|The man from Moscow has it right - now that you know who the kids are and where they live, it has to be impressed on them that the destruction of the neighborhood's greenery is not to be tolerated. And the cops are the best way to go - if cops balk about following up about the flower destruction, talk about the "broken windows analogy"- first it's plants, then slashing tires, then arson - then they treatened a senor citizen. |
An Evil thought: Now, if they pulled the flowers out of the bed in front of the firehouse - a visit at about 10:00 pm, sirens howling, etc. would be awfully impressive -especially with a group of six foot plus tall firemen saying, "Who tore out our flowers, and threatened to take more!"
After the sobbing calmed down, a calm explanation of how that was unacceptable behavior on the girl's part, never to be repeated.
Subj: Re: [cg] Stealing from gardens...
Date: 7/21/04 3:12:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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While I think talking directly with the girls is admirable, and often
preferred, I would make a report to the police. It would serve as a record
should the girls make good on their threat of returning to do more damage,
and two, it would allow the police to lend a bit of authority if they visit
the girls' home. It would also impress upon them and the parents the
seriousness of their actions. Without knowing the girls background, it
might nip bad behavior in the bud. If they acted thus so far, it may be
that they already flaunt their disrespect in other areas. And the police
may be able to suggest how to approach the girls in a positive manner.