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Old February 06, 2008, 20:56   #34
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True, and I think we can be sensitive to the fact that people here have been burned by BATFE/JBT types - the defense against which costs good people good money - even if the charges don't stick.

But the 'cries wolf' thing doesn't exactly work here, as it isn't the same boy crying wolf all the time. And JP doesn't appear to by crying wolf at all.

Bottom line? There were some people here that treated a normal guy (and member of the larger community) badly. How about just saying, "Can't help you out", or "barring recommendation from someone who I know, I'm not answering" or (get this one...) not answering at all?.

OEF_Vet got it right. We (good people/denziens of the Files) treated a normal guy, and potential friend, member, and gun builder like a POS - calling into question his intelligence, intent, and honor. And JP responded like a gentleman, with this, "Sorry to cause problems..." or something of the sort.

Frankly, I think some people here owe the guy an apology.
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