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RE: [CentralTexasGeocachers] law enforcement.

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  • Wayne Lind
    I would agree with you on this. I would much rather have the officer comfortable that I am not a threat to his/her safety. The officer was doing his job, and
    Message 1 of 40 , Aug 28 10:07 PM
      I would agree with you on this. I would much rather have the officer comfortable that I am not a threat to his/her safety. The officer was doing his job, and if you look at it from his perspective, what we do is just a little on the suspicious side. If my choices are being in handcuffs, or being held at gunpoint, give me the handcuffs and I'll put them on for you.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of d_rubarb
      Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 9:38 AM
      To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] law enforcement.


      Sounds like you just happened to hit that location at a bad time. If they had a theft near there then understandbly they would be suspicious of anyone who looked out of place.
      The best thing to do is maintain your cool be cooperative, polite, and tell the truth.
      If you think that the officer did anything wrong then report the incident later.
      Remember these guys are doing a difficult job. Everytime they approach a vehicle they don't know who or what is waiting for them. I'd gladly stand there in handcuffs for five minutes till the officer can determine I am not a threat to his/her safety.
      It may have seemed extreme at the time, but there may have been other circumstances (such as other crimes in the area) you weren't aware of that made him feel he needed to take extra caution.
      Drew (KangaDrew)

      --- On Fri, 8/28/09, Charley Atchley <charleyatchley@ yahoo.com> wrote:

      From: Charley Atchley <charleyatchley@ yahoo.com>
      Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocac hers] law enforcement.
      To: CentralTexasGeocach ers@yahoogroups. com
      Date: Friday, August 28, 2009, 7:06 AM

      I was looking for the "Fit to be Tied Cache" when I got harassed. Evidently someone stold a bunch of stuff from the railroad crews.
      I tried to explain to the guy that I was looking for a geocache and he took my gps and wrote down its serial number before he returned it. He said he put me in cuffs so he could be safe till he figured out what was going on.
      My geocaching acount name is the same as my yahoo mail. Charleyatchley

      From: Mrs. Captain Picard <mrscaptainpicard@ gmail.com>
      To: CentralTexasGeocach ers@yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 6:09:08 AM
      Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocac hers] law enforcement.

      Well, let's see, I've been mistaken for a prostitute (hanging around on a corner in a short skirt) and I've been mistaken for a drunk (leaning on a rail, looking underneath, in a park frequented by the homeless), and I've been approached by squad cars while I was on the side of the road (because they thought I might need held).  Each time, I explain I'm playing a game and am just fine, and thank them for stopping to see if I need assistance. 
      I would NEVER try to hide my purpose for being where I am.  It's not illegal to geocache.  Of course, you wouldn't want to be trespassing or anything.  That's illegal, not the geocaching part.
      Hey Charley, be sure to identify yourself with both your real name and your caching name when you post.  That way, we can get to know you!
      Mrs. Captain Picard

      On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 11:30 PM, Charley Atchley <charleyatchley@ yahoo.com> wrote:
      Do you guys ever have problems with law enforcement? I don't know if I look particularly shifty or something, but the Bastrop county law keeps harassing me. The other day a deputy placed me in handcuffs and went through my pockets and car and then terrified my eleven year old son by trying to force him into telling the deputy what we were really up to. I started to tell him that I was just trying to get another case of poison ivy on my bum. ( The first chache I did I was so excited about finding one, I sat down and signed the log, when I stood up I looked at the place I had been sitting and it was covered with poison ivy.) ((They make a shot to get rid of p. i. now, and it will be gone in two days.))

    • Bob Nussbaum
      Never been harassed in TX but made a trip last year to MN for a wedding. While staying at the grooms apt I decided I could sneak out for an hour to find a
      Message 40 of 40 , Aug 31 8:04 PM
        Never been harassed in TX but made a trip last year to MN for a wedding. While staying at the grooms apt I decided I could sneak out for an hour to find a series of caches along their light rail system.
        Well, I was back at the home station where I left the closest for last. Im sitting out there for a good 30 minutes looking in the bushes near the train platform. And then things get nasty.
        This was the same weekend of the Republican National Convention and the police/security staging was right next door to the apt and the cops/troopers were walking the 3 blocks to the convention center.
        So im digging around the bushes mumbling and cursing for this stupid little container when I feel a tapping on my back. Scares the poo outta me! I get up and i see 5 of Minneapolis' finest surrounding me.
        I gave them the rundown of the game and I  dont think I did a good enough job of convincing them. Eventually they told me that I gotta get going for 'security reasons' (this cache has been there for a couple years, hardly a security concern). I begged for 10 more minutes to find this dadgum thing. They luckily granted 10 minutes while 2 officers stuck around to watch me.
        Never did find that cache, but at least I got a nice safe, secure escort back to the apt. Quite hilarious when I walk into the apt of the groom and I have two cops asking "do you know this guy?" to which my best friends answered "NO!"
        ...but thats a whole nother story.

        Bob Nussbaum

        --- On Sun, 8/30/09, Vicki L. Almstrum <almstrum@...> wrote:

        From: Vicki L. Almstrum <almstrum@...>
        Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: law enforcement.
        To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 3:59 PM


        On Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Mary Beth
        Booth<emmy_n_sapphie@ yahoo.com> wrote:
        > You forgot we were cattle rustling in a MAZDA PROTEGE. Tiny cows, I guess.

        Ah ha! You were ahead of the crowd in seeing the potential for those
        teeny cows I've seen in the JitB ads for their mini-sirloin- burgers. I
        suspect the ranchers were still trying to keep it all hush-hush at
        that point ...

        -- Vicki / FG2 in FiedoGang

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