Be Careful Out There

December 23rd, 2008
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You hear it all the time but you never think it'll happen to you. 

You may have a daily routine, favorite parking spot, the same route to work - even walking to the car you have a sequence of pulling your keys out at the car, before the car or ten feet away from the car. You do all these things without thinking about it but know it can happen at any time.

What am I talking about?

Crime.

Just in the past week a very good friend of mine's was on the news and it wasn't a happy story. In broad daylight as she was putting the shopping cart away (husband putting baby in the car seat) at Toys R Us and a punk on a moped tried to steal her purse.

Yeah. The same stories you heared about in Waikiki and Waikele.

I for one would never have thought that would happen to someone I know let alone a crime like that. I'm just grateful that she's ok besides a few cuts and bruises from being dragged a bit.

I know some of you are thinking why didn't she let it go. Well besides the fact that it's her purse, I don't think anyone has the reaction to let go. It's natural human instinct to "hang on" when something is being pulled away from you or to protect yourself when feeling threatened.

It's a shame that society is "taught to give up" and the criminals prey on it. Sure things can be replaced but why should it be? You busted your okole to earn it and you damn right didn't work hard to just "give it away".

It would be different if a weapon was shown but still, these criminals are just getting more and more brave not only reserving criminal activity for night.

Then last week one of my best friend's mother got mugged. Yeah, you heard right. A mother got mugged.

WASSAP WIT DAT!

In an area not frequent of crime, she was mugged and assaulted as she was walking to her bus stop in Moanalua Valley on her way to work. These hoodlums took off with just one of her bags - idiots took her clothes bag - and now she has to deal with the aftermath of a separated shoulder, cut lip along with cuts and bruises.

In both of these crimes, the victim's not only have to deal with the physical injuries but psychological as well. My friend is still shaken up and I'm sure my friend's mother must be going through a tough time as well. How can you feel safe after an ordeal like that?

To make matter's worse, my best friend's pretty brand new car got banged in the parking lot at Foodland and the punk drove off. Thanks to witness' that saw the incident and reported it with the license plate.... but I bet that driver didn't have insurance.

Then last Friday, another one of my best friends found out at the end of his shift that it would be his last shift - his employer, Hyatt, let him go. Did I mention his relationship ended a month before too?

Boy, while we can't protect everyone from everything, please be safe especially during these hard times and hopefully you'll never "meet" any of these punks.   :mad: 

 

 

 

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39 Responses to “Be Careful Out There”

  1. GA Bows:

    Morning BL. . . you were up late!

    My thoughts, prayers and wishes goes out to those you mentioned above and the countless others that have gone through misfortune during this holiday season.

    My work place had a 30% work force reduction the Monday after Thanksgiving. A whole office was let go and 14 friends and co-workers in my office was giving the pink slip.

    As BL stated, please be safe and be aware of your surroundings while you're out and about.


  2. Ynaku:

    I feel the pain of your friends. I too was attacked by someone. Worse thing was, I knew the guy. I watched this kid growup from when he was small. I love his parents. When he grew older he had some sort of emotional problems. Came to the point where he attacked a co-worker and was sent for treatment. I thought he came back ok. But no. For some reason (maybe he thinks I was tormenting him like his co-worker) he started hating me. I tried to avoid him and be as inconspicuous around him, but one day as I was minding my own business, he comes up to me, asks to speak with me outside and threatens me. He is a small person and here I am at 5'8" 200 lbs and I do a lot of physical labor. He tries to drag me into the parking lot. You think I'm going to let him. I could have pounded him but since I respect his parents, I held back and pushed him off. If he had continued, I would have hurt him.

    Injustice? Yes.

    Just last week, I went to Home Depot to buy a new washer since my old one burnt it's motor. Came outside to get my truck about 6 pm and I see someone Keyed the passenger door. You know how you try to keep you property brand new? This was my 2004 truck. Kept it polished and stuff. But seeing that scratch hurt. I felt victimized too.

    No matter where we live in this world, things are getting worse. I am just waiting on the HIGHER POWERS to make things right one day. Must have Faith.

    GA Bows. Sorry to hear of your friends and co-workers. Samething happened in our company. Bad thing was, they didn't give much warning. They came to your office and escorted you out the building. This was management being let go since us rank and file are protected by the union. Still departments are being downsized, making us do the same amount of work with less bodies. That's rough.

    Gang, please be aware and be safe. Look around and don't try to be a hero. Best to stay alive. Criminals will get it one day.


  3. King Katonk:

    Where's "Dirty Harry" when you need him?


