The Many Works of Pat Hatt
August 3, 2015
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.