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Old 01-17-2006, 09:14 PM   #31
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Really fine them?

Do you really feel they will get fined? I often see patrol cars around the shopping mall and the people are perfectly fine and the cop does nothing about it. They may feel not worth the trouble when they are looking for more critical stuff. Someone robbing store or fighting. I think not parking in handicap parking is low on the list. If only they would realize that get ting by with it only allows them to do more. It is a battle I feel the people themselves has to fight. I have excused elderly people who do it for the simple fact they hardly can walk themselves. The ones that should have handicap t ags don't. Take good care of your sister. She's in your life for a reason.
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:14 PM   #32
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ITK... I was worried about pressing charges... I had the same thoughts that there would be some sort of retaliation. This guy did not have a rap sheet per se, so the fact that he got nabbed and booked was probably enough to shake anyone up that has been acting a fool. I felt what he did was wrong and quite stupid... heck, for all he knows, I could have been some crazy nut with a gun too! I felt I needed to follow through on this, it has been about 5 years and never have bumped into him again.. (thank God!). In your case, when you are dealing with thugs with a rap sheet like that, I would be concerned. But it bothers me that the police would state it like that... like that there is nothing that they would do to protect you if you did press charges? Maybe they are just telling it like it is, but seems strange that they would steer you away from pressing charges...

As for the lazy bums parking in handicap spots... that one never ceases to amaze me! Folks do that so they can take 5 less steps??? And most the people that do it need the extra exercise! I perfer to park out in BFE myself.... so I don't mind the walks, but for those folks to take a spot reserved for someone that can really benefit from it... (fol licia) I think I would have to go into the store and have them page the owner of the vehicle over the intercom and make them come out and move it so that the person for whom it was entended can park there. People think about themselves and don't worry about inconvenience unless it is affecting them.

A'ight, enough my soap box.. how is everyone???
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:18 PM   #33
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Oops... one more thing.. yes, cops should fine folks parked in those spots. ****, it is an easy ticket. Lord knows they have pulled me over for BS that took much more effort than sitting in a parking lot waiting for that lazy bum. I got pulled over for no front plate... nothing ruins a car more that one of those guady plates... however it is the law in Texas so that one I can understand if I get busted for it... but getting pulled over because my fog lights are too bright???? Boy that guy must have really been bored!
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Old 01-18-2006, 07:17 AM   #34
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He pleaded guilty and got his guns taken away and his gun permit revoked. Talk about a good ending eh?
It's people like this who give us gun-carrying people a bad rep.

FWIW, the only time I've ever had to draw my gun was to stop a road rager from hitting me again. I've never seen somebody back up faster to their car than he did. I hope I never have to do it again.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:12 AM   #35
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LOL!!!! Yea... it only takes one to ruin it for the rest. There are days I wished I had a gun, but it is a good thing that I don't.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:55 AM   #36
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Believe me, if you carried a gun and went through the training I have, you'd never want to draw it. I was sick for hours afterwards and hope I never have to do it again. It is a terrifying thing, but so is a psycho hitting you in the face, backing up and coming back at you again. I was afraid he was going to kill me.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #37
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FWIW, before anybody asks, I pulled the cigarette butt stunt years before I was trained and licensed to carry a concealed weapon. I've completely changed my attitude now that I'm saddled with such a huge responsibility. It's more of a zen thing while driving now. Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:23 PM   #38
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Small stuff? what if you are the one who can't walk and have to use a wheelchair? Have you ever seen what they have to go through to just get out of the car? I have many many times and when I offer to help they refuse. They are the ones who never parked in handicap space and then to get this kind of payment? It hurts to think of it.

I had friend who had peeping tom. Every nite he would stand outside her window and knock on it for her to open the blinds. One night she called police who t old her if she took any kind of ac tion to drag his body over her t hreshold and call t he police so that he would be on her property. If she shot him outside her window would get put in jail. Has t o be inside. Lit tle things like this are good to know since I have weird neighbor and I mean scary mean that stands around my bedroom window cause I can smell the stupid cigar or cigarette he is smoking. We don't have any st reet lights hence I can't see him and who wants to go ou tside where he is? Just have to make sure to drag him inside before I call the police. Do you have any idea if the police are protect ing us?

I am grateful you all respond and give different perspective as it does help to hear others opinions. I always feel I am the only one who these people bother. My family tells me I cannot save the world, but I want to give it all I've got while I am here. I raised t hem to know that when they got outside t he house they were under different law. So far only parking tickets. They do respect the law no matter what they do themselves. Thanks for your t houghts. Makes my day.
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:56 PM   #39
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The police aren't there to protect you. They respond to calls after the incident happens. I called the local sheriff's dept. regarding my incident while I was still in the parking lot. Turned out the city had finger-annexed that site and I would wind up having to talk to the city police. They don't even patrol out there, because that little section of road is the only part that is in the city for about 6 miles.

I wasn't saying anything regarding the handicapped situation. I'm talking about road rage. Incidents that happen on the road. When it comes down to it, if I see somebody park in a handicapped space I'll notify management. Oftentimes that either gets the person spoken to, or gets their car towed/ticketed.

I don't know how this conversation turned the corner to peeping toms, though.

If you have somebody outside your window call the police. Request that they come quietly and try to catch the person in the act. If you can find evidence that someone is outside your window, do it. You can even put thorny bushes outside the window, if possible. No peeping tom wants to stand around in all his glory while a holly bush (or bougainvillea, etc...) is poking him in the backside. Put lights up if possible. Call the utility company and see about having a light installed. We have one, and it costs us about $10 more a month, IIRC, and the utility company installed it.

Dragging them into the house is an old wives' tale that will wind up getting you in trouble. Technology is such that they *will* know where the perp was at the time.

Try having someone stake the outside out and catch him in the act. If you are in fear for your life or imminent, grave bodily harm, in my state lethal force is permitted, and that fear is a valid defense. Your state may vary. That said, you *will* stand trial, and you *might* be acquitted, so make sure you are sure that the threat is that severe. IMHO, a peeping tom does not warrant that kind of force.

There are some *seriously* messed up people in this world. If I worried about all of them, I'd never have any time for myself.

Barring all that, get really good blinds, or even a blanket that covers the entire window. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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Old 01-18-2006, 04:40 PM   #40
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Thanks phinz for sharing your knowledge with me. I am so ignorant about what the police are supposed to do. When I call the police it is something I can't handle myself and need advice. You say they only come after the fact. I believe that

about the handicapped space. I didn't even think about managment getting involved. Thought they would tell you mind your own business. Some young woman told me to 'get over it' when I asked if she could read. Get over it, don't they always have some kind of sharp remark.

About the peeping tom. I guess I air my worries on this site. I have resolved many personal issues telling someone. I feel people are friends and will understand. As you said some strange people in this world. I do think they are getting more strange. I have dogs and lights that are in the back but the window is right by his driveway. not good if you have someone who has nothing to do. I did put blankets up one time. When I have people over they often ask why and I have to go through whole explanation of theory. Wears me out.
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