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[–]767Pilot 3917 points3918 points  (77 children)

“At the end of the day she looked real dumb” love that line.

[–]PureRandomness529 1540 points1541 points  (69 children)

I love the shift in dudes confidence when he realizes he has the support of the officers instead of having to worry about them

[–]Truegold43 892 points893 points  (50 children)

This whole video is great (and sad) on so many levels. That trashy racist woman got served and hopefully learned her lesson, he got his job done, we got to see the police do their job in a positive light, and now we have this wonderful footage that recaps the realities of being black in this country for everyone else to see.

I'm going to show this video to my dad because he's also a black businessman and I wonder if he's been through this stuff too. It's a sad story that ended as well as it possibly could have. I hope his business starts booming!

[–]Robert_Cannelin 411 points412 points  (30 children)

hopefully learned her lesson

Boy, do I doubt that. I wish, but...nope. She'll dig in her heels and live the rest of her life as a racist.

[–]Vlascor 134 points135 points  (9 children)

Yeah. You can tell when she tells the police 'you aren't doing your jobs.' I would have hope if after the police said he wasn't in the wrong, if she came over and apologized to him but we don't live in a prefect world.

[–]khharagosh 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Probably tell herself that the cops are too afraid to "stand up" to black people now because of TEH MEEDIUH!!!

at least that's how it is with my family

[–]JerryLupus 462 points463 points  (16 children)

How fucking sad is that reality? That if he did go inside and do his job and if he hadn't waited, this video could have realistically ended up much worse.

[–]DerMeisterKaken 174 points175 points  (0 children)

Truthfully I was going to try and counter your view here but thinking on the situation and how dark that house was...ideal situation for bad things to happen.

[–]dysgraphical 10.6k points10.6k points  (425 children)

The part when the nutjob is trying to rush him and the officer says, "he can take all day" - felt so good. What a nasty lady.

[–]forgottenwoden 2745 points2746 points  (26 children)

I liked it when he was repeating what the cops were saying. "He can be here all day" "I can be here all day!" When the cop said "He's got the contract." I was really hoping he would say it as well to continue the snark. "I got the contract! Cold blooded~~"

[–]MissingLink101 1242 points1243 points  (5 children)

The "sunken place" text got me

[–]ericisshort 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I lost my shit there as well. So funny

[–]NutterTV 378 points379 points  (1 child)

Yeah I actually lol’d at that.


I love that he had a good sense of humor. Fuck that lady.

[–]Soonergriff 185 points186 points  (2 children)

I don’t often actually laugh out loud at videos, but this one of those times.

[–]jakelasersnake 2944 points2945 points  (157 children)

I think it’s important for officers to empower citizens in such a way. This man was within his rights and it’s the job of the officer to protect his rights. When he said “he’s in charge” was really important. For a law-abiding citizen to hear from an officer that they are in charge has to be empowering and rewarding. Especially considering that this is a black man in a southern town being racially profiled by a white woman.

TLDR: I’m glad this officer took the time to take care of this call the right way.

[–]Thing_That_Happened 724 points725 points  (25 children)

I really like the Memphis Police department, generally (not always) they roll up and try to be respectful, and have a tendency to deescalate situations and depending on what’s going on make sure everyone knows why they’re there. I’m really happy they have a video showing off the kind of officers they have working for them.

[–]whatthewhatk 674 points675 points  (20 children)

I was on Beale St a few year ago, well 10 years ago- and I met some awesome cops. They were patrolling and I just stopped to chat with them. I said “how do you like Memphis?” He said “well it’s great, except if you go that way (pointed ahead) it’s a shithole. If you go that way (points to his left), it’s also a shithole. If you go that way (points behind him), shithole. But if you go THAT way (points to his right) it’s still a shithole” I could not stop laughing. He then said he was just kidding and loved his city, but I thought it was cool how down to earth he was.

