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September 22, 2006

Rough Encounter

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Tatyana has had quite an encounter. (Here, here, here.) Why isn't the ACLU on the case? Jonathan comments.



posted by Michael at September 22, 2006


Of all the possible questions this is the funniest one. Thanks for brightening my day.

Posted by: Tat on September 22, 2006 11:06 AM

I keep wondering when vigilantes are gonna quietly address these situations.

Most places I've lived, if they saw that kind of behavior, particularly Middle-easterners ganging up on a (lone) woman (or even a man), first there'd be some vandalism, and if that didn't solve it, one day the store wouldn't open.

Not that I'm endorsing that kind of thing.

But I bet it starts to happen.

And if she wanted that to end it quickly without lawyers, she should just tell the county where these folks get their license to operate about her experience. Bet they'd get closed down.

Posted by: Yahmdallah on September 22, 2006 4:49 PM

If I were Tat, I'd contact the ACLU. I'm willing to bet they'd take her case, or at least be sympathetic towards it.

Posted by: the patriarch on September 22, 2006 5:10 PM

I'm no lawyer, but: let's say, for the sake of argument, that Tatyana was stalking these muslims. They could go to the police and complain about being stalked, harrassed, having their privacy invaded; but as long as Tatyana did not harm them physically, legally they wouldn't have a case. The police would say, as they've said a thousand times, unless you are physically harmed there's nothing we can do.
Likewise, these muslims, who are screaming at Tatyana and "getting in her face," can get away with it as long as they don't assault her physically.
Short of actual physical assault, stalking and/or harrassment aren't actionable.

Posted by: ricpic on September 22, 2006 6:41 PM

This seems like a classic ACLU case to me. She should talk to them. If they turn her dwn, then we can rag on them.

Posted by: John Emerson on September 23, 2006 12:37 PM

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