Bad:"Selling candy for a school fundraiser"

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    Bad:"Selling candy for a school fundraiser"

    Bringing along her young son, the woman knocked on the door saying she was selling candy for a fundraiser for her boy's school. Homeowner said she didn't have any cash right now but to come back...

    The woman came back... pushed her way in... twisted and broke a finger to get a diamond ring, stole a purse and a car....

    Oh and by the way... she beat the two residents with a chair leg til they suffered concussions... one required 20 staples has ...

    What a wonderful world... sigh.

    Story here

    Hmmm... are things getting worse... or are we just hearing about more bad stuff..?

    another, slightly different version here
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    I just watched this one today from Mas Massad Ayoob "Don't Answer The Door!!!" - YouTube
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    This is horrible. Some criminal using a child as cover and attacking two elderly ladies. If this woman would have tried this with me....her kid would have been witness to her death. I always have my gun when answering the door. It may be under my needle work or a magazine, but it is in hand. I answered the door with my gun under my needlework one night and it was a Highway Patrolman asking about the neighbors. He never knew. The saying of "Be Prepared" is good for more than just Boy Scouts.
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    If you're willing to open the door to strangers, then BE PREPARED to get robbed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    If you're willing to open the door to strangers, then BE PREPARED to get robbed...
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    I just had someone knock on my door just this last monday night around 1030pm, looked out the window , he had stepped back about 12 feet on the walkway ,saw no one standing to either side of my front door so I opened it,I also have a metal security door locked at all times so I wasnt worried about getting attacked when I opened my front door. He was asking for someone who he thought lived here, sounded a little drunk to me, told him no and he just kept talking slurring with a mexican accent,almost every house on my block are mexicans, the rest of us(5 out of 30) are asians. so he probably was lost as to which house he wanted,my living room light was off so nice and dark inside when I opened it, so he couldnt see in. he just kept talking so I turned on my porch light and stepped outside onto the porch and again told him this was the wrong house. He saw me and got scared, said ok thank you and walked back out the fence. This is one of those times it pays to look like a scary felon who just got out of jail.haha, the rest of the time it sucks because its non stop police harassment.
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    NerdyV -- Sounds like all the right steps to take, when approached at home by a stranger.

    Simple precautions and circumspection can go a long way toward avoiding becoming a sacrificial sheep in such instances. You've got to have a sufficiently strong barrier to entry, such as a security door and stout framing to withstand forcible entry. You've got to play any approach as being from an unidentified person, until identity is made. You've got to be prepared to handle the potential for having been targeted. Calling the police or insurance company is all well and good, but that's for clean-up. Unless you're capable of withstanding forcible violence upon you on the instant it occurs, you might well never get to make any such call for after-incident services.
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    I answered the door the other night, it was late and a little unusual for someone to come-a-knockin' and I wasn't wearing a holster so I just carried my Glock to the door with me. Turns out it was my 25-YO daughter's new bf coming over to meet us. As I put the gun in the pocket of my cargo shorts I said, "Don't jump to any conclusions!" He had no doubt already jumped to a few.

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    Since I have retired, jumping to conclusions and pushing my luck are the only types of exercise I get anymore
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