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Went to a local flea market this morning. Beautiful morning to browse the booths, listening to the new Beck on headphones. Very relaxed and fun. Stop at one guys table, selling old coins and money and collectibles, in big glass display cases with the lids open so the sun doesn't get them all fogged up. The owner is busy with a customer at other end. Guy next to me puts his arm over the display case, reaches down and grabs a couple small stacks of small bills and calmly puts it in his pocket and walks away. At this time I don't know if he owns or is working this table, so get the guys attention who is talking with customer, asking if he has anybody else working with him and if not , that guy walking away just stole it. He did not know him and yes money was taken. His daughter was in car not paying attention, she then got out and watched the booth as he and I went to get him. He went up next aisle , vendor starts yelling at him, he ducks down trying to hide, which works for a moment, see him again , vendor confronts him, pushing him back, guy denies it, I go to where he was hiding to find the money under another vendors item. I get the money, vendor is proclaiming "THEIF!!, THEIF!!" as he walks away to parking lot. Police are called, flea market security now is there and follows him. I gave the vendor his money, my name and number for any witness testimony, he is pretty upset, says thank you and I leave and continue my stroll through market feeling good to have helped. 2 aisles away I see this sitting on a table. 1950s Slingerland Gene Krupa snare, 7x14, clamshell throw. $50.
Quite the morning.

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Edited by kluger, 12 August 2018 - 11:59 AM.

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Karma!


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Awesome! Shoplifting can destroy a small business owner.....you probably saved his bottom line for the week. Great find too!
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Awesome! Feels good to do someone a solid like that.... AND the reward is great as well.
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Yeah, I was just really happy to help the guy. Still can't believe how brazen the theif was. And then that drum sitting there was just crazy.
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Nice job on doing the right thing! Looks like you were rewarded with a jewel. That would be a fun detail! Enjoy.

 

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Nice detective work all around!
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Good for you Dave, total karma! :-)
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YES!!!...it does pay to be the good guy. And, you were rewarded with the GK snare!

 

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it does pay! I was circling and circling for a parking spot for last nights gig - very busy downtown area. I'm parked in a lot just waiting for anyone

to show up and leave when a guy walks up to my car. He must have seen me going around and around so he points to his spot directly

across from the club and waits for me to pull around - then he hands me his paid for parking pass which was good for the rest of the night!!


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Good story, nice find, want to sell it??
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Good for you Dave, you did the right thing.
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Very cool!!
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No word from vendor, hopefully all is good. Speaking of the drum.. Did a quick cleanup, needs wires and of course the throw arm.

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Great story, drum looks awesome!!


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love the story...how did you know to look for it where he was hiding?

 

very cool.

 

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Great to hear!...good stories are a rarity these days.


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love the story...how did you know to look for it where he was hiding?

very cool.

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After the vendor caught up to him, guy pulls his pockets out saying he doesn't have it, I knew he did so just a simple deduction he stashed it close by, then a few people spoke up to where to look. There it was. It was a noisy commotion at that point.
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Good day.


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Wow, great story and killer snare!  Too bad for me there isn't a local flea market........


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