Problems with authority?

@dawnald (84131)
Shingle Springs, California
May 28, 2010 3:55pm CST
Took a walk over to the lake today. Or tried to. They were charging admittance to the parking lot, so I went "uh oh", but kept on walking down the bike trail. I got closer to the lake and a woman sitting in a chair asked me if I had a ticket. "Ticket to walk on the bike trail," I asked, with a confused look on my face? "We're hosting the national championships and everybody going in needs a ticket," she said just as a group of bicyclists rode by on the very same bike trail. "Oh," I said. "Apparently 'everybody' doesn't include bikes." After which I gave her a look, turned my back and walked the other direction. Bad me, I know, but heck I needed that walk today, and I didn't appreciate her telling me 'everybody' and then not challenging the bike riders. Does anybody else here have a wee bit of a problem with "authority"?
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• United States
29 May 10
I sure do. I never Ever will trust the police. I Know that Politicians are expert liars and I believe a bad rule is Made to be disobeyed.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
Politicians especially, power corrupts and all that...
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• United States
29 May 10
I think they are Corrupt Before they get into office. Power just emphasizes it!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
many of them are...
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
28 May 10
I'm confused dawn, this is a public lake and they wanted to charge you to walk to the parking lot? What is the "National Championships?" I think you should have done more, it sounds like where I live, they'd do anything to get an extra buck..
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
It's public, but they sometimes close it off for events that they charge for. In this case, it's some kind of collegiate rowing championships.
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• United States
28 May 10
To which only bikers can get in free?? Something doesn't sound right unless the bikers are a part of the rowing championship..
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
I don't think they are getting in free, they are just riding on the bike trail around the lake. So why I can't WALK on the bike trail is beyond me...
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• Philippines
28 May 10
Yeah. Sometimes it just ticks me off when authority is being unfair. I was in line to buy a card pass to ride the train. I was holding a plastic bottled beverage. I didn't know that it's not allowed inside the waiting area. They told me to either throw it away or drink it all while i'm outside the waiting area. I didn't have time to wait so i left it there with the guards and i told them to just give to beggars if ever there came one.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
Coming back from Hawaii, my husband was holding an apple that we had bought. He had to eat the apple (or toss it) before we were allowed to go through security.
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
29 May 10
or how about coming back from Oregon into California we had a sack of grapes I mean too many to eat so we had to let them take the whole sack. when we droveoff I glanced back and the guards were having a ball noshing down on our cherries. sob
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• Philippines
29 May 10
I should start a new topic: authority is a waste of food. Lol.
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@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
30 May 10
That would make me so mad, since when does one need an admission ticket to ride or walk at a park? What is this world coming to? dang.
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• United States
30 May 10
I would have asked them if they had a ticket to run her/ his mouth.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 May 10
Next time...
• United States
3 Jun 10
I know what you mean :)
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• United States
29 May 10
oh yea..more than a wee.one big reason i never joined the military like some of my other family. you have to love when they have double sets of rules like that.if it was a public area,yea i'd challenge it too.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
I suspect they were closing the bike trail later in the day, but still, closed for walkers but not riders?
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• United States
30 May 10
that is crazy. unless they already know in advance their bicyclists can't ride for beans and would be crashing into people..
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@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
15 Jun 10
I have to agree with each of your opinons. It probably was a combination of all your thoughts.
@vandana7 (62336)
• India
29 May 10
We have it all the time sweetheart! We have the most corrupt police force, partly because their remuneration does not commensurate with the risks that they are required to undertake. Their pensions are difficult for them to retrieve because of problems with departments. So they try to take bribes and plan for their children during their service, which has ample risks. As to other authorities, I have paid bribes at all tables in Registrar of Companies, of my state. First it felt insulting and filthy. But there seemed no other way as everybody does it. We have people above who want quick results and staff in such authority and administrative offices are happy enough to go for discount sales in the vicinity!
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
Here you'd most likely get arrested if you tried to bribe somebody, though it does happen very secretly sometimes.
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@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
15 Jun 10
"vandana7" I can't believe you would reveal that information about yourself on the world wide net. What's up with that?
@vandana7 (62336)
• India
15 Jun 10
Sweetheart, if it pushes me into prison, it would be a good thing. :) There will be many who would get caught, and their pensions confiscated. Things might come out in open. I havent got anything to lose. :) No family per se who would miss me. :) But those who took bribes would be really worried. :) In any event, the crime is time barred to report. If I was asking for anything from those who took those bribes then it would amount to blackmail, but I am not. :) So it is just something such people should know - others in the world would know in due course of time - so hopefully they would hesitate. :) By the way bigal - there was one of young recruits out there who took bribe, but told me - he didnt relish doing that. But if he didnt take any monies, his seniors who consistently took bribes would notice it, and trap him into something he didnt do and have him thrown out. So he had no choice! Job security is a big thing in our country. We dont have a social security to fall back upon.
