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TikiGardener
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2004-12-14 12:43 am   Permalink

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On 2004-12-14 00:14, Gigantalope wrote:


The methfeeks who took mine admitted it later, actually as if they were keeping the neighborhood free from Satan's minions.





THEY OBVIOUSLY HADN'T LOOKED IN THE MIRROR


 
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AlmostHuman
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Joined: Dec 04, 2003
Posts: 77
From: Houston Texas
Posted: 2004-12-14 10:51 am   Permalink

Aw man...you could have fun playing with their minds when they are on a bender...*snicker*

 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Joined: Oct 17, 2004
Posts: 320
Posted: 2004-12-14 3:28 pm   Permalink


Aloha all,

I’m not sure if this was covered previously but about 3-4 years ago a similar criminal was terrorizing Tiki owners near the same North San Diego County area. I have a couple of friends who lost Tikis to the bandit. Oddly enough this guy was also a meth addict, he would cruise around on his bike casing houses, if you caught him in your yard and asked whadda ya want, he’d cleverly come up with the old “looking for work” excuse. This guy would go anywhere to get a Tiki, front yard, back yard, where ever, he was a master Tiki thief. I have a customer in Leucadia who has a bunch of my carvings and she was terrified the monster would find her yard. Being a small coastal community my friends figured out who the guy was and did a reverse sting, they went to his mother’s house, where he stashed the goods and lived. Their Idols sat just over a fence (one was in a tree?) along with animal lawn ornaments, and gnomes, etc… They called authorities and later had to go down to the station and ID their Tikis, the cops where befuddled that “anyone can tell them apart they all look the same”.
Another of the carvings was taken to a local Tiki chop shop of sorts run by an unscrupulous Tiki salesperson, where they tried to disguise it by painting the teeth white and adding color to the humiliated God. Ironically the way the fiend got into heisting Tikis was by starting with garden Gnomes and the reflective yard balls! I think the lesson here is obvious.
I know it sounds too crazy to be true but it’s all fact, some of this mess was covered by the local paper. Fortunately I had the inside scoop where I got to hear all the sorted details and believe you me there is a lot more strangeness to this tale.

Mahalo

Bosko


 
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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2367
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2004-12-15 08:35 am   Permalink

Interesting story Bosko. So whatever happened to this guy? Was he ever convicted of trespassing or robbery? I remember reading about when the tiki in front of Trader Mort's was stolen. Was it the same guy?



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Tangaroa
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Joined: Apr 25, 2002
Posts: 1555
Posted: 2004-12-15 11:07 am   Permalink

Good tale Bosko - I hope they locked that guy up & threw away the key!!!!!

 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 2987
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-12-15 1:27 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-14 15:28, TIKIBOSKO wrote:
Ironically the way the fiend got into heisting Tikis was by starting with garden Gnomes and the reflective yard balls!


That it starts with the occasional Lawn Gnome, but you soon move on to the "Hard Stuff?"

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the75stingray
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 447
From: Dayton, Ohio
Posted: 2004-12-15 2:15 pm   Permalink

I don't understand this; How in the world could they yank these babies out of the ground without anyone hearing?!
Hell, if the same car drives past my house more than twice, I'm standing in the front yard with a gun and my Rott!
(God bless America!)


 
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sinner
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 127
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-12-15 3:10 pm   Permalink

So lawn gnomes are kind of like some kind of gateway drug?

 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Joined: Oct 17, 2004
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Posted: 2004-12-15 7:50 pm   Permalink


Aloha,

One of my associates just got back to me with info. Authorities had not caught the Tiki bandit at the time they reclaimed their carvings, but the cops where on the lookout for him. My other friend is now living in Hawaii, perhaps he’ll know more? I guess it could be the same criminal, but traditionally Tikis have always had a high quotient of that indescribable quality which screams steal me.

Who or why the Trader Morts’ Idol or the gigantic Bali Hai Tiki was stolen is a mystery, but both where returned shortly afterwards. Although some of the possibilities are too horrible to imagine, perhaps the thieves’ guilt got the better of them. Or the goods got too hot to hold on to so they where forced to dump them back in their respective establishments parking lot.
Over the years I’ve received a fair amount of mail from those who’ve possessed Tikis of questionable origin and the awful effects they’ve suffered due to its mana.

Yes, garden gnomes are a gateway (yard ornament drug) to the literally heavy stuff.

