Saturday, January 21, 2017

Why we can't have nice things, Part ____.

Thieves are getting more and more bold.  A thief, or thieves, broke into the Lakeland Courthouse, oops, I meant the University of Mississippi Wellness Center on Lakeland Drive in Flowood, Mississippi, by cutting through the bubble that covers the pool and then removing all but two tv's from the cardio exercise room.  See for yourself.

It appears the thieves stole ten flat panel tv's.  UMMC police are handling the investigation. 


Anonymous said...

Oh, PLUCK! That's where I'm headed, as soon as I finish eating. Would have been on the sixth cycle from the right. Thanks for the heads-up, Kingfish. Guess I'll be doing shoulders tonight, instead.

Anonymous said...

The problem with the robberies in Madison/Ridgeland were that almost all the businesses had no alarm systems or they didn't work. So what's this place exacuse?

Anonymous said...

5:34 is a crime victim blaming idiot.

Anonymous said...

We can't have nice things because Jackson is f'cked up and the blame for that sad state of affairs is not Jackson's fault. As Donner posits, bend over and accept your victimhood.

Let the haters hate said...

Waiting for the worthless comment that the thief must be from Jackson...

Anonymous said...


Educate yourself. This was not a robbery, it was not in Madison/Ridgeland and the word you were seeking in "excuse."

Kingfish said...

I suspect this involves a member or former member. This wasn't just a random smash and grab.

Just curious, what experience does UMMC police have in handling burglaries?

Anonymous said...

Maybe tv's are less expensive than security systems. That is unless there were employees and/or cleaning persons in the building. Loss of human life would be a tragic situation.

Anonymous said...

Hey 6:13, I'm willing to bet the thief must be from Jackson.

Anonymous said...

I was there today. Just assumed that it was part of the preparations for renovating the facility. And, I agree: most likely a member/former member, and/or employee/former employee.

Anonymous said...

i guess criminals DO cross the pearl river..

Anonymous said...

Used flat panel tvs aren't going to net them much. Maybe $100 apiece. Stupid crime.

Anonymous said...

6:16 and 5:50 you obviously have never owned a business. There is a reason to have a security system. It alerts law enforcement that there is a problem and it's a deterrent. You obviously don't lock your doors to your home or car. You are what is called a "mark" on the street. Regular people would just say your an idiot for not understanding the benefits of a security system. Where do these retards come from KF, LaLa land? LOL

Anonymous said...

We should build a wall and shoot every thug that tries to cross.

It's raining men said...

Thank the Greek gods they didn't steal the heater to the steamroom

Anonymous said...

@10:21 you're*

Them Boys Plumb Dumb.. said...

This is sorta like stealing the microwave in the breakroom. Compared to the danger level, risk = time involved and consequence of being caught, this is a really stupid act. Did they also take cinder-blocks from around the east side of the building. Jeeesh.

Chris Whitlock said...

Ken fairly.. Can fix this...

Anonymous said...

Maybe this will speed up the total renovation of the Lakeland Courthouse/UMMC Wellness Center which has continued to sink further into overall disrepair. When the former owners "gifted" their facilities to UMMC (in a questionably sweetheart deal with a former vice chancellor and frat brother of the prior owner), the various locations were already suffering from cash flow and debt problems and cheaper and competitors with nicer facilities. The weight room is still OK (hard to wear out a barbell) but the cardio equipment is shot and outdated, the pool is an embarrassment, especially when the CH hosts regional or state tournaments, the spin bikes are first generation bikes that're well beyond their useful lives and the changing rooms/showers/hot tub/steam rooms are dank, mildewed and downright terrible. The employees continue to be the strong suit and they cheerfully work for UMMC's contractor with less benefits than they would received if they were UMMC employees.
Back to the pool--there are plastic pieces on the edges that are missing, ladders are missing, there are PVC pipes that're taped over, the baby pool is simply dry and there're strange smells near the deep end corners.
Perhaps it's time to go ahead and just close it or better yet advance the timetable for renovation. The choices are to bring this facility at least into the 1990's or shutter it.
In fairness, the strength training equipment on the second floor is in good repair and reasonably up-to-date.

Anonymous said...

Helluva lot of bitterness there for the disgruntled insider at 8:40.

Anonymous said...

Why would 8:40 pay for a membership in such a place?

Kingfish said...

He is right about some things but wrong about others. The weight room should be the best one in the area but it's becoming neglected. One problem is staffing. Brand new manager had to work the entire holiday weekend last summer as there was not much help. The new management company treats the jobs of picking up towels or running the cash register as if they were bank teller jobs at Trustmark or working at the FBI. They have to drug test, do background checks, and all that good stuff for simple jobs. The result is it takes a long time to fill a position and for these type of jobs, kids will say screw it and go apply somewhere else. The cardio room is fine or it was until yesterday.

Oddly enough,you don't need a bunch of high-priced fancy machines to make it work. People just want a neat, clean gym or fitness center. They are happy with dumbbells and basic machines. Read this story in the Wall Street Journal:

n general, many gyms have too much expensive equipment like cross-trainer machines, and not enough cheap equipment like dumbbells and stretching mats, Mr. McGown says. That’s partly because equipment makers advise gym owners on layouts, and partly because many gym owners believe a room filled with the latest equipment helps sell memberships.

It could be really nice but yes, it needs a facelift.

Anonymous said...

7:08 You're willing to bet the thief IS from Jackson huh? Rankin and Madison don't have thieves right? I forgot there aren't any thieves in Madison or Rankin,Only embezzlers. 10:29 I agree with you on building that wall. Ya'll shoot all the thugs coming over there and we'll shoot all the meth heads thats coming into Jackson. How about that???

Anonymous said...

The strong points are:
Best weightroom in the metro (Gordon Weir set it up, initially).

Plenty of alternatives, if somebody's being loud and obnoxious in one space. Somebody's screeching into a sail foam, in the Cardio Room? Go lift weights downstairs. Morons whooping-it-up in the downstairs weightroom? Use the UPSTAIRS machines.

The music is entirely avoidable. In most metro gyms, the music is so loud (and so lame), it's torture to stay long enough for a workout.

Fantastic pool. One of the best (if not THE best) in the metro.

The 12 TVs in in the Cardio Room allow (or allowED...) a person to watch 12 channels at once. That way, there's something worth watching is on at least one TV, most of the time. It becomes easy to scan the whole wall, and you can switch audio to what's interesting. Flipping channels on a single screen, is frustrating, and a huge time-waster.

However, as long as a certain partygirl cougar is STILL part of the equation, I would NOT expect anything to improve. We can expect things to just get shabbier and shabbier...

Kingfish said...

Cardio room has wifi. I've used it many a time to watch Netflix while riding the bike.

Anonymous said...

Since Gordon's departure from the place, many years ago it seems, it has gone downhill.

Anonymous said...

"Since Gordon's departure from the place, many years ago it seems, it has gone downhill."
January 25, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Yep! The guy who ran Gordon off, got fired - just not soon enough. Gordon owned a good many pieces of the Courthouse's weight equipment. The guy put Gordon's equipment out in the alley behind the facility, and did nothing to stop people from TAKING Gordon's property. That's a really awful way to treat someone who'd done so much for the Courthouse (not to mention all that Gordon has done for the deaf kids).

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