Sunday, January 4, 2009

Vandals

Early Saturday morning I was awakened by the dogs barking as if someone was on the front porch. I wandered into the living room, and looked out the window and there was a police officer on my front porch. When an officer is knocking at your door it is never a good thing! Of course I thought it was something with my kids, panic struck in! The kids were fine. He asked me if I had a red rocking chair. I was of course sleepy and responded no, I don't have a red rocking chair. He said- well there is a broken chair in the street and it matches the color of your mailbox and other chairs on your porch. Then it struck me, I have a read chair in a small flower bed in front of the house that I always put a flower pot on in the summer, scarecrow in the fall, etc. I asked him if he saw a chair there, he said no, and of course the vandals had taken the chair and broke it to bits. He picked up the pieces and set them near the house. I didn't file a report, there was no money value in it. Pete and I found it at a garage sale, it was rustic, and I painted it and it looked so cute out there! Sentimental memories stolen by some stupid vandals!! The officer told me that in the last few weeks there has been 30 reports filed for vandalism!! It just made me angry!! That's why young punks should not be out at 4:44 a.m. in the morning, they only can get into trouble at that hour!

16 comments:

Lanny said...

Dirt always says that clearly young men do not have enough to do, are not kept busy and tired. Right afterward he says something like, "beware when the mother or aunt of said delinquent gets on the tv and says....'but he's a good boy.' right away you know he isn't!" His imitation of the typical female family member is kinda funny but sadly true.

I am sorry for your chair, but what a nice police officer!

Granny Annie said...

Vandals are criminals. It seems we call them vandals to lessen the severity of their offense but they are thieves all the same. If they wreck or steal your memories they would also steal your items of intrinsic value. Catergorizing crime has caused us to forgive way too many.

Bonnie said...

Lanny said it right. I could go into a long story about the new HS football field house put up by volunteers (time & money) then wrecked by a vandal the day after it was done. I wish I would have been the sway juror on his trial that listened to his mom say 'but he's a good boy.'

My mom would be smacking some ass if any of her kids did that!

I usually have to deal with vandals around Halloween ... but at any time they are still doing wrong.

Scarlet said...

How terrible to have something of sentimental value destroyed by thieves. I'm sorry nothing could be done about it. If only those dogs could've been there on the porch when those vandals showed up...and taken a bite out of crime!

Stay safe, my friend.

Rachel said...

I'm sorry to hear about your chair. I agree with Lanny! Kids need to be kept busy and tired so they have no time for this foolishness at wee hours of the morning! Things like this lead to bigger things.

EV said...

I guess contemporary thought is, "Its not their fault. They are the victims." And they move on to bigger crimes. Grrr!!

I'm sorry about your chair, Marla.

Sue said...

Nothing good comes from kids being out after midnight. Sorry about you chair. I hope they catch whoever is doing all of this and give them more than a slap on the wrist.

Ralph said...

Nothing makes you feel tougher than busting up a chair. What a bunch of. . . . well, you get the idea. Being awaken in the middle of the night is scary enough.

My ADHD Me said...

When my oldest son was in middle school, he got in trouble for doing "pranks". The principal told me that what he did was minor but pranks almost ALWAYS escalate to bigger problems.

I agreed he needed to be punished but still thought to myself that it would go no further because he's a "good boy", so I went easy on him.

LESSON LEARNED!! he is a "good-boy/man almost" now, but that is only after I realized that without toughening up on him it would DEFINATLY get worse.It did get worse for a while but LUCKILY, actually I should say, by God's Grace, he got caught.

Tough love, 100 hours of community service, $$$, and no driving opened his eyes.

They are almost ALL good boys, if taught to be held accountable for their actions.

I really do hope these boys (or girls) get caught soon before they mess up their lives...or someone elses.

Edie said...

I'm so sorry about the vandalism. I think you should have filed a report though. Not for the value of the item but to keep the police aware of the degree of the problem.

In any case I'm glad it was just the chair and no harm to you or your home.

Marla, I just love what you said about your son on the plane. There was a time when I asked God if He was real and when He answered I heard Him. I posted about it a couple of months ago in a series of posts. Anyway, so when you said God was saying He was real, I couldn't help but smile. :)

Arlene said...

Hi! So I made myself a blogspot so that when I get on here to read your blogs I can comment them, and then I read this! That makes me so mad. Why would someone do that? That chair was so cute:(

Greg C said...

This kind of thing just burns me up. You know if someone robbed me and used what they took to buy food or some other necessity I would be ok with that but to take something ruin it just for fun really sets me off. I am so sorry that you were robbed like that.

possum said...

So sorry about your chair. Try to pray for them. It is sad that there are those who "do not know any better." Hopefully they will get caught, hopefully they will learn before they do greater damage.

Lucy Stern said...

Keep a light on the porch, maybe that would help.

Cliff said...

I sometimes get irrational when hearing of this type of thing. It makes me want to push for the death penalty for people who destroy red chars.
I'm glad they stayed outside.
You're right, the late night knock at the door (or phone call) is never a good thing.

Mary said...

This type of thing makes me very angry. Where are these kids parents? Why are these kids out in the middle of the night?

One night the police will be knocking on the parent's door and the news will be much worse. These kids obviously have too much time on their hands. They need after school jobs and lots of chores to do. Then they would be too tired to go out destroying other peoples property.

Blesisngs,
Mary