Worth the fight?

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wlillie's picture
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Worth the fight?

http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/library-patron-terrified-at-1155899.html

Would you gamble your future on whether 12 people thought you had the right to be in the library with your toddler laughing?

Minx_Kristi's picture
Joined: 01/02/09
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Probably not, but I think her age has a lot to do with why she might want to.

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b525's picture
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I would SO not gamble on that. If she wouldn't leave and kept creating drama and even came back after being asked to leave, she doesn't have a chance. That's disorderly conduct, plain and simple. They gave her multiple opportunities to walk away and she chose not to. And now she's, in effect, coming back again. She admits her behavior towards the end of the incident was bad. That behavior is the reason she was arrested, not her toddler's laughing. Perhaps asking her to leave at first was overkill, but there's no way to know that for sure from this article. Of course she'll say she was calm and they'll say she was belligerent.

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"b525" wrote:

I would SO not gamble on that. If she wouldn't leave and kept creating drama and even came back after being asked to leave, she doesn't have a chance. That's disorderly conduct, plain and simple. They gave her multiple opportunities to walk away and she chose not to. And now she's, in effect, coming back again. She admits her behavior towards the end of the incident was bad. That behavior is the reason she was arrested, not her toddler's laughing. Perhaps asking her to leave at first was overkill, but there's no way to know that for sure from this article. Of course she'll say she was calm and they'll say she was belligerent.

I tend to agree. I don't think we really have all the info. Any way you look at it though - even if the library was wrong for asking her to leave - you simply can't act like that, even if you are in the right. Yelling, screaming, cursing, etc. especially in front of your child is never a good thing to do. And being wrongully asked to leave (if that's the case) is still no excuse to act that way.

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"carg0612" wrote:

I tend to agree. I don't think we really have all the info. Any way you look at it though - even if the library was wrong for asking her to leave - you simply can't act like that, even if you are in the right. Yelling, screaming, cursing, etc. especially in front of your child is never a good thing to do. And being wrongully asked to leave (if that's the case) is still no excuse to act that way.

Yeah, agreed. If she truly was wrongly asked to leave, then she should have handled the matter more maturely - written a complaint to the library or something. If they're so strict that a laughing toddler is going to get you booted, I don't know what yelling obscenities is supposed to accomplish. And for that, I bet she will lose the case and end up having a stiffer penality since she didn't just take the plea bargain. Silliness.

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I fully agree with you ladies. I think it might be a little excessive to ask her to leave because her baby was laughing (although that sounds like it might be BS to me, as I go to the library every week with my three kids who aren't exactly quiet but they never bother me), but her actions towards police officers were unacceptable. I don't care how justified you think you are, if a cop tells you to calm down, pack it up and go that's exactly what you do. They had every right to arrest her, and I bet a jury will see it the same way. I think she's trying to use the fact that she's a single mother to escape any legal ramifications she's having to face because of her actions.

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I totally see her point she was going to the library to access the computer for a JOB! This means she has no access at home. I would have tried everything in my personal arsenal to get back on that computer also. I would much rather she be on my tax payer paid computer than some teen watching youtube.