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< Reply # 100 on 5/20/2011 4:58 AM >
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I always look way too guilty...but I'm working on it!




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< Reply # 101 on 5/20/2011 6:50 AM >
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I got harassed by the cops a week or three ago, and I wasn't even UE'ing. I was out walking through the town, going alongside canals, occasionally looking into pipes to see if they had potential, but otherwise just walking. I go to cross a not-too-busy four-lane road, look both ways, and run across. The cop car that was just rounding the corner must've seen me and figured I was running from them. I return to a walking speed once on the opposite sidewalk, and all of a sudden the car pulls in front of me and cuts me off. Five minutes later, I'm sitting on the ground, they're running my ID, and a corral of six to eight cars worth of cops are questioning me. They couldn't fathom the idea that I was out walking just for fun - like an individual of my particular demographic just had to be up to something. They basically accused me of breaking into houses, and I told them that my neighbor's house had been broken into a few days prior. Then they asked for a DNA cheek swab, which I declined to give (that's only gonna be used to convict me of a crime, or identify my mangled corpse - neither will help me). They told me not to walk along the canals in the future (yeah right, fuck them, public property), double-questioned me about my attire (it's evidently suspicious to wear black in broad daylight), and finally let me go. Some paranoid old lady probably called the cops on me - I guess I'm just scary-looking enough to warrant that. I'm fairly angry about the whole thing. In conclusion, fuck da police.




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Re: Times caught by the police as a rookie UE
< Reply # 102 on 5/21/2011 5:57 PM >
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My story is kind of a long one...

http://www.uer.ca/...d=1&threadid=90615




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My story is kind of a long one...

http://www.uer.ca/...d=1&threadid=90615


yea i read that article, that is insane, I haven't ever had anything even close to that bad in encounters before, good to see you're around again though




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< Reply # 104 on 6/7/2011 6:52 AM >
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I climbed to the roof of a building at a college in Wisconsin, my second Urbex outing. We were up there fore a while and at some point we apparently tripped an alarm without knowing it. When we finally decided to head back down, three campus police squad cars pulled up. Me, being a rookie, ask my seasoned veteran friend what to do and his reply was "Oh, we fucked".
They told us that normally it would have been a $250 fine but because I was out of state, they said they would have had to take me in until it was paid. Luckily, they let us go with a verbal warning. I swear to god that I almost shit my pants.




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< Reply # 105 on 6/7/2011 11:33 AM >
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Knock on wood been good so far. I think my age plays a part. No offense to the younger crew. I just think the cops see us different... oh and I'm a chick so I can usually flirt my way out. ;) But I've only been stopped once but they were actually looking for someone else. I think a scrapper and since I had no copper...I was good to go. No officer... that's just my tri-pod




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< Reply # 106 on 6/7/2011 5:12 PM >
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I've been exploring for a few years and have gotten one ticket. Even at $260 I would have spent a lot more money if I had been going to the movies all that time instead of exploring.




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Got busted last night on the K&I train bridge in Clarksville, IN. Got court in the morning. But at least I didn't get nailed alone. Eschaton got a rap too.




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< Reply # 108 on 6/14/2011 12:18 AM >
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Got busted last night on the K&I train bridge in Clarksville, IN. Got court in the morning. But at least I didn't get nailed alone. Eschaton got a rap too.


Of course you'd post this in the rookie thread, rookie.




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Of course you'd post this in the rookie thread, rookie.


Same as you fool!





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Got busted last night on the K&I train bridge in Clarksville, IN. Got court in the morning. But at least I didn't get nailed alone. Eschaton got a rap too.


You had court two days after you received a citation? The only time I've had a citation (not exploring), my court date was three months after I got my citation.

Anyway, I've only been caught once. My friend and I were at a plant just hanging out on one of the roofs and we noticed a car was pulling in the gate. Then we noticed there was another car and it was the cops. We decided to go down and meet them, after I made my friend ditch his Swishers because that would just look suspicious. Turns out the cop knew both of our fathers and told the property owner to not press charges. They even drove us to our car.




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You had court two days after you received a citation? The only time I've had a citation (not exploring), my court date was three months after I got my citation.

Anyway, I've only been caught once. My friend and I were at a plant just hanging out on one of the roofs and we noticed a car was pulling in the gate. Then we noticed there was another car and it was the cops. We decided to go down and meet them, after I made my friend ditch his Swishers because that would just look suspicious. Turns out the cop knew both of our fathers and told the property owner to not press charges. They even drove us to our car.


Yes, we did have court two days after the incident. Now we have a pretrial date for a month from now.

That story just goes to show... It's always who you know.




