Monday, October 15, 2012

Should you beat up a stalker to make him stop stalking?

The usual answer is no, because "that will just make him mad."  On the other hand, he may end up raping and killing his target if he cannot otherwise be stopped.

On page 75 of the book Stalked, by Melita Schaum and Karen Parrish, a stalking victim named Erica is quoted as saying, "I want to share of word of advice that I got from two different police officers ... They each told me, on two separate occasions, that there was only one thing that could be done to effectively force him to leave me alone.  They suggested I take the law into my own hands and find someone to beat the living daylights out of him and give him the scare of his life."

If you had a sister, a daughter, or a close friend who was terrified that she was going to be raped and murdered, and if there were no grounds to have the stalker arrested, what would you do?  Would you find a couple of men to beat him up?  If so, to what extent, since a mild beating might just make him more determined than ever?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

You can be tracked with modern-day spyware--especially by your mate!

The Wall Street Journal's coverage of the lack of privacy has been phenomenal.  Every month they hit it out of the park with another front page story. Here’s the latest, published October 5th: “A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce.”

“Danny Lee Hormann suspected his wife was having an affair. So the 46-year-old Minnesota man installed spying software on his wife's cellphone and the family computer, and stuck a GPS device to her car, letting him follow her to a lakeside cabin one night.
     "’It was awful,’ says Michele Mathias, his 51-year-old ex-wife, who denies cheating on him. She says she was so worried about her husband's spying that she and her children searched their garage for cameras and held whispered conversations on the lawn in case he was recording indoors. "It wasn't just invasion of my privacy. It was an invasion of the privacy of everyone who ever texted me or anyone who was ever on my computer."

If you fear your spouse is spying on you, my advice is to stop  using any electronic device you currently own. Get a new laptop and a cell phone if you must, but guard them with your life, and if you plan to take any secret trips, rent a car.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Yet ANOTHER reason why never to buy from a new car dealer

One of the salesmen at Priority Chevrolet of Chesapeake, Virginia sold Danny Sawyer a Chevrolet Traverse for $33,995 when the price should have been $38,995. The legal documents--signed by a dealer representative-- clearly show $33,995 to be the sales price.  Sawyer took off for a week's vacation in his new vehicle.

Upon his return, the dealer contacted Sawyer and asked to change the contract by raising the sales price by $5,000.  Had you been Sawyer, what would you have done?  

(Note to readers: I wouldn't buy a vehicle from a new car dealer under under any circumstances whatsoever but in my never-too-humble-option, Sawyer should have offered to go halfway. Split the difference so that each party lost just $2,500).

However, Sawyer preferred not to budge.  The dealer should have let it go. That's business, folks.  You make a mistake, you pay for it and carry on.  But some idiot at Priority Chevrolet thought he had a better idea. He called the police and reported that Sawyer had stolen the SUV!

Danny Sawyer was taken into custody in his front yard and spent four hours in jail before being released on bail. Although the local district attorney later dropped all charges against him, Sawyer was mad.  So mad that he is now suing Priority Chevrolet for  $2.2 million in damages!

I hope Sawyer loses the case, because $2.2 million is just plain greedy, but the dealer was too anxious to cover 100% of the error. Even if the case is dismissed, after the dealer pays the lawyers, a lot more than $5,000 will have gone down the drain!

Readers, let's hear your comments

Am I too hard on the dealer?. On Sawyer?  On Both?  What would YOU have done if you were Sawyer?  Or if you were the dealer?  Here's the link to Chevy Dealer Causes Customer to Get Arrested.

Yet ANOTHER danger if you buy a vehicle from a car dealer