02 Jun 2011

In California: “Only Following Orders”

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In Alameda, California, on Memorial Day, public employees hid behind regulations and protocols and blamed insufficient funding for training and special equipment as they stood by passively on the beach and allowed a suicidal man to drown himself in San Francisco Bay. Ordinary Californians (unhampered by policy and regulations) managed to stand by as well. In the end, however, an unauthorized and untrained civilian lacking funding and special equipment did swim out and retrieve the body.


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Old Soldier

I’m trained as a lifeguard but I doubt I would swim out to help a suicidial man without equipment – too much of a chance he would take me down too.

The lady standing next to the cops looks like she is wearing a pretty substantial life vest.


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