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Postby ksl » Thu, 03 Jan 2008 1:29 am

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batgirl_cdn wrote:No one expects someone to steal a buggy like that. It really is like stealing candy from a baby - very unfair and shows how low some people can go. I'm glad to know that this kind of thing is happening in Singapore so I can be wary of that when I arrive.


When I read this line, I remembered the note that was published in the Sunday pamphlet in the church I go to... I can't believe it when I read it. I'm typing what was printed there:

"Donation of Used Items for SSVP
Please note that if you are donating used items of clothing, etc for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, please drop it into the collection box at the Annexe (sic) Building. Do not leave it outside the box as items have been known to be carted away by passers-by. Thank you for your co-operation."

When I read it, it blew me away! Obviously (for me), what is placed around/near the collection box would be for charity... But to have other people cart it away! Whoa! :mad: :x


I don't wish to start a stampede....but when i was in the UK...I was told, that anyone could take things from a charity shop, without paying the stated price, because all the items have been donated to charity!

I love hunting for collectable items and I gave 20 pound for a Barn Owl studded with crystal. The charity shop was asking 35 pounds, which I thought was pushing it a little, because there was something missing from the inside, a missing miniture on a necklace, was missing...it's a beautiful trinket box and limited to a 1,000 pieces, so I decided to bargain for it...after I had researched it on the internet! I was delighted to give the 20 pound...It retailed at 99 pounds, but was sold out in the first 3 months of production, back in early 2003.

Imagine if i had walked out without paying and said well its for charity, isn't it! :oops: You can bet your bottom $ someone will have done it....but to be honest i have no idea of the legal implications of doing such a trick...

Good prams are no doubt in demand, after most of the rubbish on the market, cannot stand the unfriendly streets of many Asian Cities...Taiwan for example is a nightmare..with a pram, having to jack it up almost to get on the kerb...and you have to walk in the main road, because a lamp post is stuck in the pedestrians path...

The pram I purchased from Takishmia in Taiwan several years ago, was returned to the shop 5 times, before I demanded a full refund...It was kind of embarrassing for my Taiwanese wife.. that I caused a scene.

The pram was a manufactured nightmare, that wasn't logically made at all for Taiwan street life! My wiife said no Asian family would have made such a noise, once an item is bought. It was repaired 3 times! And the product made in Korea, was surely aimed for the friendly environment of the west...not Taiwan!

The side frame snapped off 3 times, while mounting the kerbs, and they tried to say, I had no experience of pushing a pram....Christ if they only knew how much coal, I had to pick off the railway lines, when i was a kid, they would never have dared make the claim, that i had damaged it!

I eventually got a full refund, after i said, it would cost them much more, if I was to blast emails into the population of Taiwans mail boxes, informing them of the crap they was selling.

I fret every time i go out on my 1200$ mountain bike, and have thought of plugging the chain I use to lock it up, into an electric socket, although I may electrocute some poor dog, that needs a leak :P :roll: Let me see, what would Mr Bean do in these circumstances :twisted: :lol:

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Postby margt » Thu, 03 Jan 2008 8:57 am

Security were very helpful indeed. They trawled through the CCTV for hours and had footage of me entering Katong shopping centre but nothing of the thief taking the buggy as there is no CCTV by the doctors on the 2nd level.

The pram was a Phil & Ted's double buggy and I really rely on it because I have two young children to cart around and we don't have a car so we walk / take cabs everywhere. This stroller is probably one of the best on the market and is very versatile. I'm ure other mum's and dad's out there with them would agree!

I ordered a new one from Australia last night so hopefully it will be with me by early next week.

Thanks for everyone's support!

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Postby seasider » Thu, 03 Jan 2008 3:05 pm

Plavt wrote:... it seems that some people are prepared to steal anything...


Seems that way, Plavt - couldn't find the fitball in the gym this morning, and made a quip to my trainer that it wouldn't be an easy thing to nick. I was told that people have been caught deflating them to smuggle them out. It's a pretty posh gym in a 5* hotel. Really - who is that desperate for a fitball?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 03 Jan 2008 4:44 pm

I spent a couple of years several lifetimes ago as the assistant Manager of a Holiday Inn in a resort area in the US. I've seen them try to steal just about everything in the room that wasn't bolted or nailed down. Why? Because it's there? Who the devil knows? :???:

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Postby durain » Thu, 03 Jan 2008 6:39 pm

talking about nicking stuff from hotel, how about this! someone cut the carpet under the bed and nicked it!!!

