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An SAP executive is reported to have been charged with stealing LEGO from shops using the assistance of home-made bar codes before allegedly selling the kits online. Thomas Langenbach, 47, is said to have swapped the shop bar codes on expensive LEGO kits for his own homemade versions at a number of shops belonging to discount …

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  1. Tom_

    LEGO

    Do LEGO actually promote their brand as 'LEGOs' in the US or is it something that's come about naturally? It always grates the English ear to hear people say "Legos" insetad of just "Lego".

    It's like hearing someone talking about "Sheeps."

    1. floweracre
      Facepalm

      Re: LEGO

      whereas "insetad" never grates?

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    3. Haku

      Re: LEGO

      Normally I'm not too bothered about words that are said/written incorrectly*, however for some reason I can get extremely annoyed whenever someone says or writes "LEGOS".

      *people who use 'txt spk' on forums are an exception, they should be banned

      1. SteveK

        Re: LEGO

        Ditto, 'LEGOs' has always irrationally wound me up too for no good reason.

        Same with pronunciation of networking routers the same as woodworking routers. (i.e., rOWters rather than rOOter). No idea which pronunciation, if any, is 'correct' but hearing it pronounced the other way just winds me up. I know I'm not alone on that as at least two other people I know have, unprompted, made much the same comment.

        1. Elmer Phud
          Headmaster

          Re: LEGO(s)

          Router - rouwter

          A mere trifle compared to 'bouy' or 'quay'

          1. TheRealRoland
            Thumb Up

            Re: LEGO(s)

            >bouy or quay

            I know, some people don't like the French that much either / either.

            Buoys on the other hand...

        2. The Indomitable Gall
          Pint

          Re: LEGO

          There seems to be something about childhood memories that makes us specifically reject linguistic variation relating to them. I hate the term "legos" because that's not what I said when I spent hours playing with Lego, and I hate the term "video games" because I grew up playing "computer games".

          As for routers, a router routs, and a router routes. I wouldn't want a device that "routs" my network -- I'd prefer one that "routes" traffic any day of the week. Except possibly Friday afternoon, cos if the network falls over then, we can just go to the pub.

        3. Haku

          Re: LEGO

          Well if we're going down the pronouciation route, try asking an American to say "solder"...

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: LEGO

            'mericans? Soddem.

        4. Cheshire Cat
          Coat

          Re: LEGO

          The reason for the 'rOWter' pronunciation in Au is that, in Au, 'rOOter' roughtly translates into Real English as 'f*cker'.

          The reason for 'rOWter' in the US is that they are simply being awkward :)

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: LEGO

            Maybe 'rOWter' is what English people used to say before they started saying 'rOOter' and the colonials didn't change? A bit like 'clErk' and 'clArk'.

            Legos is disgusting though. Would somebody really call one brick 'a Lego' rather than 'a piece of Lego 'or a 'Lego brick'?

        5. Matthew Anderson

          Re: LEGO

          I have the sames feelings about peoples who says ASDAs. "Popping down to ASDAs to buys some LEGOs". I just wants to punch their faces ins.

    4. Deadlock Victim
      Meh

      Re: LEGO

      Informal survey around the office says "Legos." We have a lot of the little bricks here, mostly Star Wars sets.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sheeps

      What have you got against Scotland?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's not cheap.

    But one does wonder, doesn't SAP pay their executives enough?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's not cheap.

      I'm not sure a Vice President can be considered an executive. In US companies 80% of the employees are Vice Presidents, or Assistant Vice Presidents or Senior Vice Presidents but only the Executive Vice Presidents or Senior Executive Vice Presidents are executives. Got that?

      1. Mad Hacker
        Headmaster

        Re: It's not cheap.

        At our company here in the US which is traded on NASDAQ VPs are part of the "executive team."

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's not cheap.

      "But one does wonder, doesn't SAP pay their executives enough?"

      It's not that. He's just fulfilling the terms of his employment contract.

    3. BristolBachelor Gold badge
      Trollface

      Re: It's not cheap.

      "doesn't SAP pay their executives enough?"

      It's probably not that. After working all day, every day as a thieving b'stard it probably rubs off on you. He probably didn't even realise that he was doing something immoral, let alone illegal!

  3. Michael Souris
    Boffin

    "Legos" is wrong

    LEGO is either a proper noun, describing to the manufacturer, or an adjective - so Lego bricks, Lego sets, etc. are correct usage, but "Legos" is always wrong.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      Re: "Legos" is wrong

      We know, we may not care as much as some, but we know. Now lego of all that tension, just LEGO of it.

    2. Owen Carter
      Headmaster

      Re: "Legos" is wrong

      Unfortunately we're not dealing with linguists: Undereducated; they genuinely believe they keep their Legos in boxen, etc..

      1. Aaron Em

        Obviously not

        One would expect, after all, that a linguist be able correctly to punctuate his clauses.

        1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
          Paris Hilton

          Re: Obviously not

          One would expect, after all, that a cunning linguist would be able to correctly to punctuate his clauses.

          Paris, 'cos I said cunning linguist

      2. Omgwtfbbqtime Silver badge
        Flame

        @Owen Carter: Boxen?

        Sounds like stackable cattle....

        <drools>

        1. Ken21

          Re: @Owen Carter: Boxen?

          Ha! Made me think of the "square pigs" in the movie "Space Truckers!"