[–]breakone9r 158 points159 points  (15 children)

Memphis natives do so love their shithole. :)

Just stay on the Tennessee side of the river....

Source: Worked for a while at a yard based out of Memphis.

It's really like any other decently sized city, TBH. Not really my thing, but I can see the appeal.

Country boy, and I kinda like being able to throw a stick and not hit the neighbor's house. :)

[–]cjorgensen[🍰] 181 points182 points  (4 children)

I also liked the "keep the camera rolling." Not that this should need to be said, but beats what the police usual say and believe when it comes to citizens recording them.

[–]kelshall 103 points104 points  (2 children)

Very true! They are not in control until the law is broken.

That statement they made about being in control was very powerful.

Well done by the popo! :)

The dude in the video handled it well too. This is an issue about a crazy lady and he accepted that well.

[–]renvi 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Seriously! These cops were great. Approached the situation well, stayed respectful, followed the law, even stayed for 5mins afterward because the guy didn't feel comfortable taking the pictures of the house by himself. Great people.

[–]Surroundedbygoalies 92 points93 points  (2 children)

And a somewhat middle-aged white officer at that! I like how this guy recorded and shared a negative situation where everyone but crazy lady was supporting him. I’d be (and have been) that neighbour too, the one that comes in and says “there’s nothing wrong with him - leave him alone!”

[–]placebotwo 49 points50 points  (1 child)

“there’s nothing wrong with him - leave him alone!”

Something tells me they are all sick of her shit.

[–]kornonthepob 522 points523 points  (70 children)

I think the visible relief on the black dudes face was what made it such a happy moment, and sad in its own way too. You can see at the start of the video before the cops come he's scared as fuck of what might happen when the cops come, and that moment was such a release, to know the cops are definitely on his side.

[–]BobbyCock 218 points219 points  (22 children)

Based on how much crap US cops get in general with only the bad stories making the news, it's nice to see a small incident like this handled extremely well.

[–]TomHardyAsBronson 132 points133 points  (13 children)

Yeah I like videos like this making the rounds way more than those shitty feel good cop videos. I don't want cops giving ice cream to people. That's not their job and you can make the argument that that in it's own way exacerbates the abusive relationships that police forces often have with some people or neighborhoods. I just want cops to do their damn jobs and not needlessly escalate situations that don't need to be.

[–]CerealReviewer 3365 points3366 points  (146 children)

Yup... that's my hometown alright! If anything, this video makes me proud that we have a competent police force, but sad that there are still people out here like that lady :(

[–]esaks 661 points662 points  (80 children)

I’ve been looking to invest in some real estate in Memphis recently and while doing research it seems that even with the high crime rate, the police officers there are widely considered by the community as upstanding and do their job right.

[–]dirtyploy 275 points276 points  (68 children)

Haven't met a single bad cop in Memphis. They had a station right by my house and they were nice as hell.

[–]RVAndal 209 points210 points  (51 children)

Haven't met a single bad cop in Memphis.

in my limited experience when cops have real crime to deal with there's less time for corruption

[–]bladerunnerjulez 299 points300 points  (38 children)

I guess you've never had the displeasure of dealing with cops in los angeles.

[–]Imthasupa 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Unless they are in Baltimore. The corruption that came to light there in the last year is terrifying.

[–]Sloots_and_Hoors 88 points89 points  (8 children)

I got real confused when the MPD rolled up. The lady is wrong AND crazy, and if she lives in Memphis, she's going to have some black neighbors.

[–]dubzzzz20 200 points201 points  (18 children)

Same here, glad to see that the officers had no issue telling the poor sap of a woman to back down. Wish there were less call like they that they had to deal with.

[–]TomHardyAsBronson 163 points164 points  (16 children)

Not poor sap of a woman. She's racist. She's not poor, doesn't deserve pity. She's harrassing a stranger because she's racist. It's important to call her what she is.

[–]Wintergreen762 55 points56 points  (8 children)

Society will advance one funeral at a time.

