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2013-02-16 11:23:38 AM
My neighbors called the cops because of a suspicious vehicle driving by their house at the same time every day for a few weeks.
Turns out it was their next door neighbor driving to work.
 
2013-02-16 11:54:10 AM

serial_crusher: My neighbors called the cops because of a suspicious vehicle driving by their house at the same time every day for a few weeks.
Turns out it was their next door neighbor driving to work.


While not living in a neighborhood like the one in the article, my dad got stop on his way to work by an off-duty cop, who lived a block over, for suspicion of casing the neighborhood.  My dad told him to arrest him and they will see who still has a job the next day.  The cop relented, but in time did lose his job.  We were friends with one of his coworkers.

Although, these kind of stories make me wonder why more hasn't been done for the safety of those residents.  Why hasn't the government sent in the National Guard by now?  Do we need to start a fund raiser for better security since these folks can't afford to have personal guards stand around the the property like the drug mansions in the movies?
 
2013-02-16 12:36:48 PM
How do such incredibly stupid people accumulate so much money?

/of course, being a cop there is probably a pretty cush gig
 
2013-02-16 12:48:00 PM
OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.
 
2013-02-16 12:57:11 PM
I for one am glad to know there is somewhere a place safe from teens wearing low slug pants exposing their undies.


/next we work on sideways hat wearing.
 
2013-02-16 01:08:10 PM
That wasn't a man delivering a package, that was a rapist who knows how to cover his tracks when discovered
 
2013-02-16 01:09:59 PM
Semi-related, does anyone remember the police blotter posted for a random small town in Alaska where it was filled with crazy drunk antics and wild bears and what not?  THAT was a thing of beauty, but I can't remember what it was.
 
2013-02-16 01:43:12 PM
I bet every one of those calls originated from the same person.  Many of us had a crazy old bat like that in the neighborhoods we grew up in...
 
2013-02-16 01:49:08 PM

Andromeda: Semi-related, does anyone remember the police blotter posted for a random small town in Alaska where it was filled with crazy drunk antics and wild bears and what not?  THAT was a thing of beauty, but I can't remember what it was.


Someone linked it in the comments:
http://www.adn.com/2013/02/07/2780557/unalaska-police-blotter.html#st o rylink=misearch
 
2013-02-16 01:52:02 PM
Rich white people problems.
 
2013-02-16 02:01:24 PM

King Something: Rich white people problems.


this
although dumb should be included in the list too
 
2013-02-16 02:03:03 PM

WI241TH: Someone linked it in the comments:
http://www.adn.com/2013/02/07/2780557/unalaska-police-blotter.html#st o rylink=misearch


"A drunken man phoned police and said he was naked, cold, and exposing himself to passing vehicles and in need of assistance. He was unable to name or describe his location.  Officers searched the common and not so common haunts of naked drunks but did not find the man in question."

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/02/07/2780557/unalaska-police-blotter.html#st o rylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
BWHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2013-02-16 02:12:25 PM
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2013-02-16 02:15:43 PM
A friend of mine got hired as a cop in a very affluent suburb after working as a cop in Detroit for about 7 years. He got a call of an "unknown problem" at a mansion. When he arrived he was met by a woman who told him her housekeeper wasn't in that day and she couldn't reach the zipper on the back of her dress and asked him to zip it for her.
 
2013-02-16 02:22:35 PM
I got pulled over once after driving on the same road twice in the span of a few minutes. I'd gone to the hardware store to pick up some things, and on my way home I realized I forgot something. So, back to the store.

When I was heading home again, the cop pulled me over and asked what I was doing. After explaining my story, he told me that he'd better not see me on that road again. I laughed at him, he said he was serious, and I laughed at him even harder.

I think he began to understand the stupidity of his order when I asked for his phone number should I need anything from any of the shops on that very busy, and very public, street as he'd be the one picking them up for me.

Poor bastard really wanted to write me a ticket for something.
 
2013-02-16 02:29:46 PM

Vodka Zombie: I got pulled over once after driving on the same road twice in the span of a few minutes. I'd gone to the hardware store to pick up some things, and on my way home I realized I forgot something. So, back to the store.

When I was heading home again, the cop pulled me over and asked what I was doing. After explaining my story, he told me that he'd better not see me on that road again. I laughed at him, he said he was serious, and I laughed at him even harder.

I think he began to understand the stupidity of his order when I asked for his phone number should I need anything from any of the shops on that very busy, and very public, street as he'd be the one picking them up for me.

Poor bastard really wanted to write me a ticket for something.


get his name and badge number first ...
the look on their face when you ask for this is PRICELES

/note to SELF: do not do this when you have drugs, guns and open alcohol in the car
/fool me once you dont get fools again
 
2013-02-16 02:51:37 PM
My father got tackled in a grocery store parking lot by a police officer. The woman ahead of him in line had left her purse on the register and he was chasing her down to return it. They (he and the cop) became drinking buddies.
 
2013-02-16 03:02:26 PM

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


Why not.
content8.flixster.com
 
2013-02-16 03:03:39 PM
Job creators.
 
2013-02-16 03:05:57 PM

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


Finally, someone with a sensible plan. I also love meatloaf, so win/win.
 
2013-02-16 03:07:26 PM

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


No, It's about paranoid stupid people. You know...  your people.
 
2013-02-16 03:08:40 PM
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ERMAGERD ... DERMERSTIK TRRRRESTS
 
2013-02-16 03:08:44 PM
I can see how, if you didn't know anything about birds, you could easily mistake the sound of a hawk scuffling with a smaller bird for the hawk in distress. Watched a Cooper's hawk try to take babies from a songbird's nest once. The hawk flew into the tree and suddenly there was just this ungodly shrieking and the tree shook. The parent birds eventually chased the hawk away empty-taloned.
 
