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Bureaucrats get EBay fever
SFgate ^ | 2-28-03 | Suzanne Herel

Posted on 02/28/2003 10:23:17 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan

That pocketknife you surrendered to airport security screeners might now be tucked away in someone else's pocket -- someone who bought it on EBay.

Under the handle CaliforniaGold2000, the state is using the Internet auction house to convert scores of confiscated items to cash... Read the rest


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Did a search and was surprised this hadn't been posted already.
1 posted on 02/28/2003 10:23:17 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
isn't this the taking of personal property without compensation?
2 posted on 02/28/2003 10:27:55 AM PST by camle (no camle jokes, please...OK, maybe one little one)
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Here's the list from Ebay

What an outrage. What ever happened to just compensation?

Welcome to the "safe" new Amerika.

3 posted on 02/28/2003 10:29:41 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
"Sharp" Color LCD Projector, Model XG-E650UB

I guess someone tried to sneak a "Sharp" object onto an airplane.

Lots of interesting stuff, but 1. I don't like supporting property confiscation, and 2. the lot sizes are too large.

4 posted on 02/28/2003 10:33:21 AM PST by KarlInOhio (France: The whore for Babylon)
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To: Uncle Bill
FYI
5 posted on 02/28/2003 10:39:23 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
How hard would it be for them to provide an envelope for you to address, pay the shipping and have your belongings sent back to you? I can't believe the option of getting your things back isn't given to you, at least it wasn't when my tweezers were confiscated last Thanksgiving... who's to say dishonest security won't start taking things just because they want them?
6 posted on 02/28/2003 10:40:47 AM PST by lizm_77
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hi, Harry. Thanks for this. I see our official thieves are making bucks off the 9-11 atrocity... just as they do from the war on Americans run by FedGov. A disgusting display.
7 posted on 02/28/2003 10:45:42 AM PST by dcwusmc ("The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself.")
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hi, Harry. Thanks for this. I see our official thieves are making bucks off the 9-11 atrocity... just as they do from the war on Americans run by FedGov. A disgusting display.
8 posted on 02/28/2003 10:46:21 AM PST by dcwusmc ("The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself.")
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Unbelievable.... Why doesn't California just take the money out of your wallet as you go through the checkpoint... wouldn't that be simpler?

I had a ball point pen taken out of the front pocket of my carry-on back in October, 2001. I wasn't so mad that they took it, but they didn't even bother to tell me they took it... I had to find out when I got my stuff out to do some work on the plane and my pen was gone.

So, if Texas ever starts doing this same thing, and someone bids on some cheap ball point pens, you can send one to me! :-)
9 posted on 02/28/2003 10:53:13 AM PST by mwyounce
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To: lizm_77
A few months ago while traveling with his wife, my brother forgot to remove his leatherman from his pocket and the good folks at Pittsburgh International relieved him of it.(I bought it for him, so I was ticked. I've since replaced it.)

A system of returning the items should be the way to go.

10 posted on 02/28/2003 10:55:16 AM PST by pubmom
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
They'll stop this kind of thing real quick, now that it's out. Not that they won't find another way of selling it, but this has to stop. This is theft, plain and simple.
11 posted on 02/28/2003 10:57:42 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: lizm_77
...who's to say dishonest security won't start taking things just because they want them?

Good point. And probably the very reason there's no "high end" knives in those Ebay auction lots.

12 posted on 02/28/2003 10:58:40 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hey those look like my tools!!


13 posted on 02/28/2003 11:01:16 AM PST by gorebegone
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
This is theft, pure and simple.

But then again, so is "asset forfeiture".

Land of the sheep and home of the controlled.

14 posted on 02/28/2003 11:02:21 AM PST by jimt
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To: lizm_77
who's to say dishonest security won't start taking things just because they want them?

Good point. On a related note, did you notice there's no "high end" knives in those Ebay auction lots?

In other words, this corrupt program is ripe for even more corruption.

Wake up folks. Drive when possible.

15 posted on 02/28/2003 11:02:50 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hey that looks like the stuff I used to pay my vehicle registration fees last year!


16 posted on 02/28/2003 11:03:44 AM PST by gorebegone
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To: lizm_77
Well, that's two replies that have been swallowed. Testing...
17 posted on 02/28/2003 11:03:47 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hey that looks like the stuff I used to pay my vehicle registration fees last year!


18 posted on 02/28/2003 11:04:14 AM PST by gorebegone
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
This must have been a doozey of a carry-on!

4 New Firestone FR 440 - P175/80R13 M&S Tires

To be clear, the items are for the entire California Surplus supply program, not just the seizure stuff.
19 posted on 02/28/2003 11:10:36 AM PST by Daus
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Among the oddest items confiscated and sold were at least three circular saws, hatchets, curtain rods and a little girl's baton, said Robb Deignan, ...

And to think of all the Miss America contestants who can't get their props on planes now.

You've been missed, Harry.

20 posted on 02/28/2003 11:11:14 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Vic3O3; cavtrooper21
Check out the stuff for sale!

Semper Fi
21 posted on 02/28/2003 11:20:07 AM PST by dd5339 (Lookout Texas here we come!)
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
"Also sold: 5,364 pocketknives, 350 pounds of scissors, 594 corkscrews and 309 leatherman tools."

When they confiscated my Leatherman tool at Oakland back in October the guy just put it in his pocket. I said, "I guess it's your lucky day."

22 posted on 02/28/2003 11:44:13 AM PST by Neanderthal
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Why cant these things be mailed back to the owner?
23 posted on 02/28/2003 11:46:21 AM PST by Husker24
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To: Husker24
Why cant these things be mailed back to the owner?

And deprive the state of their blatant profits? Surely you jest.

But seriously, I've been reading accounts of airports in other states that allow a person to mail such things back to themselves. There is a little desk near the Gestapo type checkpoints that is stocked with envelopes (etc) just for this purpose. Driving instead of flying (when possible) sounds like a better idea however.

24 posted on 02/28/2003 11:59:23 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
sorry Inspector, have a cold had to take a nap...

I'm just waiting for the female security to start taking my mascara and nice shoes claiming them as weapons, watch out, I may poke somebody in the eye with my Revlon!
25 posted on 02/28/2003 6:20:16 PM PST by lizm_77
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
"Driving instead of flying (when possible) sounds like a better idea however. "

it's too bad driving exponentially increases the time it takes, I fly between Seattle and Los Angeles often and am waiting for a high speed train (yeah right), I loath going to the airport.
26 posted on 02/28/2003 6:25:19 PM PST by lizm_77
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*ping*
27 posted on 03/07/2003 8:13:46 AM PST by sheltonmac
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