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Man did not rescue child for fear of 'pervert' slur
Scotsman ^ | 3/21/06

Posted on 03/21/2006 6:38:34 PM PST by iPod Shuffle

Man did not rescue child for fear of 'pervert' slur

ALEX CORNELIUS

A BRICKLAYER who passed a toddler walking alone in a village shortly before her fatal fall into a pond said yesterday he did not stop to help in case people thought he was trying to abduct her.

Clive Peachey, from Cornwall, told an inquest jury in Stratford-upon-Avon that he had passed two-year-old girl, Abby Rae, in his van shortly after 10am on 28 November, 2002.

This was just moments after the toddler disappeared from the Ready Teddy Go nursery in the Warwickshire village of Lower Brailes, according to staff.

Abby was found an hour later in an algae-covered garden pond and rescued by her mother, Victoria Rae.

She was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital by air ambulance but was pronounced dead.

Mr Peachey, of Liskeard, told the inquest he had passed the little girl as she tottered towards the road in High Street.

He said: "I kept thinking I should go back. The reason I didn't go back was because I thought people might think I was trying to abduct her.

"I was convinced her parents were driving around and had found her."

Mrs Rae, 36, wept as Mr Peachey gave his evidence to the packed hearing.

She had earlier read emotionally from a statement as she relived the moment she dragged her daughter from the pond.

Two nursery employees had gone into the garden during their search but told the inquest they did not see the pond because it was covered in green vegetation.

The inquest was adjourned until today.


TOPICS: United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: child; childabuse; children; drowning; innocentadult; innocentman; innocentuntilguilty; innocentwoman; nogooddeed; predator; register; registeredoffender; reputation; ruinedreputation; sexoffender; sexualabuse; sexualpredator
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To: It's me
Hindsight is always 20/20/

Not when it involves a small child. You save the child first, yourself second.

101 posted on 03/21/2006 8:28:18 PM PST by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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To: MikefromOhio
no argument from me.

To be honest, I would not have thought of the potential repercussions of helping a child. But, I don't think I would have put her in my car and gone to the police station.

102 posted on 03/21/2006 8:30:35 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Well, Kerry did win the exit polls.)
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To: Michael.SF.

bttt

I couldn't help but notice the car scenario being brought into the discussion.

I've decided that many need the car as another scapegoat to justify their stand aside, me first mentalities.


103 posted on 03/21/2006 8:35:52 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Kimmers

I agree with you. About a year ago while out driving I saw a boy around four years old by himself, walking along a fairly well traveled road. He was near a house so naturally I wondered if that's where he lived. I didn't want to stop and approach him because that could be taken the wrong way. So I turned the car around & pulled over a little ways up from him and picked up my cell phone. I figured I'd give it about a minute hoping an adult would come out or that he'd go back toward the house. As I was starting to call 911 he headed back to the house. Problem solved. I could not drive away leaving him unattended at the side of the road. Pity the man in the story didn't call the police.


104 posted on 03/21/2006 8:36:15 PM PST by Shannon
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To: VermiciousKnid

All that I can say about your situation is what I would do. I will protect ANY children within my ability to do so. On that note, I also am not the guy in your local comminity designated to do that. heh.


105 posted on 03/21/2006 8:39:07 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Aliska
This even happened to me quite a few years ago. A little girl was standing on a corner, barely having learned to walk, looked less than 2 yrs. I didn't want to put her in my car or lead her off by the hand, so I left her standing there and went knocking on doors. I found the mother and told her her child was out (I was afraid she would try to cross and get hit) and maybe there were older kids who were supposed to be watching her who ran off.

Something like this happened to me about 1 1/2 years ago on a summer afternoon. I went to the neighborhood grocery store, a few blocks from my house. About a block from there lived toddler triplets and their parents. Even at this young age, they were notorious for being in the street, or being left outside alone to play. As I turned the corner, I saw what at first glance I thought was a small dog or cat. I quickly realized it was the little girl. Her brothers were not out. I quickly stopped the car, and got between her and the middle of the road, to stop her progress. A grandfatherly man on the other side of the street shouted out to me that they were always 'escaping' and one day one of them was going to get hit by a car. I told her to hurry back into her house because cars were coming. She looked at me and then obediently ran into her yard. At this point, mom came out, yelled at her and looked at me weirdly. I muttered something about how fast toddlers are and how quickly they can escape. She slammed the door shut, still yelling at the child. I was very glad the old guy had witnessed the whole thing. They did later put up a fence.

