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February 13th, 2012
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Why Satisfying Is Not Often Smart

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From:bart_calendar
Date:February 13th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Here's the thing though. He didn't buy her the laptop. She bought the laptop herself with her own money that she had worked for. So she understood that work matters.

Also, he hacked the computer. She had all sorts of privacy settings and password protected shit on there that he used his IT skills to hack.

So, what he taught her was that it's fine to break into someone's private property that they worked to own and then destroy that property if you don't like what you see.
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From:theferrett
Date:February 13th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Got a link to a place that summarizes all of this? If she bought it herself, rather than him buying it for her as she implied, then he's a douchebag.
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From:mariadkins
Date:February 13th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
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even more of a douche.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:February 13th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Will try to find it. Jezebel is a bitch to search these days since they changed their interface.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:February 13th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
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From the dude's own Facebook account:

https://www.facebook.com/tommyjordaniii/posts/299559803434210

"I actually considered selling [her laptop] on eBay, but decided against it. She bought it with her money. For us to sell it and take the money, in my mind anyways, is just theft, even from my own kid."
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From:radiumhead
Date:February 13th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
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So....taking it is stealing, but taking it and destroying it is okay? No logic there.
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From:gabyrippling
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Is it weird that part of my reaction was that, given the waste, clearly the father suffers from the same entitled upbringing as the daughter? I mean, I had assumed he had bought the computer for her, and if it had been me and I had acted up enough to make my parents do such a thing (and my parents are more reasonable so I would have had to be pretty bad), they probably would have just given my computer to someone less well off than me who would appreciate it better, especially since they sank the money in it anyway. He basically said, "I sank money into your computer, and I have no value in it except to wave it over your head."
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From:theferrett
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Nope. Don't think it's weird at all.
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From:radiumhead
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
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It is a little weird. (his reaction, not yours.)

But its simple-he was pissed, he wanted to break something.

And maybe, even if it was on an unconscious level, maybe he wanted to scare her.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Guy is an idiot. Under law what he did is not only theft, but a whole slew of other criminal acts.
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From:moonwolf23
Date:February 20th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Not neccesarilly. Kids under 18 work the parents can take their money. Minors don't have much rights.
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From:aiela
Date:February 13th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
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..but destroying it is fine? How is THAT not stealing?
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From:bart_calendar
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Legally it's completely theft. She gave him the computer with the understanding that he would do an IT update on it and return it to her in reasonable condition. Then he intentionally destroyed it. It's theft pure and simple. Dude just doesn't know the law.
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From:kmg_365
Date:February 13th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
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To have been a fly on the wall during these discussions .
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From:jfargo
Date:February 14th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Police saying no laws have been broken again just makes me believe that this video is faked, that everything leading up to it is completely false.

I mean, maybe there's more fact out there about it that proves me wrong but laws have obviously been broken here and the police claim they haven't?
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From:theferrett
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, crazy.
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From:theferrett
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Why not give it to that cleaning lady you respect so much? Seems fairer than just breaking it.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:February 13th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Because the dad doesn't understand the legal definition of "theft" and would consider that stealing.
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From:gows
Date:February 13th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That makes the whole thing so, so much worse. O.O
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From:khiron1416
Date:February 13th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
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get an IT guy you can trust!
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From:sylphon
Date:February 13th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Oddly enough, while the whole gun part got my goat some, it was the invasion of privacy that the parent had to do to get to the data he sought. I know that when people bring laptops into BestBuy there are always warnings online about your data being copied and used w/o permission, but you shouldn't have the same concern when it is family. Then again, I don't know how my parents would have handled me growing up in this information age either, they respected my privacy mostly but this sort of info might get too tantalizing for even the most stalwart of parents..
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