Thursday, February 22, 2007

¡SHEESH!


Well, they hit the church again and this time they stole the cable for the 220 volt circuits. It's good that the Cooking Class isn't meeting today since their electric stove is out, as are the air-conditioners for our offices. I have power to my computer but not for my lights or AC. Now I'm off to spend the morning (and possibly the afternoon) at the police station. This stuff can take forever

8 comments:

PseudoPiskie said...

Copper thieves have twice hit a new school being built near here in Ohio. The news said approximately $30,000 has been stolen so far. The market for copper must be booming everywhere.

Grandmère Mimi said...

So sorry, Padre. In addition to the theft, you have to spend the day dealing with the police. The bureaucracy! The bureaucracy!

My daughter recently built a new house in a suburb of New Orleans, and they had all their copper stolen. They allowed a Hispanic worker to set up a pallet in the house and stay there to guard the house. This arrangement helped the worker, too, because low-cost housing in the New Orleans area is virtually unavailable since Katrina and the flood.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

You need a "guardian"...I mean a guy that lives there at night (hopefully doesn't drink/drug/sex/steal)...don't you folks have them in Panama?

Padre Mickey said...

Well, it was only two hours at the PTJ, which is amazing. They are sending detectives out today. And you are right, Leonardo, we need our own guard until we can get the fence rebuilt. The guards at the school (Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal) across the street keep an eye on the side facing them, but there is nothing they can do about the other side, and that, of course, is where all the mischief is taking place. Guards cost money, but so does replacing electric cables every other day!

Caminante said...

Yeah, the main church in San Salvador (San Juan) has its vigilantes. There are the paid guards who oversee the parking lot the church rents out to the phone company and bank, but then university students stay overnight on the weekends and another man on weeknights. Buena suerte... mientras ¡carumba toda esta molesta!

KJ said...

May I suggest a German Shepherd? Since he would be a church dog, you could call him "Peace". That way, when the thieves appear and you call "Peace" they'll just think you're a goofy Jesus Freak, which, of course, you are.

Padre Mickey said...

Geez, KJ, that's a good idea. Perhaps I could convert a junk-yard dog for the purpose. This just might work...

Anonymous said...

Any excessively large dog would do. No serious thief has a problem with most dogs, though (chunk of meat distracts them). Of course, keeping an 80# dog (oops, ~37 kilo dog) fed is expensive. But at least the thief would have to subsidize the dog.

NancyP

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