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RE: Security Guard in the Building next door.

When it comes right down to it, this guy was completely out of line.  Could
have been arrested for assault, or at the very least trespassing.  He had
absolutely no business leaving his post, entering someone else's
property,asking you what you were doing, and I would bet that his employers
would have a fit if they knew what he was doing.  Talk about liability!

Security guards DO NOT investigate.  They have no business leaving the
property that they are employed to protect.  Call the police!  Don't let
these kinds of imbeciles walk away with any kind of ego boost or validation,
or you're guaranteeing that others will have problems with him as well.
Remember, security guards have no public police powers of any kind, ever.
They are nothing more than a surrogate property owner, taking care of their
little chunk of private property.

Now, on the other hand, it's always a good idea to let the
security/management of the property you will be operating from know what's
going on to reduce interruptions while you're operating.

Samuel, W7YYY

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Jon Ogden [mailto:na9d@mindspring.com] 
Sent:	Thursday, October 05, 2000 6:35 AM
To:	David M. Tipton, PhD; amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject:	Re: [amsat-bb] Security Guard in the Building next door.

on 10/4/00 11:47 PM, David M. Tipton, PhD at tiptond@psi.com wrote:

> I actually had the security guard from the building next door to the hotel
> walk on to the hotel property tonight while I working UO-14, pushed my
> antenna to the ground and tell me that I had to stop operating.  So,
> I explained to him what I was doing and he acted like the typical dumbass
> and said "Oh, well, I'm security for that building over there (on the
> property) and we have to investigate these things."
> I was tempted to call the police, however, it would have been too late to
> finish the pass anyway, but does anybody have any ideas on what we can do
> prevent confrontations like this?


Explain to him that you are a licensed amateur radio operator and that you
have authority from the FCC to be doing this.  Show him your license.  Then
if he still insists on being an a** ask him what public ordinance you are
breaking by doing this in a PUBLIC place.  If he continues, then sure, call
the police.

One more thing that you may want to do is to inform the security at your
hotel what you are doing in the parking lot with that thing.  They likely
won't care, but then if Sheriff Buford T. Justice comes along, you can
inform him that you cleared it with hotel security.

This guy obviously needed some testosterone or something!

Rule number one though is: KEEP YOUR COOL.  Be diplomatic.



Jon Ogden
NA9D (ex: KE9NA)



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