Things have changed a very lot in a short time. Years ago, when my son was much younger, a young toddler had 'gotten away', crossed the road, and started talking to my son and I at a local park. We took him by the hand and walked him back in the direction he came to grateful parents. Now, it's like we have to stop, wasting valuable time, to decide the best way to handle it. The pervs to seem to have the upper hand here, changing the way we react to situations.

106 posted on 03/21/2006 8:46:21 PM PST by fortunecookie
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To: Shannon
Shannon

It's a good thing ya spell your name right!, I was just afixing to get on ya, my ex spells her name "Shanon"... : ) <<< me

107 posted on 03/21/2006 8:46:37 PM PST by stopsign ("What great fortune for government, That people don't think"....Der Fuhrer. Hummm.... : ) <<< me)
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To: oceanview
...just the allegation could wipe you out personally, and financially...

Not to mention, I have heard, that if charges are filed, even if they are dropped (accuser recants etc.), here in California you must still register as a sex offender...for the rest of your life.

108 posted on 03/21/2006 8:49:23 PM PST by AnOldCowhand (The west is dead. You may lose a sweetheart, but you will never forget her - Charles Russell)
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To: Vicomte13

That's a load of crap. A shipmate and I were on shore patrol in Toulon once when we observed two guys dragging a woman into a doorway. We ran to the nearest police station which happened to be less than a block away. The "officer" there told us to mind our own business.


109 posted on 03/21/2006 8:51:46 PM PST by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: iPod Shuffle
Interesting thread and beautiful little girl.


110 posted on 03/21/2006 8:54:20 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: VermiciousKnid
I am hopeful, though, that most men would overcome their fears and help my child if he needed it.

I know. While reading these posts and understanding where these guys are coming from in shying away from helping a child in need, it makes me incredibly sad to realize the world is at a point that most would pass my child by because of fear.

111 posted on 03/21/2006 8:56:57 PM PST by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: iPod Shuffle

I would have done the right thing. Call the police.


112 posted on 03/21/2006 8:56:58 PM PST by Porterville (Sure are a lot of these few Muslim Extremist Fanatics)
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To: iPod Shuffle
Jones Beach, Long Island, NY, 1971, I was 5 years old. Mom hands me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat while my 3 older brothers play in the water and my baby sister plays in the sand. I decide to go for a walk while eating my sandwich, believing that I was heeding my mother's warning to "stay close."

Eat, walk, eat, walk, watch the kids, walk some more. Sandwich now finished, I turn around, fully expecting to see my family. I head back in the direction I came, but just a short time later, I STILL don't see them. Hysterical crying ensues.

Two little girls come over and bring me to their father. The girls assure me their daddy can help me, and I let him pick me up. He brings me to the ranger station, where they are already on alert for a missing child - ME.

I had walked two parking fields over. My parents couldn't believe it. After a short ride in the ranger's jeep, we are reunited. Hysterical crying ensues.

Mom and Dad pack up the family and we go home. More hysterical crying ensues, this time by my angry brothers.

Finally, we get home, where I am sent to my room. A short time later, I get a spanking, to remind me to not stray away from my parents in public places.

And yes, hysterical crying ensued.

113 posted on 03/21/2006 8:59:56 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Proud Retrosexual Wife of 12 Years)
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To: Calpernia
I would never have another moment of peace knowing that I allowed a child to die based on the possibility that I might face some scrutiny.

There in no moral justification for allowing a helpless child to die. I can always get a lawyer, but the child will never get another life.

114 posted on 03/21/2006 9:01:54 PM PST by garv
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To: Calpernia
Doing the right thing doesn't always march to a drum beat.

It's pretty easy to be self righteous when you're not (as) subject to the same accusations and the resulting personal destruction that will follow.

115 posted on 03/21/2006 9:02:21 PM PST by AnOldCowhand (The west is dead. You may lose a sweetheart, but you will never forget her - Charles Russell)
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To: flada

No, it is the law.
Often the law is not enforced.
In a case like yours, it was not.
In a case like this, though, it would be.


