In Seattle, Even The Dead Get Parking Tickets

One of Seattle’s traffic enforcement people takes her job very seriously. Spotting an overparked vehicle in a two-hour zone, she noticed that the vehicle was occupied. She tapped on the window but the occupant did not respond. So she issued a $42 parking ticket and placed it on the windshield. It was later determined that the guy was DOA when his lifeless body was discovered by his girlfriend.

In a recent article it also stated that:

Medics were dispatched at 12:47 p.m., but the man was unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived, Fire Department spokeswoman Dana Vander Houwen said.

The driver was Derek Michael Eldridge, 36, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The office is waiting for tests before releasing his cause and manner of death, though police say there was no sign of homicidal violence. Eldridge’s exact time of death was not released Wednesday.

Parking enforcement officers have radios and a reasonable expectation to call for help in an emergency.

But police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said it’s not uncommon for parking enforcement officers to find people asleep in their cars. The woman, a 29-year parking enforcement veteran, did nothing wrong in the circumstances, he said.

The ticket issued was Eldrige’s first parking ticket in Seattle Municipal Court, records show. The ticket was voided about an hour and a half after he was pronounced dead.

One would have thought that the veteran parking enforcement person would have taken the opportunity to check further on the man’s welfare. It would have been a simple matter to contact dispatch and have a cop respond to check on the man. Just my 2 cents.

I smell lawsuit! What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Seattle PI

Apple Behind Stolen iPhone Search Warrant

According to this article, the word on the street is that Apple as a collective company contacted the authorities over their missing iPhone.

Yes, apparently a a company has the ability to contact the authorities without the assistance of any one employee. That’s a neat trick! Then there is the small matter of a door being broken down to get to the  iPhone.

I heard a different version of this event, but I may be wrong. One thing is for sure, the cops will take theft of Apple property very seriously. So if someone contacts you to do a review on stolen property, probably not such a hot idea.

Police Investigate Lost Apple iPhone Prototype – The Plot Thickens!

Just when we thought the case of the missing iPhone was over, now there is going to be a police investigation of the incident. California law provides the following statues:

Any person who finds lost property and knows who the owner is likely to be but “appropriates such property to his own use” is guilty of theft. If the value of the property exceeds $400, more serious charges of grand theft can be filed. In addition, a second state law says that any person who knowingly receives property that has been obtained illegally can be imprisoned for up to one year.

On the flip side we have freedom of the press.

So which police agency is getting involved?

The computer crime task force is called REACT, which stands for Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, and was established in 1997 with a goal of working closely with Bay Area technology companies.

What? Doesn’t Steve has his own group of hired thugs? LOL

Comments welcome.


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Respect: How Does One Engender It?

According to the Webster Dictionary respect equates to an esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability. It can also be described as a deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or to someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges. This could be interpreted as the showing of respect for the flag or to the elderly. 

In today’s society it seems that the word respect has become a buzz word often heard in the circles of the young and something that they seem to feel entitled to whether that respect has been earned or not. It also seems to be held to the interpretation of the person demanding this respect resulting in this same person or persons disrespecting others to the point of violence and mayhem. 

I wish that everyone engendered a feeling of respect by others but unfortunately those who most demand it often seem to be the ones who deserve it the least. They are the ones who trample the feelings of others and disregard the rights of those around them. They are also the ones who refuse to acknowledge the special qualities of those around them whether that be hard-working parents, teachers, or shop owners. 

In the past respect was always considered something that had to be earned through hard work, a person’s personal values, or their service to those around them. I believe that it is the same today. No one can just demand respect, it must be earned. 

A couple of examples of people whom I feel have earned my respect are first most, my husband through his love, generosity, and hard work. He is a man’s man but he is capable of seeing the needs of those around him and ministering to them. Secondly, I must acknowledge our church’s pastors. Both of these men are wonderful examples of what faith in Jesus is all about. They actually visit the sick and concentrate on the needs of the people of the congregation rather than focusing on how much money they can bring in or how fancy of a cathedral that they can build for themselves.  

To some of you it may surprise you that my children have also earned my respect. Each of them has worked hard to achieve certain goals or just to survive but they have done it honestly and have always offered the respect to their father and me that in turn elevated them in our eyes. It is a truism that you must give respect in order to earn it. 

For you, people who may have engendered your respect could be outstanding teachers, bosses, or law enforcement personnel. These individuals often give tirelessly of themselves to meet the needs of others and while some may not fit this criteria most individuals entering these fields begin with the desire to be of service to others. 

If you find yourself confronted by someone demanding respect that hasn’t earned it there is little you can do but to show yourself to be a person of value and irreproachable character. Once you do this the other person can only, even if begrudgingly, see that you also deserve respect. 

Unfortunately, in today’s society some of our leaders fall into this category. They do nothing to engender our respect but because of the position they hold they seem to expect it. I am firmly of the opinion that when these same leaders take heed to Jesus’s direction to care for the “Least of These” that they will then be true leaders who deserve the respect of the entire world.

Cops On Segways?

When I first heard about this, I honestly believed that I must have misunderstood. But no, no there really are cops chasing people around on Segways. Why, you ask? Apparently chasing crooks the old-fashioned way has become “outdated.” Am I just becoming too crunchy with people who cannot even find the time to walk anymore? I can’t say for sure, but to me this just feels like a really great excuse to ride some fantastically costly new toys. But again, this is just me.

What do you think? Is there any logic whatsoever in seeing cops driving around on these contraptions? Speaking for myself, I cannot help but see this whole thing as tremendously silly. But that is just me I guess.

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My Own Online OS?

Speaking for myself, I have often found myself scoffing at the idea of using an OS which is not available to me locally. Windows, Linux, whatever! If it is not running on my hard drive or at least in my DVD tray, then chances are that I am not interested.

After what I have seen today, I am beginning to think that I may need to reevaluate that belief. Earlier, I stumbled onto a Website for something called “YouOS“. Still very much in beta, YouOS is quite possibly a serious glimpse of what the future OS’ might very well look like.
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