Another question for a LEO

Valpo Hawkeye

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flashfan, you're correct that a confrontation would not have been worth it. Additionally, despite the conclusions that you and others have drawn, I was not intentionally looking for a fight, nor am I wanting (nor did I want at the time) to be proven right. What I am tired of, though, is the inconsiderate society that I live in. Because this individual didn't feel like driving to the other lot, they decided their time was more valuable than mine, and parked in a public basketball court.

What's more, as the OP pointed out, I had been running for approximately 50 minutes around the park (the track is around the perimeter) so I know exactly what parking was available and when. I did not notice the van parking, perhaps I was on the other side at the time. However, I know spots were available.

So now, they get to recreate and I don't (or wouldn't have if I didn't play anyway). And no, I didn't damage their vehicle despite the ball hitting it several times.

Robocop, I appreciate your points and your very level-headed response. And, again, I agree that in the future my course of action should be (and will be) different.

Pila Power & adamlau, glad you were both amused.
 

cslinger

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What I am tired of, though, is the inconsiderate society that I live in.

Sigh, encumbered by idjits we press on. I feel for you I really do. I am a full believer in the statement that humanity is great, it's just he humans that I don't like.

Welcome to the modern world. We have to conform to the lowest common denominator but we all have to set a higher example. I find the best way to handle this day in and day out is.............bourbon. :D

Take care,
Chris
 

Greta

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Pila Power & adamlau, glad you were both amused.

Ah, don't take it so hard Valpo. You're not the first to make an incorrect assumption about me... and no doubt, you won't be the last. I think it has something to do with me being a chick and all that... I just simply don't know what the hell I'm talking about. Oh and FWIW, I'm not actually a LEO myself... but I sleep with one... and I occasionally do work for the local PD. I could go into more of my background if you'd like... but I think perhaps you'd just be bored with it. No worries... :grin2:


cslinger... SoCo works best for me... ;)
 

Lightraven

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Best Robocop post I've seen in a while. Still, any deputy who chews out an officer that just fought and caught a wanted felon with a gun under the seat can stick it. All the "What if. . ." in the world doesn't disguise that you did what he secretly wishes he had done.

There's a difference between maturity/good judgment and apathy/avoidance of work. There are always those who say, "Call (more backup/supervisors, some other agency, SWAT, etc.) and let them deal with it" and justify it as "good tactics" or "good judgment."

Some trainees got in a car chase and it was bungled so I stopped them after the car escaped and explained the rules of the game, then said, "But, hey, good job for spotting that guy and chasing him down. That's what we're out here for." It's too easy to ignore crimes and then you'll never make a mistake, get hurt or be criticized.
 

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Lightraven... I think the main issue is liability. Here's a "what if" for you that actually happened... and presented quite the problem for our local department.

I used to own a travel agency. Actually, my husband was the legal owner but I ran the place. One day we had a guy in who was really creating problems. We managed to get him out of our office but then we saw him out in the parking lot going through people's cars. I called my husband. He was off duty at the time and all I really wanted was to see what I should do. He said he wasn't far away so he'd be right over. He also called it in to dispatch to send a unit over. When he got there, he saw the guy take something out of a car that had it's windows down. My husband approached him and asked him what he was doing. The guy bolted. My husband chased him down and tackled him into a chain linked fence. Just then, the unit arrived. The guy was cuffed and hauled off. My husband tore out his shoulder in the scuffle and ended up having to go to a specialist. Workman's Comp? Well yeah... sorta. But not. He wasn't on duty. It could have been argued that he was just a regular civilian business owner and charges could have been filed against him for assault. It all worked out in the end... except for the torn rotator cuff. But you can see how these things really can become a liability to the department. Yeah... we did have to "tweek" some documentation. Not good.
 

Pila_Power

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Hey Valpo I never laughed.... :)

I was merely reading through - only just saw the thread - and it was like watching a train wreck about to happen. You knew it was coming but couldn't do anything about it.

Anyhoo, I can see your point and it makes sense but yeah, no new ground to cover after Greta and Robo.

I'm sorry you and the g/f didn't get to 'recreate' while the guy in the minivan did.... LOL

:crackup:

"So now, they get to recreate and I don't (or wouldn't have if I didn't play anyway). And no, I didn't damage their vehicle despite the ball hitting it several times."
 
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Pila_Power

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Thanks! :) (I think)

I was going to be even more funny but I pulled on the reins cos rude ain't funny, just crude.

Sorry for the wifey oversight. Glad you met someone worth marrying though!! :twothumbs
 
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