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Talk About Growing Up In A Bubble

No this isn’t something from The Onion.  And it certainly wasn’t made up.  It is a very real report made to a college police department.  Even more disturbing is they took it seriously:

UCONN Police Reporting a Suspicious Occurrence and Safety Alert:

On 2/7/09 at approximately 6:35 PM a suspicious incident occurred at Hilltop Apartments, in the parking lot between the Beard and French buildings. A male approached a female from the opposite direction and came up within several feet of her personal space. The female turned around and left the area. The male walked away in the opposite direction. The male did not say anything or make physical contact with the female.  The intention of the male is unknown.  Description as follows: a white male 6’ 0” with shoulder length brown hair wearing a red or brown cloth jacket and jeans.  Male described as older than college age.  The male had a round face and large build.

If you have any information or witnessed the incident please call UConn Police at 486-4800.  As always, you are encouraged to travel in groups at night and in well lit areas.  Please notify police of any suspicious activity to police immediately.

“Came within several feet of her personal space”? What in the world does that mean?

And she was such a scared rabbit she turned and headed the other way despite the fact that the guy said nothing to her and made no physical contact with her?

Not only that, his “intention” was unknown? So one has to assume he wasn’t intimidating or displaying threatening behavior (or one would certainly be able to discern his “intention” right?).

Apparently, though, it was enough that the police felt a the need to issue a description?

So, in the real world, what exactly would be the complaint if they picked him up?

~McQ

[HT: William Teach @ RWN]

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17 Responses to Talk About Growing Up In A Bubble

  • So, in the real world, what exactly would be the complaint if they picked him up?

    Being male?

    Wearing jeans?

    Looking belligerent without a license?

    Being Republican?

  • “A male approached a female from the opposite direction and came up within several feet of her personal space. The female turned around and left the area. The male walked away in the opposite direction.”

    I have to break this down to make sense of it:
    “A male approached a female from the opposite direction ”
    Translation: Two people walked towards each other.

    “and came up within several feet of her personal space.”
    Translation: They passed each other.

    “The female turned around and left the area.”
    Translation: Since they were walking towards each other at first when the female turned around and walked it means that they were now walking in the same direction.

    The male walked away in the opposite direction.”
    Translation: Since they were now walking in the same direction and the male left in the opposite direction  I must assume the male turned around after the female started walking next to him and headed back the way he came to get away from her.

    P.S. I miss a REVIEW button on comments.

  • He’s one of those Space Invaders! I knew they would land here eventually!  Fortunately, they move very slowly and in a predictable fashion.  That was how she was able to elude him.

  • Look at the bright side, at least no one or their dog were shot to death in a botched police raid.

    Loosely related, take a look at this BS for “stimulus”.

    Cheers.

    • Not just loosely related, as far as I’m concerned.

      My wife asked me to explain the stimulus. From her uncontaminated-by-mainstream-media position, she doesn’t understand why a problem caused by too much spending and borrowing is solved by more spending and borrowing. So why would anyone be in favor of it?

      As I told her, the stimulus plan is far more about increasing government power and solidifying the Democrat’s hold on that power. I’m not even sure how many of its proponents are stupid enough to think it will actually help fix the economy – certainly no one who understands what happened to Japan when they tried similar policies. (Of course I realize there are some players who are sand-poundingly stupid. Nancy Pelosi comes to mind. But they can’t all be as stupid as that idiot studying to be a moron.)

      Giving lots more money to cops is only a natural corollary of the drive for more government power. You never know, there might still be some pockets of people out there who still take this freedom thing seriously. Can’t have that.

  • Sounds like grist for a Monty Python skit.

  • Offsides foul – 10 yard penalty, when approaching females male is required to maintain a 10 yard personal-space-non-violation-zone until further review by his probation officer.

    Hail freedom

  • ” A male approached a female from the opposite direction and came up within several feet of her personal space.”

