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2019.10.04 00:29 Pickup_your_nuts Today in History 04/10
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2018.12.17 02:34 russilwvong Globe investigation into Fortress syndicated mortgages sold to retail investors
Four years ago, Mr. Narciso was framing a roof in Toronto when he fell several metres, breaking his spine and leaving him partially paralyzed. Confined to a wheelchair and unable to work, the now 58-year-old received a $500,000 insurance settlement to help support himself, Ms. Cortes and their daughter, now five years old.The article includes stories from quite a few other retail investors who bought syndicated mortgages from Fortress and ended up losing their money.
The couple wanted to put the money into a safe, income-generating investment but had little experience with investing. An acquaintance introduced them to an adviser well-known in Toronto’s Portuguese community, who suggested one of their best options was to invest in a so-called syndicated mortgage, a pool of funds that would help finance early-stage real estate projects.
The adviser, whom the couple did not want identified, recommended a condominium and retail development in Barrie, Ont., known as Collier Centre. Investors in the Fortress-led project could earn 8-per-cent annual interest and would receive their principal back within a maximum of two years, making it a safe investment with a fixed return, the adviser told them. Plus, their loan would be secured by a mortgage against the property, so they would have a registered claim on the land. That was the pitch, anyway.
Mr. Rathore and Mr. Petrozza spotted a gap in the real estate financing market a decade ago, while they were still recommending penny stocks via Phoenix. Developers, and condo builders in particular, have traditionally struggled to access early-stage financing – money to cover “soft costs” such as design and engineering work – from mainstream lenders. After all, the development business is risky; there’s always a chance a project will fail to get zoning approval or find buyers. That means the small number of private firms willing to lend to early-stage projects often charge high interest rates – well over 20 per cent annually.How they drew people in:
Mr. Rathore and Mr. Petrozza had been promoting syndicated mortgages to wealthy investors – the traditional target for these products – since 2002, but they decided there was an even bigger untapped market among regular retail investors. These loans, typically provided by a pool of individuals, can be used for any type of real estate deal, including residential home purchases, but are often used to finance larger-scale property developments, including new condominiums.
Fortress’s role would be to match regular Canadians with the builders looking for early-stage financing. In their promotional materials, they called their approach “mainstreeting” and “mainstreaming” of syndicated mortgages. In a 2012 interview with real estate website BuzzBuzzHome.com, Mr. Rathore said Canadian real estate lending had never been available for direct investment by the general public, “so we saw a really interesting and exciting niche opportunity.”
Fortress’s other key innovation was its commission structure. By law, only licensed mortgage brokers can sell syndicated mortgage products, and commissions typically range from 2 to 4 per cent. Fortress was offering an alluring 15 per cent. Word spread quickly among not just brokers, but also investment advisers and insurance agents, who would refer their clients to the brokers for a share of the commission.An astounding 35% of a typical $100,000 investment would go to Fortress (with 15% paid out as commissions), leaving only 65% going to the developer.
“There were a lot of hungry people out there who jumped on that,” says Mitchell Wine, a Toronto lawyer who, along with Kevin Sherkin, has launched four class-action lawsuits against Fortress on behalf of investors in four projects.
Getting those investment advisers and insurance brokers on board was key to the success of Fortress’s fundraising, says Mr. Sherkin. Most ordinary investors would have balked had a stranger pitched them such an unfamiliar investment option. It worked because these mortgages were being recommended by advisers they knew and trusted.
... in 2015, the Ontario government appointed an expert panel to review financial regulation in the province. The three-member panel found there has been inconsistent regulation, depending on the type of financial product being sold. The sale of securities, for instance, receives more oversight from the OSC than insurance or mortgage products do from FSCO.
“To the consumer or the investor, I think it comes as a great surprise that the products they thought looked and felt like ordinary securities products are all regulated in a different way, within a less robust regime,” says panel member Larry Ritchie, a former vice-chair of the OSC. The panel recommended replacing FSCO with a new, independent regulator, called the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), expected to launch in 2019. Mr. Ritchie has agreed to join the board.
The panel also recommended that oversight of syndicated mortgages shift to the OSC, which would bring Ontario in line with other provinces. Though no date has been set for the move, the OSC has published proposed new guidelines if or when the switch is flipped. The rules would allow syndicated mortgages to be sold to retail investors with an “offering memorandum,” or OM – a stripped-down disclosure document that would have to include an official land appraisal and a clear risk assessment. Only exempt market dealers registered with the OSC would be allowed to sell them, and they would be required to do suitability assessments for each investor.
2018.06.20 17:24 GDguest Bryan Ziemann is welcomed as the Newest Member of HealthCare’s Responsive Innovation Team at GD
2018.03.24 05:13 HawaiianPig CBW President Hugo Alves did an AMA on Facebook. Here are the results!
Hugo Alves: We don't have any plans to enter into businesses outside of the MJ sector. In terms of in the MJ sector, we view ourselves as a vertically integrated company so the answer is yes, we will deploy resources and capital into cannabis-focused businesses that we think will drive value for our overall platform.
I think it could be helpful to give you a very brief overview of how we look at our business internally and the framework that we use to develop our business strategy. Hopefully that will give you some insight into how some of the things that we're doing fit together into a cohesive business. Generally, we think of our business in three segments. What the public is most familiar with and where we have spent most of our time to date is in our upstream cultivation platform. The upstream segment of our business is where we create the raw horticultural commodity – the cannabis plant. Understandably, many of your questions relate to the upstream segment of our business because that is where we have been most active. To date we have spend about 80% of our time and energy in getting the upstream portion of our business locked in and ready for execution. With the architecture for our upstream cultivation platform nearing completion, we are shifting some of our bandwidth to working on the midstream value enhancement and downstream distribution segments of our business. The midstream segment of our business is where we enhance value to the base commodity by applying intellectual property. This is where we plan to have a lot of fund and do a lot of cool things ranging from large scale extraction and distillation, formulation and product development, testing, genomic research, breeding and phenotyping programs, branding, marketing, licensing etc. – all underpinned by leading scientific talent and a world class facility for R&D and innovation. The intellectual property that we create in the midstream segment of our business will support and improve all of the other segments of our platform and the business that operate within them. For example, genetic material can be shared among members of our cultivation platform, extraction can be outsourced on favourable terms etc. The downstream distribution segment of our business is, of course, all about distribution and sales of our products. To date our focus has been on establishing relationships to allow for domestic distribution (e.g. pharmacies and private retail), but we do have a global outlook and our focus is on developing value added distribution channels for throughput of our goods on a regional, national and international scale. Hope that helps
Hugo Alves: One of our core advantages relative to our peers is that we have what, in my view, is the top regulatory team in the country in- house. The evolving regulatory environment (on a global basis) is something that monitor daily and it is a fundamental driver of our business strategy – simply put, we try to identify, predict and respond to regulatory shifts faster than our peer groups. The delay of cannabis legalization is something that we monitor but, based on current information, it is not a material concern to us – even less so after yesterday's Senate committee vote.
Hugo Alves: No, not currently in our plans. If we see a compelling technology we'll take a look at it, but nothing on the horizon.
Hugo Alves: We have seen a number of platforms that are trying to incorporate blockchain technology into cannabis-focused applications (e.g. tracking and record keeping platforms) but nothing that we have decided to invest in or incorporate into our platform. That being said, we do monitor the space for new and interesting applications as blockchain enabled technologies are rapidly evolving and could be helpful to us in terms of overall portfolio management.
Hugo Alves: It is something that we are discussing at a management and board level. I think we would currently qualify for listing on the TSX, but nothing is imminent at this time.
Hugo Alves: Inverelle is a hugely exciting asset for us. Apart from the scale of the project, the people involved and genetic work being done by Dr. Urbina are world class. Inverelle is our cultivation platform in Latin America. The proprietary hemp cultivars which are currently being used and continually improved by Dr. Urbina contain high concentrations of CBD. The plan is to extract and refine CBD molecules in Uruguay in a GMP compliant extraction facility and to export those molecules internationally to emerging jurisdictions and, potentially, Canada. We believe that the combination of Dr. Urbina's genetics and his expertise in large scale, high density outdoor cultivation will result in Inverelle being able to produce GMP certified CBD molecules at a lower cost than any of our peers.
Hugo Alves: I know that there has been a lot of talk about dilution on this board and differing theories as to the role that dilution plays in corporate finance. Regrettably, until meaningful debt facilities become a part of the cannabis industry landscape the way cannabis companies raise money and engage in M&A will continue to be by way of share issuance. We will be no different. That being said, we will try to minimize the impact of dilution in the following ways (a) using our cash on hand wisely; (b) trying to accelerate our pathway to revenue; (c) choosing to raise capital when market conditions are most favourable to do so (that is why we felt it was important to clear our shelf prospectus); (d) looking for alternative sources of financing (e.g. debt, leasing etc.); and (e) most importantly, when we do transact using our shares as currency we will look to do deals that are accretive to our platform and our share price.
Hugo Alves: Currently we have $198m in cash on hand. In 2018, we will receive back an expected $8m from streaming partners, and anticipate to deploy anywhere between $100 - $150m of streaming capital (all visible committed projects) in 2018. This gives us a sufficient buffer of cash on hand at 2018 even after G&A costs. The company may still opt to raise more funds for continued investment in internationally and in other parts of the cannabis value chain. With our ready shelf prospectus of available $250m, we also have the option to raise further proceeds to cover streaming commitments in 2019 and beyond.
Hugo Alves: Currently, the ACMPR does not permit outdoor cultivation. Outdoor cultivation is something that the Federal Task Force on Legalization endorsed and which is also contemplated by the Cannabis Act. If outdoor cultivation is allowed pursuant to the final regulations promulgated under the Cannabis Act then you can expect to see us develop outdoor cultivation platforms with some of our existing partners and with new partners. With respect to new partners, many of our streaming partners own or have access to large tracts of land which may be suitable for outdoor cultivation. We will also look for additional outdoor cultivation opportunities. This is another reason why we view our partnership with Inverelle as central to our platform – because in terms of efficient, high density outdoor cultivation, there are few people on the planet that have the scientific know-how and the operational experience of Dr. Urbina (he ran a hugely successful 1,000 hectar outdoor stevia farm.)
