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September 6th, 2008


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09:55 am - Good Samaritan
A friend who isn't on livejournal, but I know sometimes reads this blog, is having a hard time. I'll call him S. Last week he woke up early in the morning when a couple of drunks were making a row in the street, and breaking bits off cars. An old man across the street came out to confront the drunks and they pushed him around a bit. S went out to help the old chap, and got him into his house safely. In return the drunkards broke S's car windscreen, and told him they 'knew where he lived'.

Subsequently they have been back several times to throw eggs at his door, trash his garden etc. I think yesterday they came back with a whole gang of people who surrounded his house. It sounds just awful. Not sure of the details as S was understandably very upset yesterday, texting me from the house while this was going on. He's had to move out of the house for a few days (I think he's staying with friends this weekend). May have to move entirely. How dreadful is that, just for helping an old man?

I'm just posting to say hang in there, and I'm sure everyone reading this will be sending their best wishes that it all gets sorted soon. What a world we live in.

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From:tlanti
Date:September 6th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
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Some people need a kick up the ass! I hope things improve for S really soon!
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From:communicator
Date:September 6th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
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I agree. I wish there was more I could do.
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From:iainjclark
Date:September 6th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
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That's really horrible. It never ceases to amaze me that people can be so randomly, wantonly nasty to other people for no good reason. Your friend did a fantastic thing that I think most of us would aspire to do. I really hope it gets sorted soon (I'm assuming the police are involved?)
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From:communicator
Date:September 6th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
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The police have been round, but they haven't been a massive amount of use as far as I can tell. They warned the chief culprits off, but that seems to have just provoked them further. I haven't heard from S this morning; I hope he's sleeping somewhere safe now.
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From:altariel
Date:September 6th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
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Much sympathy to S. I hope the police are able to do something.
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From:communicator
Date:September 6th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
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So do I. We have a work colleague who used to live in that area and he has moved out entirely because it has got so violent and racist.
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From:hafren
Date:September 6th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
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If the police aren't helping much, tell him to get in touch with the press. Stories like that are just nuts to them, plus the local police will not want the publicity and may get off their backsides to sort it.
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From:hafren
Date:September 6th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)

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Of course, one thing you have to say: liberal beliefs and sympathy for the underprivileged are all very well most of the time but there are some people whose behaviour is not down to poverty or social disadvantage or anything but the fact that they are total little shits, and the only way to deal with them is to kick seven bells out of them, cos they aren't bright enough to respond to reason.
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From:communicator
Date:September 6th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)

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I don't have any sympathy at all for such people - they prey on the other underprivileged people who live around them. I am tempted to advocate 'kicking seven bells' but my friend is only one person, plus his girlfriend, and they'd lose in any confrontation.
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From:hafren
Date:September 6th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)

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Ah, but how many respectable people in the street as a whole? More than the bad-hats, I'd guess. But of course if they did defend themselves, like enough these little scrotes would run to lawyers... I still think the press is his best bet.
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From:sallymn
Date:September 6th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
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What a mess. I'm glad he was able to help the old man, but the drunken louts need... I dunno, a short sharp and painful wake up call.

I'll keep fingers crossed and karmic wishes that things get better very soon...

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From:pennski
Date:September 6th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Much sympathy for S. How horrible to be victimised for doing the right thing. I hope things improve soon.
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From:katlinel
Date:September 6th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Well done to S for going to the rescue, and I hope things improve very soon and the drunken bullies get sorted out.
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From:watervole
Date:September 6th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I don't know S, but please send him a hug and gentle thoughts from me.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:September 6th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
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It reads like something out of a movie script--the kind that ends with vigilante justice arising in the face of a decaying society.

Anyway, I'm sorry for your friend, and more sorry for the old man. I hate seeing the elderly victimized. Your friend was heroic to step out into the street in the face of the threat. The actions of one honorable and brave individual can change the world.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 7th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Hello - S here. Things have calmed down...no doubt due to the torrential downpours we've had here for the last couple of nights. :-)

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