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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21060 on: May 19, 2013, 10:02:01 AM »
I can't even imagine a police department of any kind that won't go out on night calls!  Isn't that when most "issues" that would require their intervention occur?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21061 on: May 19, 2013, 10:16:38 AM »
I've never heard of a Police Department closing down at night.  What happens if someone needs an ambulance in the middle of the night?  Is there a Fire Department that responds to night calls?  Will a call to 911 at 2 AM be get a response at 7 AM?  The mind boggles.   

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« Reply #21062 on: May 19, 2013, 11:10:30 AM »
I've never heard of a Police Department closing down at night.  What happens if someone needs an ambulance in the middle of the night?  Is there a Fire Department that responds to night calls?  Will a call to 911 at 2 AM be get a response at 7 AM?  The mind boggles.

Although officially, the police where we last lived were open 24 hours as is legally required, the truth was quite the contrary. We found this out the hard way: being woken up at 3am by a crazy homeless guy swearing death threats breaking our windows by smashing them with a knife. The police did not pick up the first few times I called. When they finally did, the guy took down my details, said he'd send someone ASAP, and nothing came of it. DH also called separately and had a similar result. No-one ever came. We kept calling, and were told (on the few occasions where the phone was answered) that either someone was already on their way, or that someone would be sent immediately.

We later complained to high-ups and higher-ups but since officially the police had no record of our call or the crime we reported, they refused to believe that any incident had occurred. Eventually it became obvious that nothing short of a hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars lawyer and several years in court would change things. We have since heard similar stories from many, many other people. The people it hasn't happened to generally chalk it up to us exaggerating or lying. The perception of public safety is basically a delusion.

In the same area, it was well known by all the locals that if you call an ambulance, you needed to mention heart problems (even if they weren't there) because it was the only way to guarantee that the ambulance came within half an hour, or at all.

It is scary to realise that the safety net you always thought was ready to catch you when things fell apart just wasn't there, nothing could be done, and no-one cared.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21063 on: May 19, 2013, 11:40:36 AM »
I've never heard of a Police Department closing down at night.  What happens if someone needs an ambulance in the middle of the night?  Is there a Fire Department that responds to night calls?  Will a call to 911 at 2 AM be get a response at 7 AM?  The mind boggles.

Although officially, the police where we last lived were open 24 hours as is legally required, the truth was quite the contrary. We found this out the hard way: being woken up at 3am by a crazy homeless guy swearing death threats breaking our windows by smashing them with a knife. The police did not pick up the first few times I called. When they finally did, the guy took down my details, said he'd send someone ASAP, and nothing came of it. DH also called separately and had a similar result. No-one ever came. We kept calling, and were told (on the few occasions where the phone was answered) that either someone was already on their way, or that someone would be sent immediately.

We later complained to high-ups and higher-ups but since officially the police had no record of our call or the crime we reported, they refused to believe that any incident had occurred. Eventually it became obvious that nothing short of a hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars lawyer and several years in court would change things. We have since heard similar stories from many, many other people. The people it hasn't happened to generally chalk it up to us exaggerating or lying. The perception of public safety is basically a delusion.

In the same area, it was well known by all the locals that if you call an ambulance, you needed to mention heart problems (even if they weren't there) because it was the only way to guarantee that the ambulance came within half an hour, or at all.

It is scary to realise that the safety net you always thought was ready to catch you when things fell apart just wasn't there, nothing could be done, and no-one cared.
That reminds me of a joke I heard.

George, an elderly man, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" He said "No" but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available". "Okay" said George.

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now" and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six police cars, a SWAT Team, helicopter, two fire trucks, paramedics, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George "I thought you said that you'd shot them!" George said "I thought you said there was nobody available!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21064 on: May 19, 2013, 11:42:30 AM »
The neighbours AGAIN at 4am having a party with bottle throwing, screaming, swearing, constant DOOFDOOFDOOF techno and revving cars. They finally conked out at 6am but there is glass again all over the road.

I would be tempted to get my neighbourhood together and have us all agree to mow our lawns and blow our leaves at 9:00 am on the morning following one of these blowouts.  By waiting until 9:00, you wouldn't be rude to the rest of the neighbourhood that didn't want to participate.  But I guess it could be considered retaliatory rudeness...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21065 on: May 19, 2013, 11:52:30 AM »
DS graduated from preschool on Friday.  I am aware he will have other graduations so I'm trying to keep this in perspective, but I did want to take a photo of him accepting his little diploma in his little cap and gown. So I got a seat on the aisle where I could get that photo without standing up and obstructing the view of other parents.  I underestimated the selfishness of SS "I am the only one who needs to see my CHIIIIIILD graduate."  This guy literally parked himself in the middle of the aisle near the front row so NO ONE behind him could get a picture of their kids graduating.  Any pictures or video I took have his back in them. 

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« Reply #21066 on: May 19, 2013, 11:57:14 AM »
DS graduated from preschool on Friday.  I am aware he will have other graduations so I'm trying to keep this in perspective, but I did want to take a photo of him accepting his little diploma in his little cap and gown. So I got a seat on the aisle where I could get that photo without standing up and obstructing the view of other parents.  I underestimated the selfishness of SS "I am the only one who needs to see my CHIIIIIILD graduate."  This guy literally parked himself in the middle of the aisle near the front row so NO ONE behind him could get a picture of their kids graduating.  Any pictures or video I took have his back in them. 


