There is a good lesson in this story for everyone, a man knocks on someone’s door at 1:45 a.m. and claims to be a police officer investigating a shooting that occurred at the complex (no such shooting occurred). The resident was sharp and alert enough at that point to ask for a badge and the man responded that he left it in the car. The resident saved himself by doing the right thing and never opening the door, particularly at 1:45 a.m. unless you know it is for certain a police officer. He called the police and that is the right thing to do because police dispatchers, as the article suggests, will be able to quickly determine if this is a legitimate police officer. When in doubt, always call 911 first and verify. The police officer can wait a few minutes—if they are a police officer.
That is the serious lesson.
The humor is never in the incident, or almost never, but also in the reporting on the incident. In fairness, you have to presume a person innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law, but sometimes you can probably leave this stuff unsaid.
For instance, “Lt. Colleen Turay said the suspect… may have been up to no good.”
“May” have been up to no good?
The second detail that caught my attention is the description—African American male in his late 20s, 5-11, average build.
That should narrow it down. Personally, I am going to stick with asking everyone claiming to be a police officer for their ID. I suggest everyone else does the same.
Dunning strikes again… Yolobus for the County Supervisors
Dunning quotes Rich at yahoo.com as “I’m not sure which is worse: the supervisors’ 40 percent pay hike or their $6,840 per year ‘car allowance.’”
Rich goes on to suggest that Yolobus might be a cost-cutting solution—seeing as it is subsidized by the taxpayers.
Nothing against Yolobus, but I suspect neither Rich nor Dunning is thinking about the life of an elected official. If they merely had to make one trip a day from home to work, then Yolobus would be an excellent choice. But that is not how the life of an elected representative goes.
The life of an elected official is hurried. It is crammed full of meetings with very few windows in between. Yolobus and public transportation simply do not fulfill that type schedule. Supervisors and other elected officials have to meet in various places and various times during the course of a day and week, and they have to be able to leave immediately and travel directly. The bus does not fulfill that. $6800 and change sounds like a lot of money until you realize how many miles these people are likely logging each year.