2013-02-16 03:10:21 PM

scottydoesntknow: That wasn't a man delivering a package, that was a rapist who knows how to cover his tracks when discovered


What's his fark handle
 
2013-02-16 03:10:41 PM
I deal directly with people from the Westside of LA just about every day at work and this doesn't surprise in the least. Anytime anyone tells you that people with the most money are the most talented or the smartest you should laugh in their face.

Ever wonder what rich housewives do when they're bored and can't shop? They create problems. See also: HOA's
 
2013-02-16 03:11:17 PM
Well their reports are a lot better than having to go check out something about some gunshot noises in the backyard, only to find that there are 3 dead freshly raped women tied up and the suspect is headed towards the nearest school.
 
2013-02-16 03:11:29 PM
jesus fark, gawker is such a terrible site. nothing but race baiting bullshiat
 
2013-02-16 03:12:12 PM
Reading the actual crimes printed next to Atherton's made it all the more funny.
 
2013-02-16 03:14:04 PM
I know that community. I knew a lady who lived in one of the few modest tract houses there. Atherton has resisted joining other cities or becoming part of the unincorporated county area because they're running their town just fine on their own. Given the value of those houses and the amount of tax they are paying, they used to give the cops Volvos (I kid you not) and pay them well. Just about nothing happens there, so it's a great job if you can get it.

In other words, the cops really had nothing else to do and rich people can be just as stupid about 911 as everyone else.
 
2013-02-16 03:14:06 PM

King Something: Rich white people problems.


Why's it gotta be white people?
i3.kym-cdn.com

/snark
 
2013-02-16 03:14:39 PM
God, I hate rich people.

And poor people too, fark them all.
 
2013-02-16 03:14:49 PM
Went to lunch in Carmel a while back... Driving past the park I saw two firetrucks and a couple ambulances. I thought "oh shiat, tourist got a heart attack" but no... firefighter vs EMT pickup basketball game.
 
2013-02-16 03:15:48 PM
These residents pay the high taxes that cover the police department's labor costs.  They can use the police for whatever reason (no matter how seemingly frivolous) they want.
 
2013-02-16 03:17:44 PM
The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.
 
2013-02-16 03:20:22 PM
Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?
 
2013-02-16 03:20:25 PM

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


Now why would you want to give something so toxic to poor people?
 
2013-02-16 03:20:59 PM
from Unalaska:

2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.
 
2013-02-16 03:21:54 PM

JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable. It's all smoke and mirrors. Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.


And let's not forget sheer laziness.  Last time i had an attempted break-in, I called the cops and the guy on the line made it sound like the fact that he would have to fill out paperwork and send a form in the mail would just be so difficult that it wasn't even worth the effort and if I wanted an officer to come out I would need to sit there and spend an entire day off work to wait for them.  I wonder how many thousands of property crimes of that sort are never reported for that very reason?
 
2013-02-16 03:22:32 PM
5 February, Tuesday

0122 - Welfare Check - Inebriated brother called to report that something was wrong with his inebriated sibling. Officers responded to the residence and were told that a pretty woman was doing things with his sibling.
0714 - Assistance Rendered - Inebriated brother called to report his inebriated sibling had told him to shut up. Officers responded to the residence and found the two were arguing about a pretty woman.


Is 'pretty woman' police-speak for 'hooker'?
 
2013-02-16 03:23:15 PM
The crime blotter in the San Jose Mercury News is legendary for amusing blurbs. My all-time favorite read: "An argument occurred and it included hair pulling." That's it - the entire report.
 
2013-02-16 03:23:26 PM

Jebdiahbob: King Something: Rich white people problems.

Why's it gotta be white people?
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/snark


  shut up Buckwheat.
 
2013-02-16 03:24:49 PM

Shaggy_C: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable. It's all smoke and mirrors. Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.

And let's not forget sheer laziness.  Last time i had an attempted break-in, I called the cops and the guy on the line made it sound like the fact that he would have to fill out paperwork and send a form in the mail would just be so difficult that it wasn't even worth the effort and if I wanted an officer to come out I would need to sit there and spend an entire day off work to wait for them.  I wonder how many thousands of property crimes of that sort are never reported for that very reason?


It's like you wrote a brochure for Toledo.
 
2013-02-16 03:25:27 PM

GreenSun: Well their reports are a lot better than having to go check out something about some gunshot noises in the backyard, only to find that there are 3 dead freshly raped women tied up and the suspect is headed towards the nearest school.


Ok then.
 
2013-02-16 03:26:32 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: How do such incredibly stupid people accumulate so much money?


They lie back, spread their legs and think of the divorce settlement.
 
2013-02-16 03:27:22 PM
One day I might appreciate it, but my neighbors watch my house a little too closely. They've called us a couple of times for what they thought was suspicious activity, but wasn't. A friend leaving through the back door, a strange car parked in the driveway overnight. It's kind of putting the kibosh on my plans to have an affair with that intern in marketing.
 
2013-02-16 03:28:28 PM
suddenly, there's a knock on the door
Well now, who could that be?
I say "Who is it?"
No answer
"Who is it?"
There's no answer
"WHO IS IT?"
They're not sayin' anything
So, finally I go over and I open the door and just as I suspected
It's some big fat hermaphrodite with a Flock-Of-Seagulls haircut and only one nostril
Oh man, I hate it when I'm right
 
2013-02-16 03:29:04 PM
The one about the hawk enjoying dinner was the best one, IMHO.
 
2013-02-16 03:29:14 PM

Shaggy_C: These residents pay the high taxes that cover the police department's labor costs.  They can use the police for whatever reason (no matter how seemingly frivolous) they want.


