 61b of herring and pickles.
The men were found slumbering in a forest two days later. They told
local authorities and the Soviet military police they did not know
what had happened to the tank. The first clue turned up 10 days
later, when the head of a metal-recycling plant said he had just
bought a large amount of high-quality, sawn-up steel from a pub owner.
Investigators soon found the shell of the tank in the shed behind the
pub. The proprietor told the authorities he had acquired the tank for
24 bottles of vodka, with herring and pickles thrown in "as a gesture
Mr Filip said the fate of the pub owner and the Soviet soldiers was
In the 1960s, Mr Filip wrote several novels that angered the
Czechoslovak authorities. In 1970 he was jailed, then freed after 15
months and later allowed to emigrate.
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On Saturday, March 2, 2013 4:56:50 PM UTC, Broadback wrote:
It's not the money, it's the improbability of having spares bodies that aren't
in Afghanistan or somewhere.
You did use to see uniformed nurses rattling tins in stations to raise money
for hospital equipment; equally ludicrous. Never doctors, though; too busy
playing golf maybe.
They used to pretend to have speech impediments, 'spazzing', to get sympathy
and money. Presumably most people are wise to that and pretending to be a
squaddy is the current one.
You should have chinned the gobshite.
Someone much bigger than you, in an aggressive mood, at your door. You
have to get said bat from behind door, hopefully without him noticing
before you have it in your hands. Then you have to wield it
convincingly, possibly within the constraints of a narrow corridor and
certainly from within the house side of the door. And hope that he does
not manage to overcome you in his by-now even more heightened anger.
If you do manage to hit him, you might have to justify the
proportionality of your action to a court. "Could you have closed the
door and rung the police?". "I could, but I thought it made more sense
to cause bodily harm." Sounds as if it comes from the Vicky Pryce legal
Even if it did not get to that point, you can wind people up to the
point at which they are determined to get their own back - somehow.
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