Elderly couple accused of attempted abduction after waving at child in Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Nov 30, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=306146&sc=621

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    An elderly Nova Scotia couple says they were accused of attempted child abduction earlier this month after they waved at a child.

    Gerald and Patsy McCara of Waterside said they were detained by the RCMP for almost two hours following the incident about two weeks ago in Pictou.

    Patsy McCara said it all began when they went to buy groceries and spotted a little boy on a bike outside a Sobeys store.

    She said her husband waved at the child as they drove past.
    “We parked and both got out of our truck. My husband went into the tobacco shop and I went into Sobeys and picked up several articles,” she said in an interview.

    When she returned to their truck, an RCMP cruiser was parked immediately behind the vehicle and her husband was seated inside.

    A stunned Patsy said she was told to sit in the truck and wait. A few minutes later, she said, four other RCMP cars had surrounded the vehicle.
    “It was embarrassing,” she said. “We were right in front of Sobeys and people were coming and going, looking at us like we’d done something really drastic. And all he’d done was wave at a child.”

    They were taken by RCMP to the Pictou detachment, locked in separate interrogation rooms and questioned extensively.

    RCMP Sgt. Phil Oliver said the investigation stemmed from a complaint of an attempted abduction.

    “Police went to the scene, where the alleged abductor was present, as well as the person who made the complaint,” he said.
    Oliver said they had “probable cause” for the arrest but in the end no charges were laid.

    “It was one person’s word against another,” he said. “We were satisfied no abduction took place. It was a pretty ordinary and by-the-book investigation, as far as I was concerned.”

    Patsy McCara said they won’t let the experience keep them down.
    “We’ll continue to wave as we go in to get our package of tea and our Aspirin,” she said.
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    ...hey, they were lucky they werent tasered to death ... icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 01, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    Good grief, and I thought this kind of thing only happened in the Fascist United States. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 01, 2009 12:16 AM GMT
    This story brought to you by FEAR Inc-- the unholy intersection of politics, economics and incivility that tells you "Be afraid! Other people are always definitely dangerous, your communities are unsafe, turn to us for protection... and bullets! Stay inside, off the murderous streets (unless it's to go shopping for canned goods and bullets), watch TV, and put this 1-800 number on your speed dial to report any suspicious activity by your neighbours."

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    Dec 01, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    Wow! People around here (including me) wave at strangers all the time.
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    Dec 01, 2009 3:16 AM GMT


    "“Police went to the scene, where the alleged abductor was present, as well as the person who made the complaint,” he said.
    Oliver said they had “probable cause” for the arrest but in the end no charges were laid.

    “It was one person’s word against another,” he said. “We were satisfied no abduction took place. It was a pretty ordinary and by-the-book investigation, as far as I was concerned.”

    In other words, a hysterical dough head alerted police that the waving couple were suspicious, or thought they were the potential abductors. The police aren't allowed to ignore the complaint. icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif
  • calibro

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    Dec 01, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    Canada is 0 for 2 now...

    http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/732039--what-olympics-baffled-u-s-radio-host-interrogated-at-border
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    Dec 01, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    lol, calibro, BC, the province here where the games are happening has a current gov't that is republican-style paranoid. They call themselves 'Liberal' because they invaded the liberal party and managed to defame the leader of the liberal party at that time because of his relationship while still married. The shame of it all. The super Conservative current Premier of BC that masterminded the hostile takeover of our liberal party was arrested later in Hawaii for a DUI. When he returned he cranked the price of booze through the roof so everyone could suffer with him in his court ordered abstinence (sobriety).
    That's what the poor reporter was dealing with. Oh for the days of the liberals and the NDP.

    Our current Premier, Mr Campbell, would love to dismantle our health care system and tries to underfund it all the time (the feds threaten to cut off transfer payments so he has to be careful how he does this). He wants US style big bucks health industry. He says government should be run like a business. Blech.
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    Dec 01, 2009 5:27 AM GMT
    A good example of how nuts and gestapo this is getting, is the announcement by the Prov gov't and the Olympic committee that said if any of us post anti-Olympic signs in our house or apartment windows they have the right to have them removed. lol, and some here think the politically correct are bad. This nuttiness is way worse.

    Our repub style gov't spent billions on this boondoggle and their endless taxes on our utilities fell when the bottom dropped out of the market. So now they're cutting healthcare and education when they can. They introducing a new tax next year, a harmonized one that will add about 28,000 bucks to the price of a 400k home.

    Incidentally our NDP party went out 8 years ago leaving a huge surplus. Anything sound familiar yet? lol


    Grrrrrrr....okI'llshutupnow.


    -Doug
  • calibro

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    Dec 01, 2009 7:10 AM GMT
    Careful Doug, the boarder patrol might be on this sight and make you vacate the country by Friday for treason
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    Dec 01, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
    lol! It would be fascist right wing premier at the door. Demanding our property be annexed to the US more likely. There was actually a big push for awhile to consider BC seceding from Canada to the US (though that was before he got in).

    What an ass. When they took his pic in Hawaii lock up he actually smiled like for a photo op.icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif It was all over the news.

    He held up two visitor passes for his sons to the Twin Towers right after 911, that they didn't use on that fateful day. He grinned. Jerk. Should have shown respect instead with grief.


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  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 01, 2009 7:57 AM GMT
    Dakota_gent saidWow! People around here (including me) wave at strangers all the time.


    Now you know not to wave at a kid in Canada-imagine what they'd do to a gay man????????????icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 01, 2009 8:04 AM GMT
    lol MikeMikeMike, the police would ask for the gay man's hand in marriage. Two gay RCMP officers tied the knot recently.

  • GQjock

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    Dec 01, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    Wow .... icon_eek.gif

    What's gonna happen when I wave at GAY strangers???