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  • August 3, 2015

A Question of Crime A Question of Crime

Another question for the start of the month. One that may make you think a bit. Do the crime do the time? May not be as easy as that chime.

“If your parent or child committed a major crime, would you turn them in?”

Depends on the major crime. If they went all serial killer than, yep, they’d get turned in no matter who they are to me. Why? Because they aren’t going to stop unless they are locked away. You could delude yourself into thinking they will, but you’d be a sap. Something like rape or anything really bad to a child, I’d turn them in too.

People make too many excuses for such things, instead of seeing the signs and doing something about it, getting them the help they need or putting them where they can’t hurt anyone else.

Now if say they robbed a bank or an armored car or some rich person that deserved it and they never hurt anyone, would I turn them in? Nope, to an extent. I guess in a roundabout way I’d be making excuses, but if it was a one and done thing, I’d let it go. Now if I saw them ready to do it again, I’d turn them in. The more robberies you do the more likely it is someone will get hurt.

If they were scamming your average person or running some Ponzi scheme, yep, I’d turn them in again. Hacking, I guess it would depend again. If they are just outing idiots like the recent hacking of that dating site for adulterers, nope, serves those idiots right. But hacking and stealing financial information, yep, turned in. Unless they steal a penny from a billion people, then maybe not so much.

Firebugs would be turned in. Insurance scamming firebug, probably not, if one and done.

Drug dealing is tough to say, as I’d probably lock them away myself and prevent them from selling. But if they kept doing it. Turned in.

I think I hit all the major crimes. Did I miss any? Is there any you’d not turn in your kid or parent for? In reality though, I’d just be sure to teach the kids right from wrong and hope it sinks into their heads so none of this comes to pass.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Arlee Bird

2015-08-03 13:42:22 Reply

Depends is not only an adult diaper, but also seems to be the general answer to today’s question. You threw in a few variants on the “depends” answer which was interesting.

Tossing It Out

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-03 13:53:58 Reply

    Always some variants to consider and yep, depends seems to be the name of the game.

Chrys Fey

2015-08-03 14:07:02 Reply

You’re right about serial killers not stopping unless they are locked away. Even if it is a loved one, it’s the only way for everyone, including ourselves, to be safe.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-03 20:47:37 Reply

    Yep, only way for all to be safe


2015-08-03 14:16:47 Reply

I turned my kids in for stealing cigarettes, no regrets. Luckily, they never did anything worse. But maybe that’s what it takes. There were other families in court that day who were trying to get their kids off. I don’t think that was wise, and I wonder what those kids are like today, grown up.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-03 20:48:09 Reply

    True, teaches a lesson getting turned in

Tamara Narayan

2015-08-03 14:38:16 Reply

Yeah, I’d turn my family members in as well, but I would hate doing it.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-03 20:48:34 Reply

    Yeah wouldn’t be an easy thing to do

Toi Thomas

2015-08-03 20:15:09 Reply

My mom and dad need to stop J-walking, but other than that they are harmless. I don’t have any kids, but I pray that my nieces and nephews made all the right choices.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-03 20:49:00 Reply

    Hopefully they all do make wise choices

Alex J. Cavanaugh

2015-08-03 21:59:16 Reply

You’ve covered most of them.
Several people today mentioned animal abuse. If it were bad enough, I might turn them in if talking to them did no good. To me, that’s just as horrible as hurting a person. (And could well lead to hurting people.)

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-04 13:10:57 Reply

    Yeah, animal abuse is a big one. I’d turn them in, but most people in those cases get off with a slap on the wrist and that is it.

Michael D'Agostino

2015-08-04 03:26:46 Reply

It’s interesting that you have a line which some crimes cross and others don’t. Did you mention sexual assault?

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-04 13:11:31 Reply

    Yeah, rape was in there. Turn those suckers in for sure

Madilyn Quinn

2015-08-04 13:23:41 Reply

One and done, it depends 😛

    Pat Hatt

    2015-08-04 13:40:56 Reply

    depends you say at your bay

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