Monday, October 24, 2011
Halloween is Near...Watch out for the Creeps!
As we approached one camper filled with awesome Halloween decorations, a man was sitting right in front of the candy bowl videotaping all the children who approached. He seemed friendly and jovial. No one seemed bothered by this. Except me.
Innocent? No, I think not. Working in the field I have worked in, immediately all sorts of warning bells and whistles rang in my head. I leaned into my husband to comment to him and noticed the man was watching me. As we walked off, I noticed the man panned the camera on my daughter and then me. He knew I knew (hence why he panned the camera to me). I slipped him the bird. When he is home watching the video and getting his jollies, he will be reminded that he isn't that slick.
Call me paranoid, but I think not. This man at minimum enjoys watching children while entertaining fantasies about them. I suspect he is probably more likely a predator.
Message for my readers to take home? Be on the lookout for these creeps. Many sex offenders seem like the nicest people you could know and are great with kids. As parents, it is our responsibility to keep our eyes open for these guys and keep our children safe, whether trick-or-treating or playing in the neighborhood.