No that's not actually how it works
 
2013-02-16 03:30:19 PM

ChrisDe: One day I might appreciate it, but my neighbors watch my house a little too closely. They've called us a couple of times for what they thought was suspicious activity, but wasn't. A friend leaving through the back door, a strange car parked in the driveway overnight. It's kind of putting the kibosh on my plans to have an affair with that intern in marketing.


Believe me, she's fine. I was with her last night and she said to say hi.

/Obscure?
 
2013-02-16 03:30:39 PM

Vodka Zombie: I got pulled over once after driving on the same road twice in the span of a few minutes. I'd gone to the hardware store to pick up some things, and on my way home I realized I forgot something. So, back to the store.

When I was heading home again, the cop pulled me over and asked what I was doing. After explaining my story, he told me that he'd better not see me on that road again. I laughed at him, he said he was serious, and I laughed at him even harder.

I think he began to understand the stupidity of his order when I asked for his phone number should I need anything from any of the shops on that very busy, and very public, street as he'd be the one picking them up for me.

Poor bastard really wanted to write me a ticket for something.


Probably an anti-cruising law.
 
2013-02-16 03:30:50 PM

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


After decades of failed trickle down economics, it's time for the rich to pay their fair share.

It's hardly grinding them up for meatloaf.
 
2013-02-16 03:31:17 PM
2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.
 
2013-02-16 03:32:16 PM

ChrisDe: One day I might appreciate it, but my neighbors watch my house a little too closely. They've called us a couple of times for what they thought was suspicious activity, but wasn't. A friend leaving through the back door, a strange car parked in the driveway overnight. It's kind of putting the kibosh on my plans to have an affair with that intern in marketing.



   too many reality crime shows now....people are seeing a body in every trunk.
 
2013-02-16 03:33:08 PM
When keeping it El Camino Real goes wrong.
I laugh my arse off when I hear about Atherton. I've got so much more for so much less, you clueless farks!
 
2013-02-16 03:33:17 PM

JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.


Nice try, but I was a private security dispatcher in Bel-Air, so we were catching most of the calls (we had a better response time) and I can guarantee none of them were for criminal offenses. Over 95% were for calls just like this. Like the people who were so paranoid of burglars they had motion sensor lights all around the house in a remote mountain area--but were pissed when the deer and raccoons set them off all night long. We took lots of calls for wild animals in the backyards; my fave was the lady who wanted me to send an officer to shoot the skunk under her porch.

Then there was the call of "someone screaming". I sent an officer: he heard nothing. Another call "They're still screaming!" The officer went back, this time went all around the house. It was a TV, on the Cartoon Network. The volume was a little loud, and the resident had fallen asleep.

There's just not a lot of crime in these areas--but there ARE a lot of paranoid people.
 
2013-02-16 03:33:38 PM
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The one from Redwood City (above) that they didn't circle is funnier than several of the ones they did circle.
 
2013-02-16 03:38:16 PM
I lived in Menlo Park (next town over from Atherton) for many years. They had great yard sales.

The neighborhood didn't change that quickly, but there was a small homeless encampment under an overpass near the creek. I had a neighbor who was foolish enough to leave her luggage on the curb while she went back inside to phone for a taxi. On recycling day. Gone.

Two other stories from that era:

- Very soon after I moved in, I was walking home one evening and took a wrong turn onto a dead-end street. In the process of backtracking my steps, the local patrol car pulled up next to me and asked if there was a problem. I told them I was looking for <my address>.  "Oh, do you work there?"  "No, I live there. Is that a problem?"  (I could hear the testicles retract from the sidewalk).

- We had a loquat tree in the front yard that gave literally bushels of fruit in season (the neighbor had persimmons, and left a wheelbarrow-full on his front walk).  Coming home one afternoon, there was an older woman with a couple of shopping bags standing on the sidewalk in front of the house, and a teenage boy standing on a folding chair under my tree picking loquats. I stopped and watched them for a while, and she kindly handed me part of his next haul, which I put into my bag. I thanked her, then went up on the porch, got out my keys, and went inside.

Good times.
 
2013-02-16 03:39:56 PM
Picking fruit that isn't yours is a felony in California. Keeps the bums away from the orange groves. img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-02-16 03:41:22 PM

Shaggy_C: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable. It's all smoke and mirrors. Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.

And let's not forget sheer laziness.  Last time i had an attempted break-in, I called the cops and the guy on the line made it sound like the fact that he would have to fill out paperwork and send a form in the mail would just be so difficult that it wasn't even worth the effort and if I wanted an officer to come out I would need to sit there and spend an entire day off work to wait for them.  I wonder how many thousands of property crimes of that sort are never reported for that very reason?


I guess this is a national thing.  It seems that the police in general have become very lazy unless it has to do with DUI's, drugs, rape or murder.  Do you think that they would like to make a huge bust rather than find a killer? It seems it's just a competition to seehow many times they can get their names in the paper.  I believe that they sometimes forget what they signed up for.  I am also sure that there are a fair amount of domestic disputes that are not reported and pushed to the side because they "worked things out".   There is no fame or glory finding out who blew up your mailbox or stole an emblem off your car (if people still do that).  Where there are drunk teenagers, there will be property damage of some sort.  Good point.
 
2013-02-16 03:43:01 PM
From the comments: "Police responded to call regarding someone in the neighborhood wearing white shoes after labor day. It was determined they were in fact more gray and just reflecting the light."

/I hope this becomes a thing.
 
2013-02-16 03:46:35 PM
I wonder what would happen if I hired LL Cool J to walk that neighborhood at night?
 
2013-02-16 03:48:28 PM

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


Whoa, take it easy there Gospel of Luke. Not all of us are Christians.
 
