To think this was a waste of police time?
FlowersBlown · 14/06/2013 12:29
At 10pm last night I answered the door to a police officer. He asked about my car, and whether I and it had been at a particular gym earlier in the week. We had. While there I committed an offence.
I made a mistake parking and scraped the plastic bumper of the car next to me. I did not report this. The policeman was off duty in the carpark and witnessed the offence. He took our number plates and went to visit the owner of the other car. She was unaware of the damage, but upon inspection there is indeed scuffing to the bumper.
This in now in the hands of our insurance companies. Was it really worth the police persuing this? No charges are being brought. I did something wrong, but we live in a congested city. My own car is covered in scuffs that have not (all) been caused by me. Should a scuffed bumper be seen more as part of the give and take of city living rather than a potentially criminal matter?
lurkedtoolong · 14/06/2013 12:38
YABveryU. Yes it is worth the police pursuing this and I'm glad your insurance is going to have to pay. When we accept very small bad behaviour and offences being committed it makes the larger crimes more acceptable. I'm fed up with putting up with shit because it's easier than behaving like civilised people.
LessMissAbs · 14/06/2013 12:42
Yes, it is worth it - you damaged someone else's property and committed an offence. It might seem trivial to you but for someone who drives quite a decent car, paid for by their own hard earned money, they want their car to retain its value for possible resale, which is reduced by bodywork damage. Do you think doing someone out of £300 or £500 off someone
Your attitude is appalling.
Is this a spoof post?
Sparklingbrook · 14/06/2013 12:48
If a scuffed bumper is ok what isn't though?
Saying that thought there was a very heated thread saying that when parallel parking it's ok to 'kiss' the cars in front and behind with your bumper and I don't like that either. I got accused of all sorts for believing it was wrong.
MNBlackpoolandFylde · 14/06/2013 12:49
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DreamingOfTheMaldives · 14/06/2013 12:50
If you hadn't damaged the car and deliberately driven off without leaving your details for the owner then this police officer's time wouldn't have been wasted, would it?!
And no OP, we are not all occasionally perpetrators of this sort of small offence - if I damage someone's car accidentally, I leave a note for them.
By your thinking OP, if someone steals something from you, you should be allowed to go and steal something from someone else
OrangeFireandGoldashes · 14/06/2013 12:53
Yes I would and have, precisely because I know how infuriating it is when other people don't and I won't descend to their level!
I've had to do this twice over the years - on one occasion the other person didn't even ring me, and on the second they did but just to say not to worry, the scuff on their car would polish out and they weren't bothered about claiming but they thanked me for leaving the note anyway.
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