  4. jaydee:

    There's always some knucklehead out there that's going to try make trouble. I don't worry about myself so much as I do my wife, daughters, mom and sisters. I can handle. But them, not so much. Not to be paranoid but always watch your back.


  5. M:

    Always be aware of your surroundings, more so this time of the year. Criminals do not discriminate who their victims are, they see an opputunity and they go for it. So sad this is the real world we live in today.


  6. NKHEA:

    Howzit BL, and everbody :)

    Tough topic today, I feel the same like jaydee about my family, my wife and daughter both have to walk through parking lots at early and late times. My son not to bad I know he can handle a situation if it comes up. Me I just going run 8O :lol:

    See ya all lata's :) be safe everybody :D and have a good 1 :P

    btw BL how I going contact you about the pick-up tomorrow? You still get my cel. # call me.


  7. Ynaku:

    NKHEA, I heard surf is up east side. You going?


  8. M:

    NKHEA, see security as soon as you go in da HA building and tell him you dea to see BL and he will call him. BL stay on da 1st floor on da right side... :)


  9. Ocean Lover:

    BL...............WHERE in Moanalua Valley? That's where I live. :shock: The beginning, middle, end? I know that the bus stop ENDS before where we live.

    I know that on weekdays if you drive in the valley, its SO OBVIOUS who's home/not home by the absence of cars in the open carports.

    Kinda scary nowdays.............

    OL


  10. B:

    yep, everyone please take care of yourselves and others. such a sad commentary of this beautiful place we live in. nowadays have to literally think of it as a battle zone and not let your guard down. try to think proactive,but easier said than done.
    have a safe holidays everybodies.


  11. kako mochi:

    wow, i honestly don't know what to say BL . . . it's just frickin' crazy what goes on - especially when it happens to our elderly. and when it affects someone you are close to, it affects you also . . . i always try to keep my guard up when i'm by myself, but you never know when it'll happen.

    everyone - have a safe and blessed holiday.


  12. Bre:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your friends. Things like that should not happen.

    For the women out there, one thing I always do when I am alone is never park next to a van. Someone can just open the door and pull you in. If a van is parked next to me when I come out of a store I enter through the passenger side or ask a security guard to watch the car. Sounds paranoid but better that than worse.

    I also tell people when they are walking to walk on the side against traffice. It is harder for someone to stop when you are walking away from them instead of the same direction they are driving.

    Everyone be safe this holiday season. I truly believe there are more good people then bad so the odds are with us!!!


  13. Ynaku:

    Just wanted to say, "Hi Bre :) "

    And to the all, have a safe holiday season.


  14. TEN:

    My heart goes out to your friends who have experienced personal violence.

    My son and his friend went to Kahala Mall at about 7 pm one night. They were right outside CPK sitting down playing games on their cell phones. 3 rather large dudes sat beside them and casually started a conversation then asked them for their cell phones, wallets and watches. My son's friend was terrified and gave everything to them. My son gave them his watch and his $3 but refused to give up the wallet and the cell phone. They were threatened with bodily harm if they refused the whole time the dudes had their hands in their pockets so my son wasn't sure if they had any weapons. I've always told my kids to give it up rather than getting hurt. It's just not worth it to get stabbed or worse for material things that can be replaced. Long story short, after calling HPD, they were able to identify and locate the 3 dudes because they had been doing the same thing from Hawaii Kai to Kahala Mall. Come to find out 2 of them were minors and 1 just made 18. Slap on the wrist for the 2 minors and probation for the 18 year old. There were 6 families at court that day for a total of 6 counts all against teenage boys. All for not. It took a long time for my son and his friend to get over that incident. As guys it was a threat to their "manhood" and changed their lives at 16. Why didn't they start a commotion to get someone's attention? It wasn't worth it. Be aware of the people around you. Even inside the shopping mall. You just never know who’s watching you...


  15. island girl in NC:

    This time of the year is even tougher because of the economy. I hear and read about these crimes all the time. You just never know. Please be safe and remember nothing is more important than keeping yourself safe. If you need to let it go, let it go...it can be replaced. It's better to not get hurt. Yeah, you'll be mad for awhile, but at least you won't be hurt. Take care of yourself, your friends and your ohana.

    As far as the layoffs go, I totally understand. Things are really tough. My hubby is still looking for a job but at least we are lucky to have a roof over our head, food in the cupboard and helpful friends and family. Things have bound to be better in 2009, right?!

    Keeping all of you in my thoughts as well as your family and friends.


