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    Ya kniow, you can find some really interesting things browsing around reddit some days. I remember this tag line from someone on here. I wonder?

    Gecko45/SpecOps... My “Black-Ops” history ensures that you will never know about the missions I accepted in my younger days, and Vietnam still shudders when it hears the name of a an assasin so skillful and deadly, he is remembered decades later.
    Sorry, at this point in the thread it seems the poster got confused on who they were posting as, or in copying the thread it get bent to hades.

    http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/
    The quote is about a littles less than halfway down.

    Ugh, the more I read the junk the more I want to throw up from all the bs being thrown around.

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    Yeah, the lonely machines archive is a bit confusing even though they do throw in some commentary. Gecko's posts are where the term "mall ninja" came from. He started posting on the Glock forum with some ridiculous question about trauma plates for his special team at the mall; the discussion quickly went downhill as he posted various vague assertions about his heroism.

    Another poster comes in (himself under another name or a friend) and backs him up. The final post is supposedly their superior, telling them to stop because they've compromised their operational security. The discussion on this forum was whether Gecko was real or just a very clever troll.

    I've worked with guys like this; my vote is Gecko was a troll. He was just a little too over the top; some of the posts are clearly meant to get a rise out of the others or just plain absurd (even for a crazy guy). I suppose he could have been real, but I just can't picture any company, no matter how desperate, employing a guy like this for very long.

    That being said, I did work with a guy that bragged about getting a ride on the stealth bomber (despite the fact that he was army, not air force, and held no significant rank). I'm also pretty sure that was in a Tom Clancy novel. I knew another guy that carried so much stuff on his duty belt (half of it probably not authorized) I could never figure out how it all fit and why he didn't have major back problems. Ah, security...
    Last edited by Condo Guard; 06-24-2018, 02:59 PM.

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      Originally posted by Condo Guard View Post
      Yeah, the lonely machines archive is a bit confusing even though they do throw in some commentary. Gecko's posts are where the term "mall ninja" came from. He started posting on the Glock forum with some ridiculous question about trauma plates for his special team at the mall; the discussion quickly went downhill as he posted various vague assertions about his heroism.

      Another poster comes in (himself under another name or a friend) and backs him up. The final post is supposedly their superior, telling them to stop because they've compromised their operational security. The discussion on this forum was whether Gecko was real or just a very clever troll.

      I've worked with guys like this; my vote is Gecko was a troll. He was just a little too over the top; some of the posts are clearly meant to get a rise out of the others or just plain absurd (even for a crazy guy). I suppose he could have been real, but I just can't picture any company, no matter how desperate, employing a guy like this for very long.

      That being said, I did work with a guy that bragged about getting a ride on the stealth bomber (despite the fact that he was army, not air force, and held no significant rank). I'm also pretty sure that was in a Tom Clancy novel. I knew another guy that carried so much stuff on his duty belt (half of it probably not authorized) I could never figure out how it all fit and why he didn't have major back problems. Ah, security...
      Any time people start telling me about their crazy, likely imaginary missions/operations/deployments/etc.. I always ask them if they were secret missions in which their were not supposed to ever tell anyone about. If they say "yes", and they almost always do, then I ask "so why are you telling me then?"

      I remember one training class when one trainer was telling us about the counterintelligence he was doing on behalf of a large client,which would likely reflect negatively on the client if his actions were known. Somehow I don't imagine his client ever saying "We need you to keep your work secret for a little while. After that, feel free to talk all about it and name names to random classes full of private citizens...."

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        Condo, yeah, after awhile it just seemed to get way to over the top, like they were prodding the others on.

        Console, yeah, I served with one dude like that. I was like "Dude, if its so bloody secret & you're so great then why the hell are you a 94B?" For non military or non army a 94B back in the 90s was a food service specialist aka a cook.

        Like I said, it was just a interesting throwback. The thread started about something else then someone brought that mall ninja thread back in. This is why I find security & even retail work so interesting at times, you can meet the funniest folks.

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          I just ask them what color is the boathouse at Hereford. Then ask them to define The Green Option...

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