Pickpocket Gets What's Comming to Him by a 72 Year Old Man : Merged

Pickpocket Gets What's Comming to Him by a 72 Year Old Man : Merged

This is a discussion on Pickpocket Gets What's Comming to Him by a 72 Year Old Man : Merged within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286847,00.html GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a ...

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    Pickpocket Gets What's Comming to Him by a 72 Year Old Man : Merged

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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

    Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a hand slip into his front-left pants pocket, where he had $300 in cash.

    He immediately grabbed the person's wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager intervened.

    "I guess he thought I was an easy mark," Barnes, 72, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Tuesday.

    He's anything but an easy mark: Barnes served in the Marines, was an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer and retired after 20 years as an iron worker.

    Jesse Daniel Rae, the 27-year-old Newaygo County man accused of trying to pick Barnes' pocket, was arraigned Monday in Rockford District Court on one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony.

    Barnes said he had just withdrawn the money from a bank machine and put it in the pocket of his shorts before driving to the Marathon service station and Next Door Food Store in Comstock park, a Grand Rapids suburb.

    He remembers noticing a patron acting suspiciously, asking the price of different brands of cigarettes and other items. While turned away, Barnes felt the hand in his pocket, so he took action.

    "I guess I acted on instinct," he said.

    Kent County sheriff's deputies said the store manager quickly came around the counter. The three of them struggled through the front door, where two witnesses said the manager slammed Rae to the ground and held him there.

    "There was blood everywhere," said another manager on duty, Abby Ostrom, 25.

    Barnes was a regional runner-up in Golden Gloves competition in the novice and open divisions before enlisting in the Marines in 1956.

    He lived most of his adult life in Comstock Park with his wife, Patricia, before recently moving to Ottawa County. The couple have three children.

    After retiring as an iron worker, he now works part-time as a starter at a golf course.

    Barnes said he'd probably do the same thing again under the same circumstances, if for no other reason than what he would face back home.

    "I wouldn't want my wife to give me hell for lettin' that guy get my money," he said with a smile.


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    Once a Marine, always a Marine. He knows who the boss is, too.

    "I wouldn't want my wife to give me hell for lettin' that guy get my money," he said with a smile.

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    Job well done!
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    Young punk gets his butt handed to him by geezer!!!

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    this older guy still has it. I'll bet the BG changes his occupation after getting mauled like that.

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    Go Bill go

    Often a bad deal to tangle with the older guys - especially a former Marine. Plus - it's the old folks who just might know the dirty tricks the punk youngsters ain't learned
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G View Post
    I'll bet the BG changes his occupation after getting mauled like that.
    Perhaps a job in the prison laundry room?

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    I can see slipping out a back pocket wallet that's sticking out, but who wouldn't feel a hand in their front pocket?

    The knucklehead (pun intended) needs to scout his victims a little better next time. Maybe his next one will carry a gun.
    eschew obfuscation

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    Pickpocket gets whats commin to him by a 72 year old man

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    There is some cool video in the link.

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    That's what you get when you try to pick the wrong pocket.
    A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.

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    Semper Fi Mr. Barnes!
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    nice ars wippin.

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    He's anything but an easy mark: Barnes served in the Marines, was an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer and retired after 20 years as an iron worker.
    Good for him.
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    I just love stories with happy endings!

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    This is great! Any chance this idiot learned his lesson? Probably not!
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