Sunday, November 4, 2018

At least one trick or treater forgot his pants

As I seasoned news reporter, I have been known to say, “Nothing surprises me any more.” But, last Tuesday, around noon, something happened in Ashtabula that surprised me.

A faithful reader videotaped a half-naked trick or treater prancing around the Harbor Plaza parking lot in broad daylight.

If my eyes didn’t deceive me, I believe it was an adult man, wearing only a mask and hoodie. 

About five minutes later, a few others called in. Surprisingly, none of the spectators called the police.

Isn’t that what you are suppose to do?

I called Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell to report the pants-less person.

“We have not received any complaints,” he said. 

What’s happening to the world? 

Are we that desensitized? 

In the past 17 years, I recall a report of a naked man roaming Walnut Beach and naked woman walking along Main Avenue. In both instances, something was seriously wrong — mentally or drug-or-alcohol related — and the police helped them.

Dear Daughter often tells me, “You’re all about calling the police.”

“The police are our friends,” I always say. “Why not call them?”

I have called the police (non-emergency number) when I locked my keys in my car, when I’ve locked myself out of the house, and when I see naked people walking around town. Well, I haven’t ever actually seen a naked person walking around town, but if I did, I would call the police.

So, get over it.

The next time you see a half-naked person wearing only a Halloween mask and hoodie, I beg you, call the police.

staff writer shelley terry encourages all properly clothed faithful readers to vote on Tuesday.

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