116 posted on 03/21/2006 9:02:53 PM PST by Vicomte13 (Et alors?)
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To: Fred Hayek
These days with false accusations, insinuations, and the like, I would be insane to participate in such an activity these days.

I guess more good people are reluctant to get involved in things. More good people are getting frightened away than bad people. I think that child molesters should be executed but we live in a political culture that proclaims that merely being male means that one is a rapist.

117 posted on 03/21/2006 9:04:37 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: garv

bump

I would never let popular opinion dictate what is right. We would all be speaking German right now if we were all conformists.

Night Garv.


118 posted on 03/21/2006 9:04:48 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: AnOldCowhand
No I'm not a man. But I've run into a flaming home to save children and I've been to Ground Zero.

Neither will result in a lawsuit but both have death sentences.

You will turn you back on a child in need to save yourself and now you will attack a woman on a message board. Who has said nothing to you.


Sounds like you have run into one of these, huh?

119 posted on 03/21/2006 9:09:18 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: iPod Shuffle
Clive Peachey, from Cornwall, told an inquest jury in Stratford-upon-Avon that he had passed two-year-old girl, Abby Rae, in his van shortly after 10am on 28 November, 2002.

The solution is simple; notice nothing except the traffic, road conditions, and the state of your own vehicle. Recall nothing. Make a habit of this. Or, at least, say you do so.

Child? I didn't see any child. By the road you say? Well, traffic is so bad these days, I have to keep my eyes on the road to avoid any chance of an accident. But I don't recall anything in particular about that day. I go that way from time to time, but whether I was driving by on that particular day or not I don't remember.

Reputation intact.

120 posted on 03/21/2006 9:14:15 PM PST by neutrino (Globalization is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.(173))
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To: fortunecookie
Thank you for sharing that. I was afraid someone would accuse my mother of being bad. My kids got away from me a couple times because I was not paying good enough attention. It really scared me so bad, I don't want to take little kids anywhere any more unless maybe they are in a stroller, and I am not fast enough to chase after them outside any more.

I'm more laid back now, and if I were to happen across something like that again, I would like to think I would just take the chance. I'm older, a female and would just risk the consequences.

When push comes to shove, men should probably do that, too. That is tragic what happened in the lead story.

Funny though, to the best of my memory, it was always a kindly woman who "rescued" me. Luckily no perv ever bothered me that I can remember. I remember being good and scared a couple times though when I became an adult. I was not used to the ways of the world and went to see my husband at Ft. Leonard Wood. I had to sit all night alone at the St. Louis bus station waiting for my transfer. Some creepy guy started bothering me.

One of the scariest things that happened was that when I went to pick up my daughter with her new baby at my sister's, I went into Minneapolis to a huge building to apply for a job. I left my daughter waiting with the baby in the lobby because we were going to do something else after I was done. When I came down from the interview, my daughter and the baby were gone. I really started feeling panicky. Some lady had come up to her and offered to buy the baby from her so she went and hid. I was so relieved when she came out of wherever she had gone and found me.

I'm glad that mother got a fence, but she was not being very responsible to let those little girls outside. I got a fence, too, as soon as I could work it into the budget, and the fenced in backyard was the last place my kids wanted to play :-).

121 posted on 03/21/2006 9:18:07 PM PST by Aliska
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To: Revolting cat!
Are witnessing the death of social contract?

The only society that can afford a social contract is a society where there exists the rule of law, things are predictable, and things are more or less run according to reason rather than by fear. The social contract is the first victim of totalitarian regimes because no one can afford to think in social ways -- everyone scams "the system" and one-another just to survive. This truly is the nihilist ideal (if nihilists can be said to have "ideals") of turning everything into a zero-sum game. As a society becomes less free people will act more like animals. Animals in cages but still animals.

122 posted on 03/21/2006 9:20:23 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Calpernia
... I've been to Ground Zero....but both have death sentences. What are you talking about?...Nevermind.

So you're a tough broad. So what? You know what an emasculator is. So what? As I said before, it's easy to be self righteous isn't it. The fact of the matter is that you are not subject to the scrutiny, accusations and personal disaster that a man is in this situation. Most men I know, myself included, will risk losing their lives but not having them smeared and wrecked.