Why didn't you ask him to move?  I would have!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21067 on: May 19, 2013, 11:58:53 AM »
The neighbours AGAIN at 4am having a party with bottle throwing, screaming, swearing, constant DOOFDOOFDOOF techno and revving cars. They finally conked out at 6am but there is glass again all over the road.

I would be tempted to get my neighbourhood together and have us all agree to mow our lawns and blow our leaves at 9:00 am on the morning following one of these blowouts.  By waiting until 9:00, you wouldn't be rude to the rest of the neighbourhood that didn't want to participate.  But I guess it could be considered retaliatory rudeness...

Oh, no.  That wouldn't be considered retaliatory rudeness.  It would simply be considered responsible  home maintenance.  If you could get the children out practicing their musical instruments and playing sidewalk games with a lot of loud fun involved, you'd also be exhibiting a healthy community spirit.  >:D 


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21068 on: May 19, 2013, 12:16:17 PM »
I can't even imagine a police department of any kind that won't go out on night calls!  Isn't that when most "issues" that would require their intervention occur?
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  I've heard of it before. When I was in college the first time I lived in a neighborhood that sounded similar. Police did not like going there after dak, delivery service guys were terrified, of the area, EMT's didn't want to deal so you had to tell them that such and so had either had a heart attack or they didn't like to come, and you'd wait forever. I was so glad to move out of there and back into my mom's area that I held Thanksgiving dinner early ( in May) when I finally moved. It's not uncommon for people not to be able to get services when they live in the "wrong" areas. Sad but true.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21069 on: May 19, 2013, 12:36:17 PM »
DS graduated from preschool on Friday.  I am aware he will have other graduations so I'm trying to keep this in perspective, but I did want to take a photo of him accepting his little diploma in his little cap and gown. So I got a seat on the aisle where I could get that photo without standing up and obstructing the view of other parents.  I underestimated the selfishness of SS "I am the only one who needs to see my CHIIIIIILD graduate."  This guy literally parked himself in the middle of the aisle near the front row so NO ONE behind him could get a picture of their kids graduating.  Any pictures or video I took have his back in them. 


Why didn't you ask him to move?  I would have!

The ceremony had already started and there was no way to do it without causing more of a disruption/standing in other parents' way.  Like I said, I'm trying to keep in mind that he's going to have other graduations and that I did get some pictures of him before the ceremony in his cap and gown. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21070 on: May 19, 2013, 01:36:49 PM »
DS graduated from preschool on Friday.  I am aware he will have other graduations so I'm trying to keep this in perspective, but I did want to take a photo of him accepting his little diploma in his little cap and gown. So I got a seat on the aisle where I could get that photo without standing up and obstructing the view of other parents.  I underestimated the selfishness of SS "I am the only one who needs to see my CHIIIIIILD graduate."  This guy literally parked himself in the middle of the aisle near the front row so NO ONE behind him could get a picture of their kids graduating.  Any pictures or video I took have his back in them.

 :o  I'm very surprised that someone associated with the school (teacher or director) didn't tell him he needed to move.  Sitting in an aisle is not only terribly selfish and rude, it is also an emergency escape hazard. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21071 on: May 19, 2013, 04:00:01 PM »
The neighbours AGAIN at 4am having a party with bottle throwing, screaming, swearing, constant DOOFDOOFDOOF techno and revving cars. They finally conked out at 6am but there is glass again all over the road.

I would be tempted to get my neighbourhood together and have us all agree to mow our lawns and blow our leaves at 9:00 am on the morning following one of these blowouts.  By waiting until 9:00, you wouldn't be rude to the rest of the neighbourhood that didn't want to participate.  But I guess it could be considered retaliatory rudeness...

Oh, no.  That wouldn't be considered retaliatory rudeness.  It would simply be considered responsible  home maintenance.  If you could get the children out practicing their musical instruments and playing sidewalk games with a lot of loud fun involved, you'd also be exhibiting a healthy community spirit.  >:D

Absolutely. When some people in our street in a small country town had a loud party *starting* at 3 am, when the police options were either a) an hour away or b) involved waking the local police from their hard earned sleep, the neighbourhood let them have their party. And the next morning was SSaturday morning. It's *normal* to mow your lawn on Saturday morning right? And edge. And leaf blow.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21072 on: May 19, 2013, 04:14:18 PM »
That reminds me of a joke I heard.

George, an elderly man, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" He said "No" but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available". "Okay" said George.

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now" and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six police cars, a SWAT Team, helicopter, two fire trucks, paramedics, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George "I thought you said that you'd shot them!" George said "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

Change it from garden shed to neighbor's house and leave out the part about the dogs eating the bodies - and it has happened here several times. John Horn being the most recent as far as I know.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21073 on: May 19, 2013, 04:43:33 PM »
On my way home from work a few days ago, I glanced into my rear view mirror and noticed a woman with a cigarette in one hand & a cell phone in the other, and I could tell she was talking.  I am glad she turned at the corner instead of following me as I was not turning at the corner.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21074 on: May 19, 2013, 06:08:44 PM »
Not really SS story, but there are some parent SS who insist their child is mature enough to go on carnival rides.

This is what can happen

I'm interested to know why the ride operator let them on.