I can agree with you that the guy is probably a douchebag. I would hope that we can also agree that if he broke no laws his douchebagness should be of no concern to police. Do we really want the government to be able to make up charges and to harass citizens that are being idiots? Do we want them to actively look for something to charge a person with when the activity they are engaging in,while offensive to them,is not illegal? Or, do we want the government to follow the laws and only enforce the laws enacted by the legislature?
Originally Posted by Vaquero 45
Absolutely. Whether a man's conduct is right or wrong, moral or immoral, is not determined by the laws of his jurisdiction. You can be right without being legal, and you can be a dirtbag and still remain completely within the law.
In the 2 links provided by suntzu, those citizens would have been doing absolutely nothing illegal or wrong in my home state. However, a man trolling for confrontation in the hopes of a "payday" or internet notoriety is a douchebag in all 50 states, if you ask me.
Do you base your idea of right and wrong on the letter of the law in your little corner of the world, or do you take a broader view? Just because one can legally act like a smarmy little punk does not make the conduct noble or correct. I can't even fathom living a life with such a ridiculous siege mentality that I'd have to carry a voice recorder around with me. Funny how these OC advocates just "minding their own business" seem to get caught up in situations like this. Quite the coincidence, I think.