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Letter: Darned do-gooders

A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary patrol car is shown in St. John's. — File photo
A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary patrol car in St. John's. — Telegram file photo

Now that I’ve got the Royal St. John’s Regatta off my mind and St. John’s city council’s refusal to pay more attention to Quidi Vidi Lake (“Quidi Vidi Lake could host more than the Regatta,” Aug. 23), I would like to address another issue. This letter is decicated to all the do-gooders or noisy people Newfoundlanders have to deal with.

Do-gooders must be a real problem for our police force. I am sure that they would rather be doing real police business than following up on these silly complaints.

A few years ago, I purchased a new camera. It was fairly complicated, and to check some of its settings I started to cruise around — not to get any particular picture but just to experiment. I know it was silly of me, thinking back, but I cruised around the local Walmart area. I was stopped by a young woman who accused me of having taken her picture. I said I hadn’t and invited her to check my camera. She refused and told me she was going to call the police. To that I replied, go ahead.

Shortly after arriving home, I was sitting on my front porch. Lo and behold, the woman was across the street taking my picture with her cellphone. I went inside and shortly after the police arrived. They checked my camera, found nothing wrong and told me that these girls were just nuisances and that if I had any more trouble with them again to call the police.

I wonder how many police officers are tied up every day responding to these complaints.

Another time Walmart put me in court for disturbing the peace. No criminal record — it was thrown out with an unconditional discharge. It seems my mentioning that I was tired of picking up doggy-doo might have disturbed some children that I didn’t see near me.

Do-gooders must be a real problem for our police force. I am sure that they would rather be doing real police business than following up on these silly complaints. But once a file is opened on any complaint, they have to follow up on it to close the file.

What a waste of time. Cellphone users call police every day to fault innocent citizens, when our police force could be doing real police work.

Keith Young

Mount Pearl

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