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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Sep 3, 2013
So yesterday early evening I was traveling through the Co-op parking llot. That little bench area near the Whetstone brook. I heard a female voice yelling and there was maybe three young men sitting on the benches. I slowly went past them on my bike, the women did most of the yelling. She ran up to me asking me if I got a phone to call the police. She said as she was passing these boys they called her a slut. She said they were homeless out of stater or something …they looked like it.

So I popped over my cell phone…that is when the men began to leave.. I never thought about the power of putting your cell phone to your ear.

I told the women, what the hell are you arguing with three homeless men you don’t know in a rather isolated area. From what I seen she was the provocateur with her yelling during the whole time. She was talking about they were homeless outsiders and she wasn’t going to take any of their crap.

I got a emergency button on the front page android when I first started up the phone. I thought the phone would automatically call 911 when I pushed the button. So I became a little confused when a dialer showed up. It all blew over before I could call the police.

The moral of the story…I was surprised about the delay with figuring out how the emergency button worked on the new phone. I was wondering how the button worked…but I dared not push the button fearing I would start ringing 911.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Sep 3, 2013
I got to remember that…I could always “make believe” calling and talking to the police if I got a situation where I want to break up the party.

I’d have no problem if I seen a argument developing calling the police to give them a “heads up” about a problem.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#3 Sep 3, 2013
So I came upon the scene of a argumentative young women and three or four rather homeless young men. She was yelling and the men were mumbling in a low tone. My first instincts was the women was in trouble. I stopped my bike to help her and then she ran up to me asking to use my phone.

I won’t just hand her my phone.

So the question becomes how do you read the situation? Is what you see and perceive a accurate take on what is going on?

Was the women the victim or was the homeless men the victim…

I quickly realized the women had a head of steam on her she brought into the this area.

You know, was the men crazy or the women…

That why I said, I’ll just let the police figure it out.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Sep 3, 2013
So then later I am thinking…how do I know if any of my snap judgements were accurate? I only had a few data points to look at.

I seen the men packing up and heading south towards the river. The women calmed down…but she seemed to be still hovering around the area.

What if this was carried on later and somebody got hurt?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Sep 3, 2013
If I had to do it over…I should have called the police. Just quickly explained what happened. Let them decide if they should come and make a drive through.

She made a strange comment...she said the police well know me. What did that mean?
Native Vermonter

South Burlington, VT

#6 Sep 3, 2013
Nice phone, you must be rich. When they saw your upscale ride and expensive phone, the figured that you had some status in society and pull with authority. That woman was an easy target because she looked like nobody special or important. You have to ask yourself why you didn't just ask the guys what they were up to instead of calling the cops. Because you enjoyed being powerful and playing a hero, must be nice being you.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#7 Sep 3, 2013
"why you didn't just ask the guys"

Because I was afraid of them and it could place me a risk.

Your reading comprehension sucks…I never called the cops.


Native Vermonter

South Burlington, VT

#8 Sep 3, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
"why you didn't just ask the guys"
Because I was afraid of them and it could place me a risk.
Your reading comprehension sucks…I never called the cops.
So you don't have to think of them as being human because they are young, in a group and could have been poor. Tell me, were they Latino or Black. Haven't we learned anything from the Trayvon Martin tragedy? They are a threat because you don't think they are enough like you.
Alannah

Dover, NH

#9 Sep 3, 2013
I would have simply called the cops.
Joe Shlabotnik

White River Junction, VT

#10 Sep 3, 2013
Mike. You did not learn anything from the whole bridge episode. You should have taken the law into your own hands like on the bridge and torn them up, like the bridge. Then they would know better, and you would have done your civic duty.
The rickety old bridge did not scare you, so why should some young punks.
My hero!!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Sep 3, 2013
Native Vermonter wrote:
<quoted text>So you don't have to think of them as being human because they are young, in a group and could have been poor. Tell me, were they Latino or Black. Haven't we learned anything from the Trayvon Martin tragedy? They are a threat because you don't think they are enough like you.
I am sorry, but that group of people have a high percentage of damaged people.

I didn't say anything to the boys.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#12 Sep 3, 2013
Joe Shlabotnik wrote:
Mike. You did not learn anything from the whole bridge episode. You should have taken the law into your own hands like on the bridge and torn them up, like the bridge. Then they would know better, and you would have done your civic duty.
The rickety old bridge did not scare you, so why should some young punks.
My hero!!
They weren’t unsafe. If the three or four of them were beating her…I would have physically stepped in.
Native Vermonter

South Burlington, VT

#13 Sep 3, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
<quoted text>
I am sorry, but that group of people have a high percentage of damaged people.
I didn't say anything to the boys.


Everyone has an enemy. It's why God gave us baseball bats. Well, He gave us trees, but we knew what He meant.
Native Vermonter

South Burlington, VT

#14 Sep 3, 2013
America has also forever lost the service of thousands of good soldiers who are now disabled as a result of battle wounds in Iraq. Many others will need mental and emotional rehabilitation before they can return to normal life.
John Olver

~ Are we afraid of them too?
RecklessEndanger ment-Jail

Newton Center, MA

#15 Sep 3, 2013
mikey should have said "Don't ask me for help from them criminals ya dumn slut- I'm mike mulligan the infamous bridge vandal criminal at large!"
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#16 Sep 4, 2013
Alleged criminal...

I am much nicer than you...they might be on my jury!
Wondering

Bennington, VT

#17 Sep 4, 2013
Native Vermonter wrote:
<quoted text>So you don't have to think of them as being human because they are young, in a group and could have been poor. Tell me, were they Latino or Black. Haven't we learned anything from the Trayvon Martin tragedy? They are a threat because you don't think they are enough like you.
You are making as many assumptions as he is. And what did we learn from the Trayvon Martin case? That liberals will overreact and try to take advantage of any case they can to promote racial disharmony?
Community Disorganizer

Trumbull, CT

#18 Sep 4, 2013
Native Vermonter wrote:
<quoted text> Tell me, were they Latino or Black. Haven't we learned anything from the Trayvon Martin tragedy?
Hey Mike did any of those miscreants look like this guy?
Burlington's very own Trayvon:
http://www.wcax.com/story/23331703/another-ar...
mike mulligan

United States

#19 Sep 4, 2013
Community Disorganizer wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Mike did any of those miscreants look like this guy?
Burlington's very own Trayvon:
http://www.wcax.com/story/23331703/another-ar...
Nope...white throw away people...
Community Disorganizer

Trumbull, CT

#20 Sep 4, 2013
mike mulligan wrote:
<quoted text>
Nope...white throw away people...
Did you see Alex lurking around?

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