haha, today is a wonderful day, a day where all Canadians stands together and celebrate the birthday of their country. Everyone from children to adults partake in the annual celebrations and watch the fireworks as a community. It is also our excuse to party, drink, smoke, and partake in many illegal activities, and best thing ever, (for those partaking in illegal activities) is that they will never get caught.
Today I am not going to blog about Cannada day, (because really it is the same every year) but i will comment on what I saw today that completely disgusted me and made me lose faith in the law enforcement officers in my community.
I was at the park with one of my best friends, her mom, my mom, and my sister, and we were just sitting at a picnic table having dinner because they were going to do the fireworks this year over the lake. There were little groups of people around us basically doing the same thing one group of people behind us were BBQing, this family was flying a kite in front of us and the people beside us were just talking and seeming to have fun. So as we waited we ate, chatted it up, and relaxed. Then we started to smell something a little bit weird. It smelt like a cigarette almost but sweeter. It really was a unique smell. Then we saw it.
The group of people beside us, had taken out bongs, and were smoking up! I had no clue what to do I was completely flabbergasted, (for a lack of a better term!) My friends mother was in complete shock she was so confused as to why someone would even think of doing that, let alone doing it in a public place! We didn't know what to do, it was so blatantly obvious but we also didn't want to get in trouble if we were mistaken or something, (which I don't think we were.)
It was when they got to their third round that police began to show up and set up safety railings and such for where the fireworks were going to be. They were not even 50 feet from where these people were smoking and they didn't notice. In fact, they walked RIGHT (three feet) by them and still didn't notice. We were in shock, and those were our law enforcement officers. It was right after they walked by too that the people smoking started to laugh. I was so disgusted that these police officers didn't notice, it was so obvious to it was almost equivalent to walking up to them and saying, "look officer, look what I stole from the convenience store, and oh, here are the tapes to prove myself guilty." and pretending it never really happened.
"really?" I thought, "is this really what our world has come to?" smoking in a public place in front of children, AND police officers and not getting caught. I am thoroughly confused.
"the police cannot protect the citizens at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory." - Jeff Cooper