  16. Rod's Big Bro:

    It's too bad that as times get bad, crime increases, the money that was easy to come by for drugs is now harder. People aren't working and that means it gets hard to do break-ins, so now it's hit and grab. Peeps, be aware that as times/economy goes south "CRIME WILL INCREASE". Yes, please be careful out there and also try to be aware of your surroundings, even if it means going out of your way, the thing about Martial Arts, is it teaches you awareness, yes you could probably kick someone's butt, but isn't easier to just cross the street? Be safe and have a great holiday.

    Ynaku & NHKEA, I've always wanted to try Honolii, just cost to much to bring my board, maybe when da ferry runs we can go surfing safari for this Oahu guy.


  17. NKHEA:

    M; tanks :) will do :D

    RBB; shooots...let's pray fo da Supa-Ferry :) da real one :lol:


  18. sassy7:

    It's crazy....here in Utah there has been a rash of people stealing peoples gifts right off of the front door...they have people actually follow the fed ex or UPS guys....nuts...then they take the packages left...we even have people who have literally walked right into peoples hales and try for steal all the gifts under the tree and the occupants are in the house. We had one guy in my town, fixing breakfast, and heard his door rattling...got his gun out and shoot the would be burgler...then they was shooting at each other...crazy....we even have abductions...so you know...my hale get alarm....even with my keiki's in the hale the alarm is on...we live in a very afluent neighborhood...so never say never.....just advise to the wahines....no carry bag when you shop... put um where grammy said the two girls would always take care...only my keys and cell phone in hand...when you feel unsafe..use your car alarm...set um off..people forget they have that as a deterrent...and if you carry bag...put um in with your grocerys' as you loading the car...set the alarm when you go put the wagon away....or always park near the wagon station or near a light in the parking....this is the time of year...when people get nuts...especailly with the way the economy is going....so take care....and all ways be on the alert....Have a safe and joyus HOLIDAY!!!


  19. Ynaku:

    Hey sassy7 you know my niece, Lorry Ann? She from Hilo and live Salt Lake side. She was in Kearns but they moved to a smaller house because of their baby boy. She like get together with people from the islands.


  20. munch:

    hey BL i been MIA small kine :( but first off, glad that you & wife had a good trip and that you guys got back safe & sound!

    now on topic...holy shmoly :shock: that's a lot of pilau stuff that happened to people you know! it's so terrible that this time of year, when it's supposed to be the most joyous, is the time when those pilau buggahs KNOW that everyone is out later than normal shopping and such so they take advantage of that and that's when they try to break into homes and mug people to steal the stuff they just bought, or any extra cash, anything! it makes me upset that people have such disrespect for themselves and the people they victimize, no matter the time of year but even moreso during the holidays :(

    and like others said in their posts, no be shame to ask for security to escort you to your car...better safe than sorry! well i hope everyone has a very Merry CHRISTmas and enjoy the time with family, friends & loved ones. planny people took off tomorrow huh? well BL i know you'll be at work so i keep you company :-D


  21. Scott:

    Good topic BL. I often think how quickly my life could change if I came home from work one day and, bam, house broken into, dogs missing or killed, things like that. As for myself, I've lived in enough big cities to always watch my front and back. Even walking through Kalihi, or rough places on Oahu, I always try to just smile a dopey smile and not look offensive. My wife works in Waikiki and a couple of times there's been some strange guys hanging around the elevator in her parking garage. One lady got mugged last year. I told her just kick em in the balls, scream and run.

    You never know when your world will get rattled but you can be prepared.


  22. MoOgooGuypAn:

    When it rains it pours. You know the saying. Just gotta get out of the rain or sing in it.

    As for the crime. The community needs to get involved more. Like the people who took down the license plate for your friend. Gotta have more people who come out and just bear "eyes". We gotta watch out for one another. If Lingle like save money and make all kine budget cuts, we cannot rely on the police for help. She should put just a little money into creating a self-run "watch" program that citizens can take part in.

    Ho...sorry ah... I got kinda serious :P


  23. Bre:

    Hi Ynaku! Thanks for the greeting. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a joyous 2009!!!!


  24. snow:

    geez, BL, such tough things for your friends to experience and around holiday-time, it's even worse! no can, dat kine! it's kind of sad that there are so many people out there doing bad things to others. too many people just thinking about themselves... sigh.

    but, i have faith... afterall, look at the great group of people you have here! :) hat being said, in case i don't have more computer time before the holiday, hope you all have a merry christmas! enjoy!