Hugo Alves: Apart from the high regulatory standards that Health Canada already imposes on licensed producers, all of our streaming agreement contain robust reporting, monitoring and auditing rights in our favor. Our model is not to interfere with our partners' operations and we do recognize that growers will grow to differing standards based on genetic stock, quality of facility and operational abilities. All of our streaming partners are put through a rigorous due diligence process which provides us with additional comfort that the facilities they build are world class and that they will be able to operate successfully. Through our data partnership with High North Labs we also actively monitor the quality of product in the AMCPR and the MMAR markets so we have a pretty good idea of where the product our growers produce sits relative to their peer group.
Hugo Alves: We would LOVE to pay dividends – after all, we do have the word "Income" in our name! But, practically speaking, we are likely a few years away from being able to do that as our focus right now is in rapid growth. We anticipate that short term revenues will be used to build the business.
Hugo Alves: We will own 45% of the overall economics from the Peter Quiring deal. Yes, every phase. The first phase of the Quiring deal is a 30 acre greenhouse and we are keenly focused on that project. I don't know how many of you know who Peter is, but I encourage you to Google him. As far as greenhouse builders and operators in Canada go, he as good as it gets. He had his choice of partners and he chose to do business with us which we view as a tremendous compliment and vote of confidence. We couldn't be more excited to do business with Peter and his team.
Hugo Alves: CBW will provide or arrange for all of the financing through a combination of debt and equity. Groundbreaking will be as soon as possible, but right now we are in the planning phases of the project. Peter has a reputation for building the most technologically advanced greenhouses in Canada (i.e. he was the first builder in Leamington to build the taller Dutch style greenhouse that are now industry standard) so it's been a very interesting process watching them gather information and strategize over greenhouse design.
Hugo Alves: Cannabis export licenses have to be applied on a shipment by shipment basis (i.e. you can't apply for a blanket export license that allows you to export over a period of time). Accordingly, Navisent will apply as soon as it enters into an international supply arrangement which requires the permit.
Hugo Alves: No, it's additional to the Newco partnership. Understandably, Beleave has been focused on the expansion to it's existing property, but we anticipate starting discussions with Bo, Bill, Ned and their team about site selection for the NewCo deal soon.
Hugo Alves: While we are supportive of these and other access based initiatives, lobbying is not part of our business activities at this time. We are doing a few exciting things on the enhancing access front which we hope to be able to announce in the near future
Hugo Alves: Not sure I understand the question, but the answer is no. We don't have side streams that aren't for the benefit of CBW. Everything we do is for the benefit of CBW and its shareholders
Hugo Alves: Again, not sure if what is being proposed is even possible, but the answer is no. If CBW were to take fees for doing something, those fees would be reflected in earnings and would be for the benefit of stockholders.
Hugo Alves: I know that there is a lot of curiosity about the status of Broken Coast and I will try to say as much as I can. The streaming agreement with Broken Coast has been terminated. CBW is an equity holder in Broken Coast but is compelled to sell its equity in Broken Coast to Aphria. As announced we have a supply arrangement with Aphria which, under the circumstances, we felt was in the best interests of CBW and its shareholders.
Hugo Alves: The supply agreement with Aphria is an arrangement which allows us to accelerate our international distribution strategy. We believe that the arrangement is on attractive terms for both Aphria and CBW. There is no price adjustment to compensation for the Broken Coast deal.
Hugo Alves: A change of control at a streaming partner should have no implication from a contractual point of view. The risk is in terms of changing personnel, changing corporate cultures and changing cultivation philosophies. That's a risk that we bear. We do not restrict the ability of our streaming partners' shareholders to dispose of their equity.
Hugo Alves: Please see my answer to question #1. Extraction and higher margin cannabis-derived products are very much a part of our plans and we hope to give you more indepth information on that front in the near future
Hugo Alves: Please see our latest press release where we provide a development update on FV Pharma. It should be noted that FV Pharma does have plants in the ground, but those plants are in the existing facility which we did not have a hand in developing. Our entitlement to product does not apply to FV Pharma's existing footprint (only the footprint that we develop) so you estimates as to when we will have an allocation of product from FV Pharma are as set out in our update press release.
Hugo Alves: Those are decisions that we'll make together with Thomas and his team once the facility is developed. Genetic diversity is one of the weaknesses of the Canadian regulated system and an issue that myself and our Head of Regulatory Affairs (Vlad Klacar) are constantly thinking and strategizing about. We do have a strategy that we are taking steps to implement and we hope that by the time FV Pharma comes online we will be in a position to select genetics for the FV Phama facility from a much wider catalogue of starting materials.
Hugo Alves: Great question. We have to accept that the distribution of non-medical cannabis in Canada will, to a large extent, be monopolized by Provincial governments. This will eat into margins – there's no nice way of saying it. However, some Provinces will better than others in terms of allowing producers and private enterprise to participate in the retailing of cannabis. We have a very defined hierarchy of where we want to distribute our products - medical market, international markets, Provinces where only the wholesale distributor is a government entity, Provinces where both wholesale distributor and retailer are government entities. Ultimately, we want to participate in each of those verticals, but our priority is always on those verticals that best allow us to preserve our margin. The Spirit Leaf deal is one that we are very excited about because we believe in Darren as an operator (he has a long and successful track record as a retailer), we love the look of his stores and we believe that he is well positioned to be a serious player in those provinces that allow for private sector participation at the retail level. One thing to keep in mind with the Spirit Leaf deal is that it not only allows us the exclusive right to provide up to 50% of the cannabis sold at Spirt Leaf locations (supply rights), but we also get to profit share at the retail level (margin recapture).
Hugo Alves: The acquisition of Inverelle was the first step in our strategic global expansion and will serve as our cultivation platform. We are looking for a similar cultivation platform in an EU country. We constantly monitor movements in regulatory environments and if an opportunity presents itself in other global regions we will explore them, but for now the plan is try and realize an EU footprint and then focus on executing on the assets that we have.
Hugo Alves: Crop will be processed into oil and exported to other international markets.
Hugo Alves: There is currently no scientific standard to determine shelf life or a best before date for cannabis or cannabis derived products. From a non-scientific perspective, it depends on the quality of the cannabis (e.g. was it properly dried) and the conditions in which it is stored.
Hugo Alves: I know that a lot has been written about oversaturation but, quite frankly, I'm no so convinced. Most pro oversaturation literature is based on assumptions relating to number of consumers, average consumption rates and all existing capacity, announced capacity and projected capacity coming on-line and operating at 100% efficiency. Part of our model is to do very in-depth due diligence on potential streaming partners and that includes due diligence on their projected facility expansions (e.g. where a potential streaming partner has a 20K sq ft initial build and a projected phase 2 expansion of 100K sq ft, we diligence the feasibility of the projected 100K sq ft expansion). What I can tell you is that in our experience, a lot of the projected expansion capacity that we see listed on investment decks is not viable. This used to surprise me but doesn't anymore. It is very, very rare that you see an expansion plan that contains an analysis of base energy load requirements for the expansion (cannabis facilities are very energy intensive) and an energy feasibility study showing that the existing energy service to the parcel of land on which the proposed expansion will take place is sufficient to service the load requirement. What you usually get is someone pointing to a transmission line or a nearby power station and telling you that they have all of the power they need. Sorry, that's not the way that energy transmission works in this country. Is it possible that at some point in the future we'll have oversaturation, sure, anything is possible. But it's not something that keeps us awake at night (yet) and we believe that if we continue to work on the downstream distribution portion of our platform that we'll be in a supply deficit, not surplus.
Hugo Alves: Yes, that's the commercial arrangement. Please see response to question #25 above
Hugo Alves: This questions has been partially answered in the response to question #1 above. Regarding the branding and marketing, the government has made things very restrictive for us, but we do have strategies. It's important to note that the government's position doesn't come as a surprise to us. In fact, myself and our EVP Mike Lickver has been speaking about branding and advertising restrictions in the cannabis space for several years – starting with the LP CEO roundtable that MNP put on 2 years ago where I (then a partner at Bennett Jones) gave a 1 hour long overview of marketing restrictions and how cannabis branding was likely to go the way of tobacco. I won't lie and tell you that I like tobacco-like marketing restrictions, I don't, but it's the hand that we've been dealt and we have to play it. The good news is that there is precedent in terms of how to operate within a very restrictive marketing environment – tobacco! It's not easy environment and it does prevent us from doing a lot of overt B2C type of advertising, but there are strategies that can be used and the companies that are the most informed and get the right expertise on-board will have an advantage. At our end, we have Ian Rapsey (our Chief Creative Officer) who has developed some of the most iconic brands in cannabis to date and we've made sure to surround ourselves with advisors who have specific tobacco branding experience in order to help us shape our branding and marketing strategies.
Hugo Alves: They are a large shareholder in CBW. That's the only business relationship.
Hugo Alves: Yes, we have a formal letter of intent with NAC and will work with Mark and his team to turn that into a formal supply arrangement.
Hugo Alves: Not really, we would welcome bank participation and we think that we would be one of their first ports of call in terms of lending money into the industry. A bank cannot replicate the level of cannabis industry knowledge and sophistication that we bring to the table – they can't diligence opportunities that way we can and they certainly cannot offer the ongoing borrower support that we can in order to de-risk the loan. If a large bank wanted to deploy meaningful capital into the space, they would be better off lending CBW the money at a prevailing commercial rate, taking collateral over all of our projects and then having us redeploy the capital into individual projects that we've diligence and are willing to help. These are conversations that Jeff Tung and I have been having with institutional and private lenders since the day that we started CBW.
Hugo Alves: See my response to questions #25 above. The LCBO isn't our first priority but, yes, we would like to sell products into the Ontario system and we will be participating in the OCS's product call that will happen in about 2 weeks.
Hugo Alves: See response to questions #30 above
Hugo Alves: We are good friends with Sean and his team at Namaste – in fact, I was the person who put Namaste together with my former client CannMart – but we are not currently in any businesses discussions with them. I think your proposal would require a number of assumptions to come true, most notably that on-line recreational sales will be permitted. Once the regulatory framework for the distribution of medical and non-medical products becomes clearer we will definitely look for ways to make our portfolio of partner brands and any brands that we create in-house available to consumers as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Hugo Alves: Legal and transaction related expenses (to paper deals) Wages and salaries (as we expand our expertise in different silos across the Wheaton platform) Listing fees (e.g. fees to Computershare, exchange, to maintain good standing at a public company) [Note that all of this info will be in our financials released in a month]
Hugo Alves: Difficult to say, but will aim for current industry benchmark for indoor grows of $1.80/gram + packaging costs
Hugo Alves: Impossible to say, but, to the greatest extent possible, we will try to leverage higher margin channels (e.g. Spirit Leaf) in order to preserve margins. For our modeling purposes, we assume a wholesale price of $4.00/gram and get comfortable with that as a blended return
Hugo Alves: Sorry not answering questions about projections or forward looking financial information
Hugo Alves: Impossible to say
Hugo Alves: This has already started (see - http://www.cbc.ca/.../pei-canadas-island-garden-purchased...). I think this would affect CBW in the same way that it would affect all other LPs – they could be targets and/or have to exist in an environment that includes more sophisticated, well-funded players. Just like any other mature industry.
