Sorry to be so
crass, but what the bleep? The Peel Regional Police received
dozens of complaints from residents who were upset that
their lives were interrupted by an Amber Alert for a 11-year-old
girl who had been reported missing by her mother.
The Amber Alert
was issued at 11:36 p.m. and broadcast over the Bell and
Rogers television and cell phone networks. She was soon
found deceased in a Brampton residence after being murdered
by her father.
The Amber Alert
was called off at 12:01 a.m. That didn’t stop dozens of
people from calling and e-mailing the Peel Police Department
complaining that the Amber Alert had woken them up and disturbed
Who are these
people? How insensitive and uncaring must you be to complain
about an Amber Alert for a missing child? Seriously. I was
watching TV when the Amber Alert came across my cell phone
and television screen. I saw that it was for a missing child
in Brampton and hit the cancel button, but not before I
felt a sense of concern for the poor girl’s family.
It’s called empathy
and apparently it is a rare commodity among a certain segment
of the population who don’t give a crap about their fellow
man, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 9 a.m.
or whenever else it’s deemed “inconvenient”.
To which I say,
“Imagine if it was your child who had gone missing late
at night, or was suspected of being kidnapped?”
Who are these
Mooken of the Peel Police Department summed up his own feelings
this way. “I can’t even begin to describe how disappointing
and upsetting it is to read the comments, e-mails and calls
to our communications bureau complaining about receiving
an Amber Alert late at night,” he said in a tweet.
and upsetting” is perhaps the understatement of the year.
How about infuriating and nauseating?
Would these people
feel the same if the Amber Alert was about a possible tornado,
or a terrorist attack? “Sorry to inconvenience you but there
is an extreme likelihood that a tornado will touchdown in
your vicinity in the next three to four hours.”
“Sorry, not now,
I’m trying to get some sleep.”
When I first
heard of the reaction to the Amber Alert, I immediately
thought of the U.S.A., because it was the type of reaction
I would expect from our neighbours to the south. But it
wasn’t. It was from Canadians. People who live in a country
that prides itself on being a caring, nurturing and empathetic
We are the anti-thesis
of America, or at least I thought we were. But perhaps that
was just a romantic notion. A nostalgic remembrance of what
we once were and are no more. That was until I started seeing
the reaction of other ordinary Canadians who were just as
upset as I was and it began to restore my faith in my fellow
not all self-indulgent, self-possessed cretins. Perhaps
we really go give a crap about our neighbours, even those
we don’t know by their first name or who don’t necessarily
live beside us. Perhaps we don’t mind being awakened by
an Amber Alert at 11:36 at night. Perhaps we care.