Saturday, June 23, 2007
Brendan and I were just enjoying a relaxing afternoon sipping coffee in Starbucks about half an hour ago when we had a run-in with El Disturbo. It went like this... We saw a few young girls, between 12 and 15 years old, standing across the street in shorts and tank tops and remarked to each other that we dread the day we have daughters and older men are sitting around drooling at them lecherously. Then lo and behold, a guy sitting outside who'd seemed to have been talking on his cell phone and chain smoking for the last half hour took out his phone and snapped a couple of pictures of the girls as they crossed the street. He looked behind himself and straight into my eyes, undoubtedly catching the incredulous look on my face. I looked away and said to Brendan, "That creepy guy just took photos of those girls." He says, "Really?" I said, "Yeah," and then looked back in time to catch him snapping more photos of them walking away. He looked at me again, this time no doubt catching the look of disgust on my face. Thoroughly creeped out, we left the Starbucks, walking behind it in order to avoid El Disturbo and wondering what we should have done. It's certainly not illegal to take photos of people on the street, but this guy was obviously a disgusting piece of crap who's taking pictures of young girls dressed down for the warm weather and then probably going home and entertaining himself further over those same pictures. Do you say something to the guy? A man audacious enough to take such photos is, perhaps, not someone you want to approach and admonish. We came home and I looked on the Megan's Law website. A man who looked like El Disturbo was on the site, but I can't be sure it was him. Maybe the only good I can do in this situation is to tell other people about it so they're aware of this possibility when it comes to their children.