Skip to comments.Local woman pulls gun on deliverymen for not taking off shoes
Posted on 03/26/2008 1:35:39 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Two furniture deliverymen fled a home after a customer produced a gun because they wouldn't take their shoes off, according to police reports.
Two employees of Howell's Furniture Gallery were making a delivery to a house in the 5300 of Downs Road last Friday afternoon, the report stated.
The homeowner, who was not identified, asked the deliverymen to take off their shoes.
They replied removing their shoes was against company policy and pointed out they were wearing protective covers so as not to damage her carpet, the report stated.
An argument ensued, which expanded to cover other problems the woman had with the store, and the woman got a handgun.
The delivery men told police she never pointed the gun at them, but they left anyway and called police.
Idiot! Just the kind of crap the gun grabbers love to hear.
She’s got to be stupid, stoned, or crazy.
Why limit it to just one?
Stupid, stoned, and/or crazy.
I used to work for an appliance service company. One of our service men was told to take off his shoes in an oh-so-exclusive house in an oh-so-exclusive neighborhood before going to work on the refrigerator. He didn’t get any further than the front door. He told them he wasn’t going to slide around the polished floor in his socks while wrestling a big heavy Sub Zero, and left.
My own experiences in those kind of houses were borderline unpleasant sometimes. The Type A .90 caliber big shots don’t know when to quit.
I don’t know about that. If she asked them to leave her house/property at any time during the arguement and they refused, she may have been justified in getting her gun. If that is the way it did go down, she should have called 911 as well just to cover herself.
I don’t know that this is what happened, just saying that one woman faced with two or more large male furniture deliverymen could be intimidated enough by something that was said to make her believe that she needed to protect herself. From the article it looks like this was within the confines of her home and she did not point the weapon at anyone.
Unless she was in fear for her safety, she had no reason to arm herself. A gun is not a magic wand with which one gets others to do their will. At least, not legally.
I delivered furniture, had similar experience. I worked alone, made me take off shoes, but could not take wheels off dolly.
Lady of the house did not realize until I had dragged across snow white carpet how ludicrous her request appeared.
Oh well , many funny stories from those days.
“richard! I will NOT have people rubbing up against my expensive wallpaper and wearing shoes on my carpet!”
However, her fear for her safety may very well have led to her arming herself. That was the point I was trying to make.
I again point out that this seems to have been within the confines of her home and she did not point the gun at anyone. As far as the legality of the issue, is there any law that prohibits a person from carrying their weapon inside their home? Should there be?
I don’t believe in brandishing a weapon, it never solves any situation. But, if she thought that her safety was in question, she may have felt the need to do so. IF that was the case (and I do mean IF) then I would have to support her actions.
Well, then she can move her own damn furniture.
"The Bucket woman!" That was my first thought too!
My second thought was of my late aunt, who doted on my sister and I (and we loved her dearly for it), but who made my poor uncle not only take off his shoes at the door, but immediately go to the basement, shower and change clothes, making sure the "work" clothes - he worked in an office - went into the washing machine. Nieces and nephews were expected to remove the shoes, but we generally managed to stay in street clothes. I have no idea what the appliance guys went through with her, but I suspect that they colluded with uncle to time deliveries and repairs.
At a class reunion years ago, a classmate of mine told me stories about his time as an appliance repairman, and I came to the conclusion that it was one of the best - or worst, depending on one's viewpoint - jobs on earth for seeing the human race at its very weirdest. I don't recall a gun playing any part in them, but he had been physically threatened and illegally detained often enough to have worn away the novelty of it all. At the time, he was still getting offers of sex in exchange for repairs, but unless he was greening me, the bloom had gone off that rose as well.
“It’s ‘bou-quet’, if you please.”
maybe her religion doesn’t allow shoes in the house
I agree 100% with you. A firearm should only be used in a life threatening situation, all other circumstances are unjustifiable and hurt responsible gun owners and CHL carriers.
Then she can get some of her fellow Church of the Oddballs members to move her furniture.
Hyacinth was my first thought too, although I doubt there is a gun in her house. lol
I was doing a service call at one of these homes. Lady of the house looked at my boots and told me to take off my clothes before I went upstairs.
It is amazing what people say, you just can’t make this stuff up.
I found out not too many years ago that I had ancestors whose last name was "Buckey;" not long afterward, I was told that it was actually a corruption of "Bouquet." True or not, we laughed like H over that, seeing something of a reverse Keeping Up Appearances.
(Our family does have more Daisys and Onslows than Hyacinths, though.)
I work in wrought iron for spiral and swept stairs, entryways, balconies, and stuff like that - between power plant repair jobs. It is funny being the only person in the house wearing steel-toed boots, welding and grinding and burning iron above a marble or granite floor and expensive carpet ... when everybody else is tiptoeing around wearing their socks.
Floor protection is a hassle, but (most of the time) nothing burns.
I had an ancestor whose last name was Butcher. His wife didn’t like the way the name was pronounced. She insisted that in her hearing the name was to be pronounced Booshay’. Everybody went along with it too.
I was wondering what Mrs. Bucket (pronounced boo-kay) was up to lately.
Friends had built a new house with pink carpeting - builder was sending workers over to fix something after they moved in. Wife asked if he could have his guys remove their shoes so as to not track dirt - he agreed, but pointed out that he couldn’t guarantee that their socks would be any cleaner than their boots were.
(Did I mention that this was in Florida???)
On one occasion, I entered a house for an appointment and the Lady insisted I remove my shoes. She provided a pair of slippers for me to wear during my visit (no harm/no foul).
I assumed this was some sort of religious requirement...which religions do not allow shoes in the house?
The local PBS station shows her on saturday nights, we catch it when we can. Onslow is my hero. I can’t find one of them FH hats like the one he wears (It’s some austrailian trucking company)
“It is funny being the only person in the house wearing steel-toed boots, welding and grinding and burning iron above a marble or granite floor and expensive carpet ... when everybody else is tiptoeing around wearing their socks.”
Almost as good as being in a multi million dollar home, jackhammering those floors, with the resulting dust covering all of the furnishings and artwork, all to get to a slab leak.
see #28, some things are just plain funny
Exactly. It's a control issue. If they get really irritating, I clean the toilet with their toothbrush.
One more and time for sleep.
Went to deliver furniture to house being remodeled. Arrive I am shown where said furniture is to be located.
I am doing my thing,unboxing and setting up, I am on tight schedule.
Lady of the house, comes to me says lunch is served, I decline as I have more deliveries. She will not take no. I look to those who are working, they all break, one comes to me, tells me I have no choice. Basically her house her rules.
I have lunch,finish my setup, thank hostess and I am on my way.
Life is strange, customer is always right.
I chuckle now, but I am the person I am because of past experience.
Thanks. Well put. (Well put upon as well.)
...which religions do not allow shoes in the house?
I don’t know, but I’m sure there is one!
People are NUTS!!!!
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