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Magpie swoop causes paranoia

By Leon Arundell - 22 October 2012 23

Canberrans are tough enough to shrug off a magpie swooping.

Not so the good folks of Tuncurry.

A 10 year old girl was riding her bike and being swooped by a magpie. A passing good samaritan offered to drive her home, but she refused and he drove off.

By the time the story was reported by the ABC, the headline had become “Stranger warning after girl approached by man in van.”

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Magpie swoop causes paranoia
gooterz 9:09 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against children for your attitude.

Okay… and my argument would be that I’m being selfish, by being scared of performing a character assassination on myself when trying to help a child is somehow perceived as inappropriate by the general public.

Frankly, if a adult male was helping a child I’d be suspicious of the bloke’s motive. And I blame all the convicted pedophiles in this world for giving me and everyone else that perception.

poetix said :

I wonder if we’ll find out what that hideous individual said to Jill Meagher that evening to make her not immediately run away from him, or shout for help?

I think I can answer that.

I think someone is stalking you. Can I offer you the safety of a ride in my red hatchback to your home?

Apparently he did that for a Dutch tourist in similar circumstance. Luckily she got away, but unfortunately for Jill…

These low-lifes are smearing mud on genuine Good Samaritans with such lies. In which case the society has to warn each other that people offering help, no matter how genuine, cannot be trusted.

so you’re admitting you’re in denial about female pedophiles.

The mistake that many man haters make is ignoring female perps. Almost as common as males and grossly under reported

bundah 8:17 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against children for your attitude.

Okay… and my argument would be that I’m being selfish, by being scared of performing a character assassination on myself when trying to help a child is somehow perceived as inappropriate by the general public.

Frankly, if a adult male was helping a child I’d be suspicious of the bloke’s motive. And I blame all the convicted pedophiles in this world for giving me and everyone else that perception.

poetix said :

I wonder if we’ll find out what that hideous individual said to Jill Meagher that evening to make her not immediately run away from him, or shout for help?

I think I can answer that.

I think someone is stalking you. Can I offer you the safety of a ride in my red hatchback to your home?

Apparently he did that for a Dutch tourist in similar circumstance. Luckily she got away, but unfortunately for Jill…

These low-lifes are smearing mud on genuine Good Samaritans with such lies. In which case the society has to warn each other that people offering help, no matter how genuine, cannot be trusted.

So due to the abominable actions of a minority,those of us who are virtuous run the risk of being maligned even though one may have charitable intentions in coming to someone’s aid.

Once again it is the actions of a few that ruin it for the majority.

Pork Hunt 7:51 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against women for your attitude.

Where did that come from??
Why talk about women as victims in a thread about pedophiles (aka men, predominantly)?

troll-sniffer said :

but I will have another MILF on my list.

Errr… Yeah, whatever rocks yer boat.

I was going to make some inane comment about Catholic MILFs only putting out to procreate but decided not to…

Jivrashia 7:44 pm 22 Oct 12

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against children for your attitude.

Okay… and my argument would be that I’m being selfish, by being scared of performing a character assassination on myself when trying to help a child is somehow perceived as inappropriate by the general public.

Frankly, if a adult male was helping a child I’d be suspicious of the bloke’s motive. And I blame all the convicted pedophiles in this world for giving me and everyone else that perception.

poetix said :

I wonder if we’ll find out what that hideous individual said to Jill Meagher that evening to make her not immediately run away from him, or shout for help?

I think I can answer that.

I think someone is stalking you. Can I offer you the safety of a ride in my red hatchback to your home?

Apparently he did that for a Dutch tourist in similar circumstance. Luckily she got away, but unfortunately for Jill…

These low-lifes are smearing mud on genuine Good Samaritans with such lies. In which case the society has to warn each other that people offering help, no matter how genuine, cannot be trusted.

poetix 6:57 pm 22 Oct 12

bundah said :

Jivrashia said :

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against women for your attitude.

Where did that come from??
Why talk about women as victims in a thread about pedophiles (aka men, predominantly)?

troll-sniffer said :

but I will have another MILF on my list.

Errr… Yeah, whatever rocks yer boat.

That should have read children.

The issue of trusting men, and other people, whether one is a child, a woman, or a man is inherent in the story, I think. The issue is in the air at the moment. More than magpies!

bundah 6:50 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against women for your attitude.

Where did that come from??
Why talk about women as victims in a thread about pedophiles (aka men, predominantly)?

troll-sniffer said :

but I will have another MILF on my list.