Hugo Alves: We raised $100m of convertible debt that is part of the January 2018 financing. Not sure if this is considered ‘borrowed.’ Remaining cash has been raised via private placements.
Hugo Alves: No, not our core business.
Hugo Alves: No, the disclosure of material information is subject to securities laws. We release material news as it becomes available.
Hugo Alves: While we would love to consider opportunities in the US, the TSXV and TSX currently do not permit listed issuers to have any exposure to US companies which touch the plant. See https://www.bennettjones.com/en/Blogs-Section/New-Guidance-Provided-for-Issuers-with-US-Marijuana-Related-Activities
Hugo Alves: See response to question #34 above
Hugo Alves: If a black swan event happens we have a number of remedial actions that we can take under our agreements which range from helping our streaming partner try and overcome their difficulty (which would be our first and preferred course of action) to terminating our agreement. The key for us is to do the diligence and get comfortable BEFORE we put in our money. Some people have wondered why these deals take so long to get to definitive and capital deployed. The reason for that is not nefarious, it's because we go very deep into our streaming partner's business model, construction plans, cultivation plans, operational plan, integrated pest management plans, branding and marketing plans etc. We're confident that the partners that make it through that process have an incredible chance of success. Those partners that don't make it through the process (or don't want to work through the process with us) may still be successful, but not with our capital or resources.
Hugo Alves: I don't think it's a "marketing" play per se, but I think that the wellness consumer is interested in lower dosage formats that allow them to enjoy some of the therapeutic and social benefits of cannabis use without getting too high. I think there will be a healthy consumer market for these types of products.
Hugo Alves: As with all of our streaming deals it is a binding interim agreement. The obligations into those interim agreements are legally binding on both parties. You may wonder why we went with a binding interim agreement as opposed to a straight binding definitive agreement and the answer to that is simply one of efficiency. When we negotiated our binding interim agreements (which are approximately 20 pages in length) we negotiated the core commercial terms of each deal – volume, prices, financing commitments, reporting and audit rights, relationship governance etc. However, we recognized (and our partners recognized) that before we spend the time and resources to enter into the full blown streaming agreement (approximately 80 pages in length) we needed to do indepth due diligence (briefly described in my response to question 52 above) to make sure that the arrangement would work.
Hugo Alves: We can't make statements as to Abcann's development plans. What I can tell you is that our deal with Abcann remains in effect, we have a great relationship with Barry and his team and we view Abcann as one of the premiere operators in the cannabis space.
Hugo Alves: Yes, of course, if there was a compelling reason for doing so. For example, if there was an incredible grower or operator which wanted to integrate with CBW and the valuation was reasonable we would look very seriously at the opportunity.
Hugo Alves: The first think to realize about insider selling is that we are very restricted in terms of when we can actually sell. We have an insider trading and blackout policy and there are many, many time during the year (e.g. before and after disclosing quarterly and annual financial results) where we are restricted from trading even if we are no in possession of any material non-disclosed information. In addition to the blackout periods, everyone is restricted from trading when they are in possession of material non-disclosed information. Generally, insiders of the company (especially in this industry which is dynamic and highly transaction) are usually in possession of material non-disclosed information and therefore generally restricted. That's why when there is a window where the blackout and material information restrictions do not apply, insiders sometimes take the opportunity to create some liquidity for themselves. Just while we are at it, I know that a lot speculation (most of it negative) has been made about the fact that a few of us did sell some CBW shares earlier in the year. I don't feel like I have to defend those sales, but I would say that all of us left high paying jobs to join CBW and, for better or worse, we came into our roles with our own financial burdens and responsibilities. The vast bulk of the proceeds from my sales are going to CRA and to alleviate the crushing mortgage debt.
Hugo Alves: See my response to questions #7 above.
Hugo Alves: Our 2017 financials will be released in the 3rd or 4th week of April 2018
2017.04.07 15:18 SenorPantsbulge "How Bad Could It Be?" - A Great Big Long Look at Team Canada 2018
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Mark Scheifele, Kris Letang and Carey Price have all come out in support of playing in PyeongChang and future Olympics. None have explicitly said they would break league rules to play – they'd be foolish to do that – but if there's a possible way to smuggle them out, Hockey Canada will find it.
Joe Thornton and Chris Kunitz both have Olympic golds from Sochi, and each is getting up there in age. Despite a great year, Kris Versteeg isn't guaranteed an NHL contract next year. Daniel Winnik and Mike Ribeiro are both serviceable vets who will look for work, while Curtis McElhinney could become a candidate in the crease.
I don't pretend to know who Hockey Canada is looking at for the next Olympic team. All I know is that these are likely the best guys to fill that void, in absences of NHL players. I don't think it'll be the end of the world - in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Canada got onto the podium with a roster like this.
2015.03.19 08:20 tabledresser [Table] I am a waver at Liberty Tax service, meaning I work four hours a day, everyday, dressed as a giant maple leaf dancing on the side of the road for minimum wage, AMA!
|What is the nicest thing that anyone ever did for you while you were on the job? And when you are doing your job, what do you wish other people knew about The Man Behind The Maple Leaf?||The nicest thing people did to me while on the job is take selfies with me while complimenting me. it happens about once a shift, and it's really fun. I wish people knew when and when not to wave, i always glance out of my suit and see 3 year olds frantically waving, and I want to wave back, but alas, i can't, because I'm reading manga or on reddit etc... i know that doesn't have anything to do with ME as a person but it's important to me.|
|So there's enough room in your suit to have your hands in front of you with your head pointed down? Didn't think there was that much room.||I could have an entire person standing in front or behind me in the suit.|
|What is manga?||Currently one piece but ive gone through about all the main stream shit out there.|
|Do you have a dance routine figured out and what music are you listening to when you are out there?||My dance routine is, rotate arms in windmill fashion, then do windsheild wipers, then wave at cars while kicking my feet, and throw a random turn in there somewhere. I listen to house, nightstep, and variations of either, mostly because it's easy to dance to, and they randomly look outside to see how hyped up my dancing is and tip me for it. I listen to The Cranberries outside of work.|
|Ever try any breakdance moves, or do they forbid it?||I tried the worm once when a car of teenagers stop beside me and told me to show them my best move. It looked like I laid down and started having a seizure. Liberty taxs doesn't give two shits about me.|
|How do you get this job? are you pleased with your job?||I handed in a resume at liberty tax services asking to be a waver and they hired me almost instantly. I hate my job and my friends always tell me how easy it is. It may be easy, but it's straight up boring and cold.|
|How many breaks in that four hour shift? Is it dependant on the weather? In my wyoming town the costume is the statue of liberty. It's a pretty dumb idea. Who stops to get their taxes done on the spur of the moment. I do my own anyway.||They say i can take as many breaks as I want, and i do. If it's extremely cold outside i take a ten minute break an hour and do stuff like file taxes and make thank you calls, but on a mild or warm day i take 0-1 per shift, and it's usually just to fill up my water bottle.|
|Do you keep the suit on? The image of someone in that costume doing taxes and phone calls is hilarious.||I only use it when waving, but I don't do taxes. I only sort tax papers and make thank you calls.|
|If it's extremely cold outside i take a ten minute break an hour and do stuff like file taxes and make thank you calls. Wait, what? The guys in those costumes are just regular old tax preparers that also work inside?||No. I just make thank you calls and sort shit. I have no clue how to do your taxs.|
|Have you ever been flicked off? Or someone mooning you?||Flicked off? I assume flipped off? If it's flipped off then yes, 7-8 times a shift. Haven't been mooned yet, but ive only worked on cold days so that might be stopping them.|
|How long have you been doing this? What's your plan for your next job (are you going to school, etc)? Can you tell me something about your job that would surprise most people?||Ive been doing this for about three weeks, my next job is whoever hires me at the end of tax season, and the most suprising thing is that my employer told me to flip off people that flip me off.|
|Any idea how many people drive by and think "oh, a maple leaf. I should take my taxes here!"? I've never understood why the wavers were effective, but presumably they are...||I've never seen them do anything, and i find it hard to believe that they do anything bt they tell me shit like "This customer came here instead of H&R block all because of you!" and shit like that.|
|Is it true you guys have a union?||No. But my employer is a co-op student who doesn't give two shits and thinks my job is a joke so I don't really need one.|
|Is it hot in there?||Considering the fact that it's Northern Ontario in early March, it's cold as hell.|
|Edit: not northern ontario.|
|Shit. Barrie gets to the front page and it's not for having a drug house blow up. This is nice to see. Do you and the Liberty Tax leaf from the South End ever get together and swap stories? Or have a healthy competition?||IM ON FRONT PAGE!? WTF! I WAS IN MY INBOX THIS ENTIRE TIME. I have two friends who work in the south end and we often share stories of our experiences. We don't really compete though.|
|Has anyone ever thrown anything at you from their car?||YES! I've had around 10 empty paper cups thrown at me, one metal water bottle, a pair of headphones, and a loonie.|
|Were they good headphones? What do you wear up there, Beats by Eh? Get it? I'm sorry.||They didn't work and were covered in mud and earwax.|
|Who throws away a perfectly good metal water bottle.||It was rusted, dented, and couldn't find a lid on it. It definetly wasn't "perfectly fine"|
|one metal water bottle. Like while they driving ? Holy shit, that could have been bad (I'm assuming you're fine).||Yeah it hit me on my knuckle AND IT FUCKING HURT. It didn't do any permanent damage, but it got me fucking pissed.|
|Was it like a "Three Stooges" kind of loonie or a "Moon Landing Was A Hoax" kind of loonie?||It was a canadian dollar loonie.|
|I worked as a waver for the American version of Liberty Tax. Yep, I was that poor soul that was dressed like the Statue of Liberty. What's your most memorable moment so far?||Two hot girls took a selfie with me. That was fine, but then they posted it to my facebook wall. That was fine by me, but i never saw them before and never told them my name.|
|Aww man, I really hope you get your coffee now.||Me too.|
|Hey just so my comment doesn't get buried, how much does it pay?!?||$11/h which is the minimum wage in Ontario.|
|How physically demanding is this job?||A lot more than i thought it would be. Im usually exhuasted by the end of a four hour shift.|
|What is the minimum wage in Canada? What does that translate to in U.S. dollars per hour?||$11.00/h in Canadian dollars.|
|$10.80/h American Dollars.|
|Edit: I suck at conversions.|
|Uhhh I wish (Canadian here). 11 CAD is more like 8.75 USD.||Yeah sorry I had no clue.|
|Do "wavers" actually increase business?||I have no clue, they tell me it does, but I find it EXTREMELY hard to believe.|
|I did my taxes at Liberty two years ago because of "Leafie", who I stared at 4 hours every day from my office across the street. You make a difference.||:D.|
|What occupies your mind during those hours? An internal dialogue, game, etc., or do you actually focus?||League of legends, my upcoming trip to japan, anime, girls, anime girls, and history.|
|Have you ever done a sign battle with America's Statue of Liberty tax mascot?||If i lived in Windsor I might, the only thing i've seen of the statue of liberty is videos.|
|What are your thoughts on the war in the middle east?||Is the name isis or isil? Can they make up their name!? Wtf i hate those guys.|
|Bro, how many sign tricks can you do? Around the back? Through the legs? Twirling around the hand?||I can sway it back forth. One time i threw it in the air and caught it.|
|At what point in your career did you decide "eh I guess this is good enough for me"?||It's only for tax season, I've already started job hunting for a job after tax season.|
|Can I get a tax waiver?||Nah man im only a waver, dont have any waivers.|
|If there was one thing that you could change about your job, what would it be?||Make it warmer, and supply me with weed, or shrooms before i go outside.|
|Canadian bacon or ham?||Bacon, but im not a big fan of either.|
|What's the drug testing policy?||They don't have one.|
|Ever pick up in that costume?||I try. Only try.|
|I saw some one working for Liberty tax service dressed as the Statue of Liberty. This person was holding a sign that said honk if you use Liberty. I happened to be driving a jeep Liberty that day so I honked haha. Do people honk at you?||Every third car honks at me, and I don't even have a sign. It was fun on the first day, but now it's just annoying.|
2014.06.25 05:32 Brianisbs I need some help extracting a date from a description tag in an RSS Feed
've been doing research for about.. 2 hours now. I'm not strong on my more advanced PHP coding, so I could really use some help. The date is in DD/MM/YY inside of .
