Is snitching always bad? I am confused.
I will try to make this quick. I have lived in the same house for over 20 years. It’s not necessarily a close neighborhood but we all do know each other. About a year and a half ago some new renters moved in a few houses down. Without going into specifics, it’s just safe to say they are undesirable neighbors. Obvious hard drug use. People sleeping in their cars on the street and what not.
This morning my wife found a Facebook post with still shots from a security camera showing our neighbor stealing an industrial work trailer. My wife asked me if she thought she should notify the victim that we know who took his trailer. I said yes absolutely. She contacted the victim he was very appreciative.
My wife forwarded the post to a few of our neighbors that we are close with. I was astonished when two of them responded that we need to mind our own business. I have lived near these people for years. If someone were to steal their property I would absolutely notify them.
I understand the no snitching philosophy. To some degree anyway. But in my mind a trailer is a tool. If you steal a man’s tool you are hurting his ability to support his family. It scares me that my neighbors would have this mentality.
Are we wrong? Is this how society has become. Where we will sit by and let people be victimized?
Snitching??? I don't think that's the right word for it.
I'm sure you would like to run those renters out of your neighborhood, I wouldn't want them in mine. They'll be stealing something from you next, or maybe worse.
When somebody is behaving in a way that is harmful to other people, whether they are letting their big dogs run loose in the neighborhood, exposing themselves, passing out drunk in their car in the driveway, abusing their wives and or kids and or husbands, stealing stuff, vandalizing or damaging property etc etc etc, and you are aware of it I don't think it's 'snitching', reporting it is kind of your civic duty, unless you don't care about the place you live. Even more so is it not snitching if it's in your own neighborhood. All rationalization about "considering trailers to be tools" aside, what if the dude ripped off your TV set or your guitars or your wife's jewelry, or even your trash cans It's all the same. Why would you want to enable that scumbag thief to be stealing from his neighbors. #!!! that guy.
I would have simply called the police, I don't know that I'd tell everyone in the neighborhood about it or tell everyone that I knew who stole the trailer, or that I called the police, I would have simply called them and given them all the information I had, and asked the wife to be discreet as well, if I actually had to ask her.
My silence wouldn't be motivated by fearing that my neighbors would tell me I should mind my own business, but simply due to the fact that common sense would dictate that discretion and self-protection would be wise. You never know, that dude might torch your house or slash your tires, or beat you up or shoot you or poison your dog or whatever in retribution, when it gets back to him. I wouldn't be forwarding stuff around via the emails and social media about it either probably.
Reporting crimes that occur in your neighborhood is a good thing. Joining your neighborhood watch, or starting one is even better.