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#1 chefkimmo

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:39 AM

I was just reading safety newsletter from my work where they give out awards to be people being safety, environmental and security minded.  As I read the following 2 awards for security, I laughed to myself picturing someone putting out a cache or finding a cache and being approached by the company with "What are you doing!?"  I am betting that neither of these incidents were about geocaching but that is what I pictured as I read them...

 

Incident 1

Company person observed a suspicious looking truck pull on to loca􀆟on. Steve stopped the job and approached

the truck to inquire/inves􀆟gate. He then no􀆟fied the Company representa􀆟ve and escorted the driver over

for further inves􀆟ga􀆟on to his purpose.

 

 IncidIncident 2

 Company person was working in the mud room when he no􀆟ced an unknown vehicle parked at the front entrance

of the loca􀆟on with the driver peering out of his window. He stopped work and dispatched another

worker to approach the vehicle and inquire to his purpose of visi􀆟ng the rig. 

 

I know safety issue for companys like the one I work for and this probably was something to be concerned over but I did laugh thinking of a geocacher explaining that they were trying to figure out where to put their cache ....

 

 



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:41 AM

So we pick a spot, think it looks good and submit a cache.  I have seen some stories on people having encounters with security, the law and business owners and after putting out more caches lately I know we probably all try to not have someone have to deal with these types of encounters.  Some of my more recent caches have had logs where cachers have encountered either security or business owners and after reading them they sound like they turned out ok.  I am sure one day I will need to move one or archive it but so far so good.

 

Have you ever placed a cache and then later realized it wasn't a good spot because of it being protected?  Or found ones that you really thought should not be there after being approached by someone.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:53 AM

The scenario I wince over is one shared by most common service personnel, one where a bad guy is blending or posing under the guise of a phone, cable, AC, plumbing repair, or..., a Geocacher.
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

Yeah, I've heard about cachers having police encounters. :coolsmiley:

 

I've set off property alarms on a couple of caches (thanks Cyborg_TEK :teasing: ), had a few unpleasant encounters with police who were not "cacher-friendly," and had very unpleasant run-ins with muggles a few times. Here's a few for some entertaining reading:

 

http://coord.info/GC3KRCZ

 

http://coord.info/GC43428

 

http://coord.info/GC3XPD6

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 11:46 AM

Nearing the end of working the Calvary Road series a Ranger pulls up in his car, window down, "Cool Hand Luke" mirrored sun glasses, white cowboy hat, and a toothpick oscillating rhythmically between each corner of his mouth. I'm a dirty sweaty mess, practically stumbling like a drunk onto the road as I approach his open window banging his car with my "staff".

 

I feel a little bit of pee. 

 

After a few moments just staring at myself in his glasses, he said "Mind if I ask you what you're doin' out here?"

 

"Uh, have you ever heard of Geocaching?" 

 

"What's Geocaching?"

 

Uh, it this thing where people hide stuff so other people can find it using their GPS or smart phones. Kinda like a treasure hunt using GPS's. 

-- Pause -- There's one right here behind me, I can show you...

 

Ranger: "It's okay. I know what Geocaching is. I needed to be sure YOU knew what Geocaching is. We've had some poachers up here. Have a great day!"

 

 With that I took a breath and finished up the last few of the series. :)


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:48 PM

Nearing the end of working the Calvary Road series a Ranger pulls....
 
Ranger: "It's okay. I know what Geocaching is. I needed to be sure YOU knew what Geocaching is. We've had some poachers up here. Have a great day!"
 
 With that I took a breath and finished up the last few of the series. :)


Same experience myself while caching in that area. I can't remember if we got stopped doing the Calvary RD or some other time.
When I got stopped they were actively looking for some folks... so the interaction was very brief.

...but yea.. poaching and meth-labs are a bit a problem in and around that area.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:49 PM

A pretty large group of us popped out of the woods on the west side of One Big Smilley (1-14-2011) on O'Brien Road to find 5 cop cars pouring over our legally parked vehicles. They figured we were up to no good and had never heard of geocaching. That's me and Muddy Water girl with the cops. I was told to put my camera down, but I think LA secretly snapped this one while they were distracted.

