Marines… Don’t Fuck With Them!

First off, we have no recollection where we got this from, it was just sitting in an open tab laughing at us. So if you’re the source, please step forward to take a bow.

Short version: LTC Karl Trenker, USMC, goes off to carry out the sale of a gold chain his fiancee has put on Craigslist.

The buyers don’t appear to be willing to actually pay, grab the gold chain and try to take off. Devil Dog engages and is shot three times. Devil Dog then retreats to the car where his kids are, tells them he’d been shot but it going to be OK, plugs the damn bullet wounds with his fingers and calls his fiancee to tell her, calm as a cucumber, that he’s been shot a few times and probably will be late for dinner, but that the kids are OK.

Both of the stinking goblins are in custody and LTC Trenker is expected to make a full recovery.

OO-RAH!

Thatisall.

25 comments

  1. 1
    LC SmokeyBehr growls and barks:

    No little shitems are going to tell a Marine when it’s time to check out. That’s G_d’s job, and he didn’t have an open billet for the LTC.

  2. 2
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    While I am glad that the good Lt. Col is going to recover and that the would be thieves were caught, I have a small problem with the incident:

    The U.S. Marine said he volunteered to carry out the sale and drove to an apartment complex to meet the potential buyers.

    Really, sir? You went on your own to the apartment of a stranger and didn’t have backup? That’s one of the moments where a good First Sergeant (Hell, even a Sergeant) would cough politely and hint that he just happened to have business in that particular neighborhood and ask to ride along with him.

  3. 3

    We discussed it at length at This Ain’t Hell.

    Yes, I do think going alone to meet someone from a Craigslist ad is a bit dense. You need backup. He’s a badass, though for chasing these assholes down.

    We also compared Lt. Col. Trenker (who just happens to be incredibly fucking HAWT!!!!) to a fatass LTC in the Air Force, who complained to EO that the one-mile walk the Air Force makes him do is age discrimination. No, not even shitting you.

    We then had some AF douche get its panties in a wad about it.

    Read it and weep.

  4. 4
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ #:

    Yeah, I remember the discussion at TAH (I post under the same name there that I do here). And I remember the AF person getting offended at the perceived insults against the Air Force as well. Some people just need things to complain about.

    Hopefully, Lt. Col Trenker learned a valuable lesson about safer ways to handle sales like this. And hopefully the two thugs learned not to mess with someone who plugs bullet holes with his fingers.

  5. 5
    themandownthehall growls and barks:

    Ok, I guess I’ll nitpick a bit. I have a big problem with this line:

    “Devil Dog then retreats to the car where his kids are, tells them he’d been shot but it going to be OK”

    You go to the hood to make a gold sale with complete strangers and you take your kids??? And leave them in the vehicle alone?? Really?? Come on.

    Glad the LTC is well and as DJ said, too bad he wasn’t armed. We’d have 2 less goblins in jail to have to take care of…

  6. 6
    FrankOK growls and barks:

    I couldn’t believe it either – taking one’s kids to an unarmed meeting in the hood to sell gold – that’s just asking to get shot, not to mention the danger to the kids.

    It’s doubtful a Marine Enlisted Man would have shown the same arrogance.

  7. 7

    NR Pax says:

    And I remember the AF person getting offended at the perceived insults against the Air Force as well. Some people just need things to complain about.

    Yeah, I went off on that one. Good lord. You’re in the military and can’t take a bit of ribbing? Sheesh!!!

    Craigslist ads are notorious for spammers, scammers and other criminal scum. For the life of me I can’t figure out why he wasn’t armed.

  8. 8
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    Yeah, I went off on that one. Good lord. You’re in the military and can’t take a bit of ribbing? Sheesh!!!

    No kidding. Hell, my dad was career AF and I was a Marine. We terrorized each other, for crying out loud. Come to think of it, I don’t think he’d be impressed with the Officer that was complaining about a one mile walk. I’ll have to get his reaction to that one…

    Craigslist ads are notorious for spammers, scammers and other criminal scum. For the life of me I can’t figure out why he wasn’t armed.

    I have only posted one ad there and had already planned out where and when the meeting would happen. Never got an answer, but at least I wasn’t that unprepared.

  9. 9

    NR Pax @ #:

    I’ve actually done a lot of transactions on Craigslist. Last minute hockey tickets are notoriously awesomely cheap there, and considering how much Verizon Center charges for a Caps game, Craigslist is generally the best way to go. If I’m meeting I always meet in a public place, I always have my gun, and I have people with me.

    I prefer to do business via email, and I’ve done PayPal and gotten tickets through email before.

    I’ve also sold stuff when I moved, and I had a few cockbags and one spammer, but overall the experiences were good, as long as I took the proper precautions. But there is a LOT of scum on Craigslist too, and I wouldn’t have taken my kids to that transaction.

    As for the AF fatass… I don’t think ANYONE would be impressed. Seriously? The fat fuck can’t walk a mile??? :em05:

  10. 10
    Odahi growls and barks:

    I wonder what caliber the “undocumented jewelers” were using. Would like to make sure I don’t have any of those in the house…
    This could have turned into a real horror story. If he had been killed, what would stop the misguided youths from taking his truck and kids to a nice secluded spot, disposing of the kids after much “fun,” and taking the truck to the nearest chop shop? What’s that they say about prior planning? I’m just glad it turned out all right, but I agree it would have been much better if the LTC had been armed, and the perps had assumed room temperature.

  11. 11
    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    While doing occasional business on/with Craigslist, Caveat Emptor, people!
    Something tells me that LTC was not really aware of the dangers, Marines are usually smarter than that. Perhaps he was a Fobbit?

    Always bring backup. Always. (My wife is an excellent shot!)