...now you will attack a woman on a message board. Who has said nothing to you.

What happened to the tough broad? By-the-by, it is an open fourm, am I not free to respond?

123 posted on 03/21/2006 9:20:42 PM PST by AnOldCowhand (The west is dead. You may lose a sweetheart, but you will never forget her - Charles Russell)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"Still, in this day and age, can you fuly blame him?"

YES!!!!!

124 posted on 03/21/2006 9:33:09 PM PST by jackibutterfly (.)
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To: Vicomte13; flada; iPod Shuffle
In France, there is a legal duty to aid others, and it is a crime not to.

Sort of like when the Paris neighbors of a mulsim gang will drop by from time to time to see how their torture of a young Jewish man is going?

125 posted on 03/21/2006 9:40:39 PM PST by dagnabbit (Vicente Fox's opening statement at the US-Mexico summit meeting: "Bring out the Gimp!")
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To: iPod Shuffle
I've been in a situation not entirely unlike this.

I was driving down a side street at about 25 (speed limit). A little girl (about 3) ran out a door and without slowing or looking ran directly in front of my truck. Which I was able to stop with a good 5-10 feet to spare (I saw her come out the door).

If I had been speeding or my view obstucted she would have been street pizza.

As it is she did'nt even slow (anti-locks so she was'nt scared) just continued her beeline home.

I rang the bell, explained what happened and suggested they keep a closer eye on the child untill she was old enough to be out on her own.

It appears the last part was a mistake. The mother got mad at me for daring to imply she was not a perfect mother and called the cops (truth be told I did more then imply it once she got mad). I spent an hour explaining the kid was never closer to me then when she ran across the street in front of my truck, that I was'nt speeding and that the kid could have been dead next time. Repeat for next cop. Repeat for CPS a week later ('Mom' brought that on herself).

In every such case you should know there is a parent involved that is screwing up. They will NOT appreciate the help. They will accuse you just to deflect attention from their own incompetence or intoxication.

But you still HAVE to do something (while protecting yourself in reasonable ways).

126 posted on 03/21/2006 10:13:05 PM PST by Dinsdale
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To: Myrddin
English common law presumes "innocence", but an Englishman has far fewer protections than an American under similar circumstances.

That makes sense; it seemed like that when I was there last fall.

I heard that it would still be technically legal for you to be arrested there, secretly tried by a military court, and then executed, without any right to outside counsel. I don't know whether this is still true, though.

127 posted on 03/21/2006 10:32:04 PM PST by Young Scholar
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To: It's me

We know that cops are psychologicaly addicted to asserting their authority. Cops typically grow up in a family where they had little autonomy, and they love getting back on all who oppressed them before.

They see everything with ordinary citizens as a black-white scenario. And want to get brownie points for running us in.

My own horror story at the hands of cops: I was bicycling along a nearby lake with my neighbor's boy, with the permission of his mother. David was 13, I am 60. David stopped, and a dozen yards later, I stopped to care about whether he was tired or a mechanical problem. A cop came along and demanded, "What are you doing?"

Me: We were bicycling. I was turning around for David. He's just around the corner.

Cop: !Show me your identification!

Me: I left my wallet at home, but it's just two blocks away. {I didn't realize that I should always carry my wallet when bicycling in my neighborhood.} You can call my wife.

Cop: We are on the look out for sexual predators like you.

Me: {Head spinning--like me?? I was merely bicycling with my neighbor's son, and his mother encouraged him getting some exercise and talking with me about school and his other interests, and now I am accused of being a sexual predator? Reality disconnect big time.} You can call David's mother.

Cop: Who is David? Why do you know him? What are you doing with this boy?

Me: {Fortunately David caught up at this time; he was obviously scared, but he stammered out answers.} Ask David.

Cop: Who is this man? Is he your father or Uncle?

David: No.

Cop: Does your mother know you are here?

David: I think so. {exactly 'here' being ambiguous for a 13-yr old trying to be truthful, as to which street corner}.

Cop: Come with me.

Me: About the bicycles? We can't just leave them.

Cop: Do you want me to put you under arrest?

