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Re: Whoa. Storage war star commits suicide...
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 02:20:42 PM »
Yep, it was posted in the thread link below a day or so ago. It's harder to find the story now on TMZ than it was then though.

http://storageauctionforums.com/storage-auction-reality-shows/mark-balelo-storage-wars-bidder-commits-suicide/msg24018/#msg24018

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Re: Whoa. Storage war star commits suicide...
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 05:48:56 PM »
The reason he killed himself: he realized that his Nintendo 001 wasn't worth $10,000.

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 06:08:40 PM »
The reason he killed himself: he realized that his Nintendo 001 wasn't worth $10,000.

That's an insensitive comment even from you.


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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 07:53:15 PM »
I am sure the "hyperbole"  of the show played a part. People recognize that "showmanship" maybe legal, but there is always some fallout for guilding the lily.  We will never know.

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Re: Whoa. Storage war star commits suicide...
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 08:58:56 PM »
That's an insensitive comment even from you.

It was a joke. An insensitive comment would be something like "he was a dumba$$ on the show and he left this world in the ultimate dumba$$ way." But I'm not insensitive, so I would never say that.  ;)

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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 09:16:18 PM »
It was a joke. An insensitive comment would be something like "he was a dumba$$ on the show and he left this world in the ultimate dumba$$ way." But I'm not insensitive, so I would never say that.  ;)

It's Deja Vu .... all over again.

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Re: Whoa. Storage war star commits suicide...
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 09:29:35 PM »
Do you really feel sorry for the guy? I don't. He was a arrogant drug addict who flaunted his money.

I feel sorry for his girlfriend, his parents, and other family members, but I refuse to feel sympathy toward someone who committed such a selfish act against the people who loved him.

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 09:47:52 PM »
Do you really feel sorry for the guy? I don't. He was a arrogant drug addict who flaunted his money.

I feel sorry for his girlfriend, his parents, and other family members, but I refuse to feel sympathy toward someone who committed such a selfish act against the people who loved him.

Would you feel comfortable showing your comments to those people he left behind?


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Re: Whoa. Storage war star commits suicide...
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2013, 10:12:54 PM »
Absolutely.

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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2013, 07:48:52 AM »
I'm with Travis.. Suicide is the cowardly way to "face" your problems. In fact, you just leave all your problems to the people who love you. I have no respect for anyone who commits suicide. I guarantee that whatever problems he had, it would have been better to deal with them head on, like a man, than leave them for your loved ones to clean up..

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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2013, 08:08:55 AM »
Not necessarily speaking about Mark's situation, but sometimes I wonder if people get so lost, confused, or lose control of their mind that they are not even able to see their actions as being selfish or cowardly. I not sure we can really put a rational explanation toward the thought processes that happen that lead someone to commit suicide. Science might be able to show if their are chemical imbalances, disorders, synoptic breaks, brain damage, etc. that cause suicide, but we may not be able to rationalize their decision making process.

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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2013, 09:01:10 AM »
I guarantee that whatever problems he had, it would have been better to deal with them head on, like a man, than leave them for your loved ones to clean up..

Although I'm no fan of suicide I have to disagree with you since none of us necessarily know the whole story. Is someone that's on their death bed draining the family's life saving being selfish when they commit suicide or are they saving their family? In the case here with Mark, a long drawn out legal fight might've left his family homeless. Having eliminated that possibility was he being selfish? Did he have a wife? Were they on good terms or bad? Is she relieved or sad that he's gone? Like I said, we just don't know the whole story.

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Re: Whoa. Storage war star commits suicide...
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2013, 09:54:03 AM »
Do you really feel sorry for the guy? I don't. He was a arrogant drug addict who flaunted his money.

I feel sorry for his girlfriend, his parents, and other family members, but I refuse to feel sympathy toward someone who committed such a selfish act against the people who loved him.

I totally agree with the first part, with exception.  He was as a** on TV.  So I don't care. And I didn't know him so its of no consequence to me.
However, that's not the real person as far as I know.  I'm not going to judge someone I've never met.
I still have empathy for his loved ones and his troubles that led him to feel suicide was the best option.


As far as suicide, its a persons own choice.  Doesn't make a person a coward.  In fact it takes a lot to take your own life. 


People blame the person comitting suicide and call them a coward to shift guilt and blame off themselves.
If the person was so close to you and you cared so much.....where were you when they needed help the most?    And if you didn't know them, your in no position to judge.

Speaking from personal experience and ill never forgive myself when looking back I could have done so much more for my friend of 25 years.  His suicide wasn't on him at all.  It's on all of us, his friends and family.  I own that.  Shifting blame and anger over it by calling him a coward doesn't help me heal or grow or become a better person or friend.  And certainly doesn't honor his memory.

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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 10:10:03 AM »
I think Alias had a very thoughtful reply in #13 above.

Perhaps you had to have known someone who committed suicide to have an appreciation of what it might have been like for them.

MANY years ago I had a high school friend who took his life. This was at a time when it was not as prevalent as it is today with some teens who are bullied at school to the point where they can't take it anymore.

We subsequently found out that he was gay at a time MANY years before gay rights came around, and apparently his father's attitude toward his son prompted our friend to opt out of life all together.

None of us (that I know of) knew he was gay and I doubt it would have made any difference if we had. He was a nice guy and fun to be around.

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Travis: if you have ANY thoughts regarding the post I have just made, please keep them to yourself whatever they are and on whichever side of the issue of suicide.


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