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2013.02.20 01:31 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Canadian police officer AMA
|What do you think is the major difference between Canadian police officers and American police officers?||Biggest difference between American and Canadian police is simple.. Canadians are better educated, and paid more. Most Canadian officers that are hired on have a degree or multiple certifications/college diplomas. Average salary after 4 years of being hired on is about 84k annually not including overtime, this number will likely increase with the coming contract negotiations.|
|That's $84k Canadian? Still, quite decent, but just wanted to clarify...||Yes 84K Cdn.|
|I chose the wrong profession...||If you get into a specialty unit you actually get an 8% wage increase, and clothing allowance of 1100 annually.|
|Im glad you get paid well, thanks for the work.||Thanks for the good wishes! They are typically far and few between :)|
|$50,374 - Starting salary (during Academy training) $66,905 - Upon graduation from the Academy. $71,261 - After one year. $84,739 - After five years. FYI.||I believe that most services within Ontario are on Par or close to NY state's salary. I know some services State side are well paid, many are not.|
|You said that most officers have a degree. Do you have a degree? if so, what in?||I have a degree in Criminology, a police foundations diploma, a diploma for electronics technician and another degree in GIS started.|
|Needless to say it was alot of money to go through university and college, but well worth it in the end.|
|Sounds great! Until you get to the 46.4 percent tax rate, and the taxes keep on coming. Then the cost of living, well, better off in a duplex in west Virginia.||Many americans don't like the tax idea in Canada, but when you receive your paycheck and 1/3 of it is gone.. you kind of get used to it and realize that atleast if I got sick I'm not paying $1million in medical bills.|
|They pay for your clothes? And this does not count into your salary?||Correct. You lose overtime hours that are given to those working on the road (80 hrs), but the trade off is if you are in a specialty unit typically you are in plain clothes. So yes they give you 1100 annually for that which isn't factored into your salary.|
|I'm looking at getting into the RCMP myself and have questioned actually going to school. I attended the career presentation put on by the RCMP and they said post-secondary isn't necessary. Basically what I'm wondering is do you think I'd have a better shot with courses such as Criminology under my belt compared to nothing but work experience and firearms licenses?||It wouldn't hurt going either direction. Getting your FAC isn't a bad route, but not necessary unless you like to hunt/target shoot.|
|Are you pursuing the GIS degree for personal reasons, or does tie in to your career as a police officer?||I initially started my GIS degree before any policing aspirations. I did fairly well in school getting several scholarships for post secondary education. I found at that time in my life I was not ready for university and decided to take a break and work, before going back and completing the other schooling listed above.|
|I ask because I working a CS degree and have recently become interested in the field of GIS.||GIS can tie into policing if you are interested in a criminal analyst position. Tracking criminal trends over time and creating maps for divisional inspectors/investigators.|
|Thank you for giving me hope in getting my undergraduate business degree. Everyone thinks I'm wasting my time earning a B.Comm and wanting to join the Toronto Police later on. I plan on either going to grad school for an MBA or JD or even some college diploma programs afterwards.||If you get your MBA many services will hire you for their financial department. Don't forget front line policing is only one aspect of what actually goes on in a police service. You have record managers, dispatchers, HR, financial services.. list goes on and on.|
|You go to UOIT?||I took Criminology at UOIT yes.|
|Ah, right. Like if you are undercover, or something?||Not so much undercover for the most part, but more so to blend in with the general public and not draw attention.|
|Currently aiming to finish my BA in GIS. Mind pointing out how one may go about becoming a criminal analyst? Its a field I'm interested in pursuing, one of the reason for studying GIS. Edit: accidentally a word.||Usually drop a line to any of the police services HR departments and see if they are hiring for any analysts ... easy way to go.|
|What was the most dangerous/crazy situation you ever been in?||I took photographs for criminal investigations/break and enters. So I was exposed to numerous autopsies and people in various states of death. I luckily have not been involved in any shootings, although have drawn down on numerous people believed to be armed. (The region I work in has very few murders maybe 10 annually).|
|Craziest situation I've ever come across is having to cut down a woman in the process of trying to hang herself. I was with a partner literally 200m away when the call came across. Lady called 911 advised she was going to hang herself and left the front door open so that officers didn't need to wake up her sleeping boyfriend upstairs to retrieve her body. She used the nylon packing rope to hang herself from the unfinished ceiling in her kitchen. I ran in with my utility knife cut her down and was able to resuscitate her before EMS arrived.|
|Wow, awesome. Kudos. Do you know where that woman is now? Or if she's doing fine?||I doubt she is doing fine. She had chronic pain and various other ailments to begin with. I don't often get a chance to follow up with people. Unless I arrest them time and time again. Very rarely do you have people you deal with actually turn themselves around. Sadly once they are set on a goal they typically carry through with it.|
|K Moral question time, i think you did the right thing by the way. I think the whole concept of not being allowed to end your own life is horrible. Who is any one person to force somebody to live. She tried to kill herself, and you just brought her back into this world that she no longer wants to be apart of, shit i'd be pissed. We do not allow torture in this world, why do we allow people to be forced to live?||I'm always on the job... once you sign up to be a cop you're a cop 24/7. If something were to go down and I was unarmed and I allowed it, I didn't do my job to protect the people I was sworn to do so.|
|That being said, i think a lot of people make snap decisions, or decisions under heavy intoxication, making saving somebody in this situation reasonable, and it is part of your job. But lets say you were in a situation where the person was genuinely depressed and no longer wanted to live, consciously making the decision to die, what would you do if you weren't on the job?||I think if there was a humane way of someone wishing to end their life and it was legalized and the person was in a capacity to knowingly sacrifice their life then that is a decision they should (in my opinion) be able to make.|
|I have 5 immediate family members and literally know 100's of NYPD members. 4 out of the 5 in my family have never drawn their service weapon and about 98% of the hundreds I know have never either. I find it hard to believe you have "drawn down" on numerous people.||Drawing down isn't the same as firing.. just remember that.|
|Why can't you be a cop here in the usa? can we clone you ? :(||Maybe one day they can rebuild me... they have the technology!|
|*maybe one day I could be like Barry - Archer.|
|How do you take your Tim's bud?||Haha sadly I don't drink coffee. I do drink tea/hot chocolate when it's cold out though.|
|Whats the most funniest situation you have ever been in?||There are seriously too many to write. Officers typically find our humour a little darker than most. It makes it easier to deal with the situations at hand.|
|I remember getting a call for a lady trying to commit suicide, by driving her car into Lake Ontario. I get there to find that another officer was talking to her and didn't have her under arrest yet. I walked up and grabbed her and pulled her out of the car. (apparently all the couples making out/tokin up down at the Lake witnessed her trying to drive into the water in the middle of the winter. She tried to pull a Hollywood move of doing a donut to throw the people off the car that tried to get her to stop.).|
|I pull her out and she has no shoes on... I ask her where her shoes are and she replies that her sister is wearing them (sister is aimlessly wandering around the parking lot at this point.) Get the female driver out of the car and she won't let go of her purse dog (Dog's name was chomper... seriously chomper.). I finally try and wrench the dog out of her arms to affect an arrest all the while she's yelling get him chomper get him!|
|Placed under arrest and placed in the back of the cruiser she starts trying to kick out the windows.. .so out she comes again. Her feet were tied so that we can secure them to the floor of the cruiser, does her sister not come up to console her, but puts her hand on my sgt's shoulder. The other officer I was with kinda sees her out of the side of his vision and ended up socking her in the nose.|
|Finally they get the distressed driver in the car while I deal with the sister. I get a statement and wait for the husband to arrive to pick up his vehicle that we've managed to get out of the lake and back in the parking lot. As the sister goes to leave she thanks me and then goes to come in for a kiss. I obviously push her away, thinking what the hell is wrong with these people.. she walks away and comes back saying she forgot something.. and again tries to make out with me.. needless to say a funny funny evening.|
|I've had to mediate arguments between two crack addicts. All the while they argued over who was more pathetic. The wife complained the husband was on welfare and disability while they husband complained his wife "sucked dick" for crack.|
|The had 5 children taken away by CAS and when they were pregnant with their 6th they decided to move to our region. Our regions CAS was going to take their child when it was born so they opted for an abortion instead. They added they moved to our region from Hamilton to get "away from the drugs". Needless to say the building they moved in was one of the worst buildings for drugs in our city.|
|Whats your opinion on the recent Human Rights Watch Report that was released? as an aboriginal from Vancouver Island I would be interested in an officers opinion that isn't stationed in B.C. Also what do you think the procedure should be in terms of handling this? Who should overlook this? (Who should police the police?)||I think it's hard to comment on officers actions outside of Ontario. It's hard to say as I've rarely had to deal with aboriginals although the ones I have dealt with (although drunk at the time) were very courteous and friendly. (My mother is also of aboriginal decent so maybe that's why I'm a bit more tolerant and understanding of things.)|
|What is the general consensus on weed? Does anyone really care about it anymore?||Depends, some are very against, some are very liberal. I'd say I'm more towards liberal, However; with that being said if you have a pound of it in your car, I'll arrest you. If you're joe schmoe end user with a roach on you, it'll come down to the attitude test.|
|I may not charge you criminally for the roach, but you'll likely have another charge coming at you from another provincial offence.|
|The best story I've come across was a drunk guy that I arrested for being drunk in a public place, causing a bit of a disturbance. He was found with a scale and a small baggie on him. I initially found the scale and asked him what it was for and he replied chemistry... seriously the funniest answer I've ever heard... found the weed on him after the fact and just submitted it for destruction and didn't charge him for it. Honestly cops do have a sense of humour sometimes.|
