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Old 07-28-2020, 11:07 AM
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Wayward misunderstood youths stole multiple public rental bikes and used them to block in this guy. Surrounded his vehicle and persuaded him to lend it to them. Helped him out and gently removed his belongings. I'm 73 so I guess I'm OK to visit "my kind of town". Sinatra


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Nothing that couldn't have been handled if the old-timer had a M&P 9EZ.
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Streeterville is just west of the "Gold Coast". Not a "bad neighborhood" by any means.

I never go into Crazytown unarmed. Never.
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This makes me so angry I'd rather not respond as to what I'm thinking...
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The “gentleman” on the green bike would have been joining the bugs in my grill, if I had been driving. No need for a hogleg to clear leather, lock the doors and pedal to the metal.

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Too bad he didn’t have Dick Cepek monster mudders on that suv.
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It's Chicago, no CCW there, you know if he had defended himself he'd be Public Enemy No. 1.
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I could easy get nervous and ‘accidentally’ run over some folks.
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The old man is lucky to be alive.
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What's the big deal about valet parking?
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Many people, myself Included, are going to have to relearn that bikes and pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Sad but true!
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I hope noone ever tries to carjack me but if they do I hope they are on bicycles when they do it. Crunch crunch squish squish...
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Wayward misunderstood youths stole multiple public rental bikes and used them to block in this guy. Surrounded his vehicle and persuaded him to lend it to them. Helped him out and gently removed his belongings. I'm 73 so I guess I'm OK to visit "my kind of town". Sinatra

82-year-old man carjacked by Divvy bike riders in Streeterville Chicago - YouTube
Hmm. I don't think "blocking" me in would do much to prevent movement of my 2500 Duramax. I've driven it through 16" of unplowed snow. I wonder how many inches of bicycle it can handle?
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The sad part is that these thugs have advocates, many of them elected to public office, just waiting to pounce on any of you that dare suggest there be consequences to their actions, or dare to attempt to stop them from carjacking your vehicle.
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When Reginald Denny took his beating during the riots almost 30 years ago, I noticed that his door was unlocked. Shameful. I also noticed that he did not just grab a couple more gears. When I experienced a questionable looking denizen of the street trying to flag down my semi, I just kept grabbing gears until he moved. Stopping for a group like that is well on the wrong side of ill-advised.
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This makes me so angry I could scream! I would call these thugs sharks in the water, smelling blood in the water, but I have too much respect for sharks. I would have definitely introduced this scum to my two (2) best friends, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.

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Yes, I just witnessed some in a hearing. I started to vomit but quickly hit the remote and normalcy returned.
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It's Chicago, no CCW there, you know if he had defended himself he'd be Public Enemy No. 1.
NOT true. There is CCW in Chicago. the ISRA had to go the Supreme Court to get that right back.
We don't even have that "may issue" BS like Jersey or New York.

There's a few every month. E.g.:

Concealed-Carry Holder Released Without Charges in Fatal Shooting of Teen – NBC Chicago

Little Village concealed-carry shooting: Person critically wounds gunman in shootout on Kedvale Avenue - Chicago Sun-Times
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I’d say “stay out of Chicago, regardless of age.” Can’t fathom living in a hole like that.
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My sense of adventure? I'm into season 3 of Sons of Anarchy. That's close enough to suit me.
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Chicago has a rep now across the U.S. and the world as a place to avoid. Downtown business is being raided daily by the worst scumbags you can imagine. (See post #1) Shoppers downtown are not safe day or night. Covid limits any normal out of town visitors. AFAIK all the museums, the planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium are closed. Insurance companies intend to raise Chicago's business district and certain residential areas premiums by 100-500%. Every day brings new retail closures. The mayor is a wacko little twerp without a clue and governor Humpty Dumpty bought his election. So Covid has no end it seems, and the riots continue. Detroit will soon look like Camelot compared to Chicago.

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Reminds me of one of my favorite t shirts. “I’m at that age when life in prison doesn’t really mean much”
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I watched the Twins opening season (@White Sox) broadcasts this weekend, and Dick Bremer repeatedly commented on how Chicago is his favorite town to visit. I wonder if he drives through the South Side to Guaranteed Rate Field (the former Comiskey Park)
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I would have drove over them and said I was scared for my life. Or I may have just keep going and said "I hit who"?
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I was in Chicago last fall and had no trouble walking around, including both the Navy Pier area in the nighttime and the Convention Center by the lake day or night. I did NOT go into residential areas to just enjoy the ambience.
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I was in Chicago last fall and had no trouble walking around, including both the Navy Pier area in the nighttime and the Convention Center by the lake day or night. I did NOT go into residential areas to just enjoy the ambience.
First, it was last fall, and second that carjacking was in a business area.
Not quite the same now.
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Here’s a story with the exact location and giving more detail:

Several Men Riding Divvy Bikes Carjack 82-Year-Old Man in Streeterville – NBC Chicago

Watch the news segment at the top—in addition to reading the story—it is very good and interviews several local residents.
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Chicago has always been off the rails since it's inception., historically if you read about this city's history one can see the graft, political corruption, gangsters, Capone & others, kick backs, bribes., rigged elctions, prohibition & boot legging, the list goes on & on. In Capone's day this would not be happening...you can call that better or worse but it's a fact.
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Bully for the ISRA ! I read that the second Mayor Daley wouldn't even allow retired cops to carry.
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These potential killers arrive to Chicago's nicer neighborhoods via public transportation from the notorious south and west sides. They keep in touch via cells and converge on areas like a military assault. People in nicer areas are shocked beyond belief that such stuff goes on in their expensive neighborhood. It's like they think their status in life supplies a magic bubble that protects them. It's tough to feel sorry for them.
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As soon as the first guy opened my door I'd have shot him and then booked out of there with no regard to whether that meant running over the ones that were in the way. If that isn't an in fear of my life situation I don't know what is.

Anytime I'm in a vehicle and start getting surrounded by a mob it's pedal to the metal time. I'm not going down without a fight.

The bad guys are in control right now. The good guys need to start fighting back. I still believe there's a lot more of us than there is of them.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot will fix all this. LOL
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Undocumented car shopping. Saying what i would do would only get me dinged again.
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Strike #2, I guess the U-boat is off the bucket list at the Chicago Museum of Science and History, not sure if the name is correct. The only surviving WW 2 U-boat is in Chicago.
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Strike #2, I guess the U-boat is off the bucket list at the Chicago Museum of Science and History, not sure if the name is correct. The only surviving WW 2 U-boat is in Chicago.
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Last I heard the U505 was still at the Museum of Science and Industry. Not so long ago it was spiffed up which took quite a while. I was on it when I was a kid and again when many years later I was working in the building. A little known fact is that there's a WWI German sub at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

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Who drives or parks with their doors unlocked....
I think the doors in all newer cars automatically lock as soon as the vehicle moves. I believe the driver opened his door first, probably very confused/scared.
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And a lot of them unlock when the car is put in park. It is my understanding that there are sometimes settings for that, but fixing that requires digging deep into the owner's manual if the information can be found at all. The consumer market puts convenience over safety, and car makers generally don't understand that. It's like my hatred for inside or marker lights that come on automatically when close to the car, or opening the door, etc. Try to get a dealer to address that (and I can recall one having to break the switch because there was no other way) and they have no idea why that is completely unsafe target indicator.
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