Skip to comments.Taking a bite out of victimless crime
Posted on 05/11/2007 11:04:15 AM PDT by Wuli
What secret activity went on in the garage of a seemingly friendly, well-liked, balding 60-year-old West Palm Beach man before police surrounded his house and arrested him on two felony charges?
The sheriff's department, the man's neighbors and the man himself - Roger Bean - all agree: The "crime" was making dentures and temporary bridges for grateful customers at a mere fraction of the price.
Instead of $2,000 dentures from a dentist, Mr. Bean's clients got their dentures from him, fitted, for as little as $200.
An anonymous tip supposedly made police aware of Mr. Bean's "crimes." But news reports reveal Mr. Bean's neighbors and customers had no cause for complaint.
Linda Armantrout said "he's the best neighbor we've got." The head of the neighborhood crime watch, Ron St. Mary, said that Mr. Bean is not a criminal because he is "helping the old people who don't have a few dollars," and added, "I think the world of him."
Yet another local resident warned Mr. Bean when she saw the sheriff's detectives coming. She'll be charged with obstruction of justice for having done him the neighborly favor.
Since the customers are happy, and Mr. Bean isn't dealing in anything that stands to harm innocent third parties, like nuclear weapons, why the fuss?.....................
(Excerpt) Read more at palmbeachpost.com ...
Reminds me of the movie Brazil, where the underground HVAC guy was chased by a swat squad.
He was fixing ac units off the books.
A bridge too far?........
Geez, dentistry is the last place people ought to be cutting corners.
(Brodrick Crawford voice) “My partner and I were on blackmarket denture duty in Palm Beach.” (Dragnet theme music rises . . . )
Nothing like stomping on the little guy...
I think I’d cut corners in dentistry long before I’d do so in many other areas, such as open heart surgery.
Trouble is, bad dentistry can lead to things like open heart surgery.
Years ago, on the original Daily Show with Craig Kilborn, they did a color piece on a man who had given himself multiple root canals, then replaced his teeth with pebbles found on his driveway.
While there is a video circulating around the Internet about somebody *else* who did something like that, I really wish I could get that original segment.
It isn’t often you can make your dentist go “EEEAARGGGHHHSSSPPLLTTUI!”
another story on it:
Palm Beach County man arrested for making false teeth without a license
The government liscencing racket goes on. Here’s another one about manicurists:
Free Stater Jailed for Performing Manicure
That was Jack Webb, not Brodrick Crawford. Brodrick Crawford was “Highway Patrol”.
What scares me is that I remember that.
Somhow this will be Bush’s fault.
Sounds like the dentists/denturists have a nice little racket going that they don’t want any competition in. Denture’s, for Pete’s sake! What’s the worst that can come out of unregulated dentures - sore gums?
It can indeed. But so does inadequate dentistry, and it's safe to say that a lot more elderly folks are being driven to open heart surgery by the fact that they can't afford professional dental care, than by any complications that amateur-made dentures could ever cause.
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