“Law Enforcers of Reddit, Have You Ever Come Across a Crime So Stupid or Ridiculous that You Just Let It Slip?”

On 1 March 2014, Redditor marcuschookt asked, “Law enforcers of Reddit, have you ever come across a crime so stupid or ridiculous that you just let it slip?” Here are some replies:

1) PineappleSituation wrote, “My best friend in HS [high schhol] and I were both night owls. One night at around 3 a.m. we decided to go up to the 24-hour gas station for sunflower seeds. We got about halfway there when two cops stopped us for being out after curfew. We were both 17 and didn’t even know our town HAD a curfew. They asked where my friend lived and we told them. Turned out one of the cops was a church friend of her dad.

“The cops decided to be nice and take us to the gas station and bought us our Icees and sunflower seeds but wouldn’t let us out of the car because it was still past curfew. They did, however, let us out at the end of her street and sit there for a moment with the lights on (no siren obviously) so we could jump out of the car and race to her house pretending we were running from the cops.”

2) Do_I_Matter wrote, “My ex-fiancé was a cop for a redneck town where the people didn’t have much money. He was called to the grocery store where a little girl about nine years old was being detained in the manager’s office for stealing a box of tampons. He said she had tears and snot everywhere and her pants had obvious bloodstains all over the front. My ex then bought the box she was trying to steal along with three more boxes, some food, and milk. He then drove her home to a trailer that was falling apart. It wasn’t so much the crime that was ridiculous but more the manager’s reaction. I guess when my ex came in the manager was just screaming at this terrified nine-year-old.”

Theladyking commented, “He did the right thing … that poor little girl was having a bad enough day, probably got her first period by surprise, and then to have to deal with it alone and steal supplies … god.”

chalupacabrariley commented, “I think the part where she has to deal with it alone is what makes me sad. I’m so glad I had supportive parents, when I finally had to tell them, and they were able to provide ample amounts of support, Midol, and advice on how to feel more comfortable, how to use tampons, etc. … I would hate to be alone in that situation because it’s scary enough, painful enough, and uncomfortable enough that you really need that extra bit of support.”

RangerSchool commented, “Walmart won’t tell you this outright. If you are in need of food for your child or supplies like this, you can request a manager and they can issue vouchers for essentials. Every couple of months, I have to refuse to arrest mothers trying to feed their children. Walmart LP explains this to them each time.”

Lookakitty commented, “Helping people is something Walmart managers do more than people think, but this isn’t some policy they just don’t share. The simple truth is managers are people, so they react as people. But keep in mind, they also see some of the worst people America has to offer, so they can get a little jaded. Shoplifters always have a sob story, and it’s almost always a lie.”

3) amedeus wrote, “I’ve never told this story to anyone, but when I was working at KFC years ago, it was in a somewhat crap neighborhood. We had our fair share of homeless guys and drunks coming in, and sometimes causing trouble. This one guy was really skinny, but usually upbeat. I still remember him coming in one day, smiling wide and buying a meal, telling me he finally managed to get a job.

“Well, one night maybe a month after that, he comes back in for the first time since. He looks at me really seriously and asks for food, anything I can give him. Now like I said, we had plenty of homeless people around there. I’d been asked for free food countless times, and my co-workers and I occasionally obliged simply because it was the easiest way to get them out of our hair for a week or two. Lately, though, the manager had really started cracking down on this sort of thing. So I told him truthfully that I couldn’t, because I was likely to get fired for it. He looks me square in the eye, more serious than I have ever seen anyone begging for food in that store look, and he says, ‘Come on, man. It’s for my kids.’

“I had never seen his kids before, so I didn’t know if he was telling the truth. But I can’t argue with a look like that. I gave him a couple pieces — all that I felt I could reasonably get away with. He thanked me and left.

“The part that really gets me, though, the real reason I remember this story so vividly, is the other guy in the store. This really quiet guy who came in once in awhile was there when this happened, eating his meal. He finishes his meal, throws his trash away, and walks up to the counter. And I think I must have looked a little defeated, because he tells me, ‘That was a really nice thing you did for him. You’re a good person.’ And then leaves.

“That hit me hard. It’s not often people are that real with you to tell you a good thing about you. I still sometimes feel like I’m letting him down personally when I do something sh[*]tty.

“As a bit of an epilogue, I saw the guy who I gave the food again a couple weeks later, as I drove past him. He was walking down the sidewalk, with two kids and a woman who I can only assume to be his wife or girlfriend.”

For Further Information: marcuschookt, “Law enforcers of Reddit, have you ever come across a crime so stupid or ridiculous that you just let it slip?” Reddit. 1 March 2014


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