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   Man arrested for robbing Radio Shack. In other news, Radio Shack is still around

09 Nov 2012 07:16 AM   |   1492 clicks   |   Chicago Trib
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doosh     
Well subby I've heard that Realistic sound gear is the shizz. Every audiophile knows this.

09 Nov 2012 07:22 AM
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drjekel_mrhyde     
They sell phones now.
/You still can go in and pick up a soldier gun

09 Nov 2012 07:22 AM
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Head_Shot     
I went there to get solder the other day, and somebody was actually buying a cellphone from them.

It felt odd.

09 Nov 2012 07:23 AM
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kaedric     

09 Nov 2012 07:23 AM
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Weatherkiss     
Radio Shack is still around because they make their profit off of protection plans, additional warranties, and batteries. Have you seen their battery section? Sure, they have batteries for just about any device you can think of, but they're way overpriced. Mainly because all of their merchandise is 'batteries not included'. So they want you to go ahead and pick up their overpriced batteries while you're there. And then while you pick up your batteries and check out -- they try to get you to buy protection plans that you'll probably never end up using.

09 Nov 2012 07:23 AM
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Head_Shot     
Haha Jekyll.

09 Nov 2012 07:23 AM
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cyks     
FTA: A 47-year-old Chicago man involved in a one-hour standoff...

When police confronted Taylor he put a 9mm semi-automatic gun in his mouth prompting the standoff with police and S.W.A.T. team members. Police were able to talk him into surrendering without injuring himself, Kaufmann said.



A convicted felon put a loaded weapon in his own mouth and it caused an hour long standoff?!? That's 59 minutes more than I would have waited.

09 Nov 2012 07:24 AM
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evilgreg    [TotalFark]  
He probably just wanted to get his confidential file from their secret servers.

Why do you need my name and address? I'm buying batteries.

/old joke is old

09 Nov 2012 07:26 AM
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Head_Shot     

Weatherkiss: Radio Shack is still around because they make their profit off of protection plans, additional warranties, and batteries. Have you seen their battery section? Sure, they have batteries for just about any device you can think of, but they're way overpriced. Mainly because all of their merchandise is 'batteries not included'. So they want you to go ahead and pick up their overpriced batteries while you're there. And then while you pick up your batteries and check out -- they try to get you to buy protection plans that you'll probably never end up using.


Odd. I picked up a 48 pack of AAs for $16 while I was there. I think they are rebounded Rayovac.

09 Nov 2012 07:26 AM
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styckx     
Radio Shack - When you need that oddball

drjekel_mrhyde: They sell phones now.
/You still can go in and pick up a soldier gun


How about a 6ft gold plated 3.5mm 1/8th plug to 1/8th plug and a 3.5mm panel mounted headphone jack? Oh I also need some farking compacitors and resistors.. How about those?

09 Nov 2012 07:28 AM
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Head_Shot     
Rebranded....ugh

09 Nov 2012 07:30 AM
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dittybopper    [TotalFark]  
"You've got questions, we've got cellphones."

I worked at a Radio Shack for about a month back in the early 1990's. Seems like it would have been the perfect job for a young ham radio/computer geek. Radio Shack was still selling ham gear back then*. Then I learned a couple of things: Customers are generally idiots with little knowledge of what they are buying, and my job wasn't to educate them, but to sell to them whether it was precisely what they needed or not.


*Hit and miss: Some of their stuff, like the HTX-202 2 meter handheld, HTX-100 10 meter rig, and the 2 meter 5/8ths wave magmount antenna were pretty darn good. Then you had abortions like the HTX-252 2 meter rig.

09 Nov 2012 07:31 AM
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dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

Head_Shot: Rebranded....ugh


I like rebounded better.

09 Nov 2012 07:33 AM
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unchellmatt     
I'm amazed that they were able to figure out what he was saying and how to open the register.

/you've got questions, they've got blank stares...

09 Nov 2012 07:33 AM
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czetie     
The police found him after he put his name address on the mailing list on the way out.

09 Nov 2012 07:34 AM
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p4p3rm4t3     
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I can't wait to buy one of these. Then I can play my tapes anywhere!

