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“A Man Photographed My Kid at the Playground” “Smash Him in the Face!”
November 11, 2015
Please tell me I am not the only person who would see a Facebook note like the one below (with a photo of the gosh-darn camera-wielding stranger) and write a comment like, “Taking photos of kids at play does not make a person a predator,” or, “Can we please give the guy the benefit of the doubt?” or even,”So what if he DID take pictures of your kid?”
Here’s the post:
ATTENTION all parents! I caught this sketchy dude taking pictures of little kids including my daughter yesterday whilst we were playing at the new park off Santa Fe. I approached the man and asked who are you taking photos of. He gave me a broken story saying he is learning how to use his camera. I had him show me the photos and he had a bunch of intimate shots of my daughter and a bunch of other children playing. My blood began to boil so I said to erase any photos of my daughter or I’m going to break his camera. I also told him whatever the circumstance it’s not ok for him to be at a park taking photos of little kids playing. I got a really sketchy vibe from the guy so I called the sheriffs dept. I handed the guy off to the cops not sure what happened. Keep a eye out for creeps like this! Makes me sick.
Lenore here: I’m not quite sure if anyone can (or did) take “intimate” shots of a bunch of kids playing, but anyway, here’s a sampling of the comments:
Should have pounded his fuckin ass!!! Just sayin!!
Wtf! Nice shot. Now send that to the school, the news, and the police.
Holy shit kill that guy!!
wow thats gnarly. Good job keeping your cool though I dono if I would have had the self control not to destroy him.
I recently attended a church training for everyone who works with children and the experts mentioned keeping an eye out on strangers who take pictures of children in the local playground. Great job in notifying the proper authorities!
You should have smashed him and his phone for having pics of your daughter
Great job Pat! You could have cracked him in his noggin, and I’m sure it was hard not to, but you did the right thing. Way to go. You ROCK Pat. That’s more important than the best barrel ride of your life!! Makes my blood boil just reading it. See you in a couple days.
keep chasing off creeps. The world needs more people like you. Good karma is coming your way.
Must have been very hard not to smash him in the face with his own camera. You’re a superhero, nice work keeping creeps in check.
The violence and piling-on of these comments suggest a certain lip-smacking brotherhood of rage: “Yay! We are ALL ready to tear this guy apart!” I read somewhere that in a country as diverse as ours, perhaps the one — the only — thing we all agree that no one should prey on children.
So if we all agree on it, why do these guys sound as if they’re congratulating each other for “truly” caring about kids? We ALL care. All they’re really sharing is anger and self-righteousness, the perfect petri dish for witch hunts. It’s a simple way to prove how “good” they are, by being really, really mad. And in this case — mad at what? A guy who dared take photos of children in public.