Stolen Firewood - First Time For Me!

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    In the middle of last night, somebody pulled off the road into my driveway and filled the trunk of their car with about $10 worth of my firewood from my display. I am actually surprised, and at the same time a little bit relieved, because I expected this to happen a long time ago.

    I'm not mad about it, I give away 100 times that amount every year. Quite the opposite of mad actually. I'm excited! This could be fun. If it happens again, then the game is on. For five minutes worth of cutting, splitting, and hauling a few pieces of firewood, I am anticipating a great game of cat and mouse. My display of firewood out by the road will be the bait for the rattrap! BRING IT ON LOWLIFE! I'm ready to play.
     
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    lol trunk full, should spice thing up for you. Who make your sign?
     
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    There is a saying that "nothing tastes better than stolen chicken pie". I read a post where someone was trying to give away something by putting a "free" sign on it. After not getting any takers, he put a "for sale" sign on it and someone quickly took (stole) it. I guess something "for sale" is worth more than something "free".
     
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    Drill some out and put a few blanks in haha
     
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    Quads I'm sure he left some cash under one of the splits,,, better go check again.

    LLigetfa that's a good story, and probably true.
     
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    There's a "store" nearby where everything is free. It's really just a continual lawn sale, where you bring stuff you don't want anymore and take away what you do. The guy who owns the property just wants stuff out of the local landfill. Surprisingly, it always seem to have the same amount of (but different) stuff whenever you go. Never found any treasures, but we always stop if we have time.

    It's been there for years, and as far as I know, there has never been a single theft.
     
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    Yet another reason to buck those 70# Oak rounds. If the bass turd don't get a hearnia puttin them in the trunk, then he'll at least get a nice cool sizzling fire later. Obviously musta' been a wood stove user. When you run an OWB there would be no point in stealin' a trunk load . . . that's not even enough for one load of the OWB!!! %-P
     
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    I do have kind of an honor system, and the few times somebody got wood when I wasn't home, it worked good. In the picture, on the left post, there is a container marked "Money. If no one home, put money in here." The snow wasn't even brushed off of it, because I looked in there to see if they had left any money. I even looked in my mailbox. Nothing but bills.

    It was a small car, possibly a little hatchback. I could see by the tracks that they loaded it from behind, over the rear bumper, not over the side like a pickup. And the rear of the car wasn't very far from the front tire tracks, so must have been small. Something like the size of an old Ford Escort, but with wider tires.
     
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    My good neighbor lives in Milwaukee and he either had it made down there, or made it himself. Not sure, he just stopped by one day and said he had a present for me, stuck it in the ground and took off before I could ask him about it! I added the tall legs to it so it sticks above the snowbank and woodpile.
     
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    Now, when you say "nothing but bills," you mean crisp, fresh twenties, right? :coolgrin:
     
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    looks good. I need one my sign is to big.
     
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    If it is somebody that is hard-up, down on their luck, and need some wood for heat, all they would have to do is ask. I'd be more than happy to help. I'd donate it to them, or they could pay me later, or whatever. I do it all the time. That's the worst part. They need not be afraid of me. If they steal anymore though, I will have great fun scaring them! Halloween is my favorite holiday.
     
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    Ha! They're crisp alright, but not very green!
     
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    It's like one of those corrugated plastic political (Vote For Me) signs with the wires that stick in the ground, but it's got reflective stickers/lettering applied to it.
     
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    Oh, THOSE bills. I hear they make great fire starters AND they'll send you a cutoff notice before things get too serious. :lol:
     
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    Your a good guy, you'd give anyone who "needed" firewood the whole pile & even help load it up.
    The thief may be too proud to stop & talk with you & ask. Makes them a proud thief.
    Maybe guilt will work on them & they'll swallow their pride & make it right.
    As of now, they're just a "Thief".
    Don't do anything that will get you in trouble, like a booby trap that hurts somebody.
    Maybe a motion sensor light that comes on when somebody gets close to the pile at night.
    Sounds like you're taking it as a challenge & are making it fun.
    Good luck, when you get their picture post it.
    I think they have no idea who their mess'n with. ;)
    Knuckle draggin, maul swing'n cavemen :bug: (with working man muscles)
     
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    A bit down the road where the lake is there is a lake community. Small cottages that used to be used just in the Summer when city folk (mostly wives and kids came out to escape the inner city Summer heat). They've all been 'winterized. Typical tiny lots. Some one was reaching over fences and stealing arm loads of firewood. Just a little at atime so everyone ripped off figured it was neighborhood kids building little bonfires somewhere.
    Until one day in the middle of the day one guy is sitting on his porch at noon and the crazy lady down the street's head pops up she reaches over and grabs a half a dozen splits. He confronted her and she insisted it was obvious he wasn't even using it.
    She didn't even own a wood stove and had no plans to.
    Getting caught stopped her ( I heard she had almost half a cord stacked in her back yard), but now any time something odd disappears they all know where to go to get it back.
    She's just a nut and nobody calls the cops.

    I think that's who stole all the fruit from my fruit trees last Fall.
    I'll never know for sure , but this Fall I'm hoping to have a camera or two running, just for grins and giggles.
     
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    So, I live in Milwaukee and have a firewood business. Awhile back someone stole my sign! I had forgotten about it until the other day when I was driving down the road in my ford escort and I saw my very sign on a stack of firewood. The sign was too big to fit in my trunk so I just backed up and took enough wood to make up for it. I guess it all works out.

    HA!

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    True story: We had a yard sale and were selling some things from an estate. One thing was an old baby bed. No mattress but the bed and springs were good. After the sale, we sat them out by the road at a relative's home (we live on a dead end road) and marked they were free. After a week it still sat there. The following week we were there and took the bed out and put it with the trash because trash pickup was the next day. Within 2 hours the bed was gone. There was no sign stating free, it was just with the trash. Geeze, sometimes people are hard to figure.


    quads, I'm betting you are really going to have a lot of fun with this one if they dare to return.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Ha ha ha! That is funny!
     
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    WOOD THIEF RETURNS!

    I have to take back what I said! I can't believe this, but my wood thief came back while I was milking the cows tonight. He came down to the barn, paid me, and bought more. He said he was on his way home in the middle of the night last night when his wife called him and told him they were out of wood. He said he didn't have any money with him, so loaded the trunk of his car with enough for the night. I only wish he had left a note in my "Put Money In Here" can, but I guess it all turned out ok in the end. Maybe there really is one honest person yet!

    So, I guess I have never had any firewood stolen from me so far!
     
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    Thats pretty cool.
     
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    Lets all go to quads house and clean him out...he is basically begging us :cheese: That is awesome the way it turned out though...
     
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    I guess you'll have to change your Hearth.com handle to "Diogenes".
     
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