|Have you ever arrested a NHL player? And are Canadians really nicer than Americans?||I have never arrested an NHL player.. but yes an OHL hockey player.|
|Canadians are generally polite (generally speaking), but I don't deal with the general population for the most part, so the people I usually deal with are assholes to me, which I'm fine with as it's all part of the job. Almost all Americans I have met are nice, but I'm sure if I were to go to the less desirable areas I would find my share of assholes as well.|
|Side note, the Americans I have met typically decide not to drink with us for some reason. Had an American officer mention something about almost getting alcohol poisoning last time he did .. haha.|
|There must be something in their water ... or beer rather.||What's water?|
|Legalization?||I think the only thing holding back legalization of marijuana is a definitive test to tell whether a person is intoxicated by drug while driving. Otherwise the Canadian government would've taxed the hell out of it and sold it for themselves.|
|I bet a math problem would do the trick.||Haha you'd think! I've met some pretty intelligent pot heads, mind you I'd rather deal with a pot head than a drunk any day. They tend to be more compliant, more forth coming and not to mention funnier than any drunks.|
|I notice a difference in uniforms between American and Canadian cops, mainly that all cops that I've encountered in Canada wear their kevlar vest on the outside, while most of the American cops seem to have it under their dress shirt. Is there particular reasoning behind this?||We have inner vests as well that we could wear, but for the most part I think it's the visibility factor for the public, along with the option for compartments for our notebooks and tactical options that can be placed on the vest.|
|Canada has stronger gun control laws than the US. That being said, do you usually carry firearms with you on patrol?||Yes. I think Britain is one of the only countries that do not. We carry our Glock 22 on patrol and typically have a C8 or 12 gauge shot gun in our cruiser.|
|Jenkins! Get the tactical notebook!||The notebook has a pistol grip!|
|Sounds like you're planning on attacking norway.||My moose doesn't get my air miles so I'll likely be stuck here .. until we devise our plan of the flying moose.|
|Moose jokes? Come on, it's only the GTA.||We've actually had moose in my area and yes I operate in the GTA.|
|What's the scariest situation you've ever been in?||Hard to say on the scariest, there are times where we have had to drive 160km/h+ (100mph) through city traffic to get to an armed person call, etc.|
|I remember having to deal with an ex-Canadian armed forces member who had beaten his wife pretty bad. Taking three officers to hold him down to effect an arrest as he was about 6'5 260lbs and solid as a rock. We got him cuffed, but trying to get him in the car was another issue. He was fighting us even while handcuffed. In the end it didn't work out well for him, but he laughed the entire time we tried to soften him up to get him in the car. In the end he just stopped fighting and was like... ok fine I'll get in... chuckling the whole time... WOULD not have liked to go toe to toe against this guy solo. (I'm by no means a small guy - 6' 220lbs)|
|We take care of each other pretty well up here. Most shifts have approximately 18 people working at a time in the area I work. So we ensure officer safety at all times. I'll take a look through my old stuff and see if anything further pops out to tell stories about.|
|As a former CF member I am sorry.||I have the utmost respect for the CF. I helped out a dude that returned from Afghanistan. (we dealt with his buddy the night before that had gone ape shit in the hospital fighting everyone.) He knew he was messed in the head and I offered what help I could in referrals to get him some counseling so he could deal with what he's seen.|
|Worst drunks I've ever had the pleasure of working with.||Really would be nice to be given the time to follow up with guys like this to see if they actually sought help and received it. He was genuinely a good guy and his folks were concerned for his well being.|
|Before the bullshit Stunt driving law, driving 160km/hr+ on the 401 between Oshawa and Quebec was standard speed.||I'm not sure to be honest. I think partially it's because no matter how high they raise the limit someone will always push it higher.|
|What is your take on speed limits in the GTA, why have the 400 series highways remained at a 100km/hr limit?||I've driven in Germany on the Autobahn and seen some vehicles blow by me at ridiculous speeds, but there are still speed limits in some zones.|
|Do you know his name or regiment? I could probably look into it if you'd like... However I'm sad to say a lot don't, even with such a known illness as PTSD. I got nothing for my tinnitus, it seems they would rather just forget you once you are out.||I don't recall.. there are some names that stick because it's something traumatic you deal with or you deal with them on a regular basis, but when you do upwards of 300 calls annually (not including traffic stops, or general public you come across). Names sometimes just don't stick.|
|Near my office there is very empty and spacious road with a posted 60km/hr zone, yet the average travelling speed is between 75-85 km/hr. Cops are doing radar every day there, and from my window I see dozen of people being pulled over travelling at illegal yet harmless speeds. When cops ticket speeders in zones where the limits are too low do they sympathize with the speeder? Or is there a mentality that the speeder "deserves" it?||I'd say it depends on the situation, some will go there because they know the speed limit is low and they will write 5-10 tickets in a morning and not think twice about the driver. Others will sympathize but at the end of the day do their job. I've had numerous people complain about where I have done radar. I typically don't choose a location on an incline/decline, I locate myself in a community safety zone or areas where complaints have come in. Most people are cut a break (I hate giving traffic tickets out). They typically understand why I am targeting those areas and go on their way. Every now and then someone raises the question on how to change the speed limit in the area and I usually refer them to the municipal offices to put forward a change.|
|So the C is for "Canada" and the M is for "Murica"?||I guess so! :D.|
|Give us some steps on staying safe?||Staying safe in Canada or the United States? As I've only been to a few places in the US I can't really comment. As for Canada it's easy. If you associate with criminals, bad things typically will follow. If you associate with good people the only thing you really ever have to worry about are car accidents and other driving like idiots. I'd say that's the only thing you should worry about in Canada.|
|You always hear of home invasions on TV... they are not home invasions people!!! they are drug rips! I'd have to say almost 95% of the "home invasions" I've gone to are all drug rips.|
|What do you mean by drug rip's? cause my house was broken into on boxing day in 2009 and there certainly were not any drugs inside.||Broken into is not the same as having someone push their way into your home while you are there, hog tying you up, pistol whipping you and then ransacking your home.|
|Ah, k thanks for clarifying, I was thinking of home invasion as in someone uninvited being in your home, I gather it is more along the lines of a hostage type deal than getting robbed then?||Not so much as a hostage type situation as they don't really stay long to request/demand anything. They typically will tie up the home/owner (often drug dealeindebted user) and steal anything of value.|
|What was the stupidest thing you've ever caught someone doing and charged them for it?||A guy filming his wife in their bathroom. The guy had some voyeurism fetish, but for some reason would film his wife without her knowledge, eventually it took it's toll on her and she called us to arrest him.. I'm still confused as to why he wouldn't just tell her he was into it that way she wouldn't be so creeped out. They had a kid together so one would think they at some point they had to have sex.|
|The guy had some voyeurism fetish, *but for some reason would film his wife without her knowledge* Could have been because that's what voyeurism is.||Correct.. but one would think that being married and having a child voyeurism of your wife would be out of the norm..|
|Yeah, he should have manned up and filmed strangers.||One would think he would... just not a typical voyeurism case.|
|In the end he was more worried about the seedling plants he had in his basement than the voyeurism charge.|
|What a twist!||The twist is he also filmed his friends who were living with him and his wife at the time. (filming over the toilet). Wife left him only to return to him and have him film her again without her knowledge a second time... wondering if third times a charm.|
|Have you ever done a desk pop?||I have not... but I know of people that have had their gun go off unexpectedly in various locations around the station. I'm sure this story is common with other services as well.|
|ND's should not be common in a profession where one is expected to be proficient with the proper handling and use of a firearm. That being said, what kind of consequences can an officer who has had an ND be facing?||Typically they can be docked hours/pay/both... sent for additional training and have it documented.. this prevents them from moving to another position or could set them back in getting a promotion.|
|Wait, seriously? Story please.||They are typically people joking around and acting foolish and then pop... uh oh... gun holstered and off to the staff sergeants office to get reamed.|
|That's some pretty poor weapons discipline there. What gives?||Even in countries with good weapon discipline someone tries to be a comedian or does something foolish. One persons actions don't represent the people.|
|Can you quickly summarize your average day?||Typically it's get to work 30 minutes early. Get dressed, go to parade to see what has been happening while you were away from work. Get your firearm, vehicle and head out. From there depending on what time you are starting at, it could be extremely busy or extremely slow. Do what ever paperwork needs following up from the day before and then start answering calls if nothing demanding is needing attention.|
|That's a typical day. Obviously different days of the week vary. Thurs-Sat nights tend to have more bars open and can result in more drunk driving calls/bar fights/disturbances.. but any day of the week can result in a jackpot call happening.|
|What is a "jackpot call"? btw youre amazing and glad there are Police who are as chill and honest as you!||A jackpot call would typically be a priority 1 or 2 call.. your violent domestic calls, assaults in progress, robbery, firearm related call, officer in need of assistance call... stuff like that.|
|Were you involved in any of the G20 meeting security?||Image was provided up above. I was unfortunately not involved in the G20 summit. Although I know numerous people that were. It's funny because there is always information that doesn't make it out into the public and police are perceived as being heavy handed. There were numerous attacks on railway switches before the G20 summit, believed to be tests for an actual attack downtown Toronto (Toronto has a major railway artery that runs right through the city). Also it was known that the black bloq were going to attempt vandalism and theft, but it's tougher to tie down who those individuals will be and at what point they will attempt anything.|
|Most ridiculous arrest you've made?||Ridiculous in what way? As in cheapest arrest charge or as in most ridiculous situation someones gotten themselves into?|
|The most ridiculous situation someone has gotten themselves into.||I've had a guy break into a beer store through the roof and get locked inside, and instead of having the common sense to unlock the front door kicked up his feet and just drank himself unconscious... that was pretty ridiculous.|
