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    I've been doing security for about 5 1/2 years now and perhaps I should have gotten used to this way before now, but I have to ask . . . are people really this freakin' stupid?!? I ask because in the last 2 hours I have responded to:

    1.) A report of an unsecured dog running rampant on the property. An officer "detained" the dog (as the Animal Control wrote on his report) and secured him until an owner could be identified via pet license number and contacted to come retrieve the animal.

    2.) A mother who thought it was appropriate to leave her 6 y/o son in an unlocked minivan for over 30 minutes in 75+ degree weather with only one window cracked while she was grocery shopping (She actually asked the cop that responded to this one if there is a law against parents leaving their kids in a car . . . um, yeah . . . it's called Child Endangerment.)

    3.) A request for a lightbulb to be replaced in a track lighting fixture in a store because the employee is too short to reach the light fixture and their corporate safety first policy prohibits them from standing on ladders over 2 1/2 feet (WTF?)

    4.) A store that called and reported that they had a customer going into labor. When we arrived, it turned out there was a "possible shoplifter" in the store and the employee wasn't trained on the Center's "secret phrase" for urgent response.

    ::sigh:: Someone, please tell me I'm not alone. I need a drink. Actually, maybe a few . . .
    The law is reason free from passion." -- Aristotle

  • #2
    ROFLMAO!!

    This brings back SO many memories of working mall security... About the only one on your list I didn't respond to was the light-changing one. The individual stores knew better... They called the mall maintenance crew to help.

    The one about the woman leaving her kid in the car was a fairly common call for us. It was always SO much fun to watch the cop chew the parents out...

    As far as the dog goes, consider yourself lucky that animal control actually DOES something... Where I was working at the time, the county animal control people ONLY worked M-F, 9-5... We would routinely get stray dogs wandering the property, chasing/harassing customers... And they would only pop up on Friday afternoon/night for some reason... Which left us with the choice of either leaving the dog to it's own recognizance, (LOL) or bringing it into the pet store to be looked after for the weekend until animal control opened back up on Monday morning... It was a pain in the kapootski! LOL
    Corbier's Commandos - "Stickin it to the ninjas!"
    Originally posted by ValleyOne
    BANG, next thing you know Bob's your Uncle and this Sgt is seemingly out on his a$$.
    Shoulda called in sick.
    Be safe!

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    • #3
      Is Security the only job where you may do little for a certain amount time then boom, 5 things need attention at the same time
      Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
      Groucho Marx

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      • #4
        Just yesterday I had a lady leave her three kids in the lobby while she went upstairs for her procedure. Nice well behaved kids but theres not constant presence there and we have lot of questionable foot traffic going by.

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        • #5
          As someone said, Be glad Animal control does something. Sacramento County had 2 animal control officers the last time I checked. That's 2, not 2 per shift. I can't tell you haow many times I have handled dog situations that ended in me taking a dog home or to the shelter myself after shift.

          All of this foolishness will continue until things like seatbelt laws are recinded and we allow the stupid to free themselves from the genepool. I know it sounds cold, but that is the way nature works.
          "Gun control, the theory that 110lb. women have the "right" to fistfight with 210lb. rapists. " Author Unknown

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Andy Taylor View Post
            As someone said, Be glad Animal control does something. Sacramento County had 2 animal control officers the last time I checked. That's 2, not 2 per shift. I can't tell you haow many times I have handled dog situations that ended in me taking a dog home or to the shelter myself after shift.

            All of this foolishness will continue until things like seatbelt laws are recinded and we allow the stupid to free themselves from the genepool. I know it sounds cold, but that is the way nature works.
            Hence the thread title "Darwinism." Like I said, it's not that I'm surprised exactly that these things happen, just frustrated. I tell people that I got into security while I was working on my AofJ degree and then I was going to go into LE. I realized that if this much s**t happens at the mall, maybe I really don't want to deal with the rest of the city/county, etc.
            The law is reason free from passion." -- Aristotle

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alamedaad View Post
              Hence the thread title "Darwinism." Like I said, it's not that I'm surprised exactly that these things happen, just frustrated. I tell people that I got into security while I was working on my AofJ degree and then I was going to go into LE. I realized that if this much s**t happens at the mall, maybe I really don't want to deal with the rest of the city/county, etc.

              You wouldn't be the first and I'm sure not the last.
              "Gun control, the theory that 110lb. women have the "right" to fistfight with 210lb. rapists. " Author Unknown

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              • #8
                When I was a supervisor at my last company, I had a lady call me up and b***h because an officer would not bring her a ladder to let her in her window. Even though she was 5 stories up and claimed that she always saw us drive around with a ladder on the roof of our patrol cars (chev impalas) . When I told her we don't provide those services she then wanted me to help her carry her grocries in, not only do we not do that either but how can you carry grocries in if you've locked yourself out of your apartment ? Ahhh the good old days lol

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