I need more steak. That was the primary thought running through my head as I jumped in the truck on my way to Kroger’s. The store was all of 7min away or less (depending on how you drive) so I didn’t even look to see if I had gas. Approaching the intersection right before I reach my destination I see smoke rising from behind a corner convenience store. From the looks of things, this one Stop&Go wannabe was on fire…and it looked big.
Considering burning and exploding buildings generally turn out to be big negatives for anyone involved, I yanked out my cell phone to call 911.
My caller ID is currently set to private considering I had to call a patient last night and I didn’t want my personal cell phone number handed out to every patient I see.
“I need the fire department for Houston, TX”
after connecting me
“what seems to be the problem?”
“there is a fire at a convenience store. I only see smoke at the moment”
I gave her the two cross streets at the intersection.
“…and what is your name, sir?” she asked to which I replied, “why do you need my name?” Her response was, “sir, we just need your name…” which caused me to cut her off with, “Ma’am, I am about to hang up now. I believe I have given you all of the info you need.”
I proceed onwards to the grocery store detouring around the area where the fire is. Within 30 seconds I get a call back…on my phone with the ID turned OFF…from the fire department.
“Sir, you just called about a fire. We have reports of there being two cars on fire in a parking lot at that location. Are you saying the building is also on fire?”
This honestly bothered me, not because I don’t like to help…I mean, I am the one who called to begin with…but because I had already informed them that I was not willing to give any more info and they tracked down who I was anyway.
I told the officer that I did not appreciate them calling me back. His response was that I need to calm down.
Now, is it just me, or is there some complete disregard for privacy by law enforcement now?
I don’t appreciate being investigated just because I tried to be a good Samaritan. Is this mentality wrong?