  12. 12

    The man did not look like a Fobbit! Good lord, he looks like he could stop bullets with his chest!

    Yum.

  13. 13
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Next time Colonel, please bring a fucking squad of ’03s with you. Things will go off without a hitch and it’ll only cost you five, maybe ten cases of beer.

  14. 14
    emily_nelson growls and barks:

    ’03s are…? Riflemen?

  15. 15
    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    Selling GOLD on Craigslist? You have to be fucking kidding me! Shit there are kiosks in our freaking mall that buy gold. Just seems to me that there were much better alternatives. Then for the seller to drive to a Apartment complex? And takes his kids? Obviously the LTC wasn’t thinking at all. period.

    AS another poster pointed out this incident could have easily ended in a much worse scenario. To view his act of survival (plugging the wounds) as being “tough” or indicative of “manly behavior” is kinda nonsensical. What was his alternative? Do nothing and bleed? It is fairly instinctual for a human to exhibit such behavior when injured, in many instances the brain begins to address the issue on a sub-conscious level before actual thought occurs. Add to that the probable training that the LTC has received and I cant see how this subjects behavior was in any way heroic. Remaining calm in the presence of his children? Commendable, but again what was the alternative? No points for doing what one is supposed to do.

    The only thing I see here is a guy that was fortunate enough NOT to have gotten himself killed and who happens to be serving in one of the finest military organizations in history.

    All the muscle in the world doesn’t stop bullets. All the muscle in the world doesn’t make a person a good fighter / warrior. In fact it appears that in this case all the muscle in the world means is that the good LTC spent a lot of time in the weight room, and had a good diet. But hey ” he looks hawt.”

    Im very glad that he survived and I sincerely hope that he takes the “lessons learned” from this incident to better his mindset.

  16. 16
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    emily_nelson says:

    ’03s are…? Riflemen?

    03 refers to 0300, which are Marines in the Infantry MOS. 0311 would be “Rifleman.”

    This has been your Fun Marine Corps Fact of the Day.

  17. 17
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Surely a number of errors of judgment on the good LTC’s part here, even though he can, to an extent, be excused for thinking that there ain’t nobody gonna fuck with him. I mean, look at him. He looks like he could get an Abrams to fall apart just by glaring at it.

    Anyway, the only thing I really took from the story was the bad-ass taking three hits, plugging up the holes and then calling his fiancee to let her know that he’d run into a slight problem.

  18. 18
    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    Sounds like a tough fellow. Maybe even a Good fellow. Possibly a nice fellow.

    -Not- a smart one though. Seriously, that was just a big ol, economy sized bucket of stupid.

  19. 19
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    LC Roguetek says:

    Not- a smart one though. Seriously, that was just a big ol, economy sized bucket of stupid.

    Agreed, but in his defense, who among us has not looked back at a decision we’ve made and realized that our heads were completely up our arses? I’ve done it and though I’d like to say that I’ll never do something stupid or dangerous again I can pretty much guarantee that I will.

    I can see how this happened, Wife asks you to do something, and you say yes as you’re only half listening. You pull up outside of the place and say to yourself…… “Well it doesn’t look quite that bad, What are the chances?” Yep, could have been me having the stupid moment. Though I’m not tough enough to plug bullet holes in my body with my fingers.

  20. 20

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Surely a number of errors of judgment on the good LTC’s part here, even though he can, to an extent, be excused for thinking that there ain’t nobody gonna fuck with him. I mean, look at him. He looks like he could get an Abrams to fall apart just by glaring at it.
    Anyway, the only thing I really took from the story was the bad-ass taking three hits, plugging up the holes and then calling his fiancee to let her know that he’d run into a slight problem.
    Emperor Misha I recently posted..Ever Wondered?

    The only thing I took from it is…. OMG, this guy is SOOOOOO freaking hot!

    But your mileage may vary. 🙂

  21. 21
    sleeper growls and barks:

    Ok, so how long before the goblins file a lawsuit against the LTC for emotional trauma?

  22. 22
    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan says:

    LC Roguetek says:

    Not- a smart one though. Seriously, that was just a big ol, economy sized bucket of stupid.

    Agreed, but in his defense, who among us has not looked back at a decision we’ve made and realized that our heads were completely up our arses? I’ve done it and though I’d like to say that I’ll never do something stupid or dangerous again I can pretty much guarantee that I will.

    I can see how this happened, Wife asks you to do something, and you say yes as you’re only half listening. You pull up outside of the place and say to yourself…… “Well it doesn’t look quite that bad, What are the chances?” Yep, could have been me having the stupid moment. Though I’m not tough enough to plug bullet holes in my body with my fingers.

    No. Sorry, but no. There is stupid, and then there is ‘inexecusable stupid’.

    A fucking LTC? I’m sorry, but if I was his SO, he’d be relegated to something like counting paperclips while I made sure this idiot never commanded anything more complicated than a urinal.

    This man is supposed to be a -professional-. Yet he can’t make the threat assessment that maybe doing a deal like this in the fucking projects is a -BAD IDEA-?

    And yes, he’s terribly pretty. He’s also a -fucking moron-. Do you like the idea of trusting your ass to the decision making capability of someone this dumb? or the asses of your kids?

  23. 23
    bruce growls and barks:

    i don’t go any were near the city unarmed let alone to the hood.

  24. 24
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    I’d like to be the judge that gets to sentence that pair turds. They would have the choice of 3 slugs where it would hurt the most or meeting the Col. for an attitude adjustment like they would get from a Sergeant of the Guard at the stockade who likes to lean on his orders. Libtards claim the power to redefine things, like what is “inhumane”. We know Vermin when we see it.