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Man shoots television after DTV tantrum - February 25, 2009, 11:43 AM

Man shoots television after DTV tantrum

http://i.gizmodo.com/5157325/70+year...dtv-transition

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_arti...storyid=539986

A Missouri man is charged with unlawful use of a firearm, after peppering his T-V with bullets.

Police responded to a home in Joplin Wednesday after reports of shots being fired inside.

The 70 year old homeowner was angry that he had lost his cable, and was unable to get his new DTV converter to work properly.
After a brief standoff, the man was taken into custody. His wife told officers the suspect had been drinking.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. Violence like this was inevitable. All it takes is mixing one part old man with one part technology, one part handgun and two parts alcohol. Then shake vigorously with an absence of Wheel of Fortune.







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February 25, 2009, 11:55 AM

I went to Best Buy weekend-before-last to snag a new 46" Sony. While I was being rung up, another young saleskid at the counter was desparately trying to instruct some 88 year old lady on how to hook up the converter box she was buying with her gummint coupon.

I even tried to help out with the explanation using a TV, rabbit ears, connectors & cable they had there. The poor old lady couldn't follow any of it. She finally left all the stuff sitting there on the counter and bugged out.
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February 25, 2009, 12:04 PM

Perhaps we should start some kind of volunteer hook up your DTV converter for the old folks who dont get it..

...at least if they have TV, it'll keep them and their huuuuge cars off the road.


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^ +1. Yeah, get them off the roads ASAP!
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Perhaps we should start some kind of volunteer hook up your DTV converter for the old folks who dont get it..

...at least if they have TV, it'll keep them and their huuuuge cars off the road.
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I used to work for Media General (before they were bought out by Cox) in the customer service dept. Used to have some frustrating calls with the old folk.

The best was when an old lady called and wanted us to come take her box (the old, brown Zenith boxes) because she thought the little window that received the signal from the remote was actually a camera and we were spying on her.
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Man shoots television after DTV tantrum

http://i.gizmodo.com/5157325/70+year...dtv-transition

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_arti...storyid=539986

A Missouri man is charged with unlawful use of a firearm, after peppering his T-V with bullets.

Police responded to a home in Joplin Wednesday after reports of shots being fired inside.

The 70 year old homeowner was angry that he had lost his cable, and was unable to get his new DTV converter to work properly.
After a brief standoff, the man was taken into custody. His wife told officers the suspect had been drinking.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. Violence like this was inevitable. All it takes is mixing one part old man with one part technology, one part handgun and two parts alcohol. Then shake vigorously with an absence of Wheel of Fortune.






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I used to work for Media General (before they were bought out by Cox) in the customer service dept. Used to have some frustrating calls with the old folk.

The best was when an old lady called and wanted us to come take her box (the old, brown Zenith boxes) because she thought the little window that received the signal from the remote was actually a camera and we were spying on her.
When I spent a night working at the 911 call center, we had to actually dispatch a cruiser to go talk to an old laday who was convinced that someone was breaking into her house and changing all the settings on her cable box as well as setting passwords on it to lock it out... Oh, they were also stealing her car during the night and returning it in the same spot... she knew because there was always less gas than she remembered..


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I used to work for Media General (before they were bought out by Cox) in the customer service dept. Used to have some frustrating calls with the old folk.

The best was when an old lady called and wanted us to come take her box (the old, brown Zenith boxes) because she thought the little window that received the signal from the remote was actually a camera and we were spying on her.
sounds like schizophrenia...
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