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Amusing Chair Stealing Story from R&D Company

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by D from BC, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Long ago in a tech company...

    I get to my lab bench and guess what...the chair is gone.
    Somebody moved it into the fume hood room..
    Few days later...
    Chair gone again! Bastards... :(
    Somebody took it and left it at a glueing station.

    So... I tied a nylon cord to my chair.. Just a small deterrent..
    Cord cut...chair gone! :(
    More annoying, somebody raided my tool drawer and used my own scissors
    to cut the cord...and didn't put them back..

    Chain next???
    Too extreme...So I just tied the cord together.

    The chair borrowing stopped when there was about 6 knots in the cord.
    D from BC
  2. colin

    colin Guest

    LOL ::)

    Colin =^.^=
  3. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    RS used to (maybe still does) sell a little box about the size of a
    coffee timer or transistor radio that's just a battery, switch, and
    Sonalert - the switch is a "shorting jack" - when the plug gets pulled
    out, it turns on the Sonalert.

    Fasten one of these to your chair, and secure the lanyard somewhere - Hmm,
    maybe you should make the lanyard out of wire rope. ;-) And lock up your
    scissors. ;-) ;-)

    Personally, I'd have gone for the chain before the rope, but paint
    it some unobtrusive color. ;-)

    Good Luck!
  4. Run a 10 KV wire through the legs and back.

  5. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    There were many people borrowing my chair.
    One newbie didn't know about the string connected to the chair. I saw
    him roll it away very fast (quick get away?) When the string ran out
    of slack; the chair crashed on the floor.
    He had that WTF look.. :)

    Here's a groaner:
    I didn't want to make a deal with the chair borrowers..I was afraid
    there would be "no strings attached" :)
    D from BC
  6. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    One could have a CO2-powered piston and spike instead.

    If people want to be a PITA, they deserve one.
  7. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I had this crazy idea..
    I'd charge up a bunch of low leakage capacitors and carefully pile
    them on the chair seat... Just the pile might discourage someone from
    borrowing the chair.. Hey...moving junk is hard work :)
    But if they did try to move the capacitors..Zapppp!
    D from BC
  8. Paul Burke

    Paul Burke Guest

    These revenge fantasies mustn't be taken too seriously. There was a
    chappie near here a few years ago, thought someone was going in his shed
    when he wasn't there. So he rigged up a tripwire and a sawn off shotgun
    to catch them. Then forgot he'd done it. The judge didn't show much
    compassion towrds him- he got a stiff jail sentence despite blowing his
    own bollocks off.

    Paul Burke
  9. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    Well I wasn't being serious.

    I don't have any sympathy with the shotgun/shed guy either.

    Might have been some homeless person looking for shelter, or some teenagers
    looking for a place to make out. And it's only a shed.

    Sounds like a good candidate for the Darwin Awards, or an urban myth
  10. Jay Leno told the tale of a would be kidnapper who stuck his gun in the
    waistband of his pants and shot his left testicle. The pain made him cringe
    resulting in him then shooting his right testicle. That's the definition of
    a bad day.

  11. I've always heard that booby-trapping like that is terribly illegal;
    possibly even to the extent that if some trespasser gets nailed by your
    booby-trap, you could get charged with murder.

  12. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    That happened in Florida a number of years ago; seems that this
    storeowner got tired of being robbed again and again with the cops doing
    Entry was always thru a skylight (or something like that) in the
    roof, so the storeowner rigged it and got the perp.
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