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I'm usually on the side of being kind and giving people the benefit of the doubt, and chances to redeem themselves, and all that.


Getting up to go deal with excessive bureaucracy in the hope of getting a job and finding that someone has stolen my car radio (so I was stuck driving with the dashboard hanging open, dealing with the job stuff, and then dealing with a different set of bureaucratic "stuff" all in one morning) well, let's just say it makes daydreaming about inventive ways to booby-trap the car awfully attractive right now.

Not that I'd actually do any of them...though I never know which daydreams might sneak into my fiction...

I could have giant spiders wrap a thief up in sticky sticky webbing, then hang him upside down from the top of an ancient silver maple on a windy night during a January cold-snap, and leave him there until somebody rents a cherry picker to get him down...

What do you think? What would be good poetic (or just really satisfying) justice?



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Jan. 28th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
I am really sorry to hear about this. :(

I don't know what to say, except to say that his karma will get him eventually at the end.

Write it out. It helps.
Jan. 28th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
I know about the karma. But I'm really really tired of having to get "ma kar" fixed!
Jan. 28th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Let's see...
Perhaps every device in the thief's possession that's capable of receiving radio programs (which includes computers and various iPods, by the way), would stop functioning until he or she makes restitution. How about that?
Jan. 28th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's see...
Nah--that would make him steal again. However, making him listen to my choice of programming might work!
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thief touches car. Sensor reads fingerprint, hacks into thief's financial records. Car loan reassigned to thief. This month's bill is in the mail by the time thief disconnects radio. Might as well reassign all credit card balances at the same time. Also IRS records. Simple.

I guess that's more hard SF than fantasy. But it'd work for me heh heh heh
Jan. 28th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't transfer IRS records, too much potential for trouble if they think I haven't been paying my taxes.

But the rest--there is definitely poetic justice there.
Jan. 28th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
The thief, pleased with himself, goes to the fence who will give him a few bucks for the working radio, and discovers to his dismay when he tries to hand over the radio that one of the loose wires has embedded itself in his hand. It doesn't hurt unless he tries to pull it out, but pulling on it feels like he's trying to rip his nerves out. He tries to cut the wire, but the wire doesn't cut easily, and it hurts. He's stuck with a car radio tied to his hand. Worse, it starts occasionally playing bits of music at inopportune times. He's trying to lie about something, and a familiar line from the Eagle's Lyin' Eyes tips the victim off. He buys some drugs, but before he can actually use them, some loud rap lyrics about using drugs attract attention. He manages to ditch the drugs, but he has an interesting time explaining the radio to the officer who checks him out. The next morning, you come out to your car and there's a police officer and a scuffy looking guy with a really hang dog expression with your radio in his hand. He begs you to take it back and to let him do some chores for you to make up for your trouble. Being the nice person you are, you agree. He puts the radio back in and it plays something smug. He does a really nice job detailing your car.

To end the story, the cop catches you in conversation a few days later and asks if you'd be willing to do without your radio again for a few days? Just leave your car unlocked; there's another kid in the neighborhood who needs a good lesson.
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that your radio was stolen - but I hope you don't mind that I love the fantasies your friends came up with! I'm not a writer - but it sure is nice to know some. :)
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Of course not! It's good to be part of a creative community.

That's one of the things I'm enjoying about Torn World. We get to brainstorm ideas, and figure out what works for this world (and store the ones that don't for use in something else). And we share knowledge and skills too.
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I find this entire discussion radio active.
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
I suppose the thief does count as a biohazard, in a skewed sort of way.
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
That's very sucky, I'm sorry to hear about your radio! I can't think of anything poetic justice-wise. I can think of lots of other justice things I'd like to do but they aren't poetic. :S

I really hope you guys get a break soon. Sooner than soon.
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry.
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
At least I have gotten good laughs out of people's poetic justice suggestions!
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
true but there is a special kind of evil label for music theives
Jan. 31st, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
At least they only got the hardware, not even a CD.

And what a wonderful comment! There's a story in that!
Jan. 31st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)

::hugs you tight::
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