The previous day, Lindsey, had passed by the kitchen, in late afternoon and noticed a tray of food partially disturbed with evidence to her that whatever event was to take place had already occurred, so she picked up a small triangular sandwich, ate it and continued on her restful walk until her return to her desk. The following morning, upon her arrival at work, she was called down to human resources. She was told that someone had reported her taking food from the kitchen, which did not belong to her; Lindsey was devastated. She tried to explain that it was very late in the afternoon and that she had over time been told that excess food left there was for all the staff. She was very embarrassed and could not understand how anyone would take the time to "snitch" on something so innocent, especially to the Human Resources Department; such a report would have a very negative impact on her career. She wondered that if she was in the wrong, why didn't a person who was so concerned about the small piece of sandwich, not come up to Lindsay and bring it to her attention directly?
That same day, outside one of the downtown centers, I noticed a woman whom I had known for some time, park her vehicle and place a handicap permit on the dashboard, so she could avoid paying for parking. I knew this woman was more than physically fit because she was a karate expert. Still, I convinced myself that it was none of my business.
When I returned to the library, the thought of Lindsey and her snitch did not sit well with me; my encounter with the fraudster woman who was exploiting a community support of our disabled was also gnawing at my morality. One week later, when I returned at the same local, where the fraudster's car was parked, I took out my phone camera and took a picture of the vehicle. I wanted to investigate further and make sure I was not jumping to irresponsible conclusions which may cause undue harm: Perhaps I was wrong and indeed this woman did suffer from a debilitating ailment I was not aware and the permit was issued on her behalf.
When I called the Department of Motor Vehicle Licensing, they confirmed that indeed this permit was stolen and did not belong to this woman. I was furious, to say the least. How could someone be so low as to exploit the least able in our community, the disabled? I now faced a serious dilemma, should I snitch her out to the police?
The answer came to me immediately the next day, as I was listening to the news report on CBC radio about the results of an inquiry into the shooting deaths of two teens. When I arrived at the library, I read the following article: (TCDSB approves recommendations made by the inquiry into shooting death of students).
ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT!
I am not 100% behind the wording used in this video because, in a way, it discriminates against men, labeling males as being bad. One must realize that when a woman is exploited in such ways, they are not the victims of men, but they are the sisters, mothers, and daughters of men who will have nothing to do with this type of exploitation.
Here is another: Report it, to stop it.
I now had to contend with the hideous woman who was using a stolen handicap permit so as to avoid paying for parking. I will not tell you what actions I took because one does not have to publicize "one's call," to civic duty.