2013-02-16 03:51:11 PM
I was listening to my police scanner app one night and dispatch came on to send a car to an address where two guys were "having buttsex in front of an open window."
 
2013-02-16 03:51:27 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk: How do such incredibly stupid people accumulate so much money?

They marry into it.
 
2013-02-16 03:54:24 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Shaggy_C: These residents pay the high taxes that cover the police department's labor costs.  They can use the police for whatever reason (no matter how seemingly frivolous) they want.

No that's not actually how it works


FTFY
 
2013-02-16 03:57:48 PM

SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?


Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View.
 
2013-02-16 03:57:52 PM
Gawker. Because when you have a website, you have to publish SOMETHING. Even when there's nothing to publish.
 
2013-02-16 03:58:08 PM

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I hope that hawk had ordered out for some nummy Pekingese food.
 
2013-02-16 03:58:30 PM

dready zim: Peter von Nostrand: Shaggy_C: These residents pay the high taxes that cover the police department's labor costs.  They can use the police for whatever reason (no matter how seemingly frivolous) they want.

No that's not actually how it works

FTFY


How clever
 
2013-02-16 04:05:59 PM

SpdrJay: I was listening to my police scanner app one night and dispatch came on to send a car to an address where two guys were "having buttsex in front of an open window."


Good Lord, can't the police do anything right? There were WAY more than two!

...So I heard
 
2013-02-16 04:07:16 PM
From Kensington, a wealthy community across the bay:

http://www.kensingtonoutlook.com/issues/outlook_julaug_06.pdf

An African American man was seen sitting in a car parked on Purdue Ave. A suspicious resident, who was greeted by the occupant, noted the car's license plate and called the police. When police arrived the man and car were gone. later an astute officer realized that the license plate was that of the Kensington police's own unmarked car; the driver had been Acting Police Chief Hull, doing a routine neighborhood watch.
 
2013-02-16 04:08:35 PM

WI241TH: Andromeda: Semi-related, does anyone remember the police blotter posted for a random small town in Alaska where it was filled with crazy drunk antics and wild bears and what not?  THAT was a thing of beauty, but I can't remember what it was.

Someone linked it in the comments:
http://www.adn.com/2013/02/07/2780557/unalaska-police-blotter.html#st o rylink=misearch


I haven't seen the Arcata Eye Police Log linked here lately.
 
2013-02-16 04:08:58 PM
How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?
 
2013-02-16 04:10:46 PM
I would definitely not call the cops if this arterton  rang my doorbell...

i2.listal.com
 
2013-02-16 04:12:48 PM

offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?


There's a reason cops often have such bad attitudes, you know.
 
2013-02-16 04:15:19 PM

offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?


They're rich and white, or perhaps Indian.
 
2013-02-16 04:17:13 PM
"A man's monocle popped off his face when he realized that the caviar he was eating was second-tier."
 
2013-02-16 04:17:36 PM

SpdrJay: I was listening to my police scanner app one night and dispatch came on to send a car to an address where two guys were "having buttsex in front of an open window."


Hey, I thought that at night, when it's dark out, you can't see into a brightly lit room.  It was an honest mistake.

Oh, I mean, I have no idea why you mention that.
 
2013-02-16 04:21:21 PM
When I was visiting Key West I looked at the crime section of the local paper. The one that made the headline on the page was "Man Writes Roommate Bad Check".
 
2013-02-16 04:27:19 PM

Gyrfalcon: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.

Nice try, but I was a private security dispatcher in Bel-Air, so we were catching most of the calls (we had a better response time) and I can guarantee none of them were for criminal offenses. Over 95% were for calls just like this. Like the people who were so paranoid of burglars they had motion sensor lights all around the house in a remote mountain area--but were pissed when the deer and raccoons set them off all night long. We took lots of calls for wild animals in the backyards; my fave was the lady who wanted me to send an officer to shoot the skunk under her porch.

Then there was the call of "someone screaming". I sent an officer: he heard nothing. Another call "They're still screaming!" The officer went back, this time went all around the house. It was a TV, on the Cartoon Network. The volume was a little loud, and the resident had fallen asleep.

There's just not a lot of crime in these areas--but there ARE a lot of paranoid people.


I don't understand the "Nice Try" comment, but I was just explaining of how it works around here..  I speak the truth, and I guess or will assume you are doing the same. There can be 2 truths to a statement made.  I did not say that this is what they were doing, just that it happens.

"Lighten up Francis"  There was no "nice try", only difference in area.  Do you know what the police swept under the rug?  Probably not, but I guarantee there is more than just dust under the rug.  More money will buy you more ability in our society.  Sorry if I didn't explain your locale perfectly, but that is difficult to do when you have never lived there for 20 years.  I bet if I did, I would tell you more junk than most police know.  Hell, I know of cops snorting coke of their badge.  They are now running a towns. There is not much difference wherever you go, just how they categorize crime and how much cash you have to get off.
 
2013-02-16 04:28:51 PM

Lunchlady: I deal directly with people from the Westside of LA just about every day at work and this doesn't surprise in the least. Anytime anyone tells you that people with the most money are the most talented or the smartest you should laugh in their face.

Ever wonder what rich housewives do when they're bored and can't shop? They create problems. See also: HOA's


There are countless communities in socal with a similar police blotter and yes, godawful HOAs.
 
2013-02-16 04:30:22 PM
Most people need a little drama in their lives to keep the blood pumping.  Most of us get more than we want.  Those that don't get enough create their own.
 
2013-02-16 04:35:04 PM
Isn't this how is supposed to be? We shouldn't need so many cops if people would quit living like scum. Some folks are such animals when left to their own devise.

/never been arrested, never will be
 
2013-02-16 04:35:08 PM
My favorite one came from a local newspaper in a tiny mid-western town [years ago now]:

11:21 pm Suspected intoxicated woman reported on Main St.