[–]IrishRepoMan 647 points648 points  (3 children)

Naw naw. He can take all day.

That gave me a laugh.

[–]gamboncorner 4625 points4626 points  (121 children)

lol at "what would I do behind you?" "put me in the sunken place"

[–]MagL33To 2255 points2256 points  (36 children)

It was kind of subtle, but that was one of the most powerful parts of the video for me. Clearly she felt threatened by this man or thought he was up to no good. When he implies that he is threatened by her, though, she is annoyed and disbelieving. Like how can he say that when he's the threatening black man, and I'm just an innocent white lady trying to protect my neighborhood from his kind??

[–]Jackle02 162 points163 points  (3 children)

This joke actually made the video for me. I thought it was great.

[–]HailtbeWhale 321 points322 points  (2 children)

It was that and when he looks at Lady Cop and says "You know why she called the police..."

[–]biggsk 224 points225 points  (1 child)

And the male cop said something like, "You're looking at her, right?" Lol

[–]forgottenwoden 204 points205 points  (0 children)

Oh my God hahahaha

[–]twisted_by_design 434 points435 points  (60 children)

what does he mean "put me in the sunken place"

[–]gamboncorner 725 points726 points  (58 children)

[–]loptthetreacherous 251 points252 points  (51 children)

I've never seen Get Out and just thought he was using a euphemism similar to 6 ft under.

[–]punktual 221 points222 points  (32 children)

The entire movie is a kind of allegory on how black people feel threatened and uncomfortable when in groups of white people. I wont spoil what the sunken place is, but it is hilariously appropriate for the situation this guy was in.

[–]PDGAreject 1311 points1312 points  (50 children)

My neighbor once called the fire department on me because I had an "out of control brush fire" going on in my backyard. Fire marshal came down my driveway already starting to fill out a citation. He turned the corner and saw that it was actually a small burn pile that was in a barrel and had a hose immediately next to it. "Oh, is that all you're doing? Well shit, that looks fine to me. Have a good day." Turned around and left. My neighbor then sat in his car angrily for 45 minutes because he is insane.

[–]mrsprinkles87 651 points652 points  (27 children)

I was having a small fire in a fire pit with a cover at my uncles house with a bunch of friends one night. My uncle was a retired dispatcher from the local PD, and loved sitting there and listening to his scanner because, unlike most people, he actually knew what they were saying. So we’re having our fire and uncle comes outside and says the fire department is on their way. Knowing he’s a big joker, I told everyone not to worry and he’s just fucking with us. Well, sure enough, 5 minutes later the full on fire department shows up with 3 trucks, lights and sirens blaring. While we are standing there in disbelief that the entire department showed up for a fire in a 2 foot fire pit, 3 firemen walk up in full firefighting gear carrying the largest hose I have ever seen. One of them looks down at the fire pit and says. “Are you fucking kidding me, I left dinner with my wife and kids for this shit? You got anything to eat?” So we sat there, while the old bitch that called 911 on us watched from her window with a nasty look on her face, and roasted hotdogs with about 10 firemen in full gear over the fire she called about in the first place. Good times.

(Edit): A lot of people are saying she should be fined. I don’t know if she was, nor do I care. I continued having fires there almost weekly for the rest of the time I lived there, and I never had a problem with the fire department again. Unfortunately my uncle passed a couple years ago and I had to move. I miss that old fella and his house, we had some great times there.

[–]codinghermit 119 points120 points  (8 children)

So we sat there, while the old bitch that called 911 on us watched from her window with a nasty look on her face,

This is where the old bitch should have been fined at least a good chunk of of all the money spent because of her vendetta. It's horrible people like this don't get smacked down since they will just end up doing it again later without any real consequences.

[–]teejermiester 19 points20 points  (2 children)

In my town (possibly state) if the fire department is called for a reason that they don't have to act on then the caller receives a fine. My house fire alarm automatically calls the fire department if it goes off and we've been fined a couple times for accidents like dust setting off a sensor.