  25. honda si boy:

    oh man, and all during the holiday season when it's supposed to be a time for happiness...WWD! well hopefully 2009 will bring a lot of happiness and a fresh start to those who need it. best wishes to you and your friends!


  26. opso:

    WWD! WWD! WWD! :x :x :x

    no can dis kine awready!

    things like this makes me wanna pack up and move someplace else.....cause of dis kine lowlifes.....plus da "ainokea" 'tude nowdays. grrr....

    dis is NOT da kine of price we gotta pay to live in paradise. aigoo....

    i going move korea and open up one tent bar ova dea. ;)


  27. Braddah Lance:

    Whew. Get one short breather... waaay too much work today.

    GA Bows:
    Morning BL. . . you were up late!

    Tell me about it.... making kim chee is a loooong process... plus I had to make my wasabi potato salad which takes just as long fo' potluck today. :mad:

    My thoughts, prayers and wishes goes out to those you mentioned above and the countless others that have gone through misfortune during this holiday season.

    Let's just hope things get turned around for them mighty quick.
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    Ynaku:
    I feel the pain of your friends. I too was attacked by someone. Worse thing was, I knew the guy.

    :shock:

    Came outside to get my truck about 6 pm and I see someone Keyed the passenger door.

    I really don't understand why anyone would do that!? Wat "joy" is it? Plus, doesn't it make dat chalkboard sound?
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    King Katonk:
    Where’s “Dirty Harry” when you need him?

    You talkin' to me.... punk? :lol:
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    jaydee:
    I don’t worry about myself so much as I do my wife, daughters, mom and sisters.

    Exactomondo.
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    M:
    Criminals do not discriminate who their victims are, they see an opputunity and they go for it. So sad this is the real world we live in today.

    Exactly. They pick the moment of best opportunity most of the times but I think the real sad part is that they're allowed to keep doing it by being let go 30, 40, 50+ times!
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    NKHEA:
    Me I just going run

    Good strategy! Make 'em laugh! :lol:
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    Ocean Lover:
    BL……………WHERE in Moanalua Valley? Just before the first bridge as you enter the valley. Crazy. I have a ton of friends that live there and this is the first I've heard.
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    B:
    nowadays have to literally think of it as a battle zone and not let your guard down.

    But da criminals are da only ones doing da offensive... and at times they da only ones with weapons. WWD!


  28. Braddah Lance:

    kako mochi:
    . . . i always try to keep my guard up when i’m by myself, but you never know when it’ll happen.

    Isn't it sad dat we have to be li'dat... it's not if but wen. :sad:
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    Bre:
    For the women out there, one thing I always do when I am alone is never park next to a van. Someone can just open the door and pull you in.

    Wat a great tip! I nevah even think of dat... but now dat you mentioned it.... kinda like Silence of the Lambs. :shock:
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    TEN:

    E Komo Mai to WWD! TEN!

    3 rather large dudes sat beside them and casually started a conversation then asked them for their cell phones, wallets and watches.

    I no can believe! Geez these guys - no fear of nothing. No wondah criminals no scade... cause no consequence worth fearing.

    As guys it was a threat to their “manhood” and changed their lives at 16.

    I'm speechless cause in dat one instance, those boys can nevah get back wat was lost emotionally. Unreal.
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    island girl in NC:
    Things have bound to be better in 2009, right?! Keeping all of you in my thoughts as well as your family and friends.

    Right back at 'cha kid-O! :wink: I'll throw a shout out to Santa tonight fo' your familia and tell him your hubby needs a j-o-b pronto! :wink:
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    Rod's Big Bro:
    Peeps, be aware that as times/economy goes south “CRIME WILL INCREASE”.

    Rogah dat!
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    sassy7:
    We had one guy in my town, fixing breakfast, and heard his door rattling…got his gun out and shoot the would be burgler…then they was shooting at each other…

    WAT?! :shock: Wat kine dat? And you like me visit?! Nah, j/k. Unreal da FedEx "followers"... but I guess dat's low key eh?
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    munch:
    hey BL i been MIA small kine but first off, glad that you & wife had a good trip and that you guys got back safe & sound!

    Well... I have yet to post Vegas.......

    now on topic…holy shmoly that’s a lot of pilau stuff that happened to people you know!

    I know! It's just one of those things I'm telling myself now, "wow, this time it's someone I know."

    planny people took off tomorrow huh? well BL i know you’ll be at work so i keep you company

    So wat? Garantee one post then yeah? :wink: :lol:


  29. teejay:

    Braddah Lance: Nice to meet you today and thanks for the kim chee (or chi, depending). All you guys are such nice people and I'm glad that you and your wife had a great time in SoCal. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.