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Here is LA's account: "Finally we were at the end and I was really amazed we had finished so quickly. I had a great time! Of course the Officers of the law were out checking to see what we were doing in there. Well I have had my share of run-ins with the Police Officers but in broad daylight? I was pretty shocked that there were so many. They were worried about poachers. As Bert, MWG, and SavvySIREgirl were speaking to the officers HC came up and said to the officers "I wouldn't trust them"! What a card! Thank-You for the Caches. It was a great GEOCCHING Adventure."

Herre is HoustonControl's log: "From here, we bushwhacked back towards the road (and found an easier exit than we did entry. As we got close to the road, we ran into the po-po (constables). There were like 50 of them (OK, maybe 4) in three or four vehicles and were interested in why all the cars were parked at the end of the road. We filled them in on geocaching and they were pretty cool with it. Of course there was the one suspicious jerk cop who got sideways a little with BB because he was videoing the encounter. I tried to tell him Bert videos EVERYTHING..."

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

Here's my log on a cache in Lake Charles from a couple of years ago:

 

I had to run out to the Walgreens for a couple of items and saw there was a geocache nearby. It was about 10:30 at night, but I figured I could find an easy one in the dark. Made the grab in record time and as I was signing the log a Sulphur police officer drove up and got out of his patrol car and asked what I was up to. I told him I was doing a little nighttime geocaching and asked if he knew about geocaching. He said, "Yeah, I already signed that one. I was going to help you find it if you had trouble." Talk about a public servant! We had a nice little chat, then he took off to go try to catch some drunk drivers. Wish I had caught his name...

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

LEO experiences in August 2009:

 

"Searching4Fun, January14 and I found this one after a brief search. A nice local LEO came by to check on us while we were looking. He was familiar with geocaching and even looked in a few places. He seemed to get a kick with the container. Thanks for the fun."

 

And the log of January 14 from another cache:

 

"Initially just drove right on by this cache as the police were camped out here, but decided what better time to search for the cache than with the police present, so we drove back and got their okay to search for it, found it, logged it, told the nice policeman thanks and moved on down the road. We came to them this time, instead of vice versa which was a welcome change from the days events. Of course, it was late and dark, too. Number 81 on the day."

 

We also had one LEO tell us where NOT to cache after dark.  That was a nice bit of information to have since none of us were from the area. 

 

 

 


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:03 PM

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"Co FTF with KirkRich! This one was hilarious. The good geocaching Sheriff's Favorite point for this one, for reasons only those who find it will understand. Deputy was parked right close to ground zero doing his paperwork and I figured I wasn't breaking any laws, so I walked up next to his patrol car and he asked if I was looking for something. I said I was, "a geocache". "You mean there is a geocache here???" he asked and whipped out his smart phone. "Why there sure is, Baytown nano!" he exclaims. We discovered the cache after a brief discussion about nanos and the mean people who hide them, then The Walking Dead and all and left as new geocaching friends."

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:50 PM

Yeah, I've heard about cachers having police encounters. :coolsmiley:

 

I've set off property alarms on a couple of caches (thanks Cyborg_TEK :teasing: ), had a few unpleasant encounters with police who were not "cacher-friendly," and had very unpleasant run-ins with muggles a few times. Here's a few for some entertaining reading:

 

http://coord.info/GC3KRCZ

 

http://coord.info/GC43428

 

http://coord.info/GC3XPD6

ahhhh... memories.  :ph34r:


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:28 PM

Geez, how could I forget to include this one: http://coord.info/GC112B7

 

CornDoll's log:

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08/19/2012

Grabbed with TexasWriter after visiting Waco. Two very nosey, shady-looking muggles pulled up right next to us about 30 seconds after we did and set off a very awkward series of events. They weren't moving, we had the cache in hand and were not wanting to leave without putting it back and so WE weren't moving. The older one demanded: "What are YOU doin'?!" while coming up to me really fast. Now I'm from West Texas and I can chat up a total stranger at a grocery store, but these guys were weird. I bolted behind TexasWriter and locked myself in the car. It all finally it came to a much-needed tension break of the muggle asking if we were "geo-whats?" and if that made him a "muglet". Umm Yes. We put the cache back hoping now he understood the game he wouldn't disturb it. Geez. I don't know if we were just paranoid or if they were that creepy. Pretty little lake tho.

