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Taking a bite out of victimless crime
Palm Beach Post ^ | May 11, 2007 | J.H. Huebert

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: gasoline; healthypeople2010
Neighbors helping neighbors
1 posted on 05/11/2007 11:04:16 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli
Just wait until socialized medicine kicks in...
2 posted on 05/11/2007 11:05:21 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

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.


3 posted on 05/11/2007 11:07:36 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Wuli

A bridge too far?........


4 posted on 05/11/2007 11:08:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: 2banana
Illegal Liposuction in Mass
5 posted on 05/11/2007 11:09:29 AM PDT by Inquisitive1
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To: Wuli

Geez, dentistry is the last place people ought to be cutting corners.


6 posted on 05/11/2007 11:13:33 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They've screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: traviskicks

ping


7 posted on 05/11/2007 11:15:08 AM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Wuli

(Brodrick Crawford voice) “My partner and I were on blackmarket denture duty in Palm Beach.” (Dragnet theme music rises . . . )


8 posted on 05/11/2007 11:16:21 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Shanghai makes NYC look like Bumpkinland. It's the 21st Century: live with it.)
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To: Wuli

Nothing like stomping on the little guy...


9 posted on 05/11/2007 11:21:54 AM PDT by JamesP81 (Isaiah 10:1 - "Woe to those who enact evil statutes")
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To: 3AngelaD

I think I’d cut corners in dentistry long before I’d do so in many other areas, such as open heart surgery.


10 posted on 05/11/2007 11:23:40 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: green iguana

Trouble is, bad dentistry can lead to things like open heart surgery.


11 posted on 05/11/2007 11:28:22 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They've screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: KoRn; Abram; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
"The "crime" was making dentures and temporary bridges for grateful customers at a mere fraction of the price."





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12 posted on 05/11/2007 11:31:20 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: green iguana
"I think I’d cut corners in dentistry long before I’d do so in many other areas, such as open heart surgery."

Suture self.
13 posted on 05/11/2007 11:33:27 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Tradition is merely a group effort to prevent the unexpected)
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To: Wuli

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!”


14 posted on 05/11/2007 11:34:21 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: traviskicks

another story on it:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-pdentist25apr25,0,5953835.story
Palm Beach County man arrested for making false teeth without a license

The government liscencing racket goes on. Here’s another one about manicurists:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1399802/posts
Free Stater Jailed for Performing Manicure


15 posted on 05/11/2007 11:35:35 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

That was Jack Webb, not Brodrick Crawford. Brodrick Crawford was “Highway Patrol”.

What scares me is that I remember that.

Gunner


16 posted on 05/11/2007 11:39:21 AM PDT by weps4ret (Things the make you go; Hmmmmmmm?)
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To: Wuli

Somhow this will be Bush’s fault.

http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/g/d5d9b53c-60fb-4c58-a599-22d20ff94261


17 posted on 05/11/2007 11:46:32 AM PDT by America Jane (September 11, Never Forget!)
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To: Wuli

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?


18 posted on 05/11/2007 12:14:44 PM PDT by -YYZ-
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To: 3AngelaD
Trouble is, bad dentistry can lead to things like open heart surgery.

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.

19 posted on 05/11/2007 12:40:43 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Suture self

Good one.
ROFL

20 posted on 05/11/2007 1:20:59 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: GovernmentShrinker; green iguana
Trouble is, bad dentistry can lead to things like open heart surgery.

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.

I'm going out on a limb here, but I think green iguana might have been sarcastically referring to the cliche that "marijuana leads to harder drugs" or some such...

21 posted on 05/11/2007 1:24:13 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: -YYZ-

This is a big issue in Alaska right now.

No dentists in rural Alaska, so tooth decay is relly bad, esp in the young. Dentl issues can lead to other and sometimes fatal health problems.

Bad water, lots of soda pop and candy = dental crisis.

So, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium folks sent some workers (Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHAT’s)) to training outside of the US, where it is common.

They now perform routine dental work in rural villages. The local ADA folks are having a fit.

More here:
http://wcco.com/local/local_story_031233404.html

http://www.topix.net/forum/med/dentistry/TOSHFI61TE3F5M083 has some interesting comments on dental care for poor folk.

And the offical State view
http://www.astdd.org/bestpractices/pdf/DES02002AKdentalaide.pdf.