Me: {5 minutes later, with David in the passenger seat and me behind plexiglass on a metal seat, but fortunately not handcuffed, we arrived in front of my house with flashing lights and a second patrol car with flashing lights--quite a scene.} {Wife comes out to see what is going on; neighbors come out. David's mother comes out.} {David is looking totally scared; I am looking WTF? David's Mom comes forward to say that me and my wife are long-time friends of her family, and what is the problem?}

Cops--now 4 of them: "Son, do you agree to go back with your mother?"

I am speechless. This boy is not the son of these thugs. Nothing has suggested--or even hinted at--that he is unhappy in his family or with his Mom. All we were doing was taking an evening bicycle ride in our neighborhood.

I have not the tiniest bit of respect for cops ever since.


128 posted on 03/21/2006 10:37:51 PM PST by thomaswest (Just curious)
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To: Vicomte13
60 years ago. Not relavent to the present discussion.

Or, again in 10 years from now...also not relavent to the present discussion

129 posted on 03/21/2006 10:38:12 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Calpernia

Imagine this:

After the school reported the child missing, a search was begun immediately. As the police combed the area for information, one bystander said that she saw a man in a white van pick the girl up and drive away. When police pulled the van over, the man inside said that he had found the young girl wandering aimlessly around the area and was on his way to take her to the authorities. The girl was crying, saying she wanted her mother, and was comforted by the authorities.

At press time this reporter did not know if the alleged abductor had a police record, but on person told the paper that he knew the suspect has worked at sites near schools for some time.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

After seeing how the liberal media works, I just don't trust them anymore.


130 posted on 03/21/2006 10:43:39 PM PST by Loud Mime ("Countdown" - A documentary about Keith Olbermann's dwindling IQ)
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To: Billthedrill
"Let's see, live girl and busted reputation, or dead girl and busted reputation?"

Maybe. But try this one...

Clive rescues Abby and as he's driving her to the nearest constabulary, he's sighted with the child in his car and a constable pulls him over. His explanation for why that child was in his car is not believed and he winds up doing prison time for kidnapping. In today's hysterical climate, I don't think this scenario is far-fetched at all.

131 posted on 03/21/2006 11:29:07 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: the anti-liberal
"Cell phone? Everyone's got one these days..."

I don't, most people I know don't and I believe Clive didn't have one either. I also live in a bigger city than Cornwall.

132 posted on 03/21/2006 11:50:57 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: groanup
"But the girl is dead because he didn't have the sense to pick her up and start yelling at the traffic for help..."

And what about the negligent and inattentive "care givers" who permitted the child to wander off the property, creating this horrendous problem in the first place?

133 posted on 03/21/2006 11:54:13 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: oceanview
"...most ambitious ADAs would think nothing of running some dude like SamAdams through the judicial ringer, because he wanted to help a stranded child and took him into his car."

Bingo! The DA in my county (Contra Costa, California) files against everyone who is accused of child molestation. Every last one. Then he attempts to force a plea deal out of them. Many of them go along with it because they can't afford the cost of first-rate representation at a lengthy trial.

134 posted on 03/22/2006 12:00:23 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Calpernia
Calpernia, I'm with you.

DO what needs to be done in plain view. I'd give the kid the shirt off my back (if need be--I always carry extra clothes with me), flag someone down and get the police there.

Although it would be colder for the kid, they'd be out in the open the whole time, in plain sight.

Any intimation of anything improper would be met with outrage, immediately.

Unfortunately, this has become a hallmark of our culture, to first blame those who help. (Just look at what was done to Richard Jewell.)

135 posted on 03/22/2006 12:05:17 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Billthedrill
"...but it was the wrong decision. IMHO."

So he "does the right thing," goes to prison and his wife and children, assuming he has any, are deprived of their principle source of support. How long does he remain behind bars? And what is happening to his children who are growing up without a father? He may have been thinking about more than himself. He may have been thinking about his elderly parent, dependent on him for daily care and support. What happens to that parent while he's in prison? What happens to that parent who now has the added misery and shame of having a son who's a convicted felon?

There may be a lot more than meets the eye here.

136 posted on 03/22/2006 12:09:33 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: AnOldCowhand
"What happened to the tough broad?"

Still there, just a different choice of weapon.

137 posted on 03/22/2006 12:29:12 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Billthedrill
As a woman I am less concerned that rescuing a child would seem to have a devious intent.