[–]The-Vanilla-Gorilla 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Glorious. lmao!

[–]dredreidel 21 points22 points  (1 child)

My dad is retired police. Back when he was still working he had a radio in his car, and whenever we passed the airport-where he worked- we would pick up police chatter. One of my favorite memories was sitting in traffic listening to the saga of a man dropping his pants in the middle of the terminal and trying to evade capture. The woman relaying the information was so damn calm. That was also the day I learned the radio alphabet. Whisky Tango Foxtrot.

[–]fing_longest 156 points157 points  (5 children)

I once called the cops on a crackwhore living in her car in the driveway of my duplex. I listened in on the cops conversation with her. They knew her by name and said things like “You’re never going to get your kids back like this.” Not really a relevant story here. I just wanted to tell it.

[–]Sugarpeas 47 points48 points  (4 children)

That’s interesting, nice, and sad all at the same time. Those cops have been following her story and have taken a somewhat personal interest in her life; they care that she’s on a downward spiral. Of course it’s sad precisely because she is in a downward spiral - and she knows it to some degree I suspect.

[–]BigODetroit 1921 points1922 points  (93 children)

I kept thinking that this guy, an investor, is going to have a hard time flipping a property with a neighbor like that. If it isn't the racist aspect, it'll be every day things that will have her harassing the new owners. She's used to an empty house and nobody there. The grass will be too long. The trash cans are too close to her property. The music you're listening to is too loud and there's too much smoke coming from your grill. Trust me, I live next to a woman like her.

[–]Jbozzarelli 758 points759 points  (46 children)

Me too. I just signed a $6,000 contract to build a nice big fence.

[–]Boomslangalang 460 points461 points  (33 children)

Build the Wall! /s

[–]Jbozzarelli 424 points425 points  (31 children)

LOL, I'm gonna make her pay for it too!

[–]jeremyj1992 145 points146 points  (29 children)

Where I am from you can actually make the neighbor pay for the fence

[–]Endarkend 115 points116 points  (13 children)

Same here.

My parents neighbor let their kids wreck my parents garden for years. Several complaints led to nothing.

They are now paying for a high fence and netting to be put over said fence.

[–]SquireX 96 points97 points  (6 children)

"Good fences make good neighbors" - Robert Frost

[–]davidreiss6661 85 points86 points  (4 children)

I just want to point out that the nature of that line from "Mending Wall" was meant to mean something else in the story context. Because the two neighbors in the story where becoming good friends via working together on their stone wall fence and thus questioning if they need the fence. But they they also realize that they wouldn't be as friendly if they had not worked closely together.

This lady would be more likely to try and knock the hypothetical fence down.

[–]cbftw 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Is harassment possible cause for a restraining order?

[–]ruMemeinMeMan 123 points124 points  (12 children)

There's a home in my neighborhood that has been abandoned for over 12 years. Someone recently bought it and started to fix it up. The neighbors used to used the property to store a number of their vehicles.

After a while people don't like change and some start to think shit is theirs. Maybe the lady in the video doesn't want things to change. Maybe she likes having that house empty.

[–]Bonemonster 5615 points5616 points  (684 children)

The neighborhood that I grew up in, Southeast Texas, had a similar situation. A black family moved into the neighborhood and their neighbors called the cops on them. The cops were told that the family couldn't be there because they were black.

The caller was fined for false reporting and I think later arrested for threats.

Never in my life did I think that I would see something like this happen irl.

Edit: For everyone asking this happened in Willis which is about 50 miles north of Houston. I want to say around 1996.

[–]Ganthid 1483 points1484 points  (378 children)

Most of the time you don't even see it. I knew a person that was selling their house and one of the neighbors asked them not to sell it to a black person. I also know of a family that bought the house next door after they saw a black person was interested in buying it.

