Michael ~ I am the one who started this thread, but I actually was more focusing on the people who commit the offense rather than a lack of intervention by the MAs. I know these people would be immediately pulled over if this were to be witnessed. I just hope that one day I will turn around and see one of you guys nearby when that happens. :) I did get license plate numbers in the past, and I believe I even went to the Security Office up front to file a report. However, when I was told that nothing could really be done to the 'offender' because it was witnessed by a pedestrian and not by an MA, then I figured it would a complete waste of time to report it every time. This was purely a vent, that's all. Also, a friend of mine called Security to report that a rottweiler was living on base. There was an ad on naplesallhands advertising the sale of such a dog and showing a picture of the dog in a SS home. After verifying that this is, indeed, a breed which is not allowed on the SS, my friend asked Security if they could do something about it, as it was public knowledge on naplesallhands. The MA who answered the phone said that, most likely, without a complaint, nothing could be done. My friend's question, and also mine, is: why? The MA did pull up the ad on naplesallhands while on the phone and saw the animal. Wouldn't that have been enough to have the dog evicted and banned, with possible repercussions for the owner who violated policy? I have no particular complaints concerning the MAs' job on base, with the exception of those individuals at the gate who will literally not even say a word while checking IDs. I find that quite disrespectful and rude, but I have now learned how to be completely silent as well while showing my ID. :) Needless to say, it is always a pleasure to hear someone greeting you and wishing you a good da, which I enjoy returning of course. It really doesn't require that much effort to be pleasant while doing this, but it is obvious that many, unfortunately, find it extremely difficult to do.
I totally agree on the responsibility of the parents and families to enforce rules such as the wearing of the helmet, as well as controlling the behavior of some kids while in the playground. This past weekend some kids literally trashed one of the playground near Bldg. 2040. By the end of the weekend, it was literally covered in trash. What did the parents teach these kids? Sad, very sad. Also, I often see dogs in the playground area. We recently confronted a woman who had her dog INSIDE a playground and informed her that dogs are not allowed. She replied by giving us an attitude and telling us that dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash. And, of course, she did not leave. Now, I can guarantee you that if one of you guys had told her that, she would have left immediately. In certain instances, there is only so much that we, as private citizens, can do. We try our best with things like this, but, unfortunately, we cannot force another person to do or not do certain things. Our kids, of course, we can (or should be able to!) control, and you are definitely right on that. But for the rest, you guys have definitely more power.
Thank you for your input.