April 21, 2015
Two Interesting Things In This Story
This story: man invites salesman into apartment; man gets naked without so much as a "by your leave;" offended salesman departs. But those aren't the interesting parts.
- The undressed man, Colin Maher, "said his religion requires him to be naked." Unfortunately for Mr. Maher, this story took place in Oklahoma where the state is not as enlightened as Indiana where this sort of statement would, assuredly, cause the police to immediately back off and release the perp who expressed his sincere belief that his rights were being substantially burdened. I think that would cover the window he kicked out of police car, too, if he can work it into his religion fast enough.
- But the real eye-grabber in the story is that the salesman was a door-to-door magazine salesman! Yes! Those are from back when we used to get eggs and bread delivered to our front door twice a week. Unless "magazine salesman" is a new euphemism for something like "marijuana dispensary operator," then this unnamed salesman actually walks from residence to residence to sell, face to face, subscriptions to stacks of paper that would be brought to the subscriber's home on a regular basis by the postal service. The subscriber would entertain himself for a time by perusing the magazine, even though it contained no audio or video files, just text and still photos. Once the subscriber finished perusing the magazine he just set it aside and either kept it or threw it into the regular household trash as there are almost never any environmental hazards in a magazine. So, rather than being able to return the used magazine to get a discount on the upgrade price of next month's magazine, you just get a whole 'nother magazine delivered and the process repeats. The cycle continues without end until either the landfill or the subscriber's home is completely filled. If it's the subscriber's home, then some distant relatives will come along and commit the subscriber to a facility where no magazines are delivered, thus bringing about healing or death, whichever comes first.
I assumed that the two had conducted some business already. Maybe the salesman gave him a business card, or perhaps even succeeded in selling him a subscription to "Naked Christianity Today." The paperwork may have included his phone number.
But maybe the phone number was given as part of a social interaction prior to the religious expression by Mr. Maher.
Posted by: Ron's Log at Apr 21, 2015 7:18:33 PM
Sorry -- you missed the big one:
"He called police after Maher repeatedly called his cell phone"
How did Maher get the cell phone number? Involuntarily? One thinks not.
No doubt Mr. Maher is, to use the technical term, a nut case, but he seems to be a cute and charming one. Persistent, as well.
Posted by: b at Apr 21, 2015 7:15:03 PM