Why we should question raising kids here....
Original post made by The Reverend on Apr 15, 2012
On my route home, there's a man that stands on the corner and sells strawberries. Nice man. Clean, respectful, even keeps his items for sale stacked nicely. I've actually stopped and purchased some. They're from a local farm; Man are they tasty. Ten times better than Safeway, at 1/4 the price.
So today... ya.. THREE, count the, THREE, police cars there. Hassling the guy. Neighbor out of his house, with one of the cops talking from a distance. The guy selling the strawberries is pleading his case to the Policeman, which is TOWERING over him in a physically controlling manner. Which I can understand, as strawberries can be SERIOUSLY dangerous. Imagine if that guy got to the berries before the 3 cops with 9mm's, and 3 shotguns. It could be a berry bath. As I approached the stop sign, it seems they are waiting for a 4th car to take the man (selling the DEADLY BERRIES) to jail. THIS is what you want our police doing? This is what you want to raise you children around? Are we SO sterile that someone selling berries on the corner should be removed by the police? I like strawberries. And his are better!!! What if that was a 12 year old danville kid, would it be a problem? Oh wait, it's the lack of permit, the man did not have one I bet? Right... unlike the Girl Scouts that VIOLATE EVERY CHILD LABOR LAW KNOWN TO MAN, but they're cute... I get it, my bad...
BTW -- I live across from a park, to which I have watched kid after kid after kid purchase drugs in cars night after night. I've called the police a dozen times. Is there a cop car sitting on my street at night? NOPER... but GOD DAMN THOSE STRAWBERRIES!!!! NOW we'll teach em!!!.. This is NOT a rant against the police. Someone CALLED them. Clearly!!! SOMEONE CALLED THE COPS TO STOP THE DANGEROUS SALE OF BERRIES!!!!.. Drugs sold from a danville resident under cover of night is ok, and or not really happening, cause your little ones that live HERE don't do drugs.
This is Danville. And I live here. And love it here, for the most part.. but this is NOT NOT NOT how you should raise your kids. These are bad lessons that will cause the issues later Danville. You know why? You're not wealthy enough to help them be this way. If you where you wouldn't live here. So my proof is, you live here.. So GROW UP!! Teach your children to be accepting....
With love Danville.
on Apr 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm
"Reverend": If these are the same guys that have been selling strawberries and other fruits near the entrance to Sycamore, I am glad that the police finally told them to move their produce stand. I live near by, and this is a residential neighborhood, with alot of children who ride their bikes, and these guys actually go into traffic and are aggressive in trying to sell their produce, creating a dangerous intersection. If they want to sell their produce, go to the farmers market on Saturday, and follow the rules and regulations that everyone else has to follow, and do not just take over a residential neighborhood, without following the ordinances and regulations that apply to everyone else.
If the police ignore these guys, whats to stop other "merchants" from taking over our residential neighborhood and selling t-shirts, watches, and other unregulated items. By the way, one of the reasons we regulate selling of produce is so health inspectors can moniter the product, and make sure there are not illegal pesticides and fruit flies coming into our neighborhood. These gypsy produce guys follow no regulations or rules, just set up tent in our neighborhood, and who knows what pesticides or fruit flies they are dumping on our town. They also do not pay taxes or fees, which is unfair to their competitors who run legitimate farms and follow rules and regulations.
Danville also has an increase of car thefts and other property crimes, and I have noticed an increase of peddlers and other strangers going thru the neighborhood allegedly trying to sell things, while possibly just casing the neighborhood. The best way to prevent this type of crime is having neighbors call and report suspicious people who do not live in the neighborhood.
So, to answer your question, this is EXACTLY why we choose to raise our children in Danville, because the town and the police teach our children that everone has to play by the rules and regulations that serve to protect us, and they do not turn the other way and ignore violations to our communities health and safety. Thank you, Danville police, for enforcing the laws.
Reverend, if you want delicious, fresh, clean, and fruit fly free produce, I suggest you check out the legal and regulated Farmers Market downtown on Saturday. These merchants are following the law and should be rewareded for that, unlike the gypsy produce guys that illegally set up tent and think the laws do not apply to them.
on Apr 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm
Indeed, we are beyond the days of peddling the fruits of our labors (pardon the pun - I could not resist) sans the ever necessary permits. As much as it seems harmless, if there are vendors who abide by the rules and purchase the permit to sell at Farmer's Market, should we reward those who set up shop without following the rules? Isn't this unfair to those who do?
As much as I want to stand up for the guys who take the initiative to sell on the corner (I've driven by them several times, and have seen the police talking to them also) my gut tells me that the money they receive likely goes to someone else - maybe the person who dropped them there much like the folks selling magazines who I can't seem to get off my porch.
on Apr 17, 2012 at 6:56 am
I want to know more about the dope dealing...which park in Danville??