  30. Shauna:

    thanks again for the kim chee! can't wait to try it! though my highlight was hearing you speak korean!! just like the dramas! :) too bad SSH couldn't have appeared in front of me!! :lol:


  31. KAN:

    Aisus. That's terrible. Sending out good thoughts to your friends. Even though get planny good people in here (and out there), only takes 1 pilau punk to ruin it for everybody. Drugs, bad economy, and incredible selfishness (and sense of entitlement) can create nasty results.

    In honor of those who try to make the world a better place, here are three stories of people doing good (even though the news is lilo bit old and from a newspaper that's not the Advertiser):
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/389949_robert29.html


  32. BananaFysh:

    Hey BL -

    Dang, that's really messed up about your friends. Fo' real, WWD?!?!?!

    Chee, I like drive around with a bat and knock some punks out when I hear stories like that. :x Then I like go and beat their parents down. That's why they like that, right? Junk parents. :x

    Nah, just joke. I not Batman. :razz:

    Maybe I go put them all in an elevator, and lock them in, then pump in some stank beea futs. ;)


  33. anklebiters:

    You need to have a friend nearby, namely Smith & Wesson :lol:
    We have the concealed weapon law here so you never know who is packing a piece.
    It's like the Old West out here sometimes, instead of firing from atop a horse, it's cars and trucks on the city streets and freeways.


  34. McLovin:

    Some knuckle head banged my car on a busy street and took off. The traffic was stop and go so I got out of my car and chased the car on foot so I could get his license plate number. Called the cops and within an hour they caught the guy. He was DUI. Then another knuckle head banged my car at a gas station and attempted to take off. He was driving a pick up so I jumped in the bed and told him to stop. He kind of freaked out and was a little startled and scared not expecting someone to do that. So he stopped and sheepishly game me his drivers license number and insurance card info. (I guess I could have been the knuckle head in this case because if the guy was a crazy I could have ended up in a garbage dump)


  35. M:

    BL and Teri, Have a Merry Christmas!!!!! :)

    masako will be coming by today fo dat kim chee :)


  36. Braddah Lance:

    Scott:
    One lady got mugged last year. I told her just kick em in the balls, scream and run.

    Dat's wat I told Da Wife too.
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    MoOgooGuypAn:
    Gotta have more people who come out and just bear “eyes”. We gotta watch out for one another.

    Rogah dat! Sad part is plenny people no like get involved cause fear of getting hurt themselves. See how da criminal's kinda got upper hand. :mad:
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    snow:
    but, i have faith…

    And sometimes dat's all we need. :grin:
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    honda si boy:
    hopefully 2009 will bring a lot of happiness and a fresh start to those who need it.

    Let's hope so.
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    opso:
    i going move korea and open up one tent bar ova dea.

    I like be da bouncer. :lol:
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    teejay:
    Braddah Lance: Nice to meet you today and thanks for the kim chee (or chi, depending).

    No problemo! But you do know you gotta post more than right? :wink:
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    Shauna:
    my highlight was hearing you speak korean!! just like the dramas!

    Mad tone and all yeah?..... and dat was to my mom.... WWD! :lol:
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    KAN:
    only takes 1 pilau punk to ruin it for everybody.

    Always.

    In honor of those who try to make the world a better place, here are three stories of people doing good

    Mahalos fo' sharing!
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    BananaFysh:
    Maybe I go put them all in an elevator, and lock them in, then pump in some stank beea futs.

    Isn't dat cruel and unusual punishment? :lol:
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    anklebiters:
    You need to have a friend nearby, namely Smith & Wesson

    :grin:
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    McLovin:
    Some knuckle head banged my car on a busy street and took off...Then another knuckle head banged my car at a gas station and attempted to take off.

    :shock: Time for a new car?


  37. McLovin:

    Braddah Lance,

    You know how my mom grew up with the superstition that bad things come in threes? Well after right after those two incidents with my car, someone broke in my car and ripped off a lot of stuff including my cell phone (I was stupid I was in the process of moving and had a lot of stuff in it). After that, had no problems.


  38. NKHEA:

    Eh wat wen stay happen to my ealier post :? :x :evil: :twisted:

    BL & Teri; thanks for the world famous kim-chee :) wen go take some to da pah-tay waz winna's :D

    Have a Merry Merry Christmas :) :D :P

    (NKHEA gatta go nap, to much beea's :mrgreen: :lol: )


  39. anklebiters:

    Merry Christmas to all of you WWD bloggers.