09 Nov 2012 07:34 AM
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kid_icarus    [TotalFark]  
They're pretty much banking their future on cellphone sales at this point and to hell with the rest of the store. I picked up some PT work there a couple of years ago in the holidays (worst job ever, even for a couple of months) and the manager stated that verbatim.

09 Nov 2012 07:35 AM
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publikenemy     
There are 2 Shacks near me, so ya they never left. It must be some kind of a front though because it's usually empty enough to rollerblade through.

09 Nov 2012 07:37 AM
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krafty420     
It was news to me that Radio Shack is still around. In Canada they've all been re-branded as "The Source"

09 Nov 2012 07:37 AM
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Onkel Buck     
Since they ask for your address the perp should be easy to track down.

/Had a Realistic boom box when I was kid. Miss the sound of those crackling straining speakers as I blasted Quiet Riot Metal-Health on it.

09 Nov 2012 07:37 AM
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182     
subby, they sell batteries for your mother dildo.

09 Nov 2012 07:38 AM
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Akuinnen     
I think they were trying to court the DIY types last year, getting back into components and stuff like arduino. Not sure what became of that.

09 Nov 2012 07:39 AM
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Pvt Joker     

doosh: Well subby I've heard that Realistic sound gear is the shizz. Every audiophile knows this.


Radio Shack's home security systems are effective, because once the burglars see the "Protected by Radio Shack" stickers on your door, they won't bother breaking in to steal your Realistic electronics.

09 Nov 2012 07:41 AM
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LtDarkstar     
The funniest Radio Shack around is the one up in Shawano, WI. It's like time warping back to the 80's or early 90's. They have a bunch of those OLD do-it-yourself electronic kits that have been sitting in the window so long they are all faded and ancient looking. They also have those HUGE laser printers from the late 80's/early 90's that are those huge/mega heavy ones and hilariously enough they are trying to sell all of that crap for top dollar! Like the old laser printers (used) they are trying to sell to people for $500! They aren't even wireless and hook up with parallel cords! Totally insane store, If you want a good giggle it's a fun store to visit.

09 Nov 2012 07:42 AM
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maram500     
Hey now--they're still around (I live in south Louisiana). We've got one next door to one of our two Wal-Marts (which is conveniently located next to a buffet) and one in our local [rather sad] shopping mall. Also, one of my best drinking buddies works at the one near the Wal-Mart; he's ok with it, but then again he's also some kind of assistant manager.

/Only thing I've bought from them was a cheap mobile phone pouch for my belt.

09 Nov 2012 07:44 AM
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abhorrent1     
Radio Shack was the only place that had the capacitors I needed to fix my TV.

/suck it, haters.

09 Nov 2012 07:51 AM
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Rude Turnip     
Yes, you make fun of Radio Shack until you absolutely need to have a certain connector or wire or part in an emergency.

09 Nov 2012 07:53 AM
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Matthew Keene     
There are no radios at Radio Shack anymore. They do, however, have corded house telephones. Saw a 346 year old lady pricing one the other day when I stopped in to get some parts for a project that they no longer stock. It's a glorified cellphone store.

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09 Nov 2012 07:56 AM
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SwingDancer     
For those of us who put together electronics projects of our own, Radio shack is a must. cant imagine how much i've bought out of those little trays over time, but i'm sure its alot. I Could order online, but that doesnt help me when i need something for a project i wanna finish today.

09 Nov 2012 07:59 AM
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Revek     
You got questions? We got dumb looks.

09 Nov 2012 08:04 AM
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scruffynerfherder     
I always called them Radio shiat.

09 Nov 2012 08:05 AM
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MrHappyRotter     
Maybe he didn't rob them. Maybe he took their money and stuff, but left a mail-in rebate to get it all back. Then maybe Radioshack didn't submit the rebate in triplicate on a day of the month that happens to be a prime number greater than 11. Clearly, it's Radioshacks fault for sending in an invalid rebate form.

09 Nov 2012 08:20 AM
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Pockafrusta     
No electronics techs here? Anyone ever needed a switch or a capacitor? Radio Shack is great for parts when I don't want to drive 60 miles to Fry's.