    The poor dear has never ridden a subway? There is no personal space on the subway.

    Or maybe she’s fugly – guys tend to “get within several feet of personal space” when we want to talk up a hottie.  Could be she just didn’t know what getting picked up by a guy was like.

  • I had friends who went to UConn….this comes as no surprise, even if my memory of the place is
    30+ years old.

  • I think Erb is the perp here.

    BTW, isn’t off sides a 5 yard penalty?

  • Hey now… he already metaphorically raped her by being born with a penis, how was she supposed to know what his intentions were?

    What a sad state…

  • OK, in all fairness, it may be that there was just something hinky about the guy.  Perhaps he was acting strangely, as though drunk or stoned or crazy, and the woman was sufficiently concerned to (A) get the hell out of the area and (B) let the cops know.  Various “urban survival experts” (including police officers) advise people to trust their inner instinct: if a situation feels bad, avoid / get out.

    Devil’s advocate: what if somebody had encountered that Cho guy at Virginia Tech, noticed that there was just something not right about him (even if he didn’t do anything overt) and had called the cops?

    Yes, there’s a fine line between a healthy awareness of one’s environment and being paranoid.  I will admit that the woman in question probably has attended one too many Womyn’s Studies courses and has been brainwashed into believing that EVERY man she meets is just aching to rape her, but there is a possibility that she made a good call.

  • docjim,

    I agree that women should take every step they can to protect themselves.  As a husband and father of a little girl, I don’t ever want to hear that my wife and/or daughter has been attacked.

    However, if the man was acting suspiciously, menacing the female in the story, or just behaving strangely, shouldn’t the “Alert” issued by the UConn police reflect that fact?

    • AFSHowever, if the man was acting suspiciously, menacing the female in the story, or just behaving strangely, shouldn’t the “Alert” issued by the UConn police reflect that fact?

      Sure, but I suggest that you MAY be giving the police more credit than they are due.  It COULD be that the woman went to the station and made her complaint and the police are merely going through the motions.  “Crazy broad said somebody ‘invaded her space’, whatever THAT means.  Sigh… Guess we’ll have to publish SOME kind of alert.  Snicker… ‘Be on the lookout for a Space Invader!’  Guffaw… I crack myself up!”

      FLASHBACK: “Hey, chief.  Some chick was in here complaining about some weirdoes trying to get on a plane at Logan.”

      “Oh, yeah?  What’d they do?”

      “Nothing, apparently.  She just said they gave her bad vibes, so she decided not to take the flight.”

      “Pfft!  All kinds of crazies in the world.  File-13 that, will you?”

  • I’m with docjim and AFS.  The woman clearly felt there was something off about the guy, but without knowing her, it’s impossible to tell how good her instincts are.  She did apparently do the smart thing when she sensed (rightly or wrongly) danger — moved away from him and got to safety, so good on her for that.  The bulletin is just weird, though.  It gives no indication at all of why people should keep an eye out for the guy or what they should do if they spot him.

  • no one’s asking her not to be alert…but look at the description – he walked toward her?  within several feet of her personal space?    Can we presume they weren’t on a walk way?  Not in a courtyard between buildings?  What in their description, other than their creepy presentation of a non-violation of ‘personal space’ (within several feet is NOT within the personal space) would lead me to believe there was any danger?  And as someone said…what do you charge him with, walking towards her?
    Hell, why can’t HE file a complaint about her?  She walkedto within several feet of his personal space, and then, for no apparent reason, SHE turned around walked away!  What did she want!  Why was she walking towards him!  Why did she turn away!  What did she have planned for him that she changed her mind about?
    Ahhhhhhhh!

  • There’s an easy solution to the problem of males approaching within the personal space of females.  Segregate females to a certain part of the campus.

    We’re already moving in that direction anyway.  Women are starting to not leave children in the care of a man lest he molest the poor dears, so I guess that makes child care women’s work again.

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