Sunday, December 03, 2006

Flasher Update

This guy is really starting to PISS ME OFF.

Had another report of the sleazeball over the weekend. He approached a female student outside Library X around midnight as the library was closing. Our student workers were leaving when the student reported the incident. They asked her to come back the next day to speak to a staff person, but she hasn't. I don't blame this young woman for not coming back. I mean would you want to return to the place someone had exposed himself to you?

The physical description of the guy is the same as previous: white guy with white/gray hair in his forties. None of us can figure out if that's a regular to our library or not.

He keeps doing this on weekend evenings when only students work. Our desk students are highly competent, but when it comes to stuff like this, they aren't sure how best to handle it, plus it was closing time. They were going home. I don't blame them for not staying late to call the police and file a report. It's not like they would've gotten comp time for their extra effort. The desk students did escort the female student to her car, which was very generous and protective of them. So like I said they're good kids, but I wish we could catch this pervert!

I've already received a lot of suggestions of ways to handle him if he comes during my shift. The one I've decided to implement involves pepper spray. Pepper spray to the pecker has to hurt, right? I know I'd like to find out...

Other suggestions I've received:

1. Pointing and laughing
2. Sympathetic comments on his lack of size
3. Shoe to groin
4. Newspaper rod to choice spots (We love our Newspaper Rod-Fu.)

Care to add a suggestion?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not beat him to the punch? He already knows the best time to do it is when there are no authorities around. Why not have the campus police on alert at likely times? That way, they may catch the guy in the act, leaving the student workers unharassed. I mean, this is definitely a security issue, and a quick swing-by on occasion shouldn't give them much havoc.

11:53 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Happy Villain said...

How about yawning and saying, "Nothing interesting ever happens around here anymore."

Or say, "Weird. I suddenly have a craving for those little, bitty canned hot dogs I ate when I was a kid. I wonder where that came from."

Or you could do what I'd do, and sing the Flash Gordon theme song line. "Flash! AH-AH!"

Whatever you choose, don't forget to laugh, because it could be so much worse than a flasher.

11:59 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...


Your suggestion is very reasonable, but nearly impossible to implement. UPD is terribly short staffed and often can't come over to check on us and security just doesn't want to. Nevermind we're right next door to the lazy...But that's another post.

Happy Villain,

Yeah, I know it could be worse, and that's what worries me. These types of sickos get bolder as the thrill lessons and they grow comfortable in the setting.

5:39 PM, December 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably not the easiest or cheapest route but security cameras in various high traffic and likely areas.
Also helps catch those book stealers.
And it's more of a library higher up thing too.

7:16 PM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Spike said...

1. Open large tome.

2. Position over flasher's dick.

3. SNAP.

7:50 PM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Spike said...

But seriously, once he's got anough practice flashing he'll move on to assault. Time your bosses got their policy act together.

7:56 PM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Ms C Qrisp said...

I was tempted to make a quip about how I am not against naked men... often enough. But that seems quite tasteless and out of place; more appropriate on my own bloguette.

For humourous suggestions on how to deal with The Phantom Menace, I defer to The Happy Villain.

On a practical level: your main concern appears to be the student safety, so at the weekends what possible steps can be taken? Perhaps a notice on exits to warn students to be on alert if approached in the areas where this is occurring?

Not that I know much about flashing, but my understanding is that their 'thrill' comes from provoking a shocked reaction, so if the chance of that is removed there is a lesser chance of him returning to the library.

Of course, he'll just go elsewhere... clearly he needs help. But that's out of your hands, unless the local police are interested.

Perhaps the presence of security cameras?

Unpleasant as this might be for the students, if I happened to have a mobile to hand, I'd prepare to take a photograph; that might make him scarper, then again it might provoke him to become aggressive; perhaps not such a good idea.

Never had problems like this back in the good old days...

9:18 PM, December 10, 2006  

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