09 Nov 2012 08:21 AM
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bungle_jr     
i'm reminded almost every weekday of the continuing existence of the shack as i drive north on henderson and pass by the radio shack headquarters just south of the trinity river here in ft worth, tx

09 Nov 2012 08:22 AM
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bungle_jr     

Pockafrusta: No electronics techs here? Anyone ever needed a switch or a capacitor? Radio Shack is great for parts when I don't want to drive 60 miles to Fry's.


when i moved back to the usa after being stationed in germany for 4+ years, all my electronics were dual-voltage, but with the euro-style plugs, and the shack was the only place i could find in or near my redneck town that had the outlet adapters to plug europlugs into american outlets

09 Nov 2012 08:24 AM
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FeatheredSun     

SwingDancer: For those of us who put together electronics projects of our own, Radio shack is a must. cant imagine how much i've bought out of those little trays over time, but i'm sure its alot. I Could order online, but that doesnt help me when i need something for a project i wanna finish today.


You don't have a Fry's? I'm so sorry...

09 Nov 2012 08:28 AM
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csi_yellowknife     
Radio Shack still has issues...but, it's far more tolerable than Best Buy these days.

Franchised Radio Shacks -- those owned by others but running their own stores -- are the best. They're less prone to annoy you by following you around trying to make you buy their cellphones or trying to sell warranties on batteries. They even threw in HDMI cables for my parents' new TV and installed it for free.

Besides I can actually go in to a Radio Shack and ask an honest question about finding cables or TVs without being upsold.

09 Nov 2012 08:29 AM
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abhorrent1     

scruffynerfherder: I always called them Radio shiat.


You're gonna be late for school

09 Nov 2012 08:30 AM
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reverend maynard     
No disrespect to subby, but can a total farker tell me if any of these headlines that end with "in other news _______ is still around" or "in other news __________ is still alive" don't make it to liter land? Feels like these get instagreened.

09 Nov 2012 08:32 AM
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abhorrent1     

FeatheredSun: SwingDancer: For those of us who put together electronics projects of our own, Radio shack is a must. cant imagine how much i've bought out of those little trays over time, but i'm sure its alot. I Could order online, but that doesnt help me when i need something for a project i wanna finish today.

You don't have a Fry's? I'm so sorry...


I have a fry's 2 miles from me. When I needed the capacitors to fix my TV I went there first. They didn't have what I needed. Radio Shack did though.

09 Nov 2012 08:33 AM
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Turfshoe     
My local one has a smoking hot chick working at it. She seems to perpetually be up on a ladder, reorganizing or restocking items that are high up on the wall. I think the male managers might have something to do with that.

09 Nov 2012 08:35 AM
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natural316    [TotalFark]  

abhorrent1: Radio Shack was the only place that had the capacitors I needed to fix my TV.

/suck it, haters.


Unless that capacitor made your TV a time machine, YOU suck it good sir

09 Nov 2012 08:39 AM
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StrikitRich    [TotalFark]  
In other news, this headline still gets green lit

09 Nov 2012 08:41 AM
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sjcousins     
More money would have changed hands had RadioShack robbed the man.

09 Nov 2012 08:43 AM
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Hawnkee     

drjekel_mrhyde: soldier


Soldier guns? Holy shat, which RS stores sells those, the ones in Detroit?

09 Nov 2012 08:58 AM
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SMX     
I was building a computer and the harddrives I ordered didn't come with SATA cables; I had to go Radioshack to pick them up. Of course it would have been over half the price if I was smart enough to realize I should have just ordered them online in the first place with the drives...but RS had them.

I opted out of the insurance on the cables though.

09 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
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Onkel Buck     

Rufus Lee King: scruffynerfherder: I always called them Radio shiat.

Wow! Cool as hell!


Thats as funny as calling CiCi's Pizza, feces pizza

09 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
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Druid5     
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do you have tubes?

09 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
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The_Original_Roxtar     
things I've purchased from radio shack in the past 5 years:
solder
wire
heat-shrink tubing
toggle switch
breadboard
copper clad board
ferric chloride
test leads
crimp-on wire connectors
automotive relays


sadly, their selection of components in the stores has been steadily dwindling.

09 Nov 2012 09:31 AM
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branchtroy     
I worked at the Rat Shack for two soul sucking years. The only saving grace was that it was right next to a liquor store.

09 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
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