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(SeattlePI)   Applebees employees find child's note reading "Help me" left under a plate, triggering massive police search. Unknown why they didn't assume the note was reffering to the fact that the child was forced to eat at Applebees   (seattlepi.nwsource.com) divider line 157
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2007-12-31 01:28:27 AM
I personally like applebees. Of course I'm poor and have bad taste.
 
2007-12-31 01:33:18 AM
Hahahaha, I've seen KCBlueGirls daughter do this.
 
2007-12-31 01:38:19 AM
dewars-rocks: I've seen KCBlueGirls daughter do this.

Better tell her to stop.

Cops in Washington are turning the case over to the DA to see if they can sue and recover costs of the "rescue" effort.
 
2007-12-31 01:41:18 AM
Billing the family for the cost of the search? That rates the "asinine" tag right there.
 
2007-12-31 01:47:58 AM
daychilde: Billing the family for the cost of the search? That rates the "asinine" tag right there.


Yup, soon they'll be charging your VISA card before they respond to 911 calls. Honestly, I shouldn't post this, it'll just give them ideas.
 
2007-12-31 01:51:09 AM
daychilde: Billing the family for the cost of the search? That rates the "asinine" tag right there.

You got that right. I don't know where these municipalities get off expecting people to take responsibility for the actions of themselves and their children. Who cares that my precious little snowflake cost our city tens of thousands of dollars? The joke was funny and it gave him an opportunity to express himself!
 
2007-12-31 02:19:18 AM
Your sarcasm aside, I'm sure (if you are/were a parent) that you have 100% control over your kids, and would have NEVER managed to let something like that slip by.

I'm all for personal responsibility and keeping one's kids under control, but come on... that's just stupid.
 
2007-12-31 02:34:24 AM
daychilde: Your sarcasm aside, I'm sure (if you are/were a parent) that you have 100% control over your kids, and would have NEVER managed to let something like that slip by.

I'm all for personal responsibility and keeping one's kids under control, but come on... that's just stupid.


I think we can agree that the whole situation is stupid. The problem is that when a situation like this comes up, the local law enforcement agency has but two options. They can either brush it off and assume it's just a prank, or they have to call in the calvary and spend tens of thousands of dollars to get to the bottom of the situation where time may be of the essence.

I am a parent. If my child sets fire to a house I expect to take the financial responsibility. If my child robs another child I expect to take financial responsibility. If my child intentionally creates a false situation where tens of thousands of dollars are spent looking for her just because she wanted to play a joke, I expect to take financial responsibility. If you don't want that responsibility, don't have kids. This seems pretty simple to me. I really don't want to finance your lack of parental responsibility.
 
2007-12-31 09:08:20 AM
reffering?
 
2007-12-31 09:15:22 AM
Pay as you go government ... its not just for 10th century warlords any more.
 
2007-12-31 09:20:12 AM
Wow Im impressed.

This police department actually went the "protect and serve" route. Of course, like all good police they then went to the "collect and serve" direction.
 
2007-12-31 09:24:06 AM
dewars-rocks: Hahahaha, I've seen KCBlueGirls daughter do this.

oh sure, it's funny to you - she didn't give you the note...
megain.smugmug.com
 
2007-12-31 10:13:02 AM
How about instead of the cost of the search, a fine? $1000 for the first offence, $5000 for the second, and perhaps on the 3rd the full cost.
 
2007-12-31 10:57:26 AM
itsdan: How about instead of the cost of the search, a fine? $1000 for the first offence, $5000 for the second, and perhaps on the 3rd the full cost.

How much money do you think this is going to cost? It was a 6 hour search that involved volunteers (shouldn't go to the cost) and off duty police officers (might not be factored in) and one detective.

You could pay 10 people $25 an hour for 6 hours and it would come out to $1500 for the parents. It isn't like they had a helicopter involved or anything...

Are you guys under the impression this is going to cost them like $50,000 or something?
 
2007-12-31 11:14:56 AM
Ryan, they didn't say it ONLY involved one detective and some offduty cops, they simply said they were called in. I took that as being inaddition to some number of onduty cops as well. They also described it as a "massive effort".
 
