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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

My wife and I were at a mall in Stockton on May 3 at about 10:30 a.m. where we ran across a scene being played out in one of the shops. There was a woman screaming at the top of her lungs and using foul language and threats as her daughter, who was about 7 or so, was crying at witnessing her mother's actions. This woman would not stop. She just kept going back for more and would not listen to mall security.

At this point I told my wife that we needed to go — so we left. When we reached the parking lot, there were two police officers sitting in their cruiser. I approached them and told them what was going on in the mall. I was told that they did not receive any calls, so I said, "Well, this woman is going nuts in there." At that point the police just got back in the car and did not even bother to see what was going on.

I have always been an advocate for police officers, and I realize they have a very hard and stressful job, but needless to say I was very disappointed at their lack of action. I know they need more police on the street, but they need to be police that will do the job when needed, not just when they get a call.

You should have considered that your call — shame on you.

Stan Spigelmire


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  • Kenneth Huntley posted at 2:33 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    Ken Huntley Posts: 42

    There are still many good people in Stockton, its just the crimes and the news that reports them, outweighs the good, sadly. I'm from Stockton, myself. Grew up there from when I was attending Walton's Development Center, to preschool at John R. Williams Elementary, up to 3rd grade in Village Oaks Elementary.

    There's also still many fine establishments in Stockton. You have both the Weberstown and Sherwood Malls, with a plethora of themes for all shoppers. As with any mall, one has to have due diligence in making sure they don't get robbed.

    There's San Joaquin Delta College, one of the finest community colleges in all the state, there's University of the Pacific, which to this day remains in the top 100 schools of the nation. There's also Humphrey's College, a still privately owned tech/law school.

    Don't forget all the fine restaurants such as Dave Wong's Chinese Food, Chuck's Breakfast, and a Stockton time honored classic, "The Graduate." Plus many other restaurants on the Miracle Mile.

    I find it particularly sad that citizens of Lodi such as Jay Samone raise their noses at Stockton, as if it was some sort of scestpool. No, its not a white collar town like Lodi, but it does have the hard working blue collar community. It still is a great community, it just needs a bit of polish again.

    Some Lodians need to wake up and realize this isn't a Stepford Wives' world.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 2:19 pm on Sun, May 12, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Yeah well you have to understand law enforcements motto across this nation:

    "Do as we say not as we do"

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:24 am on Sun, May 12, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Wow, I can't even tell you how your comment speaks volumes about you, Ms. Samone.

    I meet people in Lodi all the time who wouldn't go to Stockton to save their lives because they think and believe the way you do.

    There are plenty of good people there who go to work everyday and live good lives, have families and own nice homes, etc.

    What a shame that there are people in Lodi who have this smug sense of self-importance that they believe they can condemn an entire city.

  • Jay Samone posted at 5:25 pm on Sat, May 11, 2013.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    I gotta tell ya Mr. Spigelmire, I totally understand your disappointment in Stockton PD. However, you must know by now that the majority of Stockton is filled with the type of individual you encountered. What you and your wife encountered that day is indicative of the mentality of these types of trash, and this occurs daily - all day long at various locations throughout that s-hole we call Stockton. If Stockton PD spent all day fielding calls for "disturbances" like those, they'd never get any real work done - and believe me, they have FAR better things they should be dealing with then some angry crackhead who didn't get her way and decided to make a scene in front of her child, who is now destined to repeat the same scene when she gets older.


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