Friday, April 06, 2007
So tell me, what would you do?
I faced a dilemma last night and I would like your collective advice please. I have great neighbors who have wonderful children. Now one particular neighbor has a child about 14/15 years old and is begining to run with a "bad" crowd. Everytime I see him he is very polite to me and we always chat for a while. So I don't want to see him get in trouble. Well, last night he was hanging out with a group of his friends in front of his house making a racket. I was cool with that although it was around 11pm. Then I hear a bottle smash. So I'm thinking to myself I have a few options: I can go outside and talk to them or I can call 311 or I can do nothing. What would you have chosen? I decided not to go outside because I figured he probably wouldn't be receptive to a talk in front of all his friends. I decided not to call 311 because he is a good kid and I didn't really want to see him get in trouble. So I gritted my teeth and did nothing. This morning, I went outside and sure enough there was a Grey Goose bottle of vodka smashed near my house. So I clean up the bottle, thinking to myself at least they have very good taste in vodka. Wait, a second, now they are drinking. What do I do? I don't want to rat him out. But I don't want to see him get into even worse trouble. So let's say he is hanging out with his friends and I spot them drinking - do I go over and talk to him? Plus I don't want to be a huge hypocrite because I am known to enjoy a beer or two. I'm leaning towards having a chat with him when his friends aren't around. Any advice would be most appreciated.