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Old 02-27-2009, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok my gurl and I were up at the hill last week, and we had just finished dinner at the top of the mountain, its dark and we are headed out to do a little night skiing. I see this person that I had seen earlier on the slopes milling around all the board racks, as we were walking to our boards he was headed for the same rack until he saw us, dude does a complete 360 walks over grabs a board from another rack and walks off. Now what's odd is this was not the board I saw him on earlier, because he was riding a Burton custom. I wanted so much to say hey dude is that your board but who am I to not give the benefit of doubt to this dude. Ya it could have been his board but F*** but gut was tellin me it wasn't. What made me think was surfing through Craigslist; I know I have seen a few rental boards up for sale. Just had that bad gut feeling that this dude jacked someone’s board, maybe I am just overreacting. Get's you thinking about what if some kids gets his rental jacked and now the family has to fork over the cash for a shitty ass rental, or someone who worked their ass off for a new ride and low and behold they go to get the board and take a few turns and it's gone.
Just feel kind of shitty for not saying something, usually my gut is right.

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Old 02-27-2009, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I hate hearing/reading about stuff like this.

One, because it definitely makes you feel sorry for the victim.

Two, because I feel sorry for the person if I ever caught him/her taking my stuff!!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That shit pisses me off. No matter who it happens to. Even if the rightful owner is a complete dick, someone got that board through the appropriate channels, and either they or their parents paid good honest money for it.

I ALWAYS lock my board, and I ALWAYS make sure to leave it where I can see it if I go inside for a bite or something. Sometimes I wish someone would try to steal it so I could chase them down and give my edges a good test on their jugular vein. But then I remember maiming a punk is usually more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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One time I thought my board got stolen and I nearly flipped my shit right on the spot. I was ready to run out to the parking lot and check every car leaving to make sure they didn't have my board. Turns out while it was on the rack it fell/got knocked over and slide like 20' away. Once I got out there and didn't see it though I was in instant rage.

Quick story about my car almost getting jacked though. I was at a mall buying a wooden baseball bat of all things, about 8 at night so it was dark. I parked a little bit away from other people because I had a new car and didn't want it to get scratched. When I came out of the store I saw a huge SUV pulled up next to me which was strange because it was a row or two away from any other car. Then I saw 4 kids (12-16 years old probably) between my car and the SUV and I thought it was weird they were all getting out of the same side of the car. Then I saw the interior lights on my car go on because they were messing with the handle. I was on my cell phone with my buddy, I dropped my phone, tightened my grip on my bat and started screaming at the kids and running after them. They booked it, 2 in each direction. One of them tripped and I caught up with him and saw he was crying, most likely because a crazy big guy (i'm 6'6" 240) was weilding a bat like a maniac in one hand and had him pinned to the ground with the other. Luckily for me, and him, I calmed down pretty quick once common sense took over and told me not to kill him and go to jail for the rest of my life. Stupid mall security just called his parents and wouldn't let me wait around to meet them as I wouldn't have minded chewin out his old man for failing at life. Don't try to steal someones car outside a sporting good store, you never know what they will come out with.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Board thieves are a problem at almost every major hill. I had a board jacked in '96 at Winterpark. Learned my lesson. Bring a stupid little cable lock and use it. They are easy to break, but a thief does not want any attention so they are not going to risk attracting any and move on to the next easy target.

There is no harm in detaining anyone if you feel something is up. Keep them around long enough to let the resort sort it out. Board ski thieves out here have been getting charged with felonies when caught.

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Old 02-27-2009, 08:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What could you have done? If you asked him if it was his board, he could have just said yes. Even if you could tell he was lying, you don't have the authority to detain him and he'd be gone by the time you got the ski patrol.

If someone wants to steal a board, there just isn't much anyone can do. People just need to lock their stuff or not leave it sitting around.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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damn that sucks! I lock my board up or give it in to board/ski check. I hate hearing about things like this, always makes me fear for my own
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You don't need to get ski patrol. Resort employees will do it. Hell, you can make shit up to make it worth making the person stay. Every state has it's citizen's arrest clause. Also, if you don't want to go so far (fisicuffs wouldn't be a surprise when trying to detain) take cell phone, camera pictures, let the resort know you think something is up. At the very least, if the guy is a thief, they'll have an idea who the perp is. These guys are shitting where they eat, so they'll be back to the resort several times that season. It makes it easy for the resort to set up a sting operation. I've seen them in action and it's freakin' hilarious when they do it. Copper rounded up over 10 people in a couple of hours one year.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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One time at Sunshine last year, my GF and I went into Mad Trappers's for lunch, we leaned up our boards on the railing outside, and when we came back they were on the ground, just our boards, no others. I knocked over every board and ski on that railing, made a big scene, and screamed out "anybody wanna talk about this?" and then silence, of course, and then carried on with my day.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That sounds like a bit of an overreaction.
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