02-03-2017, 03:56 PM
Ah yes, nothing like the irate minority on a minority forum (or other arbitrary percentage thereof)... Anyways, my initial thoughts are that this is a sad story. Angering as well, I get the feeling that even Texas has any number of anti-discrimination laws or list of reasons why you can't fire someone without cause, yet it seems they want to be held to a lower standard. In the interest of limited government, Texas should have any of those restrictions its passed strictly enforced on itself.
I'm not understanding the "never-call-the-cops" sentiment in this thread. I would self-identify as extremely anti-cop, I have a lovely category in my personal finance for "government extortion" in my finance software, and have no immediate desire to call them for any reason outside of a personally life threatening emergency, for better or worse.
With that said, it doesn't seem reasonable to blame someone for calling the cops in the proposed scenario of egregious drunk driving. It seems like the "be a hero" sentiment is being pushed, where there's the idea that a normal person is expected to initiate a pursuit against a suspect, perform intervention techniques as needed, and neutralize threats? Call me crazy, but I'd like to think there are alternatives to having me (an 8-5 sit at a computer all day guy) personally resolve the issue. I can't begin to imagine all the liability induced by me attempting to ensure a dangerously drunk driver is taken off the road. I guarantee I wouldn't risk my lifelihood to do anything different, other stay the hell away from him. Other unsuspecting people, or those unfortunate enough to not have an option to react? Probably less lucky.
To clarify, again we'd be talking about egregious drunk driving where a guy is pretty clearly not controlling his vehicle. It isn't so much a comparison of there is a piss-drunk guy with a properly holstered and secured gun walking around, but that he's now actively holding it, it's being waved around and pointed at you for you or anyone less fortunate to be shot at a moments notice.
-To add, I also absolutely despise the current "drunk driving campaign", where everytime I go to a bar and have 1-2 drinks I have to have 4 different people tell me "dont drink and drive (hurr-durr)". I can see the backlash of why people get pissed off when drunk driving is talked about now, because honestly, there are plenty of people who drink and drive safely.
Anyways, just wanted to express the above sentiments. Back on topic, my immediate thoughts are this is BS where the government fired someone they no longer liked whereas they require other private companies to retain them all the time.