Idiot Son leads to loss of K5 + Tamron SP 70-200


fritzthedog

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 14:46
My idiot 20 year old got home smashed at around 4am this morning and failed to not only lock but even close the front door properly.

Net result - I get up this morning to discover my beloved K5 and Tamron 70-200 have been stolen off my desk in the entrance hall..

To make matters worse - his key is also missing - although was used to gain entry - assisted by the 'helpful' taxi driver.

I have to suspect (and a suspicion shared by the police) that a Harrogate based taxi driver now has my camera gear and the ability to enter my house until I can get the lock changed!

The fact that the door was not locked of course also voids the insurance.

Thanks Thomas you complete prat!!!!!!

Anybody get offered a cheap K5 or Tamron in the North Yorks area - please let me and PC Bromley of Harrogate Constabulary know.

Carl
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OldTaffy

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 14:52
Oh God, that sort of stupidity is hard to bear.

Maybe your twenty-year-old could usefully spend his time scouring eBay and the local second-hand shops for the next few months?

Good luck!

Martin
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Peter Elgar

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 15:24
Why did you leave you photo gear downstairs near the door in the first place ? I have mine in my Darkroom upstairs and we take the car key/ house keys into the bedroom and put it into the bedside locker -- never near the front door then my Wife makes us have a small light on all night near the front door until about 0500.
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michaelblue

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 15:37
Make him pay for the replacements ............ and get a K3
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fritzthedog

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 16:04
Peter Elgar wrote:
Why did you leave you photo gear downstairs near the door in the first place ? .

I wish my house was large enough to allow me to have a room for the sole purpose of indulging my hobby and stowing my gear - but alas - it is not - so I instead rely on high security locks and a good insurance policy as protection against break-in (that and living in a small village with an exceptionally low crime rate)

I think though you are missing the point somewhat Peter

Keeping your keys in your bedroom is certainly an admirable precaution against break-in (and exactly where mine were) - but a pretty dammed useless precaution when somebody with a key unlocks your door and leaves it open!

This was not a break in - it was an opportunistic theft and the camera gear was not next to the door - it was 12ft from the door - on my desk - which is under the stair-well - not visible from the door or any windows.

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

fritzthedog

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 16:19
michaelblue wrote:
Make him pay for the replacements ............ and get a K3

He will certainly be paying Michael - but as his current employment is as a part time shop assistant - by the time I get the money from him - the K3 will be obsolete - along with the next model they bring out

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

python118

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 16:33
Its only a camera which can be replaced least your son got home in one piece and he may learn is lesson you cannot replace your son

Dave

jemx99

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 16:46
Its bad news but as Dave says at least your son is OK ( apart from the mega telling off he has no doubt had) - young people just don't seem to understand security!

AndrewA

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 17:34
Bloody kids!
Andrew

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autumnlight

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 17:42
Oh my goodness, i'd be devastated!! such a shame that there is dishonest people around, i bet your son is suffering today though, in more ways than one, sorry you've lost your K5 but happy that you are all safe
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 17:55
I'm so sorry for your loss, Carl. When we save hard and agonise over every discretionary purchase things like this are a set-back.

But, in the final analysis, you have to be philosophical: it's only "stuff", after all. No one's hurt and there should be a nice second-hand K5 out there as a replacement.

Your boy is at least safe and must feel devastated. He will, I hope, learn the importance of moderation or even abstinence, after this.
Best wishes,

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Vuillaume

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 18:20
jemx99 wrote:
Its bad news but as Dave says at least your son is OK ( apart from the mega telling off he has no doubt had) - young people just don't seem to understand security!

Boys should not be born before they are 24, and not have a drivers license before they are 26 - that said, be happy he is home safe. We do love our kids, they cannot be replaced - camera's can! But bloody unfortunate it is!
Best regards
John

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fritzthedog

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 18:30
You are of course all correct - it is only 'stuff'. Am I pleased he didn't end up in casualty or worse? Yes - of course

I am actually feeling a little ashamed over just how hard this has hit me though. I am by nature a fairly 'debt averse' character - and I would not dream of getting in to debt to buy any none essential item for myself - so have always saved to buy camera gear (the K5 took me a year to acquire). So replacing these items will not happen over night. I will probably not replace the K5 until I can afford the K3 but the Tamron is one of my most used lenses and I may have to sell some other gear to replace it.

I am also feeling ashamed of the total lack of forgiveness I currently feel. However perhaps receiving even a single word of apology or any sign of contrition or (god forbid) - an offer to make amends would go a long way towards changing that - but I am not holding my breath - history suggests hell is likely to freeze over first.

Actually - scratch that - I do not at all feel ashamed about not feeling any forgiveness - if anything - a little ashamed about not feeling ashamed about it perhaps

Kids - who'd have 'em
Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

stu62

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 18:42
kids are put on this earth for one reason
to see how far they can push there parents lol

spinno

Link Posted 14/06/2015 - 18:49
My grandson wrecked a hard-drive. That was two years ago. Still not completely forgiven him.
David
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