Sunday, September 13, 2009
In the last few days, I have had some inconveniences, for which I am very grateful.
The first was last Thursday, at the Goodwill store in downtown Brooklyn. I made a purchase of a lap top carrying case that would have cost a lot more if it were brand new. I also bought some great hardcover books about Fiorello LaGuardia and Queen Victoria. The cashier asked me for ID when I paid with a credit card. It had happened before. I thanked her for making sure that I was really the one whose name was on my credit card. I wish everyone cared as much.
That same night, my daughter was getting ready to take a bus trip. The cops pulled her over and asked for ID. They asked to see the contents of her wallet. She looks younger than her age, so they thought she was a runaway. She almost missed her bus, but they were kind enough to make sure the driver waited. It was a pain in the neck. But I am grateful to the police. I don't want them to be too shy to pull over a real runaway in the Port Authority. I'd rather they make a few mistakes. What really impressed me was that my son got pulled over five years ago as a suspected runaway when he was old enough to vote. They let him go when it was clear that he was old enough to vote. but the information was still in the NYPD data base. I hope they keep that up. You never know when info like that might be useful later.
Tonight, I dropped my daughter off and parked my motor cycle in the back yard. The cops asked my daughter who was going to the back yard. She said it was her father. I feel very reassured that police are willing to ask questions, to make observations and act on them. I hope there are more such interactions between police and citizens.
For every twenty stops, maybe one might lead to the discovery of a crime. That is my guess. I respect the police for continuing to ask questions. I am sure older police have a better batting average. But I do not mind being part of on the job training.
I feel a lot safer knowing that citizens are being watched. I know the difference between looking for possible criminal behavior and monitoring political speech. And I think the NYPD does as well.
I wish every cashier would ask for ID when a credit card is presented. Unfortunately, such requests are in my experience all too rare.
New York has become a lot friendlier and a lot safer since I moved here thirty years ago. the lion's share of this major improvement is due to the many nameless individuals who have been doing their jobs. I hope more people follow the example of the cashier at the Goodwill store. and to the NYPD I say thank you. Keep asking questions. Sphere: Related Content