Mahalo

Bosko


 
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MaiTaiMafia
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Joined: Dec 03, 2004
Posts: 84
From: Kapolei, HI
Posted: 2004-12-17 03:22 am   Permalink

I just recently moved into a new housing development in Makakilo Heights, on O'ahu. I have a perfect property for decorating a'la tiki. My house, as well as my neighbors next to me, sit on a ridge looking down at the Leeward coastline of Ko'Olina, Barber's Point and Ewa Beach. There are quite a few of these newer homes up here and lately, thieves have been breaking into homes in broad daylight, presumably when people are at work. Hawai'i as a state, and especially the leeward coast area has a real problem with crystal meth users - epidemic proportions. We are not that far from the areas where these people live and carry out their "business". It's not hard to imagine that the tiki's I'm planning to put outside around my property (BTW-there aren't any fences... just open space) would no doubt be a target for these people. Unless I could somehow convince potential thieves that the tikis are protected (as Bosko suggests) by some tiki curse which will befall them. I really like the idea of the hornets but logistically I'm having trouble with it
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2004-12-17 10:26 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-17 03:22, MaiTaiMafia wrote:
...Hawai'i as a state, and especially the leeward coast area has a real problem with crystal meth users - epidemic proportions. We are not that far from the areas where these people live and carry out their "business"...



Hawai'i has always been such a laid back, restful, and magical place to me... The thought of the Aloha State overrun by "tweakers" is just too much to take. Shouldn't these people be cooking up their goods in run-down trailers out in the desert somewhere? This is just too sad...

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Mai Tai
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 1431
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2004-12-18 02:01 am   Permalink

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On 2004-12-17 22:26, Aaron's Akua wrote:
Quote:

On 2004-12-17 03:22, MaiTaiMafia wrote:
...Hawai'i as a state, and especially the leeward coast area has a real problem with crystal meth users - epidemic proportions. We are not that far from the areas where these people live and carry out their "business"...



Hawai'i has always been such a laid back, restful, and magical place to me... The thought of the Aloha State overrun by "tweakers" is just too much to take. Shouldn't these people be cooking up their goods in run-down trailers out in the desert somewhere? This is just too sad...

A-A




Sadly, it seems like Crystal Meth users are everywhere. My parents retired, and moved up to the California Gold country, and built their dream home in Nevada City. Anyone who has ever been to Nevada City knows what a quaint, charming town it is, filled with tons of beautiful victorian houses.

My parents had to get a P.O. box, because all of the tweakers steal all of the mail out of everyone's mail box. Not just occasionally, but on a daily basis! The police are busting home meth labs on a daily basis, though it seems like their efforts are futile. The Crystal Meth problem is becoming like a plague.

Sad to hear that it's happening to Hawaii as well.


 
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MaiTaiMafia
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Joined: Dec 03, 2004
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From: Kapolei, HI
Posted: 2004-12-18 02:10 am   Permalink

Mai Tai is right - tweaker's are everywhere. Hawai'i has the highest level of "ice" users in the entire USA. It is very sad... this place is still beautiful and laid back, but just stay away from Waianae at night!
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AlmostHuman
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Joined: Dec 04, 2003
Posts: 77
From: Houston Texas
Posted: 2004-12-18 09:15 am   Permalink

What are the gun laws in Hawaii like? Shoot a couple of these assholes and word will get out real quick to stay away.

 
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
Posts: 820
From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-12-18 10:04 am   Permalink

I find it disconcerting how often references to meth pop up in the periphery of my world lately.

Even more alarming is the tone of normality and even acceptance I am noticing in some younger people I come into contact with. Casual references to someone's room mate, significant other, etc. being on meth, and the tone that it's no big deal, are becoming more frequent.

My background is in photojournalism and I still view myself as a documentarian of lives and events, even when doing commercial portrait work; I record how people really look, wrinkles and all, but in the best light, and I tell customers this upfront. I get the sense that any day now, in someone's family reunion photos, I'm going to be asked to photoshop away someone's meth-stained teeth and I'll have to decide if I give the customer what they want, or faithfully record the signs of the times.

And as for my hobbies, I've been fond of all-night neon sign photo-safaries for years, but am re-thinking that. In the last couple years, from coast to coast, all through the midwest and especially the Southwest, the smiles of the usually merely annoying street people are developing those trademark meth triangles between the teeth, and their behavior is more erratic.

A couple months back, I was wondering if maybe I wasn't like a square parent in an old reefer-madness film. Then a friend of mine who worked the overnight shift in a retail store told me about it taking four cops to subdue one of her shoplifters 'cause the kid felt no pain.

All of which leads back on-topic to theft of tikis, et al. I used to do elaborate lawn displays for Halloween and Christmas, and would alarm some of the plastic blow-molded pieces with those pull-pin activated motel room door alarms that screech at an ungodly decible level. I'd glue the alarm up inside the body of the decoration with JB weld and anchor the pin near the decoration. Nothing ever got stolen because when it would get yanked up, it'd scare the crap out of the thief and would be impossible to get away with stealthily. I'm not sure that'd matter to a meth user.


 
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