|What do you think of the rising use of drones by police forces?||I agree that during an arrest they should be transmitting, but I guess the biggest thing is would you agree to someone filming you 24/7 as a civilian?|
|What do you think of the idea of mandating that police officers must wear cameras on their uniforms that record continuously and transmit the data to the police station and an independent 3rd party?||There would be things you say or do that would potentially get you in trouble with your significant other, boss, friends... that is always the fear with having a camera on 24/7 brings and is no different in law enforcement. Having it on during an arrest makes sense up here though.|
|It wouldn't be 24/7 unless you're in uniform on duty 24/7...||Sometimes it feels like you're working 24/7.|
|I get that. But what I was trying to say was that officers wouldn't be filmed 24/7.||Officers already are filmed 24/7. Everyone with a camera phone, cruiser cameras, and then those that go out of their way to harass off duty officers (yes they exist). An off duty officer trying to effect an arrest at a theatre due to drunken fools causing a disturbance can guarantee they will be filmed by someone.|
|At some point an officer should be able to relax and be able to take a crap without it being audio and video recorded. (a bit extreme, but not untrue). I agree that when effecting an arrest it could be beneficial, for both the public and the officer, but having a video/audio recorder on all the time is excessive/unnecessary and would end up likely costing the tax payers more in the end. (think long term storage of large video/audio files).|
|What do you think about that 15 year old kid getting shot? Do you see an over all trend of these kids getting younger and younger or is that a one off?||I think it was a one off.. although Toronto is developing some dangerous youngsters. We see 16 yr olds coming into our region that are armed and have been convicted numerous times of firearm related offences.|
|I would find it hard to say they are getting younger and younger, but more media coverage is definitely sensationalizing the lifestyle.|
|What do you think is the key to keeping the young kids away from gang life? What percentage of kids in bad neighbourhoods would you say end up or associated with gangs?||I would say that the area doesn't make the kids associate with gangs, it's the lack of parenting. I've dealt with kids that have been arrested numerous times for firearm related offences and every time the parents yell and holler saying we're harassing her son. YET EVERY TIME WE FIND A GUN ON HIM! haha seriously I grew up in a shitty area of town along with 3 close friends and none of us have strayed to the dark side. (the 3 close friends are non-officers.)|
|I live in Ontario. I am a regular marijuana user. Honestly, most cops seem to turn a "blind eye" to someone smoking a joint in public around here, or at say a festival-type event.||Typically it's not about the day I'M having, but more so about how the subject is acts and treats us/the general public.|
|Where do you draw the line on this, if someone is off on a park bench smoking a single joint, not bothering anyone, are you really going to give them a hard time? Or does it depend on the kind of day YOU'RE having?||I was always raised on treat others how you want to be treated. Don't expect respect earn it.|
|Basically, what's your stance on something like this.||So when another person expects respect immediately from me without earning it, it kind of bothers me especially when they then in turn say something silly like "fuck the police". That person might find that I have freed up some time to do the necessary paperwork for their arrest.|
|(Early morning, please bear with the terrible grammar and sentances)||If they were to turn around act civilly there typically is no problem.|
|Do you every say "sorry" to people as you arrest them?||Never. if I'm arresting someone it's for a reason and therefore shouldn't be sorry.|
|If I'm smoking bud in my car and hop out, lock the door and an officer pulls up and starts accosting me, asking if I have weed on me and telling me to open my car. Am I correct in telling him that he requires a warrant? Also, I have no weed on me, just smell.||Well, personally, it would depend on your attitude totally. If you have a small roach, have never been in trouble before and were upfront and honest with me I'd likely have you toss the roach and stomp it, with no charges laid. (maybe just a reference in my notes to me dealing with you). If you came out and decided to be a dick, there are other ways and means of dealing with people in this manner... don't forget criminal is just one way we can deal with you. I wouldn't waste my time getting a warrant on a roach in a car. I'd just go after you through the highway traffic act, or various other provincial acts and hit you financially.. just saying there are more ways to skin a cat.|
|Most officers I know pretty well have this stand point. Be upfront and honest and don't be a dick and you will find that you get treated how you treat us.|
|I'd just go after you through the highway traffic act, or various other provincial acts and hit you financially. Kinda immature...||Just advising there are more ways to gain entry to a vehicle or deal with person than just criminally.|
|Why do you need to prove it though? Ah I dont know your procedures, I would just be pretty annoyed if it happened to me. I feel like its harrassment, the warrant should be necessary for good reason I would think...||Sure and in many cases it's obtained. But remember no officer is going to randomly stop and say get out of your car I'm searching it... there are grounds for the search or they obtain a warrant because there are grounds to search it.|
|I have seen teens that have been arrest 6+ times for firearms offences... the family claims the police are harassing her son... the question is .. is it harassment when the son is found time and time again with a firearm? and goes out and commits firearm related offences?|
|Do people really "steal" maple syrup?||People will steal anything and everything not bolted down. The most typical items stolen from grocery stores are steaks.|
2012.04.25 05:56 tabledresser [Table] IAmA former visiting clubhouse attendant and right field ball boy for the Major League Baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. AMA.
|What's the pay like? I imagine it's something you do for a year or 2 and then move on, or is that not the case? Has it opened up any doors to a career in baseball/the front office? What did you do for the offseason? Biggest douche? As a Yankee fan I gotta ask, coolest Yankee/worst Yankee? And what's Jeter like?||I got paid minimum wage, but tips were very good. It was the spring of my senior year in high school and the summer before I went to college. I only worked one season because a change in management led to a bunch of lay-offs (and being the young guy, mine was one of them). After I left for school, I would come home for weekend series after August and work. There has been no doors opened to the front office, unfortunately, but I did meet a few people that probably could have helped my career if I chose to stay in the field (I am in the biology field now so it is completely unrelated). Biggest douche was either Ken Griffey Jr. or Ivan Rodriguez. Griffey walked around like he was god and when I asked him for an autograph, he didn't say anything to me or even look at me. Most of the players would give you a smile and a handshake or give you something extra like a batting glove. Griffey didn't even have time to acknowledge a fan. Pudge was just a terrifying little person. He had the shortest temper ever and actually smashed our ping-pong table with a baseball bat after striking out. Coolest Yankee was not a Yankee at the time, but it was Nick Swisher. He use to get thrown off the field after games by security because he stood there until every last fan got an autograph. He was also playing constant pranks and everybody around loved the guy. He remembered everybody's name and tipped well too and that was before he was extremely well known. Biggest douche on the yankees is hard to say. There was so much media and press around so I feel like everyone was on their best behavior. I remember A-Rod was kind of an arrogant dick, as you could probably guess, and Johnny Damon was pretty laid back and cool. Randy Johnson was terrifying also but turned out to be pretty nice. As far as Jeter goes, I never really liked the guy because I thought he was an arrogant dick, but when I met him, he was probably one of the nicest, most humble players I met and he gave I think the biggest tip out of any players...He gave each of us 200 dollars and 500 dollars for the bat boy. So I gained a total respect for him as a player and a person after that.|
|I actually had the pleasure to play on a baseball team that Pudge helped coach and he seemed like an extremely nice guy and helped me a lot with my game.||Yeah, I agree. He was nice, had his kids with him running around the club house and appeared to be a great father, tipped us well etc. I just didn't want to piss him off because he BLEW UP. The guy was a hot head, but that's the only bad thing I have to say against him.|
|As a Griffey Jr. fan, I'm very sad to hear about his arrogance.||I was also extremely disappointed. He was one of my favorites as a kid.|
|Sox fan here, so I'm sure Nick Swisher visited you a lot when he was still with us. We always give away players and they become big shots somewhere else. Awesome job you had though!||Swisher didn't play for the Sox until I think 2008 and that was after my time working for the Tribe.|
|I understand what you're saying though. We have the same problem with having phenomenal players that leave to go elsewhere (e.g. Peyton Hillis, LeBron James, Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia, Manny Ramirez, Victor Martinez, Kellen Winslow -- and this list can go on for days for every sport). I know Chicago has taken some blows to the head too, but at least you have a championship in 2005 to lean back on. We haven't won a championship in any sport since the Browns in '64 :(|
|Those roids probably made Pudge angry.||He would just randomly flip out over nothing...the tigers' equiptment manager told us he usually had at least a thousand dollars in fees every series for messing shit up in club houses.|
|I love my Yankees even more now. Did you ever meet any Boston players?||Yes, I liked the guys from the Red Sox. Kurt Schilling in particular was pretty awesome. Manny was |
|Kind of building on this thread, have you met albert pujols?||No I didn't meet Pujols. I don't think the Indians played the Cardinals that year, and if they did, I didn't work for that series.|
|Jr. was behind me in traffic after a Reds game in about 2000. I was driving my Mustang Convertable with 3 friends in the car. We were all waving pretty excitedly at him, just hoping for a wave back. He looked at us disgustedly and ignored us. That was the last time I was a fan of Jr.||Sounds like you were met with the same disappointment I was. Sorry to hear that :/|
|Wait, they total up the bills for breaking shit and bill it back to the players? Guess it's obvious, but I never thought of that. Smart!||Haha Yeah, Pudge got charged like $1200 for our ping pong table. It was a lot like a hotel. They got charged for everything (food/service/drinks/laundry) and had to pay extra for anything they broke or damaged.|
|Curt.||Yes, I realized this after the fact. Thanks.|
|What did Manny do?||He wouldn't sign anything then tried to charge us when he finally did agree. He also tried to take a broken bat back from a guy I worked with claiming it was his property, even though he left it there for over 2 months. He was just a dick and didn't care about anybody but himself, not even his team.|
