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Wow, this Staples clerk isn't too bright.


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#1 of 43 Paul_Sjordal

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Posted January 23 2004 - 03:46 AM

http://story.news.ya....omstatetrooper

In an age of terrorism a little paranoia is a good thing, but this is patently ridiculous.
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#2 of 43 MartinTeller

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Posted January 23 2004 - 03:57 AM

I'd go back to the store, grab the clerk, and tell the manager "this guy is the reason I'm never shopping here again".

#3 of 43 Craig Robertson

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Posted January 23 2004 - 04:10 AM

that's just STUPID!
Staples needs to apologize to the customer.

#4 of 43 Ricardo C

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Posted January 23 2004 - 04:16 AM

Fuckin' idiots...
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#5 of 43 Dan Hine

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Posted January 23 2004 - 04:38 AM

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This was out of the ordinary and kind of raised a red flag...


Yeah...buying flight simulator software is rare. Posted Image Posted Image
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#6 of 43 Keith Mickunas

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Posted January 23 2004 - 04:38 AM

I just realized something. This person was looking for MS Flight Simulator, or at least should have been. It is perhaps the best flight simulator out there, right? From what I know of it, it is good enough to teach you a lot about flying. I've heard of Navy flight students using it to teach them pretty much everything they need to know before entering flight training. So if MS Flight Simulator is so good, and could teach you enough to fly a plane around, isn't Microsoft supporting terrorism if you apply the logic of this sales clerk? Sounds like another reason to break up Microsoft to me.

#7 of 43 Bill Slack

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:06 AM

ROFL. This is from the Staples where I grew up!

#8 of 43 Matt Gordon

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:09 AM

Bill, you grew up at Staples???

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#9 of 43 Bill Slack

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:16 AM

... from the Staples in the TOWN where I grew up. :b

And what if I HAD grown up in a Staples? Isn't that my business? Why do you want to know? Are you a TERRORIST?

Geez!

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#10 of 43 ThomasC

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:22 AM

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So if MS Flight Simulator is so good, and could teach you enough to fly a plane around, isn't Microsoft supporting terrorism if you apply the logic of this sales clerk?
How about this? The pilots are dead, and the terrorists are flying the plane. The passengers decide to stage an uprising, and they eventually kill all of the terrorists. Uh-oh, who's going to fly and land the plane? Hey, I've had experience with MSFS, how about me?

I know you were being sarcastic, Keith, but that's the argument I would put forth if someone was serious about it.

#11 of 43 andrew markworthy

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:28 AM

So let's get this right - in the USA someone buying a flight simulator causes the police to call at your house, but buying a gun doesn't?

#12 of 43 Keith Mickunas

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:35 AM

Andrew, background checks are done when buying a gun, and you have to have a license.

So Thomas are you say MS supports both sides? That is a good argument I guess, typical of MS, doing whatever they can to make a profit.

#13 of 43 DonRoeber

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:42 AM

I wonder if I'm a terrorist. I totally suck at flight simulators. Anytime I'm playing them and I'm flying around over NYC, I'm sure to crash into a building. It's not intentional, I'm just a bad pilot.
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#14 of 43 ThomasC

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Posted January 23 2004 - 05:45 AM

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So Thomas are you say MS supports both sides? That is a good argument I guess, typical of MS, doing whatever they can to make a profit.
Sure, why not. Hey, terrorists buy computers too, the computer and other software companies should be held responsible for allowing their products to be purchased by terrorists! Every company that inadvertently sells products to terrorists should be punished and done away with!

#15 of 43 Walt N

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Posted January 23 2004 - 06:42 AM

Seems a bit over-the-top, doesn't it? Just a little common sense practiced by Staples couldn't have hurt, but then common sense isn't very common.

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Uh-oh, who's going to fly and land the plane? Hey, I've had experience with MSFS, how about me?


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#16 of 43 Richard Travale

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Posted January 23 2004 - 06:55 AM

Seems fishy to me and I'm surprised nobody has picked up on it.
The Staples manager called and said someone was in trying to buy a flight simulator and then the cops went to Olearcek's house.
How did the cops know it was her? How did the store manager know it was her?
I call complete bull**** on the whole story.

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#17 of 43 Shayne Lebrun

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Posted January 23 2004 - 06:57 AM

Maybe she had a Staples card.

Maybe she bought with a credit card, and they traced her that way.

Maybe she was known to the employees.

Maybe they noted her license plate.

#18 of 43 Richard Travale

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Posted January 23 2004 - 07:38 AM

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Maybe she had a Staples card.
Maybe she bought with a credit card, and they traced her that way.

The article says she left the store when the clerk started getting antsy. I doubt she would have stopped to buy a pen on her way out.
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Maybe she was known to the employees.

Then they would have known she was a military pilot.
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Maybe they noted her license plate.

The only possibility I think. Although, they probably would have mentioned that in the story.

I still call bull on this one. Just another way to get people more afraid.

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#19 of 43 AllanN

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Posted January 23 2004 - 07:41 AM

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Yeah...buying flight simulator software is rare

Must not be that rare I cant seem to find a copy here in my area.

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I wonder if I'm a terrorist. I totally suck at flight simulators. Anytime I'm playing them and I'm flying around over NYC, I'm sure to crash into a building. It's not intentional, I'm just a bad pilot.


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#20 of 43 Steve Ridges

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Posted January 23 2004 - 08:09 AM

I can't believe people still think the next terrorist act will involve a plane. There are plenty of other places they could strike that arn't secured that would cause plenty of deaths.


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