Running from the law???

United States
August 30, 2011 11:43am CST
If you knew someone in your family that was running from the law would you turn them in?I have a family member who has warrants on him for basically ripping people off.This family member is moving here close to me and I just want to do the right thing.He is never going to stop doing people wrong until he is caught.He needs help and a wake up call before he takes advantage of the wrong person and they kill him.Any thoughts?
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@jazzyrae (1747)
• United States
30 Aug 11
if you know he is going to do this stuff again you should turn him in you don't want him taking advantage of the people that you love. Just call him in annonymisly (forgive my spelling)
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• United States
30 Aug 11
Thanks for the response jazzyrae.That is what I was thinking.I don't want him ripping anybody off whether I know them or not.I try to put myself in their shoes and I wouldn't want to be done that way.It makes the decision harder because it is a relative but I just feel its the right thing to do for everyone.
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@jazzyrae (1747)
• United States
30 Aug 11
i know it may be hard but it is best for all. If you feel wrong for doing it anonomysly then tell him hey we need to get you help and try and convince him to turn himself in
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• United States
30 Aug 11
Sounds like he is a threat to society. Ripping people off can cause serious damage in the long run. I say turn him in. Even if he is in prison he is still going to rip people off and probably be more dangerous. He needs to learn not to rip people off. Let him know that he can end up being killed over it. Some people don't take too kindly to being ripped off. It makes them feel stupid and not many sympathize with those who been tricked out of their money.
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• United States
30 Aug 11
Thanks for the response spiderlizard22.This is so true and one of the biggest reasons I want to turn him in.I am afraid he rip the wrong one off and they will kill him.Going to prison might actually save his life.
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@hafiz008 (450)
• India
30 Aug 11
This is a tough question you have asked.If we didn't help our blood relationship we will annoyed by the family. If we got any problem there is only our family to help us. In this what I will do is I will favour with my family. He may be done wrong or he is the culprit. I know that I am doing wrong to me and to the people. If he continued I will never tolerate this activity and will never help him. If you think he never change his attitude you better not help him.
• United States
30 Aug 11
Thanks for the response hafiz008,He is not blood related but his wife is.I would never help or condone what he does.
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@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
30 Aug 11
I guess it all depends how close I am with the family member and the crime. In your case, if you think it will stop him from doing it again, maybe it would be a good thing to turn him in. But do you think he would come after you for doing it? And what if your family found out you were the one to turn him in and they were angry with you? But I guess if you call the tip line and turn him in no one would know and it might save lots of people from losing money.
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• United States
30 Aug 11
I am not at all worried about him trying to come after me because he wouldn't know I did it.If the family members was to find out I did it(turned him in)the only one that would get mad is his wife.Every one else in the family feels like I do but nobody wants to turn him in.
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
30 Aug 11
I think it's just about right to turn him in. But if he's really close, and makes an appeal for it, then maybe I would reconsider. But when the cops show up, asking questions, I wouldn't lie either. His crimes might not be on the top of the list, but still it would save a lot of people from a lot of headache if he's turned in.
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• United States
30 Aug 11
Thanks for response bounce58.Your right it maybe not on top of the list but crime is crime.People work hard for what they have and don't need someone like that ripping them off.
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
30 Aug 11
Good afternoon, Acts238girl...This is a very good question with both moral and legal consequences. I don't know where you live, but where I live there could be some legal ramifications, as in;aiding and abetting. If it were me, and I was appraised of this person's detrimental acts/being aware that this will more than likely would continue, I would use the system available here which is the TIPS line, as realistically I think my conscious would bother me...and daily I would worry that I am putting some-one else in harm's way. Such a juxtaposition for you to be in, and I truly hope no matter your decision it does not backfire on you! I wish you well, in this very complicated issue. Cheers!
• United States
30 Aug 11
Thanks for the response pergammano.You are exactly right.It would be so much easier if it was someone else's family that I knew was doing this but it's hard when its your own.It looks like regardless of what decision I make it going to hurt someone.If it would teach him a lesson I would do it in a heart beat.
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• Canada
31 Aug 11
WOW! This was/is such a powerful question, I nodded off to sleep last nite thinking about it, and I came to the conclusion that I would feel it my obligation to turn this "tanker" in, to protect other innocent people. Twasn't an easy decision...as for you---BUT I just kept thinking about unknowing persons getting destroyed because of their goodness or kindness by this person! I truly wish you the best, in whatever decision you make! Take care!
@Simon1223 (904)
• China
31 Aug 11
If he wanna do the wrong thing again, turning him in will be your right choice. But if it is possible, you'd better get in touch with him and try to persuade him to surrender himself to the police. You could analyze his current situation and possible consequences to him. Then he may realize that what you said is for his sake. If he insists on doing so, as a responsible citizen, you have to make the right decision.
• United States
31 Aug 11
Thanks for the response Simon1223.Sometimes making the right decision is the hardest thing in the world depending on the situation of coarse.
• Greece
31 Aug 11
i would never turn in a member of my family whatever he had done. i would recommend you do the same thing. in my opinion if you turn him in it means you never really cared for him.