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ7x7xHWhWU

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    What a Falcon ijediot

    Well he's gone from being a Sap to a Faclon ijediot, of all the crimes to comit! Now if this was a story about somebody still at schooll instead of in mid-life, well then it would of been alot more understandable and everybody going good for him, the force is stong in this one etc etc. But no; It's somebody haveing a mid-life crisis and showing his perchant for star wars and lego as he probably couldn't afford those when he was a kid and only just showing thru the cracks now.

    Still the lack of hocker involvement shows he is at least happy with one aspect of his life :0.

    1. floweracre
      Facepalm

      Re: What a Falcon ijediot

      Who didnt listed at schooll?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Childcatcher

        Re: What a Falcon ijediot

        Floweracre - you will find with a little insight into star wars and having read the story that it is a play on words for "Fucking idiot" Withe the word fucking being replaced by Falcon (one of the items allegidly stolen) and ijediot which if you look closely is a almalgermation of the word idiot and jedi - again a star wars reference.

        I hope that helps your misunderstanding and apploogies for not careing any further.

        1. TheRealRoland

          Re: What a Falcon ijediot

          I think floweracre was talking about:

          - comit

          - schooll

          - would of

          - haveing

          - perchant

          - hocker involvement (?)

          And, preemptively:

          - alledgidly

          - alamrgermation

          Et cetera.

          1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

            Also "alot"

            Let's not forget my favourite.

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Thumb Up

            Re: What a Falcon ijediot

            TheRealRoland

            Cheers man - though I have explained in the past that there digital signatures. Though +1 for listing them and blame the forums spellchecker ;0.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: PXG

              Also, "thru". Although I think that's how most 'merkins really believe it is spelled.

              At least he didn't say 'aswell'.

              1. TheRealRoland
                Thumb Up

                Re: PXG

                Or, 'irregardless'... or 'irregardless of that'...

                1. Anonymous Coward
                  Anonymous Coward

                  Re: PXG

                  Yes people we must stand up against bad spelling and also get everybody who has dislexia and any other form of spelling impediment and round them up, put them in a field and bomb the bastards before they are alowed too bread, clearly.

                  1. Anonymous Coward
                    Anonymous Coward

                    Re: PXG

                    Can I have some bread please?

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  5. LinkOfHyrule
    Joke

    If he gets convicted and sent to jail he'll be shitting bricks!

    1. Efros

      Nope

      Probably Santorums.

  6. Ralph B
    Coat

    Playmobil Reconstruction?

    Or at least a quote from the Vulture 1 pilot?

  7. Nick 6
    Trollface

    Sounds like my experience with SAP.....

    Buying a box with a promising picture on the side, but opening it to find it just a kit of parts and some vague instructions.

    Still at least with Lego you have fun building something which actually works in the end.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sounds like my experience with SAP.....

      Bravo.

      Perhaps SAP should ship with a box of Lego to alleviate some of the frustration of implementing SAP?

    2. TeeCee Gold badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Sounds like my experience with SAP.....

      Hmm, I think we need a "Troll of the week" award...

  8. Tony S

    The Sad, the Mad and the Bad

    I used to have to deal with various types of theft. I undertook some specialist training on how to handle this correctly to remain within the law and be able to get the perpetrator to court. The person running the course was an ex Met Chief Super; one of the most cynical barstewards going.

    I've used the title of the course for this comment. He maintained that there were only 3 types of people in the world, and everyone fell into at least one of these categories. Unfortunately, from bitter experience, I have to now accept that he was right.

    Over the years, I've seen people from all walks of life carry out some of the most ridiculously stupid thefts; magistrates, doctors, police, senior army officers, MPs, high paid execs amongst others. Many of these people often carried more cash on them than the cost of the item that they were stealing.

    Many of them pleaded various excuses; old age, onset of health problems, change of life, stress, use of new medication etc, etc. Heard it all, got the t-shirt. Nothing surprises me anymore.

    In many cases, it is just the thrill of doing something that they know is wrong.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The Sad, the Mad and the Bad

      Yeah, but what a buzz eh? Dontcha just luv being naughty!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A SAP SAP state of affairs...

    Once upon a time, all the Sony Stores in Canada had empty shelves for nearly a year. I thought it was strange. It turns out they were just implementing SAP and could not put a box on a truck to save their life for about a year.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A SAP SAP state of affairs...

      Someone reported that Levi's had a bit of a problem too...

      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/10/levis_erp_costs/

  10. Elmer Phud
    Coat

    M3

    While driving on the M3 there is a sign that instructs a possible Lord of the Rings character to take the next exit.

    "Legoland leave next exit"

  11. Winkypop Silver badge
    Meh

    Simple, alleged, theft

    Or, signs of mental issues?

    There goes the key to the executive washroom.

    1. Ilgaz

      Re: Simple, alleged, theft

      No, this is basic thievery. The victims of psychological condition does not rig barcodes or sell the stuff online. They "keep" them and people knowing their condition silently returns them or basically pay for them.

  12. Stevie Silver badge

    Bah!

    Refreshing to see that no matter how much money they earn, a tw*t is still a tw*t.

    Unreal.

  13. Paul E

    These are not the lego bricks you are looking for.

  14. JaitcH
    FAIL

    SAP ... name rings a bell

    Ah, just came back to me. The Senior VP of Talent Acquisition at SAP is Susan Bor, formerly an executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who was allegedly very close to the Chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland .

    Small world.

    1. Xpositor

      Re: SAP ... name rings a bell

      Oh, you mean the Personnel Manager?

      1. JaitcH
        Happy

        Re: SAP ... name rings a bell

        BIG companies have BIG NAME positions, no pun intended.

  15. min
    Coat

    ahem..

    if i was him i'd be bricking it now.

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