posted on Apr, 21 2020 @ 08:25 AM
If it involves children I’m much more apt to blow a whistle than most situations.
I ran into a lot in the restaurant business and two specific times I told an officer who was there at the time to keep an eye/look into it. One was
after a father smacked his daughter’s thigh quite hard because she got excited about her food coming out. She bounced up and said “Yay!”, and he
smacked her thigh hard enough that it made a thud, not a slap sound, she had bruises all over her legs and I just felt like dirt seeing it happen. The
father looked at me with the “Oh sh!t, you saw that, didn’t you?” look on his face. There was a cop sitting within the area and I just told him
what took place and to keep an eye if he sees anything like it happening again. I doubt anything came of it. If it were just a tap, I wouldn’t have
bothered, kids can be a pain in the ass and parents SHOULD discipline them, but that was way too far. Hell, I got the belt when I was a kid and
deserved it a few times, if that’s any kind of place marker of crossing a line.
The other time was an older guy, in his 60’s, with his daughter and her son. He kept going out to his car during their stay and while he only
ordered 2 beers, he was clearly getting more and more tanked as time passed, to the point he was fumbling over everything he picked up and heavily
slurring. Him and his daughter were arguing over who was going to take the boy home and were still arguing about it in the parking lot when I left. I
saw the grandfather put the kid in his car and then went back to argue with his daughter. There was a cop patrolling the parking lot so I flagged her
down and told her to go check the situation out. The boy ended up in his mother’s car and she let the older guy leave on his own.
Both those times I thought before talking to the police, “Maybe I’m looking too far into it and should mind my own business, I don’t want to
ruin someone’s life over something that could be nothing.”, but in the end both situations were eating at me way too much to leave them alone.
I called the cops one night when a car in front of us was swerving all over the place, going about 70mph in a 35mph zone. We were behind it for about
3 miles (streets are pretty straight and level here in South Florida, you can see quite far ahead of you) and after they clipped a mailbox I made the
call. My wife’s twin uncles were killed by a drunk driver so that stuff hits a little closer to home. With the amount of options we have for ride
services, there’s really no excuse.
I suppose only when I really believe someone is in serious danger. I’ve seen plenty of illegal things occurring and haven’t said a word about it
because in the end, no one would would really be hurt by it but the people involved and that’s their choice. I once had an employee who was stealing
steaks, in the end he had stolen about $2,000-3,000 worth of prime rib and rib eyes. I knew who it was but it took me a little while to figure out how
he was doing it. I fired him and then caught hell from my area director for not calling the cops. I actually got written up for not calling the cops