In Utah, we’ve had to tolerate a lot of strange people, most operating under the illusion they are members of God’s Elite Army. Not all Mormons are this way, of course, but I believe I’ve mentioned before that in SOME minds, Mormonism is just downright dangerous. Take the Lafferty Brothers, for instance, the two polygamist fundamentalists who butchered their sister-in-law and her baby daughter–their niece. And there’s Brian David Mitchell, who decided that Elizabeth Smart was going to be his next wife. And then there’s Super Dell Schanze.
Schanze is the owner–at least for this minute–of the now defunct Totally Awesome Computers, and he has been bombarding Utahns with his Totally Obnoxious commercials for years now. He’s somewhat of a nerd, but when someone gave him money (namely, Utahns buying his “totally awesome” computers) he turned into a pyschopath.
He bought a few guns, and some really fancy cars, and started acting like God was talking to him on a daily basis, and that he was really cool–despite the fact he was nothing more than a closet nerd–and that everyone really LIKED his commercials.
Of course, as is the case when people come down with that particular type of superiority complex, he started messing up. He had more than a few brushes with the law, including one where he threatened some concerned homeowners with a pretty big gun. And then he was pretty pissed off when his BRANDISHING of the gun resulted in HIM getting into trouble with the law.
Frankly, if someone drives through MY neighborhood doing 80 mph, I don’t care if he’s Gordon B. Hinckley, he’s gonna hear about it.
But Super-Nerd thinks he’s above all that.
And when the media reported about his doings, guess what he did then?
As usually happens when people are insane, things come apart, and the center cannot hold, and frankly, things are unraveling fast for Super-Nerd.
His stores are closed down. And an extremely offensive rant on gays, that he allegedly cut while making a commercial, is now making the media rounds. You can hear the rant at the Salt Lake City Weekly site.
Super Dell is getting his comeuppance.
I leave you with this quote from Super Dell from the SLC Weekly story. When asked about a gender discrimination claim filed against his company by an ex-employee, he said:
“Once again, she’s a total freaking liar,” said Schanze. “She defrauded the unemployment office, stole thousands of dollars from us, was a complete liar. … And not to mention, she’s got to be the freaking ugliest chick you could possibly imagine,” Schanze said, confusing the gender discrimination claim with one of sexual harassment. “Oh my hideousness.”