On the UK detectorist forum there is currently a thread running, entitled 'Chicago Ron and friends'. Here are a few snippets for those who cannot see what is happening on this closed-access forum:
Few of us were watching some videos of his where he and some friend were over here on detecting holidays, Colchester was the venue, and the amount of gear they found was off its tits! I'm sure he's a great guy but it proper annoyed us last night knowing they are robbing our soil and taking our coins back to the USA.Another commentator is of a similar opinion:
Think he and his cronies believe they have a right to everything they dig up, because they have some English ancestry, which in his case is probably doubtfull. if they do, their ancestors turned there backs on England many years ago and therefore have no right whatsoever. Seeing his crowd makes my blood boil, especially the arrogance of them, they are foriegners and their attitude is completely dissrespectfull to this country, and its people, its unbelievable and they should be barred. Thats my personal opinion anyway.I think the Polish metal detectorists (Thesaurus metal detecting club) who a few weeks ago were arrogantly dismissive of my comments about their own exploitation of British laws might profitably reflect on the sentiments expressed in that thread. Those of them resident in England might like to add their own comments to the ongoing discussion of foreign artefact hunters hoiking stuff out and taking the artefacts away.
UPDATE 26th Nov 2012:
It is nice to see that the Poles noticed my comment and are taking it to heart. Pozdrawiam.
Vignette: "Chicago Ron" as some UK tekkies see him?