Sunday December 8, 2013
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Oh Tom!!! You hit the nail on the head!!!
A nephew of mine who is in management at a Walmart in Arkansas told us that Walmart policy is to rearrange the entire store and all departments every 4 years or so. This is because once people know where the items that they typically buy are located, they go right to them and don't do a lot of "browsing". Studies have proven that sales typically increase dramatically in the months following a "reset".
One of my pet peeves is stores stocking in the middle of the day when the store is most crowded. What in the world do they have a night crew for if not to get the stocking done during the middle of the night when few, if any, customers are trying to shop?
Back to the cell phone subject, I try very hard not to impact others while I am taking a call. That is just common decency. When I am with others, unless I am specifically expecting a call, then the only calls that I will take are from my husband or my kids; who know that when I say I am with someone to let me know their call is not important and I can call back.
Years ago when cell phones first came out, I had one as I traveled quite frequently on business. One day while in a meeting, my cell rang, I could see that it was my Mom, so I didn't answer, figuring she was just being "mom" and wanting to touch base. She called 2-3 more times, so I finally excused myself from the meeting and took the call. She was calling to let me know that one of the foster babies they had, had died from crib-death syndrome. Mom was quite upset and I have never forgotten that.
Ok, I'm going to jump into this conversation and offer the other side of the discussion. Although, I will first say that I agree completely with the comments about cell phones on planes. That would be an absolutely unbearable situation; jammed into a long metal tube with a couple hundred other people, all packed in like sardines, each having a different conversation...yikes!!!
I will say up front that I am one of those who is on my cell phone, a lot! I volunteer with a couple of different organizations and in several different capacities. I am on the road, in meetings, at different events and offices for much of my day. Add to my schedule the fact that my husband's office is in Phoenix, plus he travels extensively for his job; and our cell phones enable us to stay in touch regardless where each of us may be. If I am in a grocery store or other public place, and a call comes in, I either put my earphone in and talk that way, or I find an out of the way place where I can park my grocery cart and have my conversation. I do not block aisles or get in the way of others. If I come across someone who is blocking an aisle or access to something and they are on their phone, I either move their basket out of my way, or I say loudly, excuse me.
Had I been the woman in Safeway that Tom mentioned (although that wouldn't have been me as I would NOT block an aisle) and some person actually touched me and took possession of my cell phone, that person would be facing charges of assault, as well as theft. NOBODY, for ANY reason has the right to put hands on another, nor to take their personal property!! Move the shopping cart, loudly say excuse me, a very pointed dirty look,,,all are fair game. Putting ones hands on another person or their property is way out of line!!
I recognize that my stance will not be a popular one on here, and also I am certain I will get criticized and/or chastised for my comments. However, something that I have learned as I have gotten older, is that NONE of us knows what path another is walking, or what troubles they are dealing with. That woman in Safeway may have gotten a call that a loved one had died or she was getting bad results of a medical test or some such bad news. She may have been stunned and in shock, not realizing that she was impacting many others. On the other hand, she may have just been being a rude, insensitive, selfish wench without a care for anybody else, but, why not give the benefit of the doubt and pray that there will be as much compassion and kindness for you should you ever be in a position to need it?
Oh Pat, Pat, Pat!!!! I knew there were so many reasons I love you!!! I will lay odds that you will not hear from Teddy. He is too busy telling us ugly Republicans how much we "hate" the poor and underprivileged to actually join us and help them.
Many of you seem to be forgetting...Mr. Burnette had pancreatic cancer, and had just been awakened to help his wife retrieve their dog from Voden's yard. Mr. Voden, as is clearly indicated on the tape transcript, knew that these people were his neighbors who had been in the home next door less than a couple of weeks. As a matter of fact, I believe I read that Mr. Burnette had only been in the new home less than 2 days.
I fail to see the need for Mr. Voden to have not only confronted Mr. Burnette (as Voden was aware that the Burnette's were trying to get their dog out of his yard) but to do so with a gun. So much grief would have been alleviated had Mr. Voden simply left the Burnette's to retrieve their dog. If Mr. Voden was so aggrieved that the Burnette's and their dog were in his yard, why did he not call the police and then stay inside until an Officer arrived.
