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Thread: Following someone.

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    Re: Following someone.

    It can be, sure.

    Hell, even without laws or humanity, pursuit is a hallmark of predators, it's what they do to prey.
    It's also not an uncommon thing we experience, see on TV, etc., that occurs prior to being robbed, mugged, raped, etc.
    I bet a number of travel and anti-rape guidlines involve being on the lookout for people tailing you, esp. alone, in the dark. Good lord, seeing otherwise reasonable people flip-out on this and start to actually claim that following is not aggressive because they "feel" a particular way about the Zimerman case, is awful.

    I have seen in the home-defense type threads similar individuals who claim that the simple act of having both feet just past their property line, is sufficient justificaiton to kill the person. But following someone at night...nah, business as usual? Mind-boggling.
    Last edited by Mach; 04-16-12 at 05:26 PM.

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    Re: Following someone.

    Great post, Mach...

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    Re: Following someone.

    I always looked at stalking following people repeatedly and it can be in different forms not just physically following, as in someone calling your employer to see if your there.

    Back to OP per physically following people: As my kids were growing up I always let them know that they should not trust strangers, don't stop, talk, etc... The one thing that I did do with my kids as they grew older is to let them know that some suspicious looking person physically following them is a sign of danger.
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    Re: Following someone.

    I've been marginally involved in a custody case where one of the parties was following the other, as a means to intimidate.
    There are times and circumstances where it should be illegal.
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    Re: Following someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    Why would you follow someone? Are you a police officer or a private detective?
    Yes I was a police officer and I am still a security officer. So I do follow people but that has nothing to do with anything as that is professional. I have on the other hand followed people outside of work for other reasons. Looked like they were up to no good or even just being nosy. It had nothing to do with being aggressive or stalking and ended when my curiosity was satisfied, or I had to call the police.
    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Benjii likes the protests...he'd be largely irrelevant without them. So he needs to speak where he knows there will be protests against him and that makes him responsible for the protests.
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    Re: Following someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Yes I was a police officer and I am still a security officer. So I do follow people but that has nothing to do with anything as that is professional. I have on the other hand followed people outside of work for other reasons. Looked like they were up to no good or even just being nosy. It had nothing to do with being aggressive or stalking and ended when my curiosity was satisfied, or I had to call the police.
    Read Mach's post about predator behavior..........

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    Re: Following someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    The police can't follow you without a solid reason.
    Yes they can. I did it many times. Person leaves a bar, could be drunk driving even though they have done nothing wrong. Or we are just running random plates and we follow them in case something comes back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So - likewise - any old joe shouldn't be able to tag along behind you, either.
    Nothing illegal about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    If someone is being blatantly followed - and they feel threatened - I don't feel it would be wrong for them to confront the person in order to ask 'why' and to get them to stop.
    I absolutely agree.
    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Benjii likes the protests...he'd be largely irrelevant without them. So he needs to speak where he knows there will be protests against him and that makes him responsible for the protests.
    Quote Originally Posted by Absentglare View Post
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    Re: Following someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    Read Mach's post about predator behavior..........
    I did and I think he is wrong. No evidence to back up anything he has said. It is like the rest of our posts subjective and his opinion like this is mine.

    I only agree with his initial statement about it can be.

    Perfect example; I am no predator and stay out of trouble, and yet I have for various reasons followed people. So that is that.
    Last edited by Black Dog; 04-16-12 at 05:24 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Benjii likes the protests...he'd be largely irrelevant without them. So he needs to speak where he knows there will be protests against him and that makes him responsible for the protests.
    Quote Originally Posted by Absentglare View Post
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    Re: Following someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    "Following someone" in what way? Walking behind them and going wherever they go? I would certainly feel threatened if someone did that to me.
    Should you be able to legally pull out a gun and kill them?

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    Re: Following someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I've been marginally involved in a custody case where one of the parties was following the other, as a means to intimidate.
    There are times and circumstances where it should be illegal.
    In that case again as I have mentioned where it is repeated, a restraining order is the way to go. It is illegal.
    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Benjii likes the protests...he'd be largely irrelevant without them. So he needs to speak where he knows there will be protests against him and that makes him responsible for the protests.
    Quote Originally Posted by Absentglare View Post
    You can successfully wipe your ass with toilet paper, that doesn't mean that you should.

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