I've also applied to apartments with minority friends and not received calls back AFTER turning in an application. When we called all we got was that 'they'd get back to us soon'.

[–]PvtDeth 552 points553 points  (140 children)

There are federal laws about that, Fair Housing Act, I think.

[–]MINIMAN10001 499 points500 points  (123 children)

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.


[–]jshroebuck 484 points485 points  (116 children)

But there's never a way to verify, unless they outright say it.

[–]ScaryFast 282 points283 points  (8 children)

[–]thirstyross 77 points78 points  (0 children)

This is comedy gold! Oh Australia, you give us so much!

[–]washyleopard 41 points42 points  (0 children)

I just think they're crooks is all.

[–]coprolite_hobbyist 62 points63 points  (5 children)

That was a response to the FHA policy of 'redlining'. Neighborhoods would be marked on maps with a literal red line and they would deny home loans to minorities in those neighborhoods.

[–]FleetAdmiralFader 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Yep it's also a problem with financial instruments and there is a separate law preventing redlining for credit/loans

[–]freejosephk 25 points26 points  (3 children)

And even so, on the actual property liens in places like Baltimore, the paper work will still say, do not sell to blacks. This is what ex Baltimore police officer Michael Wood says anyway, and it's not enforced or anything anymore, but that legal documentation still exists.

[–]BLMdidHarambe 716 points717 points  (81 children)

I've knew a person that was selling their house and one of the neighbors asked them not to sell it to a black person.

I’m conflicted on this. If I was the seller I would kind of want to make sure I sold to a black person after that, but I’d also feel bad about subjecting anyone to the shitty neighbor.

[–]CuvisTheConqueror 538 points539 points  (64 children)

I guess the way to go in that situation is full disclosure. "Hey, the racist old bat three doors down tried to push me not to sell to black people. I'm still happy to sell to you, of course, but I wanted to let you know that one might be trouble."

[–]MildlyShadyPassenger 273 points274 points  (60 children)

"However, I'll cut you a bit of a deal on the place if you want it, because I would love nothing more than to spit in her racist face."

[–]fischestix 72 points73 points  (6 children)

I picked up a guy in the ambulance one time and he said he only wanted a white doctor. I was secretly happy when he got black and middle eastern docs. I felt bad for the docs, but fuck thay guy. He actually got the two best docs in that ER. The docs were super professional, but the patient was so rude he left without treatment. He deserves the pain from his untreated injury.

When I was hospitalized my care team looked like a 1990s cartoon (one practitioner if every race). I got great care and was medicated enough to get the courage to ask the one who was a sikh about his religion. I learned a lot too. He was a kind man. I'm glad I drummed up the courage to ask him.

[–]maxbastard 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Older dude in town told me his family stayed on some local shit list for decades because his white grandfather sold a bunch of land to some black folks which was then subdivided into an entire neighborhood... Back in the 30s. He was still real proud of how much they pissed off racists. But that kinda solves the racist neighbor conundrum.

[–]BossRedRanger 257 points258 points  (11 children)

You don't see it because you aren't black. Not trying to be rude or anything, but I think the internet and video technology is enabling white people to see the reality black people have been dealing with for ages. There's no way to deny objective reality like this video.

[–]Ganthid 73 points74 points  (0 children)

We're both in agreement. I'm saying that this kind of thing is a common occurrence that isn't often reported or well known in open society. You don't hear about this type of thing on the news but it occurs all the time in various forms.

I'm saying instances like this video are a small portion of other instances of racism (specifically related to housing) which you can't just record.

[–]aerovirus22 134 points135 points  (43 children)

My wife has an black sounding name, when we looked for apartments I had to call and make appointments or suddenly the apartment would be unavailable.

[–]GloboRojo 244 points245 points  (42 children)

My black professor was telling us about how he would call and make appointments over the phone to look at apartments (very white sounding name, didn’t “sound black”) and the people were super nice and accommodating. But once he showed up to see the apartment and they realized he was black, suddenly the apartment had already been leased. This happened several times.

