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  • No, snitching is a sin and you should get your nose ripped to shreds by a terrier!

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    To snitch or not to snitch?

    This is a spin off from the teachers thread where some people got offended by the idea of the cops being called.

    So, what do you think? Is it good to "snitch"? Or is it a "sin"? I'll give my opinion in my next post.
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    It depends. It's good to report illegal activity. People should be repeat offenders breaking the law and getting away with it.
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    IMO, there are times to snitch and times to not snitch. I'm sure jaywalking will be used as an example so I'll just start using it...no I would not snitch if I saw someone jaywalking. But yes generally it is good to let cops know when there is a crime being committed.

    That is part of the problem with society. I would bet that there would be less crime if people would just stand up and admit to the police what they saw. After all, if you knew that there was a good chance of being caught due to witnesses wouldn't you think twice before committing a crime?
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    For me it would depend on the nature of the crime

    A "morallity crime" that did not/would not negatively affect anyone in a direct fashion I would not snitch.

    A crime that did negatively affect someone in a direct manner I would.
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    In all seriousness it depends on the context. The police have better things to do than look into a house that smells like pot. Or someone jaywalking. But for most crimes, I wouldn't call calling the police "snitching". Anything that can help the police stop serious crime is a good thing.
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    This is a spin off from the teachers thread where some people got offended by the idea of the cops being called.

    So, what do you think? Is it good to "snitch"? Or is it a "sin"? I'll give my opinion in my next post.
    Snitches get stitches and sometimes die in ditches. Just kidding. It mostly depends on the crime. Illegal drug us, don't care. Burglary,assault, illegal immigration,some other violent crime, a company knowingly hiring illegals, or some other crime sure I will call the authorities.
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    Snitching covers a hell of a lot of ground and situations, there is no black and white answer since it is a nuanced decision ( the discussion that prompted this poll started -specifically calling the cops because someone caught a whiff of pot emanating from someones house)

    My decision on whether or not it is appropriate to call the cops and snitch is firmly rooted in being an advocate of the harm principle, which in part states this:

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    That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    "Snitching" is a terribly immature word, it brings back images of schoolroom tattletaling. There's nothing whatsoever wrong with reporting crimes to the proper authorities, in fact, we're all societally responsible for doing so. I get really sick and tired of people, especially libertarian-types, who think they're so far above actually having any responsibility toward society itself.

    But then again, most of them are horribly self-centered, they think anything goes so long as nobody gets in the way of their particular fun.
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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    This is a spin off from the teachers thread where some people got offended by the idea of the cops being called.

    So, what do you think? Is it good to "snitch"? Or is it a "sin"? I'll give my opinion in my next post.


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    Re: To snitch or not to snitch?

    Like a lot of people said, it very much depends on what crime I see committed. If it's something minor, I doubt I'll report it. For example, I go to a lot of rock concerts and see a lot of people smoking pot. I know it's illegal, but I just don't give a ****, and I don't say anything to anyone. If it were a more serious crime, or someone was at risk of being hurt by it, I'd definitely call the cops. I've called the police to report drunk drivers before.
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