Tuesday, July 21, 2009

No. Jury. Will. Ever. Convict.

It appears an Ohio man is facing prison for terroristic threats, after one of those auto-extended-warranty-scam barstids called him up to sell him something five days after he broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident.

An Ohio man, fed up with deceptive junk mail, made the mistake of losing his temper while on the phone with a St. Louis company pitching an extended auto-service contract. Now he finds himself behind bars, where he is charged with making a terrorist threat.

According to court documents, Charles W. Papenfus, 43, allegedly told a sales representative during a May 18 telephone call that he would burn down the building and kill the employees and their families. He was indicted for making a terrorist threat, a Class D felony; and he could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if convicted.

The key paragraph is here:

Court records don't name the firm that Papenfus allegedly threatened, but they say the business is located at 300 North Tucker Boulevard. The only firm in that building that sells service contracts — popularly known as "extended warranties" — is TXEN Partners, which does business as Service Protection Direct. The firm did not respond to requests for comment.
Huh. THOSE guys? I've gotten a zillion phone calls from those twits. I don't blame him. At ALL. Particularly since (a) he was hurtin' from his accident and (b) 'irritability' is listed as a side effect of at least one of the pain killers he was taking.

The guy should get a frakkin' medal. Or at least a firm "Don't do that again," a one way ticket home, and payment, by the state, for any lost wages and benefits.

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