This is one for the books! Police are just as dirty as the criminals sometimes..

@dloveli (4369)
United States
August 6, 2011 7:26am CST
I was logging on to computer as I do every morning. My homepage is Yahoo. As I log on there is always a few stories from Yahoo News. Today I hit the big one. There was a story from Alabama stating that the Opelika, AL police set up a winning ticket sting to catch people with child support warrants. They sent out letters to people who owes child support telling them that they won two tickets to the upcoming big game Auburn-Alabama. When they come to pick up the tickets there's a television crew and police men and women dressed up as employees for the colleges. When they come with their letter and Identification they are congratulated and then arrested all on local news camera. I, too, have a dead beat dad in my life who owes much money. My question is this: Is this really necessary to spend that kind of money and embarassing non-violent criminals this way? I understand all too well about the child support issue. I just think there are murders, thieves, rapists etc. that could have benefitted from such a ruse. How are these people supposed to get jobs to pay support after you put them all over the news? Its absurd. What's your take on this?
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
6 Aug 11
This all could be avoided if the men and women who owed child support get in touch with the agency and tell them why they cannot avoid that much money. However if they can afford to pay and do not, then it is the tax payers who have to make up the difference. I am more annoyed at police who close down lemon aid stands run by little girls because they did not pay the $500 or so permit. That is what I consider a waste of time.
@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
7 Aug 11
Good points. And that is true, if you get in touch with certain agencies and tell them your situation, you will not get in trouble for not being able to pay child support. If they don't do that, it's their own fault. Yes, the lemonade thing was pathetic.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
6 Aug 11
To me that is intrapment and they shouldnt be allowed to do that. In Tenn they take away drivers Licience if they dont pay now that is stupid too s o how can they ge work if they cant drive?
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@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
7 Aug 11
Yes, Police are often no better than criminals. It is a well known fact and this truth holds good everywhere in all countries.
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@RobtheRock (2485)
• United States
6 Aug 11
If they are arrested and put in jail, how are they supposed to pay the child support? I agree with you. Some of them can't afford to pay and the job they get might be one that they barely get by on. And I'm sure a lot of dads would like to help their children and feel bad enough that they can't. Jobs these days don't pay anything. And in many cases, the father was making good money before the divorce or whatever. If he loses his job or has his salary cut, then that puts him in trouble too. But now I'm thinking about the way some employers are. I just lost my job with an employer who won't take felons. The way the bosses berate and talk down to their employees shows me why they don' take felons.
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@GardenGerty (90157)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Aug 11
They probably work under the counter, so to speak, in cash only businesses. I do agree that this smacks of reality TV where they trap the child predators, or whatever, but the crime does not warrant the publicity. I have heard of similar stings that had to do with the fencing of stolen goods, and those were quite successful. Perhaps this should have not been publicized. I think that putting it on the local television news is the step that went too far.
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
7 Aug 11
But to say this makes the police as dirty as the criminals?
• Philippines
8 Aug 11
Oh, this one is good technique but to do it infront of the camera, i do not agree. These people has their every right to come in private. I agree, can they really support their children now after being humiliated? i don't think so. It will have a great impact on them emotionaly and psychologically. Do these police think what they did is right? Did they really plan for it. they purposely do it. There are other bad people that deserves to be humiliated, like those in the news and not these people. They should had done it without a camera shooting on them. I dislike it. I do not agree with this one.
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@2wicelot (2949)
7 Aug 11
It is not very surprising because the cops know all the tricks the criminals use. They also know all the criminal elements in the society. So from time to time they may be tempted to also engage in some criminal activity so they gain some benefit from it as well. And most times they try to hide it as well.
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@celticeagle (114155)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Aug 11
I think that the child support can go a long way to help alot of children. I would think that the murderers, thieves and rapists that police forces all over the country spend alot of hours hunting them down. I think it is pretty nice of these people to want to help the kids in the community. That is what it comes down to.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
27 Aug 11
Everything has its limit, and we should not cross the line for it. We love to shut down criminals, but some people have difficulty financially, and they are not the criminals though. When you hit the rock bottom, you might feel the same. That just gone over the board, they should not do such thing like that.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 Aug 11
That is a bit cruel on behalf of the police I feel. It seems like they are going after the easy criminals instead of the hard core ones that should be persecuted like this. I have no time for parents who do not support their children, but some of them are victimised and led astray by the women too. It is not always as cut and dry as it is made out to be. I know of one man who was made out by the media on national TV to be a heartless father who was a millionaire and not paying child support. He was portrayed as having loads of money as a successful businessman and that he drove a $90,000 car. His car is only worth about $50,000, he is a businessman, but has put a lot of money into his business building it and so far has not gotten much money back out of it. He also has given his daughter everything that she wanted and always paid maintenance for her. The mother is a bit of a nut case and denied that he was her father for many years before finally admitting that he was indeed her father 3 years ago. How the media believed her side and not his is beyond me. They will do anything for a story and are not interested in the truth. This poor guy's business which he has spent a lot of time and money on is now suffering due to him being portrayed this way on national TV. The world is pretty screwed up in some ways!
• United States
22 Aug 11
they don't care.anybody who has been convicted of anything has a hard time getting a job,regardless of whether or not they've been on tv. an ex of mine ended up landscaping under the table because nobody'd hire him. i know a guy who's been jailed several times for non payment-and he does pay,but he has 8 kids and 3 jobs,and if he takes out any for food or rent and misses a payment,the exwife jumps right on him.
• Canada
11 Aug 11
The problem is, there are a few people out there who's exes accuse them of things, child support already paid that they claim was not paid etc. and they might get trapped by this. However, if the person is a REAL and GENUINE DEADBEAT, then they deserve what the fakers dish out!
@rosegardens (3044)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I agree with you there. It is a shame someone who owes child support would be treated in such a way. Once arrested, they have to put that on an application. What if they are looking for a job? Got laid off from their previous job? Are making such low wages, they cannot afford to pay the support? It is a shame we even need such a system. People do need to be more responsible with their bodies. That will solve a good portion of this problem. I do know at least 2 men who made babies and did their best to hide from the system because they did not want to pay the support. If it were less acceptable in society for children outside of marriage, perhaps these irresponsible and selfish men would not have had a chance to do what they did.