2007-12-31 11:17:36 AM
Applebees is one of the five restaurants that I will not eat at in any circumstances. It's actually number two on the list, right behind Shoney's.
 
2007-12-31 11:25:31 AM
I've been reffered at Applebees. You usually have to pay extra.
 
2007-12-31 11:27:34 AM
Maybe you should drive: I think we can agree that the whole situation is stupid. The problem is that when a situation like this comes up, the local law enforcement agency has but two options. They can either brush it off and assume it's just a prank, or they have to call in the calvary and spend tens of thousands of dollars to get to the bottom of the situation where time may be of the essence.

There are other options. Like start an investigation then build from there. Like they are supposed to do. It would be trivial to find out who was at that table, go and ask a few questions then if things are fishy get more people involved.
 
2007-12-31 11:27:36 AM
The kid probably couldn't get a refill on his riblets, just like I couldn't.
 
2007-12-31 11:27:54 AM
Pocket Ninja: Applebees is one of the five restaurants that I will not eat at in any circumstances. It's actually number two on the list, right behind Shoney's.

Since when is there still a Shoney's in business and where is said Shoney's, I live in MD and havn't seen one since I was five and I have a craving for undercooked popcorn shrimp.
 
2007-12-31 11:28:22 AM
Pocket Ninja: Applebees is one of the five restaurants that I will not eat at in any circumstances. It's actually number two on the list, right behind Shoney's.

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks Applebees is absolute shiate. And they seem to be springing up everywhere. Unbelievable.
 
2007-12-31 11:28:58 AM
I love to draw on the paper tablecloths at restaraunts.

Here is my inspiration.

image.guardian.co.uk
 
2007-12-31 11:29:34 AM
What's wrong with Applebees?
 
2007-12-31 11:29:41 AM
daychilde: Billing the family for the cost of the search? That rates the "asinine" tag right there.

There was a movie in the 80's where your family got charged if you were detained for questioning (England). This one guy was Buttle but was confused as Tuttle so he got screwed over. I can't for the life of me remember what movie that was but it was awesome.
 
2007-12-31 11:30:48 AM
Savian: I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks Applebees is absolute shiate.

When I'm forced to go, it's beer and appetizers for me. Their menu is shiat.
 
2007-12-31 11:31:56 AM
I thought I was clicking on the "Prisoner covered in Feces" comment section. The Weeners in the thread was MUCH funnier that way.
 
2007-12-31 11:32:01 AM
XuGreatOne: What's wrong with Applebees?

You've never been?
 
2007-12-31 11:32:02 AM
Tough call. You can't ignore it on the off chance it's legit. On the other hard if it's a prank recovering the full cost of the search from the parents is excessively punitive.

Why not limit the punishment to putting the kid in juvie for a week? (Administrative segregation to prevent Precious from getting shanked and/or gang raped). Good advertising to other brats not to try this stunt, no financial hardship for the parents. They might actually save money by giving the babysitter that week off.

You're never too young to learn the meaning of personal accountability.
 
2007-12-31 11:32:12 AM
Ten years or so ago Applebees offered acceptable quality food for an ok price. Members of that chain were better than a fair number of the other eateries in my area, certainly. I could go there and there'd be two or three fairly tasty items on the menu. (They had this mix grilled pasta with mushrooms once that I really liked a lot)

Now days they've completely sold out and are just a chain of useless McSports bars, and I hate them all the more because I once liked their food. The sole nice thing I can say about them is they're still better than Chili's.
 
2007-12-31 11:32:52 AM
XuGreatOne: What's wrong with Applebees?

i166.photobucket.com

This.
 
2007-12-31 11:33:03 AM
Powned by teh filter. I was referring to thyocyan's comment at 2007-12-31 01:28:27 AM.
 
2007-12-31 11:33:21 AM
I ate at Applebee's once. That was enough.
 
2007-12-31 11:34:17 AM
I'm not entirely sure it's fair to bill the kid's family. It's not like the kid actually called the cops and said he was kidnapped.
 
