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This Week On Fish Hooks . .

By Wyatt Earp | June 24, 2011

There are a lot of stupid people in this world. Some of them are stupid by nature, and some of them learn stupid over a period of time.

Charles Akin Rempe goes above and beyond the stupid. He’s not a person you want carrying a gun.

It sounds like a painful and tricky combination – a fish-hook gets stuck in your bottom while someone is trying to break into your home. So Charles Akin Rempe, 52, of Frederick, Maryland, fired several shots inside his home to attract the attention of police.

Rempe feared someone was trying to break into his house and got the hook stuck when he was trying to flee the perceived danger, police said. A loaded .45 semiautomatic pistol was found inside the house, a Frederick Police Department news release said.

Um, if Rempe had a loaded .45, why did he need to flee the alleged burglar?

Topics: Snarkasm | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “This Week On Fish Hooks . .”

  1. Kim Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Did I read that right? He is fleeing his own home, gets caught on a hook, and fires into the air to notify the police?

    He has a gun and felt the need to run.
    Fails at running.
    Used a gun instead of a phone to call for help.

    Some people should just stop breathing.

  2. RT Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    That was the most confusing thing I’ve ever read. Imagine being inside that guy’s head.

  3. Otis P. Driftwood Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Strange way to call 911. The cops come and find him with a gun he’ll need an ambulance or undertaker.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Kim – I’m surprised the guy lived this long.

    RT – Nope.

    Otis – Either way, the gene pool would get a little deeper.

  5. Old NFO Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Chlorine please… :-)

  6. Robert B. Says:
    June 25th, 2011 at 5:31 am

    “Um, if Rempe had a loaded .45, why did he need to flee the alleged burglar?”

    Depends upon where he lives… In some places, like Chicago, for instance, if you shoot a burglar,, YOU go to jail and if the burglar survives, he sues you. If he doesn’t survive, his family sues you.

  7. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 25th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    If he is anywhere near telling the truth then he was …..scared stupid. If you are still going to be that frightened, even with a gun, than it is time to move to a place with one burglary every decade. Where that place is is anyones guess however.

  8. Ranba Ral Says:
    June 25th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Robert’s right. Some cities (and a few states) have laws where you have to retreat until you can’t retreat anymore (as determined by a judge), then and only then you can only employ proportionate force; e.g. if they are unarmed you cannot use a knife or gun, if they have a knife, you can use a roughly equivalent knife but not a morningstar or gun. Which in effect means that if you defend yourself at all, you open yourself up to all kinds of fun charges and lawsuits.

    We had that when I lived in Maryland around the time of Gulf War I. Next subdivision over had a break-in. The homeowner came downstairs and the burglar started going off on how the owner couldn’t do squat and would have to watch as he raped the guy’s wife and daughter. The guy punched then pushed the burglar and the burglar hit his head on the corner of a table and died. The homeowner was prosecuted for not running away and using disproportionate force (the burglar hadn’t even hit him yet, but he employed lethal unarmed force). Then the burglar’s entire extended family all brought individual lawsuits in the sum of millions apiece against the homeowner, and separate lawsuits against the guy’s family.

    They hit neighborhoods around ours, but ours was off-limits. It was the spook and secret service community neighborhood. If anyone would have tried what the burglar did there…

  9. Sally Anne Says:
    June 25th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Wait, what? I don’t even…

    My house is a damn mess but I don’t have fishing gear laying around. That’s why garages and sheds and tackle boxes were invented. I’m seriously confused.

  10. Bluwall Says:
    June 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Clever lad.

    By the way I saw this headline this morning:

    Philadelphia PD Assigns More Officers to Intelligence


  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 25th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Old NFO – As much as she’ll take!

    Robert B. – PA just strengthened the home defense laws, so he’d be good if he lived here.

    Jon – Detroit? I mean, what’s left to steal?

    Ranba – Yup . . . waterboarding.

    Sally Anne – Yeah, you just have random pets lying around.

    Bluwall – Oh, most definitely!

  12. He Said His Telephone Number Was 911 Says:
    June 26th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    “That was the most confusing thing I’ve ever read. Imagine being inside that guy’s head.” I just peered into my empty beer can for 10th seconds, imagine it’s about the same.