It was so sad. He was kind of laughing about it but you could tell it upset him. He did win a lawsuit though, so there’s that.

[–]deadline54 113 points114 points  (34 children)

Yeah my girlfriend is black but sounds white, she would get all these people super happy to show us their houses for rent on the phone and we'd show up and they'd either quietly follow us around with their arms folded or only talk to me. Then no follow up responses.

[–]Beddybye 92 points93 points  (12 children)

My husband is white and sadly, we do something similar since we have been looking to move recently to a bigger house in our southern state. I have also been told I sound like a white woman over the phone, so Ill usually make the initial call. I'll schedule an initial meeting and walk through with just the owner and my husband. He will be sure to tell the owner he is married with a toddler, but his wife isnt able to make it to the viewing. After he walks through while taking plenty of pics, we look them over later when together.

We are still looking as we have a big dog and many owners are leary of that, but its so disheartening to have to "hide" in order to not have bias influence our chances at getting a decent house to rent. We tried this method due to the same issue you are having when looking for our current home. It definitely hurts.

This is America.

[–]MikoRiko 43 points44 points  (3 children)

The thing that sticks out to me here is that your biggest hurdle is your skin color and not the big dog. In other words, there are places and sellers who are more willing to have a big dog move in than a person of color. That really, really puts heavy perspective on this brand of racism. I really don't understand the world sometimes...

[–]Lampmonster1 114 points115 points  (7 children)

Back in the good ol' days, you know those days some folks really want to go back to, realtors would walk a black family through a house just to get the neighbors to panic sell.

[–]Queshet 65 points66 points  (2 children)

My grandfather was a minister in 1960's and told me that realtors did that in the town his church was in and that some of his parishioners were racists like that. I now live in that town and told him last week that it's a predominantly black town now and he felt very good about that.

[–]Eyehopeuchoke 254 points255 points  (28 children)

Maybe I’m weird and maybe my comment will be seen as inappropriate, but I use to live in a predominantly white neighborhood and when a Cuban family bought the house across from me a lot of the neighborhood got all up tight and would treat them like crap and always accuse them of stealing stuff from their yards. Instead of being like the other neighbors, i made friends with them and i was always invited to their huge family get togethers and GOD DAMN THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! I’m always happy to be around other cultures because of the opportunity for new friends, new food and new points of view. I can’t believe that people still let skin color be a factor in their decision to interact or accept people...

[–]Zanki 91 points92 points  (4 children)

I came from a town that was 99% white here in the uk. Some of the people there, including my mum, were really racist. I made friends with the only kid who wasn't white. She was a year or two younger and life in that town wasn't easy for her so we were a good match (I was badly bullied). Mum was not happy. She didn't like the kid coming over to play or me being with her family. The friendship only ended when she moved down to London.

We used to play with my Beanie Babies a lot after school and would share the TV. I'd get to watch the Power Rangers and she would watch her CBBC shows.

[–]RateNXS 76 points77 points  (8 children)

Hell yeah. I'm a white dude in the south, and one of my favorite things to do is go to the fish fry fundraisers held by predominantly black churches. There's an African Episcopalian church across the street from me and 2-3 predominantly black churches along my drive home. They serve the best fried fish. BBQ too. Plus I always walk away in a good mood from interacting with good people. It's win/win.

[–]jhd3nm 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Old southern black ladies can cook the most amazing food you ever flopped a lip on.

[–]Ayatollah_Bahloni 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Cuban food -> ropa vieja -> death by overeating 😍 Good on you, your life will be so much richer than those of many others.

[–]iYogurt 32 points33 points  (5 children)

I live in a still being built subdivision near Raleigh, NC. I'm social (nosy?) and like to meet all the new neighbors as they're getting their houses built to share some of the issues we ran into to help make sure they can avoid them.

