A sad tale

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bbqwillie, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Every year about this time I go up with a buddy of mine and we open my camp for the Spring and Summer season. So last weekend we went up and did our yearly cleanup around the camp. The women folk stay home, so it's just me and my buddy "roughing it" for the weekend.

    I always take my WSM, a bunch bags of charcoal, a box of smoking wood and my "BBQ Box" (spices and equipment) up because there is always something good cooking at the camp. It all stays behind because there is no sense carrying it back and forth. We're up there every weekend in the Spring and Summer, and sometimes late into Fall.

    Well we returned this weekend with the families only to discover we were robbed. They took everything that wasn't nailed down. Everything! They got the WSM, My "BBQ box", A Digi-Q DX2, 8 bags of charcoal, 100 qt ice chest, fishing gear, a TV set, a 2 meter HAM radio, a generator, rocking chairs, a 6 month supply of Mountain House storeable food. They even took the firewood on the porch!

    The crazy thing is that I never lock the place. There is a notice on the door that welcomes people that are in distress and need shelter, food and water. They are free to enter and use those resources in their time of need. All I ask is that they take only what they need, that they make some effort to replace what they used and they not destroy the place


    As a side note, I have had hunters, caught in a sudden storm, use the place until the storm passed. They have always left behind notes thanking me for the shelter, food and water. They have always left their name and phone number and have always responded to my requests to replace that which they used. So I have no intention of changing my ways because of this.

    Fortunately I have been blessed and do not want for much, so replacing everything is not a big deal for me. It is just disappointing though. Tonight I'll pray for those folks.

    BTW, It didn't ruin our weekend. We had a great time. We improvised and it turned out well. Family, Friends and Food!

    x0xsaywhutx0x and seenred like this.
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bummer deal.
  3. stainless

    stainless Fire Starter

    I like your attitude on the situation. Wish I could say that I would feel and act the same way. Your walk is on the right path.

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  4. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Words can not express your help for fellow humans. Your place would be dismantled and gone forever if it was left unlocked here in the UK!
  5. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic


    Sorry to hear of your loss - the grace in your response more that outweighs the malice of those who did you harm.  God bless.
  6. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a real crying shame.  There's always some lowlife ready to ruin it for other people.  I'm afraid I wouldn't be nearly as forgiving as you are.

  7. Wow, that is very rough. I am amazed you can have such a good attitude about it. I hope you don't ever have to go through that again.
  8. Sorry for your lose, but kudos to you for not letting it get you down.  Its awesome that you let others use it when they needed it most.  Unfortunately there is almost always someone that has to ruin it for the rest. 
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sad state of affairs that people feel the need to steal what other have worked for. I can't help but think, If the door was locked you would be replacing it or a broken window. The Glass is half full...JJ
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Willie that is a disgrace that people could be that low.

  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    So sorry, I admire your restraint and making the best out of a bad situation!

  12. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Willie, I'm so sorry for you having to endure the meaness of others, but I applaude your attitude and your willingness to provide for those in need.

    God Bless You and your walk, Joe
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is rough but my mother in law had a saying, maybe they needed it more than I do.

    I believe that what goes around comes around and your generosity will bring more joy than sorrow.

  14. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  15. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Hi Willie, I am really glad that you didn't let it

    spoil your weekend.

    That I believe would have been a much larger loss.

    Life has a way of evening these things out.

    May God bless your attitude, never let anyone 

    change that.

  16. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    A sad tale indeed.

    I'm sorry to hear that you were robbed.
  17. My condolences on the robbery."Off with their heads!" I say! [​IMG]
    (Or maybe they were "Democratic Socialists" anticipating a Sanders win, just trying to eliminate the government-as-middleman"?) [​IMG]  
  18. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Some people, looks like a well placed trail camera might be on the shopping list.


  19. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man!!! That sucks,,, 

  20. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Seems like a sad state of the times we live in now. The ones who did this probably don't feel the least bit guilty about it.

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