Better safe than sorry
| Posted: Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 06:00 am
It was with interest that I read a letter in the Gazette in the Sept. 14th issue about a noise complaint.
When I first read your letter Laurie, I agreed with you. When my best friend and I were still too young to get into the bars, we would grab a bag of Skittles, the car keys and "park hop" in our small town. I have fond memories of playing on the swings, or the monkey bars or the merry-go-round in the quiet of the night when most of the world is heading to bed.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I whole-heartedly agree with your "grouchy neighbour." They saw a group of teenagers noisily hanging around a park at night. This situation is not always for the best. So they did the responsible thing and called the authorities to sort it out.
In this situation, there was no issue, but what if there had been? Would you be equally mad if your neighbours had failed to report an issue if something bad were happening?
Those that are doing no wrong (such as your daughter and her friends) have nothing to worry about, but those with bad intentions will think twice because the community is, hopefully, full of "fuddy-duddy adults" who are watching.
So if the "grouchy neighbour" is ever put in that situation again, I hope they do the exact same thing and call the police to make sure.
And to the "grouchy neighbour", thank you for looking out for my community.
Brandy Flavel, St. Albert