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Postby Alex3 » Fri, 04 Jan 2008 4:44 pm

Just wait until the casinos open in Singapore. Then you will see a sharp increase in crime at all levels. From organized crime / money laundering right down to the average joe stealing his neighbors $200 Nikes to sell and play the slot machines.

I hope the extra tourism it brings will justify the downsides associated with the gambling industry.

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Postby ksl » Sat, 05 Jan 2008 12:19 am

would you believe, I have just had my running shorts nicked off the washing line!.... :cry: I'm really peeved off, when my wife came home from work, she only now tells me...her knickers have been stolen last month...Is it legal for me to set up a security camera aimed on the washing? It will probably cover people walking past too! Although not many people walk past our door at all!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 05 Jan 2008 9:32 am

Why would it be illegal? Anybody can have a security camera. Cisco had units at lots of homes. No reason why you couldn't have a camera at all as long as it not located in the women's showers! :wink: You couldn't have it broadcast over open channel but you could have it channeled through you IP address to you handphone or remote PC.

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Postby batgirl_cdn » Sat, 05 Jan 2008 1:22 pm

I think you can have cameras pointed at your own property, but not at other people's property. (Property meaning house, yard, driveway etc. not merely personal possessions.) At least this is what the Police told my parents back in Canada.

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Postby ksl » Sat, 05 Jan 2008 1:47 pm

batgirl_cdn wrote:I think you can have cameras pointed at your own property, but not at other people's property. (Property meaning house, yard, driveway etc. not merely personal possessions.) At least this is what the Police told my parents back in Canada.


Yes I believe it's the same in Europe, something to do with peoples privacy rights.....I would hate to catch the criminal, only to get fined myself, for breaking the law, especially because the washing is outside the property, which is a public right of way, to walk past!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 05 Jan 2008 3:51 pm

So does that mean the Traffic Cam's on public highways are illegal? Or the street cams in the downtown areas that are broadcast on the Uniquely Singapore site are illegal? (course they don't work at the moment - found that out New Years Eve). Anybody know the law in "Singapore"?

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Postby Plavt » Sat, 05 Jan 2008 5:15 pm

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Yes I believe it's the same in Europe, something to do with peoples privacy rights....



Not sure where you might be referring to in Europe, certainly not the case in Britain since any number of people have security/web cameras. Besides the police helicopters have infra-red cameras and while creating an annoying din are good at catching thieves!

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Postby batgirl_cdn » Sun, 06 Jan 2008 9:20 pm

I think that roads are considered everyone's territory, and no one car is being focused on. For this reason and many others like being able to keep track of traffic conditions... I think it is safe to say that traffic cameras are not in the same category as home surveillance cameras, especially ones pointed at a neighbour's etc.

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Postby ksl » Sun, 06 Jan 2008 9:56 pm

Plavt wrote:
ksl wrote:
Yes I believe it's the same in Europe, something to do with peoples privacy rights....



Not sure where you might be referring to in Europe, certainly not the case in Britain since any number of people have security/web cameras. Besides the police helicopters have infra-red cameras and while creating an annoying din are good at catching thieves!


Well yes i am in fact referring also to UK and Denmark... I think maybe a search on UK camera survailance laws may turn something up! Although I'm not that interested! But I can assure you if i had someone elses camera covering me or my property, without permission, i wouldn't be to pleased, after all I'm a naturlist :P :lol: and you would have to queue up and pay the fees, that i charge :lol: Yes I am joking!

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Postby Plavt » Sun, 06 Jan 2008 10:13 pm

ksl wrote: after all I'm a naturlist


That should scare a few crows away! :P :lol: :devil:

I should mention even if there are laws such as those you mentioned, very likely they are never enforced. An example in parallel; one is supposed to obtain permission from the local authority to fit satellite dishes, build extra floors on their private houses but nobody ever does. A bit like the dog licence which no longer exists.


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