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  •  Here's how to avoid legal consequences. (15+ / 0-)

    Call 911.
    Grab car keys; ignore outrage.
    When you hear the sirens near, walk away.

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22:03 AM PST

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    •  Thank you! (8+ / 0-)

      You put yourself in danger every time you do something that's truly important. Navel-gazing and armchair lawyering are the real problems here.

      You grab You put yourself in danger every time you do something that's truly important. Navel-gazing and armchair lawyering are the real problems here.

      You grab the damn keys, and when the police get there you say she dropped them.

      The police would welcome a little lie like that, as would the woman's family, her neighbors, any one riding a bicycle in the area, and every parent in a ten-mile radius!

      I don't know about the rest of you, but just about everything I've ever done that I'm proud of was risky in some way, cost me a lot of money or cost me a friendship.

      This diary tells the story of a mistake, nothing more. And there's no requirement that blame must be assigned or absolved. We do our best and learn from it.

      I remember back in the nineties there was a news piece from South Africa with terrifying video of a purported informannt being chased by a mob. Over and over someone would hit him with a stick or stab him with a small knife or something as he ran stumbling, trying to escape. He was headed for death.

      There were countless people all around watching, many of them distraught, all of them doing nothing. Suddenly a door opened in a building and a man jumped out waving his hands and yelling. The mob broke like a flock of pigeons. I will never forget that moment. Beautiful.

      Do better next time.

      "The right is correct on one thing...we really are a bunch of easily outraged nitpickers."

      by potato on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 09:59:54 AM PST

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      •  I agree, if there was an error it was human (1+ / 0-)
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        , a human, easily understood mistake that many of us could/would make.
        I was wondering if the police were called back when they did not show. DIdn't see that in the diary. Called back and nagged.
        The diarist is very laudable to want to examine what he/she did to learn from it.

        THere is a difference between responsibility and blame.

        Great story about the mob. I'd love that video to go viral if it exists.

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