Errr… Yeah, whatever rocks yer boat.

That should have read children.

poetix 6:28 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

Read my lips/text: ALL MEN ARE PEDOPHILES.

If I saw a young girl or boy in distress or danger I will look for a female adult to assist them.
If I can’t find one then they are beyond help.

Sorry, but I’m only doing the best with the options that this modern world is giving me.

That is truly sad, but I think you have to educate children that they must be suspicious, which means a regrettable loss of inncocence.   But nobody should get into such a van if the only threat is a magpie, whoever is driving it.

I wonder if we’ll find out what that hideous individual said to Jill Meagher that evening to make her not immediately run away from him, or shout for help? These things create such a climate of fear and distrust.  The weekend after Ms Meaher was killed, I had four people tell me I shouldn’t ride my bike home from the pub ‘in case’.  Not in case I fell off my bike (a very strong gin driven possibility) but in case someone was lurking on the bike paths.  Of course I ignored them, but you can’t just laugh off their concern as paranoia, even if such attacks are quite rare.

More so with children.  Simple rules are more understandable, and the consequences of a child getting it wrong are just unbearable to contemplate.  So our society becomes ever less trusting.

The other day an old and quite immobile lady asked me to get money out for her at the ATM.  I made her enter the PIN which she had written down on a piece of paper. And wanted to give to me.  Of course, most people wouldn’t steal from her, but it only takes one person.  I tried to say this to her, but her English was too limited for her to understand.  I pray that she only finds kind people at ATMs.

Sorry, I’m raving now!  But my emphasis has to be on my child’s well-being, even if it means teaching her to assess people negatively, unlike that old lady.  I found her trusting me very touching.  I wish I could tell my daughter to trust people, as that lady did, but you just can’t.

Jivrashia 6:25 pm 22 Oct 12

bundah said :

the atrocities committed against women for your attitude.

Where did that come from??
Why talk about women as victims in a thread about pedophiles (aka men, predominantly)?

troll-sniffer said :

but I will have another MILF on my list.

Errr… Yeah, whatever rocks yer boat.

milkman 6:19 pm 22 Oct 12

It’s the pedophiles who train the magpies to swoop in the first place.

bundah 6:10 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

Read my lips/text: ALL MEN ARE PEDOPHILES.

If I saw a young girl or boy in distress or danger I will look for a female adult to assist them.
If I can’t find one then they are beyond help.

Sorry, but I’m only doing the best with the options that this modern world is giving me.

We have the absolute lowly evolved cnuts to thank for the atrocities committed against women for your attitude.

troll-sniffer 5:02 pm 22 Oct 12

Jivrashia said :

Read my lips/text: ALL MEN ARE PEDOPHILES.

If I saw a young girl or boy in distress or danger I will look for a female adult to assist them.
If I can’t find one then they are beyond help.

Sorry, but I’m only doing the best with the options that this modern world is giving me.

+1 With the proviso that the female adult has children in tow, looks like a good Catholic with coiffured hair and sporting an enormous wedding ring, and is willing to produce identification papers to establish bona-fides. Of course by then the 10yo will have safely made it home past the magpie, but I will have another MILF on my list.

Jivrashia 4:14 pm 22 Oct 12

Read my lips/text: ALL MEN ARE PEDOPHILES.

If I saw a young girl or boy in distress or danger I will look for a female adult to assist them.
If I can’t find one then they are beyond help.

Sorry, but I’m only doing the best with the options that this modern world is giving me.

s-s-a 3:22 pm 22 Oct 12

I teach my daughter that she can talk to strangers as much as she wants, but to never, ever go with them and to always keep a safe distance from a stranger talking to her from in a car. Blanket stranger danger is a danger in itself…

This.

I also thought the same when I read the article. Could be this person was an honest good samaritan, still no reason to go with them.

Watson 2:27 pm 22 Oct 12

And your point is…?

I personally don’t see any reason for an alert as it is very likely that the man was just being nice. But of course the girl did the right thing for not getting into the van. Especially as there was no good reason to because clearly she was able to deal with being swooped.

I teach my daughter that she can talk to strangers as much as she wants, but to never, ever go with them and to always keep a safe distance from a stranger talking to her from in a car. Blanket stranger danger is a danger in itself…

futto 1:49 pm 22 Oct 12

Quote from the article… “The man was driving a white van which had windows and curtains on the side..”

Sounds a bit rapey, if you ask me.

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