Post by bill van Post by Snidely Post by Les Albert Post by Cheetah99218 Post by Les Albert Post by Tim Wright
My wife and I have an ongoing disagreement. If I, cane in hand, am
hobbling across a parking lot and have to walk between cars and step up
on a curb, I will often put my hand on the fender of one of the vehicles
to help myself step up onto the curb. My wife feels that I am going to
get my ass kicked some day because I shouldn't be touching someone
else's vehicle. How do you feel about this? Would you begrudge a gimp
a helping hand?
Your wife is right, and she is the one who should be lending a helping
hand for you to step up on the curb. I don't think even the most
Trumpian of car owners would hit a hobbling guy who uses a cane, but
you never know and I guess that's why you carry a gun in your pocket.
When I see anyone touching a car that isn't theirs, I always think
"They're going to set off the car alarm."
That suggests a funny scenario: as the guy hobbles through the parking
lot touching cars, many alarms start going off at the same time. The
shopping area becomes empty as people come running out to see if their
car is being attacked, several of them carrying store items that they
haven't yet paid for (or do they just ignore the noise the way most
people disregard car alarms?).
The purpose of car alarms is to annoy the innocent bystander. (not
original, but I can't provide a citation to the author I stole it from)
For some of the alarms, the car battery will run down before the owner
I hear quite a few of them where I have lived for roughly 25 years, with
lots of street parking nearby. I've never heard one go on for more than
about 30 seconds, except for one or two cars that were being towed at
the time and were getting their alarm cycles set off again and again two
or three times a second.
Can you even set them to keep going for more than a few minutes? That
would be mightily antisocial behaviour. I'd be tempted to head out with
a crowbar and beat that thing until it stopped whining.
Here's my recollection - when car alarms first came out, they went
off continuously until they were turned off. The theory being, I think
that this would keep thieves away and the owner would come out, tout de
suite, to turn the blasted thing off. This didn't work as planned, and
people got upset. It turns out that people don't rush out to keep
someone from breaking into someone else's vehicle. Then, I think
alarms were designed to go loud when disturbed, and this lasts for a
short time (seconds? minutes?) and then it shuts off, perhaps waking up
a bit later (minutes?) and yelling again in case the bad guys are
lurking. Still, I don't think that people would interfere, personally,
with someone near a vehicle with the alarm going off.
I still hear them every so often, but amn't interested enough to look
for details, so I don't know what the current state of car alarms going
 Which is certain to be faulty, but that's how you get information -
by posting such on the internet, then sifting
 When I first got my truck, and a key fob that would lock, unlock
and set an alarm, I found myself setting off the alarm and not being
able to shut it off, whether from lack of knowledge or skill, I wot not.
One time, it was going off, tried everything even disconnecting the
battery, waiting and then putting it back on with no good result. I
ended up driving away (I can show you the streets I drove down) with the
alarm going, for about 5-10 minutes, before it finally stopped of its
 I watched someone get into a vehicle with some trouble with the
alarm going off. I called the SFPD after observing for a while, but the
vehicle drove off before I finished the phone call.