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@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
28 May 10
Depends on the authority.. in that situation I probably would have been a bit snottier than you were. Couldn't they have found someplace else to hold their championships that didn't jeopardize the bike trail that's normally free?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
the bike trail doesn't even go up to the lake, couldn't they just have policed it to make sure people stay on it? dumbazzes (but I'm not annoyed lol)
• United States
28 May 10
Well that would have required more manpower, aka more money... so they just choose to take the lazy way out... like most businesses tend to do these days.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
Yup... lol
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
31 May 10
I don't really have a problem with authority but I do have a problem with people who THINK they're an authority and aren't. And I have a REAL problem with hypocrites and hypocritical 'rules'. You should have gone and grabbed a bike, preferably a comically undersized one, and rode right past the lady. Then got off and continued your stroll.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Grabbed a bike haha. If only there were one there that i could have grabbed! :D
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@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
15 Jun 10
"dawnald" did you finish your walk in that area?(lol)
• India
29 May 10
I would say many a place authorities messed up things at many location around world,
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
Yes when they're supposed to be there to make things better!
@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
15 Jun 10
I concur. It seems it's like that all over the world. That's a sad state of affairs.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
28 May 10
I've always had trouble with "autorities"...and I worked for the Department of Army for over thirty years, where you were SUPPOSE to say Sir to the commanders. You were also SUPPOSE to stand up when the commander came in the room. For thirty plus years, I managed to do without. Yeah, I have just a little problem with authority... Not too many people get a Sir or Maam out of me. I doubt I'd call the President...Sir...and we're not just talking this one. I mean any of them. And little pretend authorities....
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
I wouldn't have done well in the army. :D
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
28 May 10
I was a civilian...I would have been dishonorably discharged if I'd been in the military. To this day, it surprises me how I made a career as a DAC (Department of Army Civilian). The work was challenging/interesting...dealing with some officers in the Services (I worked with Army, Navy, AF, Marine...), sometimes could be lip-biting.
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@much2say (38719)
• United States
30 May 10
Hmmm! I guess if it were me, I probably would have asked in jest why bicyclists didn't need to show a ticket. Is it possible that these bike riders were the contestants, warming up for their collegiate event? I dunno - I'm just trying to think why the bicyclists weren't stopped. That'd been cool if you made a run for it . . . see if she could catch up to you - hee hee! That'd of been a real workout!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 May 10
I'm sure the assumption was the bikers were going around the lake while walkers were going TO the lake. whatever....
• Australia
30 May 10
I don't have problems with authority. In fact I am pleased with most authorities and thankful for them. I do, however, have problems with officious, obnoxious people trying to make themselves seem superior by lording it over others. Thankfully, they are in a minority, but I tend to treat them appropriately. Depending on the attitude of the woman, I would probably explain I wasn't there for national championships but just talking a walk during lunch break. If she was officious I'd probably say a lot more.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 May 10
I could have pointed out that I wasn't going "in", I was going "around". But not worth it...
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
29 May 10
hi dawnald the DMV oh how I hate the hassle of getting my Id for senior citizens renewed as you must go to window a or b or whatever,none other will do then you are sent here, then there, and finally they make me take my glasses off and take my photo for the ID. I always come out looking like a startled woman criminal on the FBI's most wanted women criminals. I went to window D and oh my the fuss, you belong on window c so I went to C and she told me window B so went there and at last the woman there was very helpful and we got all the paperwork done and like I said they sent me to the photographer to have my picture taken. My atm card has a better photo of me on it and I do not look like a crook either.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
I hated the DMV down there and I did all my business at AAA (except for driver's license). Up here the DMV is so much nicer, but I still do everything I can at AAA.
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@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
29 May 10
I normally ignore them. Deaf in the one ear and spitefull in the other, you know. Having a bad day??
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
Eh, was just annoyed, I chose to walk along the lake instead of the river, and some stupid boat race messed me up.
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@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
29 May 10
Next time take the axe with.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Jun 10
The axe, I forgot the darn axe...
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Hi, dawnald. I know that you were looking forward to having your walk today. I am sorry about this. I don't like it when some kind of event holds up an area that I usually will go to. I wished that they could have things in another area..
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
I just ended up walking in another direction. At least I ate my lunch first. My original plan was to take it to the lake, then walk. I would have been standing there with my Taco Bell in hand and a long way to walk before there was a place where I could sit down and eat it.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
1 Jun 10
I have a problem with authorities.. Especially with people that think that they can just rule everything. Knowing me, I would have been blunt enough to ask her how come they did not put a sign up specifying that walkers were not able to access the trail??
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Eh, I just pointed out the bikers and turned my back. She got the point, I think...
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@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
15 Jun 10
In that situation I think you really were quite calm about it. What's up with the bikes? To answer your question, YES when it is misused as she apparently was doing. That kind of authority I have a problem with.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jun 10
If I had to go across the freeway to get my car (car dealer is down the bike path and over the bridge), I would have been pissed. But as it was, I was able to take my walk in a different direction.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
28 May 10
I don't have a problem with authority as long as the people who have it don't abuse it, and I also have a problem with STUPID people trying to tell me what to do LOL
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
Yep and yep!!!
@savypat (20247)
• United States
28 May 10
Through years of just speaking my mind I have learned to step back and try to see a different point of view. The authority is just doing their job and usually the ones who challenge you are not the ones who can change anything. Now when I really get upset, I go for the top guy and if I can't get them I go to the press. Nothing like a poor little old lady who just can't get her civil rights. Get the picture.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
Now if I were going along the bike trail and across the bridge to the car dealership, I would have made a fuss, because going around would have been much longer, also dangerous (crossing freeway on and off ramps), but for this, a snarky remark and a look were just fine. If she had challenged the bike riders too or if she hadn't said 'everybody', I wouldn't have said anything. But maybe I'm a teensy bit too picky about the words that people choose!
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