Friday, April 15, 2011

You Get My Point...?


Sooner or later, some of these bad guys are going to catch on to the fact that not all older folks are push-overs!

The scum that make up the majority of the criminals have, for years, preyed on the helpless and defenseless ! Well, news stories like this one show that many of the once "helpless" folks are no longer easy targets! Maybe we should issue all of the elderly a brand new shotgun and a box of shells!

I have to admit, though, that they seem to be doing just fine with the weapons at hand! I believe the older folks call this "making do"!


Jacksonville burglar gets hit 'upside the head’ by 81-year-old victim’s frying pan

By Dan Scanlan

Things just didn't pan out for whoever invaded 81-year-old Bobby Smith's Jacksonville home Saturday afternoon.

In fact, you might say the robber got the point - literally - after the Korean War Navy veteran was through with him.

Smith and his caregiver used a pan full of fried potatoes and a pitchfork to drive the attacker away. A compact man with a close-trimmed gray haircut, Smith said he wasn't scared.

"I was angry; I was upset; and I was as mad as all outdoors," Smith said Wednesday. "If I'd had my gun, like I normally would have, I would have shot him because he was in my home. I don't like people hurting my family or my home."

Smith was working in the garden of his longtime home on Phoenix Avenue about 11 a.m. when his 65-year-old caretaker, Luvina Sones, ran out and said someone was in the house. Smith walked into the kitchen and found a man next to the stove with a plastic bag with Smith's "JEA money" and the couple's ID cards in one hand, a gun in the other.

The man told Smith to "gimme what you got" before shoving him to the ground and taking his wallet, according to the police report. That didn't stop Smith, who said he "went back after him." He grabbed the nearest weapon, while Sones grabbed for something else to give him.

"I grabbed the frying pan and hit him upside the head. I knocked his teeth out ... and he went to the floor," Smith said. "There was a pitchfork about six feet away. ... I stuck him."

Hit in the head and stuck in the side, the intruder ran, "bleeding on the way out." He left his white baseball cap behind.

Police searched the area, and the K-9 dog ultimately returned with a gift.

"The cop brought the K-9 back to the porch, and the dog had the wallet in his mouth," Smith said. "He bowed. The dog bowed."

One neighbor told officers he saw the man earlier walking shirtless through another backyard, grabbing a brown shirt off a clothesline and putting it on as he headed toward Smith's home.

Smith said an officer told him he'd never seen anyone fight someone with "a pitchfork and a pan of potatoes."

dan.scanlan@jacksonville.com

If this trend continues, some of these bad guys may have to get a real job! Looks like they aren't doing all that well in their chosen profession!

Let's get some fresh coffee and sit on the patio for a bit! Just put your pitch forks in the corner there!

19 comments:

2 Tramps said...

Aw, H.J., you are so good at providing a chuckle in these trying times. No pitch fork needed here - we have a new guard puppy!

HermitJim said...

Hey 2 Tramps...
Always my pleasure to bring a chuckle into your day!

Gotta take some enjoyment in seeing the old guys win one once in a while!

Glad you have a new guard puppy! Let's hope you never have any work for him!

Thanks for coming by today!

chinasyndrome said...

Old man kicked butt!Glad to see good guys won one! Thanks Jim! This is always a great place to start the day!

China
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Ben in Texas said...

One for the good guys!! Shame he didn't have his goto gun handy , won't be no stinking trial for that Crook!

Bob said...

Love it! :)

linda m said...

There's a lot to be said for "old people". We aren't scared y cats.

Bob from Athens said...

I usta get hollared at for bring the pitch fork into the house, not any more. Think maybe i'll go get me a brand new one just for guard duty.

JoJo said...

Great storey My Special One,
Its to bad they had to even go through this but I love the ending. I think I would have given him a few more pokes in his back side before he got away.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Too bad the bad guy didn't get caught, but I imagine he is nursing his head and side now. I, too, think it is too bad that Smith didn't have his gun.

HermitJim said...

Hey China...
Yeah, the old boy did good, didn't he?

Glad you like coming by here to start your day, buddy!

You have a good one...and thanks for the visit!


Hey Ben...
I don't know why, but I sorta pictured you when I read this story!

Bet you would give the bad guys a run for the money!

Thanks, my friend, for coming by today!

Kelle said...

Bravo for this man! The elderly generation has had all it's going to take and their action is inspiring!

I know the elderly in our town are fed up with punk kids being disrespectful and they are beginning to speak their minds, instead of being politically correct and you know what the punks even seem to not only respect them but appreciate them more.

Great post Hermit, I'll have to pass on coffee, I've been running like a mad woman for weeks and I don't need caffiene( sp?) but rather a nap, LOL! *wink*

Blessings for your weekend,
Kelle

HermitJim said...

Hey Bob...
Kinda a good read this morning, isn't it?

Always nice to see one of the good guys win one!

Thanks for dropping by today!


Hey Linda...
You got that right! Time for the crooks to start rethinking!

I'm thinking this sorta messed up the bad boys day!

Hey, thanks for coming over this morning!


Hey Bob...
Just shows how handy it is to keep one around the house, preferably on the inside!

Practical kitchen tool in some situations!

Thanks for coming over this morning!


Hey JoJo...
I'm sure that the old man gave him as many as he could, but probably the crook was running pretty good!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over to my place this morning!

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
Bet the old boy starts keeping his gun a lot closer from now on!

I don't think he would be afraid to use it either!

My friend, thanks for coming by!


Hey Kelle...
A lot of people are fed up and are starting to get really vocal about it!

That, to me, is a good thing!

Don't overdo it, my friend! Don't want you to burn out!

Slow down and allot the time for a nap! That's always a good thing!

I really appreciate you coming by today!

Bob Mc said...

No doubt you've heard this quote before. "Never pick a fight with an old guy. If he's to old to fight, he'll just kill you." To bad the old guy didn't have his gun handy.

SHARON said...

Guess I'll have to move my pitch fork into the house. At least it'll save ammunition.

Mayberry said...

WOOT! That's how ya take care of bid'ness! I'd like to shake those folks' hands...

*The Old Geezer said...

God bless old people who fight back!

Joel said...

Good on them! Over here though, they would probably have been arrested, handcuffed and carted off to the nick by coppers carrying Health & Safety booklets, and might even have been forced to pay compensation to the poor burglar for breaching his Human Rights! Many, many people though, are sick to the back teeth of what seems to be a lack of common sense from the police and the lack of support from the state against criminals. Now where is my pitchfork...:-)

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Maggie