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Confrontation or not?

Posted Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 3:17 PM

From the police files:

Daughter has a cell phone stolen at a party. The next day, Mom finds out and decides to go confront the alleged offender(s). Mom calls the dispatcher, who advises her to wait till police arrive before approaching them.

Should Mom make the approach at all? Or should she let the cops handle it? You make the call...


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Wait for the police.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 11, 2009, at 3:25 PM

Wait for the police but,in the meantime,have the cell phone service provider see if they can trace the phone and confirm any usage of the phone since it left the daughter's posession.

A stolen phone may have been tampered with to cover the theft but,if no such alterations have occured,it could be possible to prove that a given cell phone was attatched to a specific contract.

With any luck,the phone could be hiding under a couch with its minutes,pics,etc. just as the young lady left them before it was missplaced by accident.

Why risk violence (at worst) and hurt feelings (at best) for the *possibility* that a crime occurred?

The phone can be replaced for around $55.

A lawsuit,funereal or hospital stay could cost much more.

Let the trained professionals do what we pay them for.

They can be tactful enough to avoid offending innocent parties and be able to provide evidence of wrongdoing and apprehend the culprits should it be shown that the phone was taken and not lost.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Jul 11, 2009, at 4:00 PM

Wait for the police.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 11, 2009, at 3:25 PM

+1

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Sat, Jul 11, 2009, at 5:16 PM

Depends what was on the phone?:)

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sat, Jul 11, 2009, at 6:04 PM

It really depends on who it is she is approaching. Sometimes you have to be able to read into a person, as to whether or not they are people you can approach and question. And it also depends on how you approach them. If she approaches them angrily and out of control, then she is going to get that same reaction back. If she is upset and angry, it would be best that she waits for the police, so they can keep things under control as much as possible, and she can also have a reliable witness as to what was said and done.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 1:28 AM

Evil Monkey nails it.

It used to be a common church sign "If you die today, whats on your nightstand?"

As the first responders are digging for contact info, what are they going to learn about you today?

come to think of it I probably need to do a clean-up on mine too.

cause my wife uses it...you know

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 5:12 PM

I had my phone taken when I left it at the counter at Krogers once. When I returned and ask about it, no one had turned it in. I went home and my husband called my number and I guess whoever had it turned it off, because I never turn my phone off. We called Verizon right away to have it cut off and reported stolen. When you do that if anyone attempts to have minutes put on it it shows up as a stolen phone. That is the best thing to do in a stolen phone case. The world is too crazy to try to confront anyone these days.

-- Posted by wonderer on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 5:52 PM

That's not a bad idea even if you think you lost it in your house,at a friend or relative's place,etc.

Talk to your provider.

They could probably remove a freeze if it turned up later but,in the meantime,you've alerted them to prevent any unauthorized use of the phone.

If the dog has slung the cell phone under the Frigidaire,you *won't* have anyone texting,downloading or calling tel-a-porn in East Outer Slobbovia.

But,if someone outside your calling seeks to use your property and your contract for his benefit,he needn't have an easy time of it.

Forcing a thief to reprogram his stolen merchandise rather than run up your minutes might not get you your phone back but it will make it harder for him to use it or sell it to anyone else.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 8:44 PM

Waite for police

-- Posted by RGeneW on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 4:07 PM

my son had his stolen around 5 months ago. He had his password protected, and we contacted the service provider and had that sim card cancelled.

We got a replacement but it was not 50.00.. try a 125.00..

I wish i knew who took it, I would spank that bottom!

I hate a theif.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 4:18 PM

Oh yeah and I would confront the person....Forget the police i have called them on several issues of drunks and they have never showed up.

I'll take care of it myself.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 4:20 PM


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