Constant SuspicionPosted by on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
One of the points I like to make on this blog and in public talks is that our societal impetus to create laws for everything has actually led to more paranoia instead of the safety that we covet. Unfortunately, people are no safer with the accumulation of more laws, we just think we are safer and that all accidents can be prevented. Along with that is the constant paranoia that happens when we see something slightly suspicious or dangerous.
Today’s example of that is a man who was forced out of a Barnes and Noble store because he was committing the horrible crime of shopping in the children’s section.
Omar Amin, 73, said store worker Todd Voris told him that a female shopper had complained about him being in the children’s area May 4 in the store at Shea Boulevard and Loop 101 in Scottsdale.
Amin, who was alone at the time, said he was in Barnes & Noble to buy books for his two grandchildren who live in Wisconsin.
“Men alone cannot be by themselves in the children’s area,” Amin said he was told, adding that Voris said other bookstores had encountered problems with child molesters.
Being a man while shopping for kids’ books isn’t, technically, a crime. But, it is somehow suspicious enough for someone to complain to management? And somehow the management agreed that this was suspicious enough to ask him to leave?
We should keep our kids safe, no doubt. We should do so by teaching them the difference between normal and abnormal human interaction with people you don’t know. Evidently, the woman who complained has never been taught the difference because I think encountering a person browsing books would fall under the “normal” category. Did this man attempt to lure kids into a secluded area of the store (a restroom or something) with the book? No. Did this man touch any children in any way? No. Did this man even speak to a child? No.
I’m tired of all of this paranoia in society. Personally, I would find it refreshing to see a man in a children’s section of a book store. Similarly, I would find it refreshing if men started teaching elementary school from time to time. Our kids need adult interaction from men and women. But, some people will always be against this because they see every man as a potential molester even though the news is riddled with stories of female teachers having inappropriate relationships with male students. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of our society giving up our freedoms for some nebulous feeling of safety. It has to stop before we’re all suspects.
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