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Why park rangers are assholes

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Why park rangers are assholes
« on: November 15, 2006, 01:32:22 PM »


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Why park rangers are assholes
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2006, 03:57:59 PM »
'Anna was first and foremost a park ranger. Stanton had nothing against park rangers. As a group he rather liked them. But they'd never struck him as the cutting edge of law enforcement. Most were too ready to believe the best of people. Not about the little stuff, they knew everybody littered and fed the animals, but they didn't seem to grasp the concept of true malice. Rangers worked on the premise that evil stemmed from ignorance; that John Q. Public could be educated out of his wicked ways'. Nevada Barr, Firestorm

This is a very apt description of park rangers and why you will get an extended lecture from them while they are writing you a ticket. Other police officers will write you the ticket OR give you a lecture, but not both.

In the grand scheme of things most of the 'crime' park rangers deal with is of a relatively minor significance...dogs off leash, flower pickers, etc. Not to say they don't occasionally encounter serious crime, but when the majority of what you are enforcing involves regulatory offenses rather than real criminal statutes, there tends to be an overemphasis on a narrow interpretation of what is right or wrong under those regulations, leading to a situation of no tolerance for any deviation from what they perceive as the way things should be.

This is why some people have reported enforcement actions where the ranger came on overly strong for the offense, threatened tickets or worse and then, after going back to their vehicle and thinking about what they are setting in motion, coming back to issue a written or verbal warning and probably hoping you don't complain about the contact.
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