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< Reply # 112 on 6/16/2011 5:13 AM >
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A diverse group of us had a bizarre experience while walking in a city PARK. This park has a creek running through it, we were wading the creek. As were returning to our cars, we noticed a helicopter overhead. One of the guys said "That is a police helicopter". It circled the area and I said "They are looking for someone". As they circled tightly over us, my friend said "Yeah, they are looking for US". We left the creek and headed directly to our cars. Four officers stepped out from behind trees with guns drawn (but not pointed at us). They ordered us to drop out gear, to walk forward, then to drop to our knees and place our hands on our heads. They patted us down and questioned us as to why we were wading in the creek, which they seemed to view as very odd behavior.

I mentioned we were a diverse group; I am a white male 52, my friends/neighbors are both males 27 and 12. The other two with us were a 24 year old male and his 22 year old girlfriend. Most people would probably assume we were a family. We were sweaty, wet from the creek and probably ratty looking, but certainly didn't look like gangstas. It turns out that someone had fired a gun into a house near the park. The police questioned us a lot about having firearms (we didn't), owning firearms and were very suspicious that one of the guys had a membership card to a gun range but claimed to own no guns (he rents them from the range when he goes shooting).

The police were polite and professional. We were not charged with any crime. But I am still amazed that we became suspects only because we were exploring the creek.




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Hi guys, my first post at uer.
I have three run-ins with police ill tell one story.

I live in NW Indiana. I make regular trips to Gary to explore and get photos.
The cool thing about gary is that you can walk right into most places.

Ok... I was going to explore the Ambassador Apartments, I'd been there once but I left bc it was getting dark and my surefire flashlight surely would have been noticed from outside. So i returned a month later with my girlfriend and a new explorer (a friend of mine) When I go to Gary I either take the train and walk or park near City Methodist Church off of 5th Av. We parked near CMC. The sketchy part is walking many blocks through predominately black neighborhoods with my white friends. I don't feel in danger nor am I a racist but one can definitely feel the power of segregation there and its not a comfortable feeling. You can get some strange looks (probably bc we are 17-20).
As we entered The Ambassador, a red 2011 Dodge Ram drove by (this was late 2010). And slowed down while passing, I was fairly certain it didnt see us enter but it may have seen us inside. It was hot and we immediately plunged into the depths of the basement. I got some flash photos and continued exploring. A few minutes later we heard a police siren blare just for a second or two right outside the building. We figuerd it wasnt for us but it still puts us on edge. Shorty after we heard footsteps above and i saw a flashlight shine down the stairs. I thought that there was no way the police came inside just t find some kids. We turned out our lights and stayed quietly in the dark until we were sure there was no one there. I heard two males talking then i heard the footsteps above and then nothing else we stayed in the dark for 10 more minutes then slowly and stealthy proceeded up the stairs. There was no one there. I assumed that it was other explorers. I asked if they wanted to go up, nobody did so we left when exiting driving by was the same dodge ram. I was feeling paranoid and we disappeared into the streets. We decided to get some ground floor pics at cmc and entered upon arriving we noticed a cherry picker and many portable generators around the grounds. i had no idea what was going on we got a few pics and slipped out. When leaving a saw the red dodge rm with a guy in police/ security style fatigues leaning against the truck bed. He was far to the left and no one else saw him so i whispered "Guy in blue uniform leaning against dodge ram at 10 oclock" no one looked the car was now ten feet in front of us. As we opened the doors I herd a car horn and turned around to see the red Ram driving up to us and a guy putting on a hat that said POLICE in the driver seat. He got out and started questioning us. At this point I could tell he wasnt gary PD he was 6'0 slender African- American with a mustache he was probaly in his mid to late 40s. I told him we were taking pictures and said it was for an art class. He asked what I had on me , because He could see my camera, a surefire holster, a 4D magllite and a small camelbak. I told him just some flashlights and a camera. He said he was going to take my camera and I asked what authority he had to do that, (I am now "shaking in my boots" thinking what if he is an off duty officer and he calls PD) He responds that he is going to take our license plate and report that we refused to cooperate with an officer. Just the way he said it made me feel safer, he sounded like a liar. We drove away after he left.

A few weeks later I read in the newspaper that earlier that very day, part of the upcoming transformers movie was filmed in the church and I now believe he was movie security. But I still have no idea why he followed us around... Perhaps it was a series of coincidences...?




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Never been caught in the act. The places I go are too obscure; you probably haven't heard of them.




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Never been caught in the act. The places I go are too obscure; you probably haven't heard of them.


I heard about them before they were cool...




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I heard about them before they were cool...


Yeah, their first album was good, but not as good as their FIRST album.




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Yeah, their first album was good, but not as good as their FIRST album.


OMG, you have one of their original basement cassettes too???

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OMG, you have one of their original basement cassettes too???

Holla!


Yes but my four track player is broken, so now it just sits on my shelf as a dusty hipster relic to wave haughtily over the heads of n00b fanboys.




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Completely on topic:

I now consider everybody to always be a rookie. If you're not always learning in this 'sport' or 'game' or 'hobby' then you're doing it wrong.

So my new tally is : 1




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