11:27 pm Suspect now crawling east on Main.
 
2013-02-16 04:40:15 PM

serial_crusher: My neighbors called the cops because of a suspicious vehicle driving by their house at the same time every day for a few weeks.
Turns out it was their next door neighbor driving to work.


I know all my neighbors. People who move in to a house and don't talk to anyone or even make an effort to see who is living around them scare me. They are the ones who need to be watched.
 
2013-02-16 04:41:47 PM
www.lolbrary.com
 
2013-02-16 04:44:31 PM

The Snow Dog: xanadian: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x327]

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I hope that hawk had ordered out for some nummy Pekingese food.


Or maybe some Mexican, perhaps a little chimihuahua.
 
2013-02-16 04:45:48 PM

tonguedepressor: [www.lolbrary.com image 500x373]


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back atcha.;)
 
2013-02-16 04:46:06 PM
I live in this town but in Connecticut.  Last week a few women were all upset that men wearing hoodies and carrying snow shovels.  They were all up in arms wondering  who they were and what they were doing.

In unrelated news we got over 30 inches of snow last weekend.
 
2013-02-16 04:47:16 PM

JohnnyRebel88: Shaggy_C: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable. It's all smoke and mirrors. Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.

And let's not forget sheer laziness.  Last time i had an attempted break-in, I called the cops and the guy on the line made it sound like the fact that he would have to fill out paperwork and send a form in the mail would just be so difficult that it wasn't even worth the effort and if I wanted an officer to come out I would need to sit there and spend an entire day off work to wait for them.  I wonder how many thousands of property crimes of that sort are never reported for that very reason?

I guess this is a national thing.  It seems that the police in general have become very lazy unless it has to do with DUI's, drugs, rape or murder.  Do you think that they would like to make a huge bust rather than find a killer? It seems it's just a competition to seehow many times they can get their names in the paper.  I believe that they sometimes forget what they signed up for.  I am also sure that there are a fair amount of domestic disputes that are not reported and pushed to the side because they "worked things out".   There is no fame or glory finding out who blew up your mailbox or stole an emblem off your car (if people still do that).  Where there are drunk teenagers, there will be property damage of some sort.  Good point.


My Mom's house was robbed while she was on vacation and the detective said that they rarely get solved. So maybe it wasn't seen as serious and he/she knew it wouldn't get solved. Or the person was havig a bad day. So yeah this post may be pointless.
 
2013-02-16 04:47:58 PM

meyerkev: SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?

Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View.


San Jose does vary drastically from one neighborhood to the next, although I don't claim to be an expert on the city.  And there's at least some hope that the BART extension will make 880 and 237 into less of a parking lot (I think the Milpitas and Berryessa stations are supposed to open in 2018), although I expect things to get much worse between when the new 49er's stadium opens (probably later this year) and then.

/Santa Clara
 
2013-02-16 04:50:31 PM
rack.1.mshcdn.com
 
2013-02-16 04:51:33 PM

MarkEC: Vodka Zombie: I got pulled over once after driving on the same road twice in the span of a few minutes. I'd gone to the hardware store to pick up some things, and on my way home I realized I forgot something. So, back to the store.

When I was heading home again, the cop pulled me over and asked what I was doing. After explaining my story, he told me that he'd better not see me on that road again. I laughed at him, he said he was serious, and I laughed at him even harder.

I think he began to understand the stupidity of his order when I asked for his phone number should I need anything from any of the shops on that very busy, and very public, street as he'd be the one picking them up for me.

Poor bastard really wanted to write me a ticket for something.

Probably an anti-cruising law.


Yeah. But it was sometime around 11 AM on Thursday.
 
2013-02-16 04:51:42 PM

SuperNinjaToad: I would definitely not call the cops if this arterton  rang my doorbell...

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What about this Atherton?
 
2013-02-16 04:53:11 PM

meyerkev: SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?

Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View.


Funny.  You've just divided the entire bay area into two categories:
1) Stanford and Places Adjacent to Stanford (and SF)
2) Other Places that I've heard are gross and for losers
 
2013-02-16 04:59:50 PM

JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.


==============

It can go the other way as well.  The cops playing up crime stats to justify their demands for more pay/benefits.   Because the cops routinely falsify crime stats, the Census Bureau regularly conducts crime surveys where they send people out to individual addresses bypassing the local police entirely.
 
2013-02-16 05:02:35 PM
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2013-02-16 05:05:57 PM

Zombalupagus: When I was visiting Key West I looked at the crime section of the local paper. The one that made the headline on the page was "Man Writes Roommate Bad Check".


I love reading the local crime blotter and newspaper when I visit relatives in rural New England. As someone who has lived in Chicago most of her life, the difference almost makes it feel like I live in another country. What? a car break-in made the paper? My car was broken into twice in one month just recently. Funny, I didn't see that reported in the Sun-Times. I find it both amusing and very sad.
 
2013-02-16 05:07:01 PM

offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?


I doubt the police in that area have a whole lot to worry about.
 
2013-02-16 05:13:57 PM

bingo the psych-o: offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?

I doubt the police in that area have a whole lot to worry about.


=================

Yup.  Car accidents, ambulance calls is what cops in wealthy areas deal with mostly, silly-ass calls like these probably break up the monotony.   I remember a few years ago when police were called in a neighboring rich town because of a "squirrel behaving erratically".
 
2013-02-16 05:15:13 PM
Read the police blotter at my college one day to see that a girl had called the police be wise a man wearing dark clothing was carrying a gun, the police arrived only to discover the girl had seen a police officer.
 
2013-02-16 05:21:16 PM
Leawood is worse than this. They have the same imagined atrocities from rich residents (suspicious black man!) but the cops also have to be available to give the complainers updates on the investigations.
 
