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Beware – (Oxygen) Thieves at work

By SomethingSomethingRubenstein - 25 May 2009 15

Just got a knock on the door (I live in Curtin btw) advising me that a light was burning in the boot of my car (which I keep on the driveway). The cause was found to be a not completely shut driver’s door. Silly old me, I thought.

 Fearing that the battery might have burned out as a result I set out on a 20 minute drive just to charge it up. As one does, I reached into the glove compartment to get the fascia for my (stunningly cheap and nasty) stereo only to find out that it was gone.

So, I believe that I did indeed leave the car unlocked after shopping yesterday morning and that some piece of scum must have sauntered up the driveway during daylight today to relieve me of the fascia, showing a master larcenist’s cunning by softly shutting the driver’s door afterwards rather than making any more noise. I am full of admiration and, naturally, hope that he or she dies soon.

It passed over a CD on the car floor to get to the stolen item, and also missed a more valuable item in the boot (which won’t be kept there again).

My question, though, is – anyone know what use one of these is by itself? the fascia, I mean, not the scumbag. Not the first time I’ve heard of these being nicked so no doubt one of our more streetwise posters can enlighten me?

What’s Your opinion?


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Beware – (Oxygen) Thieves at work
IrishPete 8:53 pm 25 May 09

Someone stole the pull starter off my honda water pump a few months ago. It wasn’t hugely expensive to get a new one, but I guess more expensive than they could afford. I don’t know if they stole any oxygen with it.

Steady Eddie 2:46 pm 25 May 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Pure oxygen is also called dephlogisticated air.

. . . someone’s been watching The Einstein Factor.

frontrow 1:35 pm 25 May 09

I left an old car unlocked on the road, once. Somebody got in, ignored the cd’s and small amount of cash in the glovebox and chose to remove the demister button.

midlife 1:31 pm 25 May 09

Another initiation right for teddy bears? Nothing else makes much sense.

zig 12:42 pm 25 May 09

Probably just some kid practising to be a crim when they are older…

p1 12:28 pm 25 May 09

I’ve often wondered why rogues and scoundrels are referred to as oxygen thieves.

Probably because oxygen would be the most important element as far as the lack of it killing you quickly goes.

That, and of the 21(ish)% oxygen in the air you breath in (as pointed out by others) you keep about 3%, breathing out about 18% oxygen, all the nitrogen etc and the missing 3% is made up of carbon dioxide your body is expelling.

SheepGroper 12:22 pm 25 May 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

I’ve often wondered why rogues and scoundrels are referred to as oxygen thieves.

Probably because oxygen would be the most important element as far as the lack of it killing you quickly goes.

Grrrr 12:19 pm 25 May 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

So shouldn’t you call them oxygen, nitrogen, argon etc, etc thieves instead?

I’m beginning to suspect you of O2 larceny.

Most people who don’t leave school before year 11 remember that of the gasses you inhale, your respiratory system is only interested in absorbing Oxygen.

I have come to believe that theives for the most part have no taste, and little intelligence. A long time ago (when I was a poor student) I too had my car broken into. I had 2 old speakers sitting on the back seat to replace the dead in-door units. They took ONE speaker, and 2 mix-tapes I’d made. Total value at Crime Converters: less than $10. My ability to replace them quickly: Non-existant. (Pre-Napster, each tape took me weeks or months of radio listening to make!)

Jim Jones 12:12 pm 25 May 09

ant said :

G-Fresh said :

Theft is fact of life. Deal.

Asinine comment… why did you even bother to make it?

Asinine comments are a fact of life. Deal.

ant 12:06 pm 25 May 09

G-Fresh said :

Theft is fact of life. Deal.

Asinine comment… why did you even bother to make it?

screaming banshee 12:02 pm 25 May 09

G-Fresh said :

Theft is fact of life. Deal.

What an optimistic outlook you have

Sleaz274 11:44 am 25 May 09

Ahhh a Noisy Noise annoying oysters or whatever… Air is not “mostly oxygen” at all but about 21% oxygen and 79% Nitrogen (rounding up of course due to all the other trace elements such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, helium etc etc being about 1% total). You should maybe do a scuba course or read “raising the dead” or “neutral buoyancy” if you want a full and exciting lesson in what is actually in “air” and the various effects it has on the human body when played with.

Sorry all off topic but I couldn’t let that one slip by….even at work.

G-Fresh 11:33 am 25 May 09

Theft is fact of life. Deal.

You can sell those face plates online. Wouldn’t be much of a return, but those desperate for cash would do it I reckon..

neanderthalsis 11:28 am 25 May 09

The face panel of a CD player is useless unless you have the same model and have lost the panel.

There are some who engage in theft and property damage solely to inconvenience others, rather than for personal gain themselves.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 11:05 am 25 May 09

I’ve often wondered why rogues and scoundrels are referred to as oxygen thieves. The fact is that breathing air is not just oxygen, there are several other gases mixed in there as well. So shouldn’t you call them oxygen, nitrogen, argon etc, etc thieves instead? While air consists of mostly oxygen, it isn’t just oxygen by itself. Pure oxygen is also called dephlogisticated air.

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