2007-12-31 11:34:56 AM
I believe the entire note was "Help me I'm dying from trans fat overload"
 
2007-12-31 11:34:57 AM
XuGreatOne: What's wrong with Applebees?

well...
#1 the food is healthier at some fast food places than most the fried shiat at applebee's

#2 a menu of fried shiat and burgers

#3 kitschy atmosphere, enough said
 
2007-12-31 11:35:08 AM
Not for nothin... At least the police got good training out of it. The Military does scinarios all the time to try and brush up on knowledge and all that with different tactics and all. At the very least it gives them experience I know I know... That's a pretty hefty situation.
 
2007-12-31 11:35:10 AM
what is that?
 
2007-12-31 11:35:27 AM
"call in the calvary"

Let's leave Jeebus out of this.

BTW, here's the second hit on GIS for Calvary (no idea, seriously):

www.giftsofblessings.com

/cavalry
 
2007-12-31 11:35:43 AM
daychilde: Billing the family for the cost of the search? That rates the "asinine" tag right there.

Hardly. By 12 the kid should know better. Parents FAILED, deserve to pay for the costs of their kid playing "pranks" and wasting tax payers money.
 
2007-12-31 11:35:50 AM
Calm: The sole nice thing I can say about them is they're still better than Chili's.

I'll agree with that. Chili's is absolutely horrible.
 
2007-12-31 11:36:01 AM
Yeah they should charge the father.

It's not like citizens pay these worthless fat donut hogging cops and detectives to work or anything with all those taxes.


//deep sarcasm. Stupid Cops should forgo all raises as well if the father has to pay fine for the search.
 
2007-12-31 11:36:08 AM
By the way, I ate lunch there yesterday.

/chicken fingers and fries
 
2007-12-31 11:36:29 AM
Maybe you should drive: I really don't want to finance your lack of parental responsibility.

I'll second that!!!

I am REALLY sick of parents who want the schools/society to raise their kids. The lack of discipline is ridiculous. The parents who want to be buddies with their kids kill me. Its fine to have a good relationship but there has to be a Parent/Child dynamic. Grow a pair and be a parent.

If your kid is a fark up YOU should deal with it because in most of the cases YOU caused it.

If they don't know how to act in public, keep them out of public!!

twocrabs.blogs.com

/oblig
 
2007-12-31 11:36:32 AM
Andrew Wiggin: daychilde: Billing the family for the cost of the search? That rates the "asinine" tag right there.

There was a movie in the 80's where your family got charged if you were detained for questioning (England). This one guy was Buttle but was confused as Tuttle so he got screwed over. I can't for the life of me remember what movie that was but it was awesome.


Brazil
 
2007-12-31 11:37:22 AM
So cops were called to investigate a possible crime?

Isn't that what they are paid to do in the first place?
 
2007-12-31 11:37:36 AM
Did somebody order Grizzlebees?!

/Couldn't find a pic to accompany this post
//slashies
 
2007-12-31 11:37:48 AM
jshove1: Since when is there still a Shoney's in business and where is said Shoney's, I live in MD and havn't seen one since I was five and I have a craving for undercooked popcorn shrimp.

There's plenty of them in VA...one right down the street from me, in fact.
 
2007-12-31 11:38:29 AM
Wow, this brings back some great memories! In my high school days I worked at 'The Golden Arches Steak House' *wink, wink - nudge, nudge. As a goof, a buddy of mine wrote a note that said 'Help me I'm trapped!' and slipped it into a drive through bag. You shoulda seen the hilarity that ensued!

Now, the town in which this happened was a pretty small place (think middle New Hampshire, mid eighties... yes - it was even smaller then. Save the jokes.) so Barney Fife and the gang were itchin' to do some shootin', you could tell. But, nonetheless, it was quite a big to do.

Good times, good times.
 
2007-12-31 11:38:30 AM
I'll take the Shrabster, Pope_Rodger
 
2007-12-31 11:39:47 AM
First it's "referring" not refferring, fail subby, goto corner.

Second, this is another mindless "restaurant X" tastes like ass thread. "Diet soda Y tastes like ass." Pizza Hut tastes like ass. Etc.

Reminds me of 18 - 24 year olds biatching and whining about how dorm food tastes like ass...ALL DAY AND NIGHT LONG. Please grow the fark up, kids. Thanks. Thanks a bunch.
 
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