2013-02-16 05:22:00 PM
Ok, I give up trying to make a point here, just one last thing.

Statistics can be interpreted many different ways.
 
2013-02-16 05:22:01 PM
On the local news two days ago I learned my county (Tulsa County in Oklahoma) renewed its status as Meth Lab capital of the US.

http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/tulsa-proven-be-meth-capital-nat io n/nWNH7/
"Tulsa County had 949 labs."
 
2013-02-16 05:43:21 PM
SuperNinjaToad"
"Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?"

The south bay/sf peninsula is one of the safest areas in the us. San jose has the lowest crime rate of big cities in the us.

East palo alto, not far from atherton, not so great, but nothing like many other parts of the us. High rents drive a lot of criminals out I guess.
Also, noted asshole meg whitman lives in atherton.
 
2013-02-16 05:44:34 PM
"WOODSIDE

While en route to his trash can, a resident encountered a 60-pound mountain lion."

This one was the most interesting for me.
 
2013-02-16 05:45:08 PM

Lunchlady: I deal directly with people from the Westside of LA just about every day at work and this doesn't surprise in the least. Anytime anyone tells you that people with the most money are the most talented or the smartest you should laugh in their face.

Ever wonder what rich housewives do when they're bored and can't shop? They create problems. See also: HOA's


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
2013-02-16 05:46:44 PM

JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
2013-02-16 05:50:12 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: Lunchlady: I deal directly with people from the Westside of LA just about every day at work and this doesn't surprise in the least. Anytime anyone tells you that people with the most money are the most talented or the smartest you should laugh in their face.

Ever wonder what rich housewives do when they're bored and can't shop? They create problems. See also: HOA's

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Besides cheat?
 
2013-02-16 05:59:29 PM
meyerkev:
SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?

"Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View."

Epa wasn't the murder capitol of the world. Medellin, rio de janeiro, etc may want a word with you. Maybe the us for a couple years, but its no new orleans or detroit.

East bay is not where "the poor people" live. Berkeley, rockridge in oakland? Ever looked at the rent in fremont? It's slightly below san jose. Try again.

Palo alto has negative public transport? Tell that to all the people who commute there by bus, train or the marguerite (free) shuttle. Parking is a much bigger issue than transport.

Palo alto is not expensive because of bad transportation, it's expensive because it's a super nice city with nice schools. Plus the tech cos and stanford students, as you mentioned.

Yes san jose has some cheaper areas than much of the peninsula. The east half is primarily mexican.
I live in one of the poorest neighborhoods in east san jose and I feel completely safe walking around alone (I'm female) at night. It's no atherton, but it's no slum.

/bad generalizations are bad.
 
2013-02-16 06:02:53 PM
Also, the san jose mercury news has an interactive map where you can click on symbols on streets, and reported recent crimes will show.

I used to live in west san jose (next to cupertino) and would look at crimes in my neighborhood for a laugh. They would be things like "person reports recyclables stolen from their recycling bin"
 
2013-02-16 06:04:27 PM

Fissile: I remember a few years ago when police were called in a neighboring rich town because of a "squirrel behaving erratically".


I heard about those squirrels too. They're the infamous  crack squirrels.
 
2013-02-16 06:09:30 PM

Chinchillazilla: I can see how, if you didn't know anything about birds, you could easily mistake the sound of a hawk scuffling with a smaller bird for the hawk in distress. Watched a Cooper's hawk try to take babies from a songbird's nest once. The hawk flew into the tree and suddenly there was just this ungodly shrieking and the tree shook. The parent birds eventually chased the hawk away empty-taloned.


Agreed. Their shrieking can sound g'dawful reverberating through our valley, but, being about as far from a gated community as it is possible to get, we don't call the cops. Good thing, too, because the deputy up the hill would probably take a break from his constant target practice to get off a shot or two at the poor bird.

/rural problems
 
2013-02-16 06:18:49 PM
ihopOVERpancakes:
"WOODSIDE

While en route to his trash can, a resident encountered a 60-pound mountain lion."

"This one was the most interesting for me."

I know, I thought mountain lions were way bigger than that.

/woodside is basically atherton with more woods, mountains.
//fun fact: joan baez lives there.
 
2013-02-16 06:23:58 PM
Next stop: Willoughby
 
2013-02-16 06:26:21 PM

o'really: ihopOVERpancakes:
"WOODSIDE

While en route to his trash can, a resident encountered a 60-pound mountain lion."

"This one was the most interesting for me."

I know, I thought mountain lions were way bigger than that.



Luckily the lion was standing on a discarded bathroom scale, so it's weight could be accurately determined.
 
2013-02-16 06:27:06 PM

noitsnot: o'really: ihopOVERpancakes:
"WOODSIDE

While en route to his trash can, a resident encountered a 60-pound mountain lion."

"This one was the most interesting for me."

I know, I thought mountain lions were way bigger than that.


Luckily the lion was standing on a discarded bathroom scale, so it's weight could be accurately determined.


dammit - wrong its twice today
 
2013-02-16 06:37:52 PM

TheOther: 2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.


That is actually adorable.
 
2013-02-16 06:42:16 PM
Atherton? Can I call you Ath?
 
2013-02-16 06:43:27 PM
noitsnot:
"Luckily the lion was standing on a discarded bathroom scale, so it's weight could be accurately determined."

Whew! Luckily.
 
2013-02-16 06:53:00 PM

o'really: ihopOVERpancakes:
"WOODSIDE

While en route to his trash can, a resident encountered a 60-pound mountain lion."

"This one was the most interesting for me."

I know, I thought mountain lions were way bigger than that.

/woodside is basically atherton with more woods, mountains.
//fun fact: joan baez lives there.


