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Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby DiamondEcho » November 7th, 2018, 6:47 pm

It's been one of those days :shock:

I was enjoying a walk in Hyde Park and got the closest encounter I've ever had with a group of parakeets in a small tree, almost in touching distance. I have seen one that close previously but it was maybe 15-20 years ago. And here was a group of 6-8. A couple of visibly :shock: :o tourists were approaching so I said 'They are what you think but can't believe you are seeing, Indian ring-necked parakeets :D' We stood observing this bizaare scene, and I briefly recounted the two theories of where they originally came from :lol:

On my return to the park from some shopping, amongst the many street beggars I passed was one going the extra mile. He was kneeling, arms bent with fore-arms flat of the ground, hands in the 'prayer' position. His head was on or very close to the pavement. Positioned between the middle of his fore-arms was a cup for money. AND people were giving him more than most beggars seems to get! :shock: Seems there are still people who do not realise that :shock: no one needs to be homeless in London, and the council have actively campaigned to encourage people to not give them money; their 'Killing through kindness' campaign.

In the park near the lake was a push-chair, with a re-usable shopping back hanging on it, on top of that was a hand-bag, and from that on the outside appeared to be a purse: WTH!? :o The nearest person, a female, was 30-35 metres away looking away taking photos of the lake. I was headed that way anyway so I asked if it was hers: No! :shock: So what do you do? ... There were no other likely looking owners within ... say 60-70M. I stood there for a minute or two scanning the distance... I concluded that it was either a strange form of bait for a police sting operation or maybe the person had been taken ill, and taken away by ambulance ...and somehow without their pram, or...? But either way I couldn't think of how I might better the situation, so I continued walking back home. By now dusk had started and I could only vaguely make out the pram in the distance. I passed perhaps 8-10 other people until about 400M on I neared a woman strolling slowly holding the hand of a young toddler; so I asked her if it was hers: Yes! :o [I'm shaking my head recountiung this...]. I bit my lip... and calmy but clearly advised her that 1) 'I'm amazed it has not already been stolen!' and 2) I suggested she 'get back to it immediately, or it well be stolen'. She said 'Ok sure, thank-you'.
I continued on my way, and perhaps 50-60M further on I briefly turned to see what progress she had made. Almost none, she was still slowly ambling along, holding the child's hand, not a care in the world, and at that point it was yet darker, and I could no longer see the pram at all... Genuinely jaw-dropping stupidity IMHO.

Now just back home, in a big old house split into flats. I'd picked the day's mail up from the floor earlier, and sorted it into the named mail pigeon-holes in the hall; but here was another package. It is a plastic document holder formed in the design of a say a greetings card envelope. It's black with white polka-dots on it. The tip of the flap has a popper on it. There is no writing in or on the envelope. I've seen a polythene wrapped package before where the sender had used a lable that had come off and been stuck to the outside of our letter-box. Had that happened again? Nope, nothing, anywhere. Inside it was a set of 3 keys. A 'Yale' type key, a 'Chubb' type long-stemmed brass mortice lock key, and a pretty high-tech looking key that has the usual row of teeth like a Yale key', but additionally a row of indented dots milled into the side of the 'blade' of the key. It has a key-fob marked 'ASL, Locked out? Burgled? Freephone: 0800-298-8008'. :?: None of the keys match our communal front door key, so... what/why/who....

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby AleisterCrowley » November 7th, 2018, 9:05 pm

Parakeets. Noisy blighters. Swarms of 'em around Windsor. Glad to get away.

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby Itsallaguess » November 7th, 2018, 9:16 pm

Just another 141 to go then......

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby bungeejumper » November 8th, 2018, 10:17 am

Leaving a bunch of keys in the hallway for somebody else to pick up later isn't that unusual in some circles - we would have done it during my flat-sharing student days when there were always visitors/overnight girlfriends/assorted transient types passing across our carpets and sleeping on our sofas. What's bothersome in this case is presumably that the fancy security key was for something sensitive. I suppose it would have been more stupid to leave a label on them to show which door it belonged to?

Agree about the beggars, certainly, but druggie/seriously alky/aggressive types aren't generally welcome in homeless shelters, which is why they end up sleeping under the Thames bridges. Besides, some of them actually prefer to be out of the hostels - there are ex-squaddies with post-traumatic stress who can't hack the night shelters at all.

But there's also a chance that this guy might be a professional beggar. Some years ago, in leafy Bath, I came across a trio of likely types begging with a paper cup and a scruffy dog in the Sainsburys car park. I went off and did my shopping, and as I returned to my car, who should drive past me but the same quartet - in a nearly new car. :o

I reported it (and the car) to the Sainsburys manager - couldn't think what else to do, really. :| Nothing much surprises me any more...…

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby DiamondEcho » November 10th, 2018, 9:16 pm

An hour or two after writing that there was a knock at my door. 'Did you find my keys?' she asked. She said she'd asked her cleaner to leave the keys in that way on her way out - prsumably the end of her contract or similar? Bonkers. Unsurprisingly her flat, during her tenancy, is the only one that's been burgled in this building in the c20 years I've owned my home here.

Beggars. It's striking how many there are. I haven't seen this in other majoe cities I've travelled/lived in recent years. It's also striking that they're just left untroubled by the authororities. No wonder high street shops are closing down when they're home to beggars and junkies. Visiting their shops isn't fun any more.

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby kempiejon » November 10th, 2018, 10:28 pm

Itsallaguess wrote:Just another 141 to go then......

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I missed that first time around, very good.

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby bungeejumper » November 11th, 2018, 9:15 am

DiamondEcho wrote:Beggars. It's striking how many there are. I haven't seen this in other majoe cities I've travelled/lived in recent years. It's also striking that they're just left untroubled by the authororities.

You haven't been to Barcelona, then?

(Mind you, it's not the beggars who'll nick your wallet, it's the pickpockets who you never see. I managed to thump one on the underground who already had his hand inside my pocket. Never seen anybody run away so fast down a crowded train carriage. :lol: )

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Re: Does gross stupidity come in threes?

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Postby DiamondEcho » November 11th, 2018, 9:15 pm

bungeejumper wrote:
DiamondEcho wrote:Beggars. It's striking how many there are. I haven't seen this in other majoe cities I've travelled/lived in recent years. It's also striking that they're just left untroubled by the authororities.

You haven't been to Barcelona, then? (Mind you, it's not the beggars who'll nick your wallet, it's the pickpockets who you never see. I managed to thump one on the underground who already had his hand inside my pocket. Never seen anybody run away so fast down a crowded train carriage. :lol: BJ


Not for c20 years, no. But Spain is often derided as Club-Med, chaotic and ill prepared to govern so I'm not sure it's a valid comparison. Also Spain is arguably more of a transit country [migrants are self-motivated to move on without force], whereas the UK is supposedly a desired destination, what with housing, 'benefits' and so on. Furthermore my local council are supposedly renowned for their ruthless efficiency. I have difficulty accepting that any of these beggars have genuine need to be on the street when if they were 'genuine' they'd have call on 'reasonable means of sustenance/lodging, food, and so on'. If that's the case, then why are they left on the streets so adding to their being blighted?. I must have walked past 20 such beggars in London this afternoon in what is supposedly pretty desirable west London, and it doesn't make for a pleasant high-street experience. Perhaps a contributor to why so many shops/etc on this well known street have shut, and the units are derelict?


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