Big Brother and the Need to Confess

A debate about security cameras prompts one troublemaker to confess...but it's not who you would think.

Recently, I read an editorial comment by the news editor for a nearby paper.

He was reacting to a recent controversy over the installation of security surveillance cameras in the common areas of a local college.

Some have applauded the move, and others have vigorously objected, saying, these common lounges are the equivalent of your living room back home.  You wouldn't want a camera trained on you in your living room, would you?

To this, the editor dissembled into a rambling stream of memories of how college students used to raid the common areas for fixtures, furniture, lamps, basically anything that wasn't nailed down.

He also described in detail how the perpetrators snuck from one dorm across the roof line into the window of a closed dorm and looted it for all that was stored there during that off period when it was closed down.

Further, he described peeping tom behavior by the guys in his dorm with binoculars trained on the girls dorm windows opposite him.

Now, I know that the statue of limitations may have run out on theft that occurred back in the 70s, but I still don't think it's something to be proud of.  Let alone actually admitting it in print, so that it can come back to haunt you in the future.

I don't want to seem too high and mighty here, but I think it says a lot about character that someone witnessed these acts of vandalism and theft, and recalls the details enough to recite exactly how they were done... but yet, didn't have the character to say "stop" or turn the criminals in for their theft, back in the day.

Am I wrong?

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