Perhaps it was a kitten?

Mountain Lions ARE much bigger than that. 115-220 lbs, per Wikipedia. And unlikely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating garbage. More likely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating German Shepards.
 
2013-02-16 06:55:54 PM

sleeps in trees: TheOther: 2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.

That is actually adorable.


You wouldn't think that if you were the attendant on that monster's flight.
 
2013-02-16 07:02:19 PM
 
2013-02-16 07:04:30 PM
cptjeff:Mountain Lions ARE much bigger than that. 115-220 lbs, per Wikipedia. And unlikely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating garbage. More likely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating German Shepards.

From Wikipedia:  Males typically weigh 53 to 100 kg (115 to 220 lb), averaging 62 kg (137 lb). Females typically weigh between 29 and 64 kg (64 and 141 lb), averaging 42 kg (93 lb).

We have them in our area and I do find their tracks on our property, though I'm guessing most of them would be in the 80-120lb range. I wouldn't want to encounter a 220lb mountain lion.
 
2013-02-16 07:05:57 PM
 
2013-02-16 07:16:44 PM

SurelyShirley: cptjeff:Mountain Lions ARE much bigger than that. 115-220 lbs, per Wikipedia. And unlikely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating garbage. More likely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating German Shepards.

From Wikipedia:  Males typically weigh 53 to 100 kg (115 to 220 lb), averaging 62 kg (137 lb). Females typically weigh between 29 and 64 kg (64 and 141 lb), averaging 42 kg (93 lb).

We have them in our area and I do find their tracks on our property, though I'm guessing most of them would be in the 80-120lb range. I wouldn't want to encounter a 220lb mountain lion.


I feel dumb for not having read the second sentence. It surprises me that the females would be so much smaller- the males I've seen (two at the zoo, one in the wild actively engaged in chasing a couple deer, though not sure if that was a male or not) would definitely have been well above 150.
 
2013-02-16 07:16:49 PM
 
2013-02-16 07:21:13 PM
 
2013-02-16 07:58:11 PM

ZeroCorpse: sleeps in trees: TheOther: 2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.

That is actually adorable.

You wouldn't think that if you were the attendant on that monster's flight.



We have a municipal police force, not RCMP.  This means they get paid much better and its a bedroom municipality so work is fairly light.  Anyhow, my little dude has autism and his speech is limited,  so the therapists and I are drilling into his head that he needs to call 911 in an emergency and that they will help no matter what is wrong.  I hear a noise and rush out of the shower (couldn't have been more than 10 min.)  and there are 4 officers in my house and a broken door.  Seems he called 911 because we were out of chocolate milk.

Some time after I got pulled over and one of the officers remembered me.  He let me go with a "stern reprimand".   It's the kind of police force that actually waves at you and smiles.
 
2013-02-16 07:59:18 PM
I guaran-damn-tee you every single one of those people who called those things in to the police vote Republican.
 
2013-02-16 08:46:36 PM
cptjeff:
"Perhaps it was a kitten?

Mountain Lions ARE much bigger than that. 115-220 lbs, per Wikipedia. And unlikely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating garbage. More likely to be wandering around a neighborhood eating German Shepards."

I know it could be a youngster. It was just my poor attempt at humor.

There are a fair amount of mtn lions around here, but they really try to avoid humans.

There's been several instances where folks in the richer communities in the peninsula (around atherton) have reported mountain lions and it has been other animals, like dogs.
 
2013-02-16 08:49:33 PM
sleeps in trees:

"I hear a noise and rush out of the shower (couldn't have been more than 10 min.)  and there are 4 officers in my house and a broken door.  Seems he called 911 because we were out of chocolate milk"

Bwahaha!

I mean, awkward. But hilarious.

/Hope the door wasn't too expensive to fix.
 
2013-02-16 09:01:50 PM

sleeps in trees: ZeroCorpse: sleeps in trees: TheOther: 2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.

That is actually adorable.

You wouldn't think that if you were the attendant on that monster's flight.


We have a municipal police force, not RCMP.  This means they get paid much better and its a bedroom municipality so work is fairly light.  Anyhow, my little dude has autism and his speech is limited,  so the therapists and I are drilling into his head that he needs to call 911 in an emergency and that they will help no matter what is wrong.  I hear a noise and rush out of the shower (couldn't have been more than 10 min.)  and there are 4 officers in my house and a broken door.  Seems he called 911 because we were out of chocolate milk.

Some time after I got pulled over and one of the officers remembered me.  He let me go with a "stern reprimand".   It's the kind of police force that actually waves at you and smiles.


They didn't even rat you out to CPS for running out of chocolate milk!
 
2013-02-16 09:42:38 PM
Oh happy day! I grew up in Menlo Park, we've been enjoying these for decades! And now they've made both Gawker and Fark!

My personal favorite, of all time: "Three nice girls reported going door to door."
 
2013-02-16 09:48:25 PM

ringo2: I lived in Menlo Park (next town over from Atherton) for many years. They had great yard sales.

The neighborhood didn't change that quickly, but there was a small homeless encampment under an overpass near the creek.


You lived very close to me. Farkied for general interest.

\no, I didn't live under El Camino
 
2013-02-16 09:55:49 PM

Xenomech: I guaran-damn-tee you every single one of those people who called those things in to the police vote Republican.


There's a good chance you'd be wrong. San Mateo County leans heavily democratic, and those big dollar Democratic donors do live somewhere, you know.
 
2013-02-16 10:03:00 PM

GreenSun: Well their reports are a lot better than having to go check out something about some gunshot noises in the backyard, only to find that there are 3 dead freshly raped women tied up and the suspect is headed towards the nearest school.


Are you from Detroit, too?
 
