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    Default Snicker-gate...

    You could say that it wasn't like taking candy from a baby.

    Four Cedar Rapids, Iowa, deputies were suspended by the sheriff for stealing an inmate's sweets, according to local KCRG News.

    The prisoner had ordered the candy and then been released before receiving it. The suspended deputies ate the candy but the Snickers hit the fan when the former inmate called up looking for it.

    The $30 theft resulted in hearings involving the sheriff and an assistant Linn County attorney.

    According to KCRG News, one of the sticky-fingered deputies, Ray Brecht, answered "No" to the attorney question: "At the time you ate this KitKat bar, did you perceive you were doing anything differently than what had gone on in years past?"

    Another of the accused, deputy Brian Randall, told the hearing, "I said, sure, I'll take two. He tossed me two candy bars to me from the bag across the control center."
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    How stupid!
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    'Uh, duh, gee RAy, where'd ya git those tasty chocolate thingamebobs? Toss one over here, will ya?'
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    Shazam!!! Now that's our tax dollars at work! Way to get to the bottom of that bone chilling utterly reprehensible crime. Hope they get life.

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    Default It's worse than you think.

    A friend of mine witnessed a scuffle at a variety store
    (from a neighboring restaurant) and asked his dinner companion
    to call the cops. This was in the mid-1990s.

    Seven cops cars arrived to break up a fight between two
    fourteen-year-old kids and a university-aged cashier from
    the store.

    My friend's name was taken down and he gave a statement,
    thus officially making him a witness.

    He was called in to testify several times over the next 18 months,
    until a deal was reached between the Crown (the prosecutor)
    and the defense.

    What did the kids steal? Less than $10 worth of Jolly Ranchers.

    Think of the court costs, the legal fees, the cost of sending
    those seven cop cars out to the variety store (did they think
    it was a riot or something?), the postponements, etc.

    If the parents had had the temerity to discipline the kids
    with a stick across the ass when they were growing up,
    this sort of horsesh!t would never have happened.

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    ^^^^ You are so right on. What a waste of time, money and resources. Given all the stories I've heard, I could write an entire book about overzealous police officers and DA's. And you are correct, parents need to discipline their children and teach them manners and common decency.

    Unfortunately, American jurisprudence (at least from what I've witnessed and experienced first hand) waits until after a crime has been committed, and then tries to catch and punish the criminal, ultimately hoping the fear of punishment will act as a deterrent for those considering committing future crimes.

    Problem is...this type of system does not work. It would be better to prevent all crimes from happening in the first place. A HUGE undertaking and not at all realistic in a society that likes immediate results. Unfortunately, many citizens won't invest their time in revamping political systems when they can just call the police and let someone else take care of the "problem."

    I believe it's quicker, simpler and cheaper for parents to discipline their children and try to instill in them a sense of right and wrong. Waiting until your child commits a crime and then allowing the government to do the teaching of right and wrong only increases costs for all parties involved, creates more problems, reduces efficiency and strips away the power of the individual.

    Bottom line, and I mentioned this in another thread, parents need to PARENT their children and stop trying to always be their childrens best friends, at least IMO. You can't eliminate conflict simply by ignoring it.

    One final thought... I remember back in college an anthropology professor repeating "those who do not try to create the future they want must endure the future they get." Not sure who originally said that but those words encouraged me to not just sit around and let life happen.

    Wow! My apologies for the tangent. RANT OFFICIALLY OVER!! Please carry on with your lives.

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    A friend of mine witnessed a scuffle at a variety store
    (from a neighboring restaurant) and asked his dinner companion
    to call the cops. This was in the mid-1990s.

    Seven cops cars arrived to break up a fight between two
    fourteen-year-old kids and a university-aged cashier from
    the store.

    My friend's name was taken down and he gave a statement,
    thus officially making him a witness.

    He was called in to testify several times over the next 18 months,
    until a deal was reached between the Crown (the prosecutor)
    and the defense.

    What did the kids steal? Less than $10 worth of Jolly Ranchers.

    Think of the court costs, the legal fees, the cost of sending
    those seven cop cars out to the variety store (did they think
    it was a riot or something?), the postponements, etc.

    If the parents had had the temerity to discipline the kids
    with a stick across the ass when they were growing up,
    this sort of horsesh!t would never have happened.

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    I'm going to have to disagree with that. My parents were extremely strict when I was growing up and I still stole a bit here and there. It's a rite of passage for many kids. No, I wasn't out breaking and entering, but stealing a bit of candy, a few comic books...normal kid shit. And it sounds like that's what these kids were up to. Give them a break. Being young and stupid is thier excuse, but what's the excuse for the dumb-ass cops who came down like a ton of bricks on the situation?
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    --Sinclair Lewis

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