22 posted on 05/11/2007 1:35:29 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: Wuli
Practicing medicine without a license. Reminds me of Inspector Clouseau's trips to jail for occupational practice without a license. Hahahaha!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

23 posted on 05/11/2007 3:39:46 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Wuli

Cartelizing via regulatory capture bump. The guild system never died.


24 posted on 05/11/2007 5:20:13 PM PDT by M203M4 (That Hunter is not cleaning house is a testament to how far conservatism has fallen.)
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To: Bon mots
It's not a joke. The mouth is a wonderful concentration of all things disgusting and an easy route into the body, especially after oral surgery or injury.

Necrotizing Fasciitis

This actually killed a guy I went to school with, subsequent to an oral abscess that he did not get treated.

25 posted on 05/11/2007 6:33:16 PM PDT by sig226 (Where did my tag line go?)
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To: weps4ret
That was Jack Webb, not Brodrick Crawford. Brodrick Crawford was “Highway Patrol”.

You're right by golly. What scares me is that I'm getting those kinds of things confused. I think they were on on the same night. I remember watching them with my grandfather in his cabin . . . he got one, kind of fuzzy, channel out of Duluth.

26 posted on 05/12/2007 12:13:21 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Shanghai makes NYC look like Bumpkinland. It's the 21st Century: live with it.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket; Famishus; yoe; Yaelle; usmcobra; DainBramage; writer33; Dysart; tnlibertarian; ...
"Suture self."

PING! to a fine opportunity to discuss dentistry and medicine in an incisive, cutting way...

27 posted on 05/12/2007 10:49:11 AM PDT by LibertarianInExile (If ‘He can win,’ is your first defense, obviously, that’s his one plus--not his conservatism.)
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To: Wuli

Gosh, I bet medicine could be a lot cheaper if there were no requirements for safety or training.


28 posted on 05/12/2007 10:50:54 AM PDT by gondramB (God only has ten rules, uncle Hank, and he has a much bigger house.)
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To: M203M4; theDentist; bitt; neverdem; Mom MD; Doctor Raoul; NRA2BFree; Alamo-Girl; Calpernia

It’s like the Kelo ruling, except bite sized.


29 posted on 05/12/2007 10:59:18 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: LibertarianInExile

McGruff says, “Take a bite out of crime!”

Sure, how with no teeth?


30 posted on 05/12/2007 11:41:38 AM PDT by GadareneDemoniac
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To: Wuli

HillaryCare would put this guy in jail.


31 posted on 05/12/2007 1:34:24 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Policeman: "Hand it over - that's evidence!"

Roger Bean: "Hand what over? What do you want?"

Policeman: "I want the tooth!"

Roger Bean: "You can't handle the tooth!"

32 posted on 05/12/2007 2:00:11 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: LibertarianInExile

Where to begin?

My dentist drives a Porsche, his mechanic drives a Bentley, This guy drives a pinto, his mechanic rides a bicycle.

It’s a cost and effect relationship.


33 posted on 05/12/2007 2:56:10 PM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: LibertarianInExile

When Bean was interrogated, he is rumored to have told the investigators that they can’t handle the tooth.


34 posted on 05/14/2007 6:09:07 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: gondramB

If would be a lot cheaper if private-professional services were used to rate, report on, and disseminate information on the quality of “services” provided by the health care industry and its practitioners, instead of turning the system of “law”, via “regulation” of everything, into nothing more than a cartel of so-called “legal” services.

It is truly not done to achieve a certain standard of knowledge and expertise, but to protect an investment that the individual “legal” practitioners think they have made and prevent anyone from having competing with them when that competitor might have achieved an equal level of expertise with less “investment” - expertise which should be measured by the results of the skill demonstrated in the product and not the volume, amount or type of personal input used to obtain that skill.

Apparently, the “denturist” did not have a single dis-satisfied customer - a record I imagine 100% of the “licensed” dentists in his area could not claim.


35 posted on 05/14/2007 11:03:35 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

I think we do use private inspectors in some fields but I have no doubt more could be done.

One unlicensed guy without complaints doesn’t mean you do away with medical qualifications.


36 posted on 05/14/2007 11:06:45 AM PDT by gondramB (God only has ten rules, uncle Hank, and he has a much bigger house.)
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