Pat, I have been on the other end of many, many 911 calls. What information that you deem important, as opposed to the information that first responders need, may be vastly different. The Dispatchers goal is to provide as much information to the Police Officers so as to ensure that they are as safe as possible, walking into an unknown situation. Sometimes the questions are even an effort to keep the caller on the line and calm until Officers can arrive at the scene.
The simple fact that you did not hear the Dispatcher dispatching personnel may mean that she was dispatching via computer, or was writing the information down for another Dispatcher to relay the information to the rolling units. I know that many of you think that you have watched enough Adam-12 or Chips, or have made enough calls to 911 yourself that you know exactly what goes on behind the scenes when a 911 call is answered. However, I can assure you, you know little to nothing. What you may hear on the tape seems to be a cold, unfeeling automaton simply asking questions from a check off sheet. Nothing could be further from the truth. After my first 911 suicide call, I did what I needed to do until my shift was completed. I then went home and puked my guts out and then cried for hours. I then took my Bible and went and sat on the Rim praying and reading Scripture. I was then able to let go of it and go back to my job to do what needed to be done.
No disrespect intended Pat, but, again, your opinion of what is important and Law Enforcement's opinion are vastly different.
But from the timeline, how much time did he allow them to get out?
When I first moved to Payson, I was a Dispatcher for Payson Police Department. I can assure all that what Mr. Naughton said is exactly the truth. The moment the Dispatcher had the pertinent details of the call: address, what, who; that Dispatcher had units rolling. The fact that you could not hear her dispatching officers simply meant that she either utilized the mute button on her end, or that she covered the mic while she dispatched officers, which is most likely. If a Dispatcher leaves their end of the mic open while dispatching units, while they also have a reporting party on the line, the cross talk gets too confusing for all, and the reporting party doesn't know if Dispatch is talking to them or somebody else.
The simple fact that you did not hear the dispatch call going out, did not mean that it was not done until the end of the call.
Finally Pat, I understand your empathy for him, and the outrage that you felt that Dispatch was telling him to stay where he was when he said he was going after his heart medicine. However, and I want to stress that I am not saying that this was the case in this situation; I am simply saying that in general...people lie...all the time. Whether or not the Dispatcher knew the calling party, there are protocols and guidelines by which law enforcement must abide if they wish to stay alive. For all that Dispatcher knew, the caller was using his heart medicine as an excuse to take off or do more damage, or...whatever the case may be. First and foremost, it is the responsibility of the Dispatcher to get as much information as possible from the caller, as well as make every effort to keep the caller on the line, so as to ensure the safety and security of law enforcement and all other emergency personnel.
Pat...no I was NOT joking. As for whether she knew that Thanksgiving is always on Thursday...? It didn't sound like it. And she wasn't even blonde!!! (Sorry, I could not resist that one)
I know that you have been writing about this very thing for years and I have always known it, sometimes though, the blatant obliviousness to right and wrong gets to me. Reading the story in the paper and then hearing this woman at WalMart...yup...got to me.
The REALLY annoying thing? My husband is subject to random drug testing as a condition of his employment, which subsidizes the taxes which pay for food stamps, etc. Why then are they not subject to random drug and alcohol testing to receive their government assistance??? I know, I know, I'm preaching to the choir!!!
Hmmmmm....another scenario: Today in WalMart checkout line, I can hear a conversation that a woman is having on her cell phone (no, I was not eavesdropping, some people speak so loudly on their phones, as though they don't realize that the speaker is right by their mouth!!) She was talking about the banks being closed this week because "Thanksgiving is on Thursday this year", she then went on to say that she needed to get to DES, and then go pick up her Thanksgiving box. As she pushed her basket further up in line, I noticed that the main thing she was buying was a 12 pack of Platinum Bud Light beer.....hmmmm, skip a couple of those 12 packs and she could buy her own damn Thanksgiving food.
Now, I recognize that I am likely being extremely judgmental, however, when money is tight, I certainly don't buy "luxuries", like beer, especially a fairly high dollar one.
Ironically, the mention of the quad, and the fact that the Payson Jewelers employees, as well as the Police "detected a strong odor of alcohol about the man", gave me pause for thought. Hmmm, he is hungry and has no food, but, somehow can find money for gas and alcohol...hmmmm.
Aaaah Tanya, may I express heartfelt condolences to you and all your family. Please know that you will all remain in my thoughts and prayers.
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