|As a Pudge fan and a Rangers fan this makes me sad...||Don't be sad...Pudge was pretty awesome, he was just a fucking hot-head. Before he smashed our ping-pong table he actually participated in a little tournament we clubhouse attendants had while batting practice was taking place. He finished BP and came down and fucking destroyed all of us within seconds. He was awesome though, I just was scared to death of pissing him off. Also, after he struck out, I made damn sure to be nowhere near.|
|Well that makes it better.||Yes, I believe I had Michael Young sign his card for my collection. I don't recall any specific conversation with him, but I definitely remember having a chat with him.|
|What was your experience with the Rangers during that time? Did you meet Michael Young?||The Rangers were a real cool club. They had Texiera, who was not only one of my favorite players at the time, but also one of the nicest guys I met. Blalock was pretty cool too and gave me his batting gloves as you can see in the picture above. I liked working their series a lot...Definitely one of the most fun teams to work for. They had some big names at the time too.|
|You mention large bar--biggest alcoholic (of the players you witnessed)? Drinking before games, etc.||Kenny Rogers from the Tigers. He was a pitcher so he sat in the clubhouse and got hammered during the games he wasn't starting and also had a few drinks before the game he was pitching, but wouldn't say he got drunk. Also, he would hide behind the washing machine and smoke cigarettes and had me keep watch for Jim Leyland and warn him if he was coming. He was a super nice guy though.|
|I was at Kenny Rogers' perfect game in 94. Sorry, this doesnt really have anything to do with your story.||That's awesome, I'm glad you shared.|
|Being the opposing teams pre-game "slaves", what was the most ridiculous request any player made to you? Any on field errors/balls to the face during game time?||Most ridiculous request was from Jason Kendall...He made me go get him as many cans of Kodiak Wintergreen chew as I could find. I went to 3 stores and got him 9 logs (that's 90 cans. 90 fucking cans) and he gave me 500 dollars and told me to keep the change. This was also when LeBron was getting real big so LaTroy Hawkins gave me his credit card and had me go get him every Witness shirt they had at the Cavs gift shop at the Q. It was over 30 shirts and cost over 600 dollars. My tip was this bad-ass orioles shirt that had grafitti lettering on it that said "Cowboy Up" on the front, then "Gangsta Shit - Orioles 2006" on the back...problem being it was a size 3x. I still have it though.|
|As far as errors go, I had one play where Juan Rivera from the Angels was running for a foul ball that was near me. I misjudged it and ran directly at the play, causing him to miss the ball. I was cussed out for what seemed like an eternity and he requested someone else out there so they sent someone to "relieve" me half way through the game. I was on ESPN that night too and all my friends got a good kick out of it.|
|One time I was warming up Vlad Guerrero and threw two in a row over his head and the next one he threw as hard as he could at my ankles and I made an ass of myself dodging it. That was pretty funny too I guess...|
|Video of the Rivera error please!!!!||I've scoured youtube in the past to find it but have been unable to. I think it was so insignificant that it has sunk into the depths of the internet, but it was a defining moment in my young adulthood. I had it recorded on my old DVR, but we have since gotten a new DVR and returned the old one to the cable company. Sorry I cannot produce on this one.|
|HA. both funny stories, oveunder throwing the ball would have been my biggest fear. (played baseball my whole life but come on, we all fuck up every now and then)||Especially when the eyes of thousands are on you and you are playing with someone who is paid not to fuck up!|
|Can we get a pic of the gangsta shit shirt?||Yeah, I'll put it up when I get home in a bit.|
|Jawesome!||here's the front|
|here's the back|
|here's to get an idea how massive it is|
|Were you as sad as I was that they changed the name of the park? It will always be the Jake to me.||I still call it the Jake! I refuse to accept it as "the Pro."|
|"The Jake" for Life. None of this "The Prog/The Pro" Bullshit. Oddly enough, I wasn't nearly as mad when they changed "The Gund" to "The Q". I guess I just have way more childhood memories at The Jake.||Likewise...Wasn't that mad about the Q either!|
|Did you meet any Blue Jays? Specifically the Doc? Was Greg Zaun nice? He works broadcast near me and I see him from time to time. He sure gained a lot of weight!||The Doc was awesome. He was one of the few guys that I actually got star-struck for (him and Frank Thomas). He and I had a conversation about fishing because I was telling him about how I visit Ontario yearly and saw him pitch at the SkyDome when I went to Toronto in 7th grade. He asked what I did in Ontario and told him we have a fishing cottage and we talked about May pike fishing. Like I said, I was nervous, but after talking for awhile, he made the conversation real casual. Super nice dude!|
|About Greg Zaun, I don't really recall actually speaking with him at all. I'm sure I did at one point or another, but nothing really stood out from the conversation. It was more than likely all business, as it was with most players.|
|Upvotes for the Doc...heartbreaking that we had to trade him...I feel like he is the piece the jays are missing to get back into the playoffs.||Well, at least he went to the National League (where old pitchers go to die) and the Jays won't have to play against him...at least not for awhile.|
|Another AL supremacist. Surprise surprise.||I don't mean any offense, but I feel like there is more competition in the AL. It seems in the NL that there is usually only one or two powerhouse teams every year and everyone else is just shit. On the other hand though, those powerhouse teams that come out of the NL are usually awesome.|
|BTW, Everyone in ze German army knows Yugo Schtiglitz.|
|I still love looking back and remembering the call when David Justice hit that home run. And to think that was Chipper's rookie year, and I watched him hit that home run on his 40th birthday last night. Where have the years gone.||Damn that seems like an eternity ago! I have this vhs tape called "Cleveland Rocks." It is basically a documentary about the Tribe's '95 season. It's really good and I would recommend it to any baseball fan. If you see it around anywhere, you should pick it up!|
|Who is your favorite Tribe player, current or past? Also what can you tell me about the personalities of Choo, Sabathia, Lee, and Martinez? Were they always nice? I have ultimate respect for Victor. Go tribe!||My favorite past Tribe players were Kenny Lofton and Albert Belle in the 90's, Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach were my favorites when I worked for the Tribe, and currently, my favorite Indians are Hannahan and Choo.|
|Sabathia was pretty awesome the few times I met him. One time he was part of an elaborate prank involving half the freaking stadium. One of the pitching coaches (I don't remember what team) told me to go find the key to the bullpen so I should go to the home side and ask the Indians' equipment manager, so I did and he told me C.C. had them last. So I went and found C.C. and he told me to go ask Wickman and he led me to the offices and they bounced me around and around until I finally got up to Mark Shapiro's office suite who told me it was a big joke and welcome to the team. When I got back down, I went to the home side to tell them about it and as I walked in, the whole team basically was standing there laughing at me, then the same thing when I walked into the visitor's clubhouse. I guess it is an initiation sort of thing that they put new guys through throughout the entire MLB. I felt like an ass but it was funny.|
|Choo was pretty cool too, but was difficult to talk to because he did have very good English at the time. He got a lot better since then, but the language barrier prevented me from ever having a good conversation with him.|
|I never actually spoke with Cliff Lee, but I'd see him around sometimes and say hi.|
|Victor was cool to talk to if you caught him outside of the locker room (I ran into him at the mall once and we had a 10 minute conversation because he recognized me) but in the locker room, the guy was ALL business. He didn't even talk to his teammates. While everyone was up and messing around, he was sitting there with his head phones on getting psyched.|
|Most of the guys were always nice, but sometimes if you caught them after a loss or if they had a shitty game, they would be a lot more likely to talk down to you, but it was pretty uncommon. Like I said earlier, for the most part the only guys who were assholes were the prima donnas.|
|Was Shapiro really that approachable? He seems like a nice enough guy, but it also seem like he'd be busy enough to preclude a clubhouse attendant asking him for keys.||Shapiro was actually really nice and was known throughout the organization as treating the employees at the Jake very well...He was extremely busy and I only met him that once, but he was able to pause what he was doing to introduce himself and chat for a few minutes.|
|Thanks for answering. This is easily the most entertaining AMA I've ever read.||I'm glad you enjoyed it!|
|Who are some of the biggest assholes in the sport you have met? who were the nicest?||The nicest were probably Kenny Rogers, Roy Halliday, Bronson Arroyo, Barry Zito, Mark Texiera, Bob Wickman, Frank Thomas, Richie Sexon, and Jim Thome. All stand-up guys and all good tippers. Kurt Schilling was pretty cool to talk to also, but Nick Swisher was by far the best guy to be around. He made everyone feel like they were one of his friends.|
|Also, ever catch anyone on other teams using "performance enhancing" pharmaceuticals?||I hated A.J. Pierzynski from the white sox, but not because he was a dick to us, but because he was a dick to his teammates and talked shit about everyone on the other teams. Also, the A's held a little vote and voted him the most hated guy in the MLB. Also, Griffey was an ass as well as A-Rod. Miguel Tejada was pretty dickish too, but I don't know if he was just shy, didn't speak good English, or just didn't care to talk to anyone. And no, I've never caught anyone using PEDs...I have suspicions though.|
|Curt :)||Yes, Curt. Sorry for the misspelling. Here's a fun fact -- Did you know his middle name is Montague?|
|I feel much better about the team I recently drafted in "The Show 12". I have Arroyo, Zito, and Thome all on my team...and none of the dicks! Woot!||Haha nice! Thome was cool. He had one of the guys give him a ride to some golf course that he owns in the area. I would have enjoyed knowing what the conversation was like. Thome was just a super nice simple country dude.|
|I have suspicions though. Go on!||Griffey had a 6 foot tall closet on wheels with a massive pad lock on it that he got really defensive if anybody went near it. Either he was hiding something in there or he was extremely over-protective of his clothes.|
|I did not know that. However, a name like that totally makes sense for Curt don't you think?||Yeah, he doesn't strike me as the Capulet type.|
|What was Charlie Sheen like IRL?||Funny thing is there was actually a fake Rick Vaughn to throw out the first pitch for one of the games. It wasn't actually Sheen, but just thought I'd share that.|
|Anything go on in the showers that we'd want to know about? For science.||I mean, I saw a lot of nudity, but not much beyond that. Things got a little weird when the group-poops started.|
|Who did you root for in the Hot Dog races?||I am a mustard fan, but it seems like that bastard ketchup wins most of the time.|
|Hah! I work in Guest Services sometimes at the stadium, and we always try to get the Fun Bunch to tell us who will win so we can bet on them with other bored staff members.||Haha I seem to remember hearing that they have a order of who wins depending on the day of the week. I don't ever remember Onion's lame ass winning though...|
