Original post made by Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2012
I am posting this without any attribution so that I neither encourage or discourage what I found this morning when I went to my car.
Sometime between late Saturday evening and this daylight saving time Sunday morning, some asshole decided to smash out my rear left lamp on my car. No other damage, it came across to me as just a random act of vandalism.
I contacted the PAPD at a reasonable hour on Sunday morning, this was not a 911 incident. The dispatcher with whom I spoke told me it was not at a level to justify an officer coming by, and I could file a report at the police station during the week for insurance purposes.
I raked and swept the debrise, and likely face a few hundred bucks of expense, even with insurance.
I actually want to give PAPD credit for telling me that this did not "warrant" the expense of sending an officer out. I truly appreciate our police department, and this experience I had this morning tells me there is some judgment in how they handle things, not reactive.
Still I am pissed.