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originally posted by: lostgirl
a reply to: Tangerine
I truly feel sorry for you, if those are the sorts of neighbors you have...and gee, how could you have "noticed" what your neighbors are gossiping about, unless you were part of the gossip 'circle'?
My experience (literally) has been that caring enough about my neighbors to notice when something doesn't seem 'right' (i.e. the examples at the bottom of my last post), has in fact saved a life - and prevented a major theft...
I'm no gossip.
I am a thoughtful, caring person who was doing what seemed a genuine act of kindness - allowing an exhausted census taker (she'd been walking door to door in a neighborhood with over a hundred houses) to 'finish' her day, instead of having to return after working hours to complete her assigned list...
....while at the same time, saving my neighbor (or his wife) having to deal with standing at their door answering questions after a long day's work - when they're tired and hungry, and just want to put some dinner together so they can relax and eat before having to get started on all the 'home' chores that sit waiting to be done at the end of every 10 to 12 hour work day.
And now, I am going to do the 'thoughtful' thing and finish my part of this conversation by saying -
OP, I apologize for accidentally starting an argument in your thread...I hope the situation with your neighbors turns out to be no big deal and I commend your kindness for caring enough about them to be concerned and to do something about it, instead of leaving them alone (and uninformed) with their "right to privacy"...
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
you would be surprised what your neighbors are willing to tell someone.I know my neighbors don't miss anything.whether or not they're willing to share that information with a stranger I don't know.
originally posted by: Klassified
She could have been health department personnel. They can be somewhat aloof and secretive at times. I always make people identify themselves when they come to the door. If I don't get to know who they are, they don't get any answers, and I call the police to check them out.
originally posted by: Sparky63
She could have been some shady insurance investigator. Some of these characters are will stop at nothing to dig up any dirt possible on the person they are investigating. I had one stalk my wife at her place of work until I confronted him. Then I ran his plates and parked my truck outside his house and took pictures of him and his family. He evidently didn't like having the tables turned on him. Seeing the look on his face when he recognized me in my truck was priceless.
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: Aqualung2012
We had a couple attempted home invasions when I was a kid. They cased our house by pretending to be all sorts of things. Once they pretended to be a detective and asked about our neighbors. This story really stuck out for me.
They then gained access to the house on a follow up saying they were making sure our access points were not a threat to us because of a string of robberies in the area. Same fake cop though. They knew the layout to our house better than us by the time they came in force.
Like many said tell your neighbors everything and call the cops and MAKE them write a report about it.
A "super secret government" person can whip up any credential they like. They dont have to hide their credentials. They can make anything you need to see for any situation.
originally posted by: Aqualung2012
a reply to: tetra50
Yes, please link.
This happened to me around noon, and I've described in the highest detail possible what happened.
Very interested in this second account of a strange visitor.
originally posted by: Aqualung2012
a reply to: mbkennel
You make a good point, but my car was sitting in the driveway, so I "looked" home, so to speak.
As far as I can tell it's still a complete mystery, but I know this much:
My neighbors know what happened, and so do the police... but my neighbors haven't answered or asked me about it.
I have neither seen nor heard from this person since.
No robberies or break-ins have been attempted on my block.
My neighbors have lights/TV on at night, which indicates they are fine (but doesn't prove it, of course.)
I haven't seen them leaving or coming home, but I haven't been watching all that closely either.