|What visiting team seemed like they had the most fun just goofing around before and after games? Also - tell me about the drunkest Indians fan you've ever seen.||I would say the A's were probably the most fun and most memorable. They were a pretty young team and were led by Nick Swisher who was borderline insane. He was a blast to be around. seemed like the old guys on the team were even like teenagers. They had random votes like most hated player in the league, who had the hottest wife, who had the smallest penis etc. They also stuck around for hours after the games to watch TV and bullshit so we had an opportunity to spill some drinks with them after hours too. The Yankees were not fun at all, as Joe Torre ran a real tight ship.|
|Drunkest tribe fan was definitely a guy who fell off the wall on the first base line and onto the field. He wasn't even chasing a foul ball...he just fell. He got escorted out as you can imagine.|
|Who was your favorite player on that team that you helped or talked too?||My favorite Indian was definitely closing pitcher Bob Wickman. He used to stay in the clubhouse late and invite me and the other guys over to the home side to play cards and stuff.|
|My favorite non-Indian was probably Barry Zito. He brought a guitar with him in his luggage and him and I sat and BS'd while we jammed out for awhile before the games. He and I were both just starting to play guitar at that point so you can imagine how terrible it sounded.|
|So, warming up the right fielder, why the grief? Him being a pro? Were you just nervous that you'd fuck up and throw it over his head?||Yes, and I did this more than once. Vlad Guererro was the worst...threw it over his head twice and he heaved one at my ankles that I had no chance of catching. Had to dodge it and looked like an ass in front of thousands.|
|Milton Bradley was another bad experience. After throwing it over his head, he just walked over, picked it up and threw it to a fan. He didn't warm up with me for the rest of the game, but he still gave me a good tip.|
|Wait, the RFs you warmed up during the games would tip you? explain.||They tip you at the end of the series...So we alternated series as ball boy, but ultimately all had the same responsibilities in the club house. Usually the right fielder would find the right field ball boy after the end of the series and hand them a bill.|
|How did you manage to get this job? did you only do it for one season? biggest douche?||My aunt owned a restaurant/bar a block from the stadium that I used to work at and the guys from the front office would come in for lunch every day. One of the guys who happened to go to high school with my aunt asked me if I was looking for a job and I said yes and we exchanged contact info and they called me that day to go in for an interview the following day.|
|Biggest douche was Griffey. He was had an extremely arrogant demeanor to him and wouldn't talk to us. If he needed anything, he had his "people" come talk to us and he also had a pad-locked 6 foot closet on wheels that nobody was allowed to get near.|
|That was full of his drag queen outfits.||More than likely.|
|This news about Griffey makes me sad; he used to be one of my favorite players back in the 90s.||Me too...it was extremely disappointing.|
|Best cool down to earth player that you would say you established a rapport with?||Barry Zito for sure. He and I were both just starting out playing guitar when I first met him and we started talking about it. He told me to bring my guitar in, which I did and he and I sat in a conference room for about an hour each day they were in town and jammed as best we could for two rookies. A third guy came and played for a bit too, but I can't for the life of me remember who it was.|
|Did you get laid because of who you worked with?||Actually, a girl I knew was in the crowd one game I was ball boy and saw me and came down to talk to me. I did not get laid from it, but went on a few dates with her.|
|Another time I was ball boy, a girl was sitting near me and I saw her smiling at me the whole game so afterwards I signaled for her to come down and I instantly got extremely awkward and blew it. All I said was, "Hi...My name's _____. What's yours?" Then she told me her name and I fumbled a bunch of awkward words, knowing I blew it, I then said, "Nice to meet you. I have to go." and ran off the field."|
|What was the funniest thing you overheard in the locker room? Additionally, which player was the funniest in general?||Nick Swisher was the funniest in general. The funniest conversation is pretty difficult to choose. There were so many. One of the guys from the Tigers (I don't remember who, he was not a big name player) brought a huge pink dildo in his luggage and was going around interviewing people like it was a microphone and shoving it towards their mouths. That was pretty damn funny. Also, the locker-room wide conversation between the entire Oakland A's team about who has the smallest penis in the MLB was pretty funny too. I think they decided it was Ichiro.|
|There were stories last season of some of the Red Sox players drinking in the locker room during the games. Did you ever see anything like that? How would that happen without the players getting in shit for it?||Lots of the players drank during the games. Mostly, it was starting pitchers who weren't starting that game, or guys who got ejected. Kenny Rogers from the Tigers used to drink and smoke in the clubhouse during games...Only when Leyland was not around though because they could get in serious trouble. He would hide behind the washing machine and smoke cigarettes.|
|The irony...Leyland is a varitable bush fire...||Right...I feel like if Pudge didn't crush that table, Leyland would have.|
|I've always had this theory that baseball players are the nicest pro players in regards to other pro athletes. Do you agree?||To answer your question, I haven't met too many baseball or football players, but it seems like you hear way more about them pulling dumb shit in public like getting busted with guns or drugs. Baseball players usually just get busted for roids, but overall, i'd say they are probably the nicest. I think it has to do with the fact that violence is not encouraged in baseball like it is in football and (some) basketball and your goal is not to necessarily over-power the other team like in other sports, but rather to beat them with good plays and good pitching. Even on offense, it is totally non-aggressive and I think that's something that embeds itself in someone's personality that has been doing it since childhood. Every so often you get some assholes or you get guys who let the money go to their heads, but it seems to be more-so in other sports.|
|Great IAmA! You make me envious of your job in high school. I bagged groceries...:-/||Sorry about your shitty job :/ I worked PLENTY of shitty jobs in my day too that I would gladly bag groceries over instead.|
|Did you ever get a date by selecting a lass of the highest caliber as your choice for the bestowment of the sacred foul ball?||One girl I called down after the game to talk. Let's just say I wasn't on my A-game that day and blew it with awkward stammering and misplaced sentences. I told her I had to go and ran off the field.|
|Did you ever get to keep any splintered bats? I always thought that would be some awesome memorabilia. Where did you end up studying bio at? Also awesome ama!||We had quite a few broken bats, but there were 6 of us who worked there. The only fair way that we were able to distribute memorabilia was to play poker, with the winner getting choice of stuff. That's how I got those Hank Blalock batting gloves. A Manny Ramirez broken bat came through once and this guy I worked with that I hated won it. I took second so I was kind of salty. Some of the players opted to keep their broken bats too and others took them and gave them to fans, so there weren't too many that came through to us since we were bottom of the barrel.|
|Back to that Manny bat, when the Sox came back into town, the guy asked Manny to sign it and Manny wouldn't sign it and tried to take it back from him, but didn't end up following through with taking it.|
|And to answer your other question, I studied bio at a small college in PA and I do research for the Cleveland Clinic now.|
|I always thought Manny was a douche, thanks for confirming my suspicions. Who was the nicest Tigers player in '06?||I really liked Kenny Rogers and Brandon Inge. Rogers was like a giant kid. He would do shit he knew Leyland would get pissed about so he would tip us to help him cover it up. I mentioned earlier he would smoke cigarettes while hiding behind the washing machine and have us keep lookout for Leyland. Inge was just a genuinely nice guy. The most laid back guy was probably Verlander except for the game he started against us because if I remember correctly he had a bad outing.|
|Did you ever mess up, grab a fair ball? How about make any "plays" like snagging a liner or a nice short hop scoop?||Yeah haha...a high foul ball was hit towards me still in play and I picked up my stool and took off running to get away from the play. Turns out, I misjudged the fly ball and ran right towards it, causing Juan Rivera to drop the ball and cuss me out in multiple languages. He requested a new ball boy and they pulled me off the field halfway through the game. I was on ESPN that night too so all my friends could make fun of me.|
|Also, I made a pretty sweet grab on a line drive going towards the fans next to me. I caught the ball and the force caused my glove to hit some lady in the side. She wasn't mad though because she said she would rather it be my glove than the ball...|
|There was also quite a few throwing errors on my part while warming up right fielders that led to a not so happy Milton Bradly one game and an even angrier Vlad Guerrero on a different occasion.|
|Edited to include Juan Rivera's last name.|
|Did players ever ask you to go into the crowd to get a girls number? Any players (that you can name) stick out as asking more than a few ladies?||No, nobody ever did this...I would have happily done it on their behalf though, so long as they were prepared to be cock-blocked.|
|Any stories relating to players and their wives / girlfriends / prostitutes?||Not really...wives and girlfriends weren't really talked about too much, but I know a lot of the guys would hit up the strip clubs (and ask us how to get there) at the end of a series. Sometimes, they would even go as far as to ask for a ride there. Usually my boss would give them a ride there.|
|I have always thought it was a shit job with some coolness thrown in. You pretty much confirmed it. Did you enjoy it as a whole? Did you ever see needles, or illegal activity?||The job itself was incredible. It was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything. Yeah, we had some shitty tasks, but these were the guys I grew up idolizing as a little kid, and for the most part, they lived up to my expectations with the exception of a few big names. They were like me and my friends, but with lots of money and a cool job and most of them were extremely humble.|
|I never saw any illegal activity, but there was definitely some shady stuff...When the Reds came to town for inter-league play, for example, Ken Griffey Jr's luggage was literally a 6 foot tall closet on wheels with a massive pad lock on it. Every time he opened it, he turned it towards the bench he was sitting on so nobody ever really saw inside. As soon as he got what he needed out, the pad lock went back on.|
|Whoa, what did you think was in there? I never heard bad things about him. and I'm glad you enjoyed your job, I didnt mean to denigrate it, it just sounds sort of subordinate.||No worries, no offense was taken. It was a cool summer job, but I wouldn't want to make a career of it.|
|And I think Griffey might have possibly had some needles in there. I don't know for sure... I do know he had some suits in there that probably cost a few thousand dollars because I saw him wearing them after games.|