 

My log:

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08/19/2012

Grabbed this one with CornDoll while heading back home from Waco. All was well with the container and contents. However, we had a slightly alarming encounter with a couple of suspicious muggle characters at the park (I actually had my 9mm out of my geobag when one of them moved very quickly toward CornDoll), so it was difficult to get the cache back in place undetected. We ended up having an unexpected conversation with one of the muggles who asked if we were geocachers (which we confirmed). He said he had some cousins who were geocachers, and he even knew that he was referred to as a muggle since he was a non-cacher himself. I didn't want to tell him that he came very close to being a well-ventilated muggle. Lol. We left after that and wished these two farewell. So, after all this drama, I apologize to the CO if this container gets muggled. I sincerely hope it doesn't. TFTC


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:38 PM

 

Nearing the end of working the Calvary Road series a Ranger pulls....
 
Ranger: "It's okay. I know what Geocaching is. I needed to be sure YOU knew what Geocaching is. We've had some poachers up here. Have a great day!"
 
 With that I took a breath and finished up the last few of the series. :)


Same experience myself while caching in that area. I can't remember if we got stopped doing the Calvary RD or some other time.
When I got stopped they were actively looking for some folks... so the interaction was very brief.

...but yea.. poaching and meth-labs are a bit a problem in and around that area.

 

TFP - It was the Calvary Road. You, Texas Dreamweaver and I were grabbing the caches after hiking the 4 Cache Loop. I remember thinking it weird that the rangers were asking us if we saw any 4-wheelers go past.  :laugh:   I remember more vividly asking you to move the truck just 6 more inches closer to the cache so I wouldn't have to walk so far...


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:08 AM

I haven't had any real run ins with law enforcement, but below is an log from a couple of years ago on one of my first caches that's two blocks from my house.  To this day, I don't know who the neighbor was that had the discussion.

 

 

Pulled a real "newbie" boner on this one. Went out just before sunset and searched for this one. Found container lying on ground. Opened and all is in great shape. Loved the photos. But alas no writing utensil. Looked around for some way to mark, but thought better of defacing a great "book" of data. Put cache in what I think is the proper location based on hint. Went out to vehicle to get pen and was confronted by friendly neighbor who wanted to know if I had anything to do with gunfire that was audible during my visit to the woods. After discussing with him (the sheriff had been called and wouldn't enter the woods with people shooting) it became too dark to renter to sign. Not sure how to log, so I called it a note but I really did find it and can answer any question, except who was doing the shooting. (shotgun at least a qtr mile away. No danger for seekers) Thanks to the cache owner for granting a smiley. icon_smile_approve.gif

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:41 PM

Fortunately we've only had a couple very brief encounters with security and an officer who were very understanding and OK with Geocaching.  Although it is true that it seemed when we first started placing caches out, we were setting up Texas Writer for encounters of the alarming kind.  First there was the one he posted a link to and within a very short time later, there was a second instance with the same "Intruder" alarm.  Can only think of one more in which the security guard thought is was "Really cool" that someone put a cache there.  

 

I know he had to think we were trying to set him up.. in fact I recall him posting it on one of the logs.  :teasing: 


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:26 PM

Fortunately we've only had a couple very brief encounters with security and an officer who were very understanding and OK with Geocaching.  Although it is true that it seemed when we first started placing caches out, we were setting up Texas Writer for encounters of the alarming kind.  First there was the one he posted a link to and within a very short time later, there was a second instance with the same "Intruder" alarm.  Can only think of one more in which the security guard thought is was "Really cool" that someone put a cache there.  

 

I know he had to think we were trying to set him up.. in fact I recall him posting it on one of the logs.  :teasing: 

 

Yeah, even though you were trying to have me taken out in the early days, I still love y'all. :wwf:


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:32 PM

 

Fortunately we've only had a couple very brief encounters with security and an officer who were very understanding and OK with Geocaching.  Although it is true that it seemed when we first started placing caches out, we were setting up Texas Writer for encounters of the alarming kind.  First there was the one he posted a link to and within a very short time later, there was a second instance with the same "Intruder" alarm.  Can only think of one more in which the security guard thought is was "Really cool" that someone put a cache there.  

 

I know he had to think we were trying to set him up.. in fact I recall him posting it on one of the logs.  :teasing: 

 

Yeah, even though you were trying to have me taken out in the early days, I still love y'all. :wwf:

 

Be sure to smile for the camera next time so we can send it to AFV     ;D>>>>>  :police: 


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