This is not about Real Estate, though it CAN effect ALL of us. It is about a citizens duty.
I had a strange event happen to me today that made me think "What is wrong with people???" First, let me set-up the scene: My office has a BIG picture window facing the parking lot and its also connected to a little country store. Okay, here goes: I was sitting at my desk and glanced up in time to and see a car pull up. A man opens the door (nothing strange about that, right?), then nearly falls out. This creep was so drunk he stumbles and almost takes a dive three times before getting to the sidewalk in front of the office/store. I gasped and another Realtor in my office looks up and spots the drunk. "I'm calling the cops," I say. "Should I dial 911 or what?" He says 911. I do and tell the dispatcher to get someone out here ASAP and relay the situation. Plus, my co-worker is giving me the car lic# for the lady on the phone.
Several minutes later, the drunk staggers out of the store towards his car with a bottle of something wrapped in a paper sack. I tell the other Realtor to go out and stall him, and he TRIES. No luck. There go the car and drunk down our little country road, just after the school bus has dropped of a load of kids.
However, the police do show up at my office about 10 minutes later and tell me they FOUND the drunk at his house, but that his kids were "covering" for him. You know, the same old story. The cop says, PLEASE call every-time you see him! WE'LL try and nail him. He says this because we've just learned from someone in our little area that this jerk does this quite OFTEN!!!
I "guess" people get nervous about repercussions IF you call the police when you've seen a WRONG like this. And in this society, I KNOW we need to be VERY careful... but how careful? Don't we have a duty?
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