We have a problem, so we’ll solve it!

The problem that Yardsale posted about is a serious problem we cannot ignore. If we do ignore this, the man will come cracking down on us. If we address the problem now and are more pro-active aboue policing ourselves, we should be fine. But its up to us to figure out how to self police our own rowdy community.

I think we should take action now. IMHO, we should:

  1. Own up to the problem. Recognize that there is a problem and work out a solution. We need to communicate this to the cops ASAP. We need to come up with a plan to address this befor ethey do. Our plan will be more acceptable to us than their plan would.
  2. Settle damages. If the taxi was damaged, we should find the people who caused the damage and make them sit down with the taxi company and the cops to resolve this. As much as I hate to do this, if the perps aren’t cooperating, we may want to hand over theirs details to the cops. Hiding them in our midst is not going to make the cops happy. This action is important — we need to show the cops that we are responsible and we need our community to know that you can’t hide in the mass of people. Stupid actions will get you in trouble.
  3. Teach our community to be good citizens. This issue has never arisen, so its new for everyone. We need to tell people to avoid angry drivers, take down their numbers and shot pictures and video, but not engage them. Then file a report with the cops. To get this message out we should hand out flyers to everyone at the next happening. We need 10 or so people to hand out flyers and verbally drive home this message. The flyer needs to have 5 (or so) points on it how to act and cops contact info in case shit does go down. We need to reinforce the message that if you act like a dumbass, you get slapped down. If the cops won’t slap you down, the community will. We, nor the cops will tolerate this behavior.

I volunteer to hand out flyers and drive the message home at the next happening. Anyone else want to help out?

6 Comments »

  1. SETHZILLA said,

    June 3, 2006 @ 11:45 am

    count me in for passing out flyers as well, i’ll be on top of the stairs behind the fountain as usual :)

  2. Warthog said,

    June 3, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    First of all, the most important thing is that Mark is okay (as far as I know). Secondly, I can’t say as I agree with the, excuse the expression, ratting out of the so-called perps. I mean no disrespect to Mayhem, but what would be the point, really. Certainly their actions were rash, and not really the best way to have handled things (allthough, i’m not so sure I wouldn’t have done the same thing), but I seriously doubt that the cab company will push for restitution, seeing as how someone in their employ (and therefore someone whose actions they are responsible for), may very well (or at least should) be charged with a felony over this incident. Also, a couple of dents is going to be small potatos to the cops compared to, what, assault with a deadly weapon? (any cycling lawers out there want to claify this for me?) Aside from that, I wholeheartedly agree that we need to self police…veterans need to educate the virgins…and people need to chill out, and show a little more respect to our fellow vehicle operators. Sharing the road don’t mean hoggin’ up the whole dang street. I will also be happy to hand out flyers and help spread the word.

  3. Yardsale said,

    June 6, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    I’m not sure that the point of ferreting out the perps has anything to do with the whether one crime was worse then the other. I feel that the principal of the matter is that two crimes were committed and neither of them should be condonded by the community we call “the bike happening.”
    I’m not too sorry that one or two people might be held responsible for their foolish acts. Especially since their actions threaten the very existance of our event and do not set a good example of individual responsibility.

  4. Mayhem said,

    June 7, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    Warthog:

    I pretty much agree with Yardsale. I didn’t mean that we should oust the perps, but if it came to blows with the cops, that we should not attempt to hide their identity. We should not encourage people to act like bungholes and hope to find safety in numbers.

  5. Warthog said,

    June 11, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    Mayhem, sorry if I misunderstood what you meant but, it sure did read that way. I’m assuming that you read the part of my comment wherein I agreed with you about encouraging others to act in an un-bungholeish manner. You couldn’t be more right about that.
    Yardsale, If I made it sound as if I felt one crime is ok because it’s less severe, than I apoligize for not wording things correctly.
    It just came across to me that there was going to be a rush to “turn ‘em over to the law”, when it might not be necessary. Are the police pressuring the Happening community to squeal? If not, let it go…that’s all i’m suggesting. Naturally, everyone should be responsible for their own actions, and if the police feel the need to track them done, then they made their own beds, so to speak. From my personal p.o.v., seeing as how we aren’t talking about somebody beating on a car due to a testosterone showdown, but rather it occuring because someone reacted to seeing a friend being attacked, I will cut the perps some slack in so far as how I judge them and what they did. My feeling is that what’s the biggest problem “our non-event” has is, the handful of habitual jerks that are making us look bad on a regular basis. Anyway, this is the last you’ll hear about this from me…regardless of whether it gets a rebuttal or not. I sure don’t want to be responsible for turning this forum into argument central. Thanks for listening, and thanks for making this forum available to the Happening community.

  6. Mayhem said,

    June 12, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    Warthog: No worries whatsoever — I think we’re all on the same page about this issue.

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