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Armed robbery... of a buggy?!?
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Buggy forced off road, occupants robbed in East Lampeter

Quote:At approximately 12:40 a.m. Monday, the buggy, carrying three people, was traveling east in the 300 block of East Eby Road when a westbound white minivan pulled into its lane, forcing the buggy to stop.

An unknown armed man — with his face covered — exited the van and demanded money, police said.

The victims tossed their wallets to the suspect, then the driver of the buggy steered it into a field to escape, police said.
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Not surprising, don't Amish people tend to always carry cash? And they are against violence even for self-defense AFAIK. It's the perfect target.
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bac0nfat;152635 Wrote:Not surprising, don't Amish people tend to always carry cash? And they are against violence even for self-defense AFAIK. It's the perfect target.

Yes, they're know to carry cash, and sometimes lots of it.
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Plus guaranteed that there will be no cell phone for them to call the cops.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Camper;152637 Wrote:Plus guaranteed that there will be no cell phone for them to call the cops.

Don't be so sure of that. I've sold cellphones to lots of amish many years ago, and I regularly see the younger ones with them.

I bought some plywood off of Craigslist not too long ago. Contacted them via email, called their cell phone, then went right to the farm where the amish guy I was talking to helped me load them into the van.
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streaker69;152638 Wrote:
Camper;152637 Wrote:Plus guaranteed that there will be no cell phone for them to call the cops.

Don't be so sure of that. I've sold cellphones to lots of amish many years ago, and I regularly see the younger ones with them.

What would happen if one with a cell phone uses it to call the cops? Wouldn't that result in a shunn'n?

I know they use some technology out of necessity, not sure if cell phones fall into that.

streaker69;152638 Wrote:Contacted them via email, called their cell phone, then went right to the farm where the amish guy I was talking to helped me load them into the van.

We looked at a popup that some amish were selling, same situation. I don't think they have them in their houses, only in their places of business. But who knows, really. They're getting more permissive in a lot of respects with each generation.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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"Amish" is such a broad term.

Are we talking Nebraskan amish? White toppers? Yellow toppers? Grey toppers? Black toppers? Horse and buggy Mennonites? Black bumpers? I could go on...
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Mr_Gixxer;152640 Wrote:"Amish" is such a broad term.

Are we talking Nebraskan amish? White toppers? Yellow toppers? Grey toppers? Black toppers? Horse and buggy Mennonites? Black bumpers? I could go on...

Exactly. The amount of technology they use varies greatly by which "branch" you're talking about. It also varies if you're talking personal use, or business use. Don't let the horse/buggy fool you, some have a lot more technology than you might expect. I've been on plenty of Amish farms with solar panels, most have a diesel generator, almost all have a phone of some sort on the property. I've seen cordless drills, saws, etc. Coffee Makers, electrically powered water softeners, reverse osmosis drinking water units, etc

The cash thing varies a lot too. Like any group of people they have their rich and their poor. Some are just as likely to hand you a bad check as they are to pay cash.
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ivwarrior;152654 Wrote:
Mr_Gixxer;152640 Wrote:"Amish" is such a broad term.

Are we talking Nebraskan amish? White toppers? Yellow toppers? Grey toppers? Black toppers? Horse and buggy Mennonites? Black bumpers? I could go on...

Exactly. The amount of technology they use varies greatly by which "branch" you're talking about. It also varies if you're talking personal use, or business use. Don't let the horse/buggy fool you, some have a lot more technology than you might expect. I've been on plenty of Amish farms with solar panels, most have a diesel generator, almost all have a phone of some sort on the property. I've seen cordless drills, saws, etc. Coffee Makers, electrically powered water softeners, reverse osmosis drinking water units, etc

The cash thing varies a lot too. Like any group of people they have their rich and their poor. Some are just as likely to hand you a bad check as they are to pay cash.

I'd say the Nebraskan Amish are about as conservative as they get. They don't have indoor plumbing, they don't use a motor on anything at all and they even hang lanterns from their buggies instead of electric incandescent or LED flashers. Most of the Amish around here are the typical grey top Lancaster Amish and definitely get away with a lot more than the old order amish. All the young people have cell phones, I've got quite a few that even text me from time to time. Businesses almost always have a phone shack and a cell phone too.

This wouldn't have happened if the Amish started carrying around their "e-brake".
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Just read the article on WGAL's website. Apparently we're supposed to be on the lookout for a man driving a white mini-van. Ummm yeah, no other description included.
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