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  •  Yeah, call the cops, but... (0+ / 0-)

    ...tell me, do you routinely "go outside and deal with" persons you suspect of being mentally ill or otherwise 'out of control'?

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 09:22:06 PM PDT

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    •  I call the cops (0+ / 0-)

      and in my neighborhood,
      when there is someone truly whacked hanging out in the alley, I make sure my neighbor "The Mayor of the Alley"
      is aware, and he will fix any human problem going.

      •  So, to be clear...YOU do nothing... (1+ / 0-)
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        old possum

        ...but pass the buck to someone else in your neighborhood, but you're criticizing Taplin for not (basically) calling up a posse?

        Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:57:59 AM PDT

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        •  calling the cops is their job (0+ / 0-)

          1) they have tools i don't.

          2) they have guns

          3) they have legal authority I don't

          4) They have lots of cops.

          5) they are younger, stronger, faster, better trained then I am.

          6) They put up big ads saying"If you see something, say something".

          7) If i go see the "Mayor", he figures out what to do, and he has a 'posse'.

          So, yeah, I'm criticizing taplin.

          •  I'm with you on calling the cops, but... (0+ / 0-)

            ...here's what you originally wrote (emphasis added):

            Taplin could call 911, and then go knock on a few doors and suggest to people "There's a crazy guy outside, call the cops and lets get a few guys to go outside and deal with him"
            Don't criticize him on that second point--"lets get a few guys to go outside and deal with him"--if you won't do that yourself.

            I'm a big, strong, reasonably healthy guy, and I won't take it upon myself to go "deal with" some random stranger who may or may not be mentally disturbed and may or may not be armed; I won't fault anyone on that point.

            Now, there have been times when I've gone to other people and said, "hey, there's a guy over there acting pretty strangely; you might not want to go over that way," or something similar.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but I wish someone had said that to the parents/kids at that birthday party.

            The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

            by wesmorgan1 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 11:46:16 AM PDT

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            •  all I have to do is go see kevin (0+ / 0-)

              the "Mayor of the alley", let him stick his head out, and he'll get his brother, his nephew, 5 of the guys down the block, 2 of the neighbors, and instant posse.

              Now as I live in a primarily african american neighborhood,
              3-9 black men aged 22-50 going and making it very clear
              to a crackhead or a couple of thieves that their presence is not welcome is the neighborhood social network operating.

              Me going out there as a non black person, well,

              How many people would call that a racial incident?
              starting with the original diarist?

              I call the cops, I call the neighbors, I chill out past that.

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