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#161 mbjj

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 06:13 AM

I would need binoculars to see it, lol.


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#162 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:26 AM

Reading this is worth the investment of your time. The bizarre downward spiral of popular Winnipeg CTV sportscaster Steve Vogelsang:

 

https://www.winnipeg...-567889492.html

 

The first time Vogelsang tried to rob a bank, he chickened out. It was July 7, 2017, and he’d parked in front of the Royal Bank on 7th Avenue North in Regina just before it closed. The bank was busier than he expected; as he watched people flow in and out, he decided, with a sense of relief, to abort the mission.
 

It was only a temporary reprieve. He returned to the bank the next morning, and this time put his plan into action. By then, he’d made a firm decision that robbing banks would be the best way to escape his crushing debt, and he had always prided himself on being a man who followed through with his ambitions.
 

"Because I’d convinced myself that I had to do this, I didn’t want to not do it because of a lack of courage," he says. "I should have not done this for ethical, for moral and for legal reasons. But the reason I chose to do it was because I didn’t want to not do it because my courage failed me."

Edited by Rob Randall, 16 February 2020 - 10:30 AM.

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#163 todd

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 08:56 AM

he didn’t want to hurt his pride by not robbing a bank

#164 todd

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:14 AM

I’m guessing sports betting was the problem?

I’d read more but I don’t want to give my email address to the Winnipeg “Free” Press

#165 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:39 AM

That article is not behind any soft paywall that I can see. The full article opens for me when clicking on the link.

 

As for his debt, it was just plain bad luck and poor planning. He relocated to Nelson, BC and found his only asset, his charm, social networks and local fame did not translate to a small, insular town. His career and marriage collapsed.

 

That's why I find it scary and fascinating. If it was drugs or gambling we could distance ourselves from it--"it could never happen to me". 

 

What would you do if your entire successful life collapsed around you and your back was against the wall? I'm 99.9% sure I would never rob a bank but that 0.1% scares me.


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#166 todd

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 11:03 AM

I want to see some bank records

#167 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 11:17 AM

^Because you doubt him? That's what I mean, we have a natural urge to demonize people in order to wall ourselves off from the possibility that it could happen to us. Maybe there was a hidden gambling debt. It would make his story fit in a nicer box.


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#168 todd

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 11:25 AM

We are all human I doubt everyone. Aunt down in the US had a bad gambling problem. Also taken tons of sports bets(bcl) love Las Vegas but I go to people watch don’t spend more than a little chump change.

I don’t think I’d “rob” a bank seems as bad as gambling don’t they catch most bank robberies in 2020

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 12:36 PM

We're often encouraged to suppose that a spotlighted individual's situation must have been absolutely and measurably more dire, to account for that individual's self-absorption and how poorly he handled it. But if you have any direct experience with major financial setbacks, health issues, addiction issues, mental health issues, marital issues, accidents/tragedies, crime/victimization, extreme bad luck, etc. (and surely we all do) then you understand that there's no correlation whatsoever between the sheer desperation of somebody's personal straits and that individual's inclination to take advantage of others.

 

It's not a simple matter of degree, as if the sportscaster robbed banks because his circumstances were pushed to level 10, whereas my circumstances never got worse than level 5 so therefore I didn't rob banks. That's not how life works. We all have stuff going on. I've got plenty of level 10 stuff in my past (and future, I'm sure). We all do. Real people everywhere go through devastating ordeals every single day.

 

Say what? Don't those dramatic struggles and spiritual challenges only happen on TV? You mean every single person that I know has gone through something like that? Many people that I know are going through something like that right now? You mean every stranger on the street has gone through something like that? Many strangers on the street are going through something like that right now? And I've been oblivious to it?

 

 

"I’m empathetic. Not to what he did, but to where he was in his life, because I’ve had similar struggles," Bauming says, softly. "I think a lot of people have."

 

 

They are also the same things that, in the end, drove him to commit one of the strangest crime sprees in memory, and hurt a lot of people.

"This entire experience has been humbling, which really is not that harmful to me," he says. "My critics would say, ‘well, you needed one of those,’ and I would admit to that. It has helped me grow as a person."

 

He seems to have been tuned in to one narrow channel to the exclusion of all others. Getting humbled is never harmful.



#170 todd

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 01:33 PM

^Because you doubt him? That's what I mean, we have a natural urge to demonize people in order to wall ourselves off from the possibility that it could happen to us. Maybe there was a hidden gambling debt. It would make his story fit in a nicer box.


Also still haven’t been able to get the article to open


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Edited by todd, 17 February 2020 - 01:37 PM.


 



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