2013-02-16 10:20:40 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: How do such incredibly stupid people accumulate so much money?

/of course, being a cop there is probably a pretty cush gig


I doubt that about the copy gig.  Being a public servant for super-wealthy, super-finnicky, asoundingly fearful and paranoid douchebags who have too much time on their hands sounds awful.  That, and wealthy people have horrible domestic violence just like anyone else, and the cops still have to deal with that.
 
2013-02-16 10:25:11 PM

Chinchillazilla: I can see how, if you didn't know anything about birds, you could easily mistake the sound of a hawk scuffling with a smaller bird for the hawk in distress. Watched a Cooper's hawk try to take babies from a songbird's nest once. The hawk flew into the tree and suddenly there was just this ungodly shrieking and the tree shook. The parent birds eventually chased the hawk away empty-taloned.


So... it turned out not to be a police matter after all?
 
2013-02-17 01:14:45 AM

BigNumber12: Xenomech: I guaran-damn-tee you every single one of those people who called those things in to the police vote Republican.

There's a good chance you'd be wrong. San Mateo County leans heavily democratic, and those big dollar Democratic donors do live somewhere, you know.


I'll bet Atherton is 90%+ republican.  It's quite different from the rest of the county.  Just twisty roads past walled fortresses - no sidewalks, no businesses.
 
2013-02-17 01:41:54 AM
Yeah, not much ever happens in those high end neighborhoods.
 
2013-02-17 04:32:52 AM
My mom and some of our neighbors were like this. It was just a regular upper-middle class neighborhood, not particularly wealthy but particularly suspicious and paranoid.

She would call the police if a stranger rang the doorbell. She would also call the neighbors to warn them that someone was walking around ringing doorbells. And then there would be lots of scary turning off of lights in the house and peeking out of windows. And it would be a big scary story to share with her friends for several days with lots of speculation on whether he was "legitimate" or a robber/rapist/serial killer.

If she saw someone walking around the neighborhood that was not at least 30 years old and white, she would be suspicious because the person might be walking around trying doors hoping to find one unlocked so he could rob the house. We would have to turn around and go back to our house to double check that the doors were locked. Sometimes she would call the police for that as well. Or sometimes we would just follow the person to figure out what he was up to (which was never anything more than walking down the street).

When we traveled, she would have a neighbor put trash in our trashcans because otherwise the trash collectors would know we away and would tell their criminal friends so they could rob our house. She would not stop delivery of the newspaper or have mail held at the post office for the same reason (neighbor picked up paper and mail).

One time, when I was in high school, a neighbor called to tell me two men were walking up our driveway. The following conversation ensued:

Me (looking out window): yes, I know them, I'm expecting them (it was two guys from school)
Neighbor: Are you sure? They don't look right.
Me: yes, I know them:
Neighbor: They're not dressed very nice, are you sure? (they were wearing jeans and t-shirts).
Me: yes, I know them and I'm expecting them.
Neighbor: but one of them is wearing an army jacket
Me: yes, I see that. I know them.
Neighbor (now in an agitated state): Now they're right up to the house! They're on the porch, it looks like they're ringing the doorbell!!!!
Me: yes, I hear the doorbell.
Neighbor: DON'T OPEN THE DOOR!!! ARE YOU OPENING THE DOOR? SHOULD I CALL THE POLICE!?!?!?

I hung up at that point. I'm actually surprised she didn't report a kidnapping after I got in the car and left with them.
 
2013-02-17 10:07:15 AM

sleeps in trees: TheOther: 2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.

That is actually adorable.


Agreed
 
2013-02-17 10:31:47 AM

noitsnot: BigNumber12: Xenomech: I guaran-damn-tee you every single one of those people who called those things in to the police vote Republican.

There's a good chance you'd be wrong. San Mateo County leans heavily democratic, and those big dollar Democratic donors do live somewhere, you know.

I'll bet Atherton is 90%+ republican.  It's quite different from the rest of the county.  Just twisty roads past walled fortresses - no sidewalks, no businesses.


Does the vineyard at Alameda and Polhemus count as a "business?"
 
2013-02-17 04:41:45 PM

Xenomech: I guaran-damn-tee you every single one of those people who called those things in to the police vote Republican.


Oh yeah. I used to wonder why I didn't see more "Terrorist Huntin' License" and "Impeach Obama" bumper stickers in the Bay Area, then I drove through Atherton... and EVERY car had one of those bumper stickers.
 
2013-02-17 06:09:55 PM

bikerwalla: Xenomech: I guaran-damn-tee you every single one of those people who called those things in to the police vote Republican.

Oh yeah. I used to wonder why I didn't see more "Terrorist Huntin' License" and "Impeach Obama" bumper stickers in the Bay Area, then I drove through Atherton... and EVERY car had one of those bumper stickers.


Bumper stickers? On cars in Atherton? Surely, you jest.
 
2013-02-17 06:26:34 PM
Sorry, vernacular creeping up. These were the 2" x 6" vinyl stickers that on other lower class areas would go onto the cars' bumpers, but these were on the cars' windows.
 
2013-02-17 06:49:37 PM
I'm on my kindle fire so I cant  post links, but  highly recommend paintsvilleherald.com  911 reports.  Redneckery at its finest
 
2013-02-17 10:29:46 PM

o'really: East bay is not where "the poor people" live. Berkeley, rockridge in oakland?


And Blackhawk and Piedmont send their regards.
 
2013-02-18 01:47:02 AM

sirrerun: o'really: East bay is not where "the poor people" live. Berkeley, rockridge in oakland?

And Blackhawk and Piedmont send their regards.


There's a reason I used "poor" and not poor.  They're still filthy stinking rich by my standards, just a couple hundred a month cheaper.
 
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