However, I have picked up wandering children in shopping center parking lots and make sure they hold my hand.....way out from my side......not keeping the child too close to myself.

138 posted on 03/22/2006 4:13:19 AM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: AnOldCowhand
>>>As I said before, it's easy to be self righteous isn't it. The fact of the matter is that you are not subject to the scrutiny, accusations and personal disaster that a man is in this situation.

when you're not (as) subject to the same accusations and the resulting personal destruction that will follow.

You are the one who set up the parameters for this discussion. Now you need to change the verbage of your statement?

Doing the right thing makes me a tough broad? That is the excuse because I promote doing the right thing?

139 posted on 03/22/2006 4:31:03 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: iPod Shuffle

Yep. Similar story here.

While visiting a town in upstate NY, I was getting ready to pull out of a local gas station/convenience store. Cute little black girl struggling with a big bag of groceries comes up to the window and asks me to please give her a lift down the street to her house.

Without a moment's consideration, I coldly had to tell her no. In fact, I was nervous about being seen even talking to her in the parking lot. I'm thinking like, "Scram kid. Go on... get out of here... please."

Sick world. OF COURSE I should have helped her and given her a lift. But I couldn't.

Still bugs me to this day.


140 posted on 03/22/2006 4:32:19 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: Kimmers

Ditto to that !!


141 posted on 03/22/2006 4:34:16 AM PST by Dustbunny (Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers)
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To: AntiGuv
PS. And I also made a point of getting the cop's info and calling the PD afterward to inform them of who took the child and when. My motto is: Trust no one!

Excellent idea.

142 posted on 03/22/2006 4:42:59 AM PST by Dustbunny (Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers)
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To: thomaswest
We know that cops are psychologicaly addicted to asserting their authority. Cops typically grow up in a family where they had little autonomy, and they love getting back on all who oppressed them before.

They see everything with ordinary citizens as a black-white scenario. And want to get brownie points for running us in.

So, what is the best way to deal with these Rambo wanna-bees? To remind them that they work for us? Or is this a lost cause, are we already living in a police state? If so, how can we minimize inconvenience wtihout surrendering all of our liberties? Do we need to each of us carry around some lawyer's business card, ask the confronting officer "Are you detaining me against my will?" and sue those who do? Any suggestions? Could you have gotten his name and badge number, and found ways to make life miserable for him? Or is that a contest the typical citizen can never hope to win?

143 posted on 03/22/2006 5:04:06 AM PST by TomSmedley (Calvinist, optimist, home schooling dad, exuberant husband, technical writer)
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To: Vicomte13
60 years ago. Not relavent to the present discussion.

Old news. LOL.

144 posted on 03/22/2006 5:09:06 AM PST by Stentor
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To: Loud Mime

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1600703/posts?page=103#103


145 posted on 03/22/2006 5:09:58 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Smokin' Joe

bttt


146 posted on 03/22/2006 5:11:00 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Smokin' Joe
>>>Just look at what was done to Richard Jewell.

The liberal mindset was created to combat people like Richard Jewell. As long as there are people like him, we are still in good shape.
147 posted on 03/22/2006 5:12:42 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: OldFriend

BTTT


148 posted on 03/22/2006 5:14:12 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: iPod Shuffle
After reading all these posts I must comment.

We do not have a cell phone and never intend to own a cell phone.

We would stop and help a child if we thought they were in danger by going to the closest building with a phone and call the police.

I can see where it is possible that if this man did help he may have been accused of something and if he had a wife and children they would also suffer after the story appeared in the newspapers prior to discovering he was not a pervert.

Reading it reminds me of when I was shopping in a Mall in Norfolk. As we were walking thru we almost passed a young woman with four children ages 2, 3, 4 and 4. She looked at me and asked if I would like one or two. No thanks I said, I only like the kind I can give back. She looked so frazzled, I truly felt sorry for her.

Looking back on this makes me wonder if she realized that I was harmless and was just making conversation. I am a great grandmother.

149 posted on 03/22/2006 5:19:36 AM PST by Dustbunny (Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers)
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To: SamAdams76

You did the right thing and in a very smart way.


150 posted on 03/22/2006 5:21:03 AM PST by Badray ("Senator," like "Dog Catcher" is just a job title, not a rank.)
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