Anyone ever have to deal with something like this:
Incident: A guest was very upset that another guest had photographed her.
Location: Corridor on the 2nd Floor.
Details: I was called to the front desk at the above mentioned time and I spoke to Ms. X; who is here with the (A Jewish Organizario); she was extremely upset that another guest had apparently taken her photograph in the corridor of the 2nd floor. Ms. X explained that it was against ecumenical law for her to be photographed on the Sabbath. She said that the individual had come out of room 2xx.
She was demanding that I speak to the guests of room 2xx; Mr. M. D and Mr. H; who were also here with the group; and order them to delete any photos that they may have of her. I explained that I understood her position; but that I did not have the legal grounds to carry out her request.
Ms. X then asked me if I could dial 9-1-1 for her, I did so any she then spoke with Montreal Police. A car was dispatched and the police officers attempted to explain to Ms. X that it was not illegal to take photographs in a public or common area; however it was illegal to publish photos without consent; and if this indeed occurred action could be taken.
Ms. X then became even more upset saying that the ecumenical laws of her religion had been broken; and demanding that the police officers take immediate action to rectify the situation. The police officers explained that they could only intervene if an alleged offense involved bylaws or criminal law; which was not the case in this matter.
Ms. X was escorted to her room; 3xx; at this point; however she is still very upset.
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12-08-2012, 01:40 PM #1
Ever been expected to enforce religious laws?I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
12-08-2012, 04:04 PM #2Senior Member
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Ever Been Expected To Enforce Religious Laws?
No, I have never been asked to do anything like that. I guess the closest I have come is "city" people moving out into the rural county and expecting to have the same ordinances as they city they came from. Here is an example when I was a rural patrol deputy. Dispatch gives me a call about a neighbor dispute. I get there and talk to the complainant who tells me all about his neighbors peacocks making "peacock noises". I listened patiently until he finally ask me what I was going to do about it. I explained that I could not do anything because the township he lived in had no ordinance prohibiting peacocks. He became very upset and threatened to call the mayor and city council if I didn't take action. I then told him that his township is governed by a township board, not a city council. I think that may have upset him even more and he said he moved from a suburb near Minneapolis for some peace and quiet. I also told him that there were probably some homes still available in his old neighborhood, but I thought better of it! Oh, and before I cleared the call, he also complained about the farm on the other side of the road because they had white faced Herefords and their mooing was very annoying.
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12-14-2012, 12:16 AM #3Senior Member
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- Helsinki, Finland
This one retail site I occasionally visit while on retail patrol has a cashier who's heavily religious, she at times requested me to throw out people on heavily dubious grounds not in line with either the law or the chain regulations. I suppose the best one was trying to get me to eject a guy with "threatening clothing" which turned out to be a Slayer band shirt. Suffice to say I ignored her, their manager agreed with my assessment when I told him. :P
12-14-2012, 05:33 AM #4Senior Member
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- Washington State
In the course of a conversation at our condo complex a lady tells me the people next door (a Hindu couple) "chant" in the morning, and that they have a shrine in their hallway. I ask her if it is loud chanting or if there are musical instruments (I thought maybe she was confusing them with Hare Krishnas or something).
She admits it is not loud at all (I'm assuming she can only hear them when she presses her ear against the common the wall - LOL), but it is in a language she can't understand, and it "disturbs" her. She then asked what condo rule I could use to make them stop.
I advised her that the last time I checked the "freedom of religion" clause in the U.S. Constitution was still in effect and the law of the land, and thus I was not going to do anything. She wasn't happy.