I have a neighbor that moved in shortly after me, very nice and personable, loves to talk. We get along, and chat all the time about things going on in the neighborhood. Contractors, new houses, etc... He's very easy going, but also has moments of the "casual" racism that I've noticed exists in Raleigh, where white people think it's okay to be a little racist because they're talking to other white people. I really dislike it, but I also feel like associating with people that think differently than me is how we solve these problems.

I always mention to him when I meet a new owner or see someone moving in and his first question is always, "What are they?" And when I reply "Human" his second question is always, "I mean, what color?" Without fail. His first thought process is race when it comes to meeting a new person.

[–]TThor 43 points44 points  (9 children)

It seriously boggles my mind that these people still exist; I have difficulty wrapping my head around the idea of, "That person's skin looks different, so I don't want to be anywhere near them"..

[–]Semirgy 231 points232 points  (164 children)

I was in the southeast a few weeks ago and as a native Californian, it really amazed me just how separated the races still were. It wasn’t like there was a “whites only” sign on the bars/clubs but there may as well have been, because there was virtually zero mixing. Walking down the street it was roughly 50/50 between blacks and whites but neither side mingled with the other. Was bizarre to see.

[–]Adnon2012 140 points141 points  (8 children)

So I’m a white male, but I lived in a predominately black neighborhood just outside Atlanta for a year or so, the rent was cheap, and I didn’t care at that point.

Everyone was so nice, I’d get smiles and waves as I left the complex for work. The problem I had at that apartment complex was my neighbor kept stealing my packages when USPS left them outside my door. This white middle aged woman kept stealing my packages. Fuck stereotypes, she was the worst person I had to deal with there.

[–]KaDoink 167 points168 points  (91 children)

Californian here, about 5 years ago things weren't as bad as they are now. Self segregation seems to be a big thing for some reason these days and its weird as fuck to me to see because I grew up as a kid in the 80s and 90s people seemed to mingle a little bit better then. Hell they used to mingle better back in the mid 2000s :/

Now the mantra seems to be "stay in your own lane". I got no clue why, but I know its bad news.

[–]Zenyattas_Pyjamas 60 points61 points  (6 children)

I'm from California too! Mostly I like to think people are chill here but I have watched/listened to some low-key racism. An old lady called cops to report some kids, except when they asked what was going on she told them, "I don't know, but they're brown." They were middle schoolers trying to barter candy with each other by the skate park. I left after she said that because she was starting to get agitated with the cop she was talking to.

[–]wannacracker1 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Formerly of California and I noticed this all the time in the Latino community when I was living with my parents we lived in a city where the latino population was 90+% and anti non Latino discrimination was pretty high. A black guy is walking through the neighborhood, sure as shit my dad (Guatemalan) was watching him make sure he isn't stealing anything. Hell even latinos weren't safe from racism you look indigenous well your a fucking indio. All races are racist as fuck when you put them together in a nearly homogeneous pack most groups don't like outsiders I see a lot of people pointing the finger at whites and you're very wrong if you think its only them doing it.

[–]theghostfacekilla 2740 points2741 points  (143 children)

Police officer here, dude seriously the number of people the call us to enforce their "rules" of how society should act makes me want to rip my hair out. When you drop that knowledge on these racist/crybabies and explain to them how fucking wrong they are will leave you with a justice boner.

[–]psylent 354 points355 points  (18 children)

Can I call you about those people who try to get onto the train/elevator without letting those inside out?

[–]fishtire 164 points165 points  (10 children)

This! My wife will actually say shit to people who do this. I love my wife, she takes bullshit from no one.

[–]insaniac87 100 points101 points  (2 children)

Fucking hell this! I have to walk around work with a big ass 6ft tall cart for deliveries, and I'll park right up on the door with it to get off the elevator before people shove in, and it's a 50/50 chance I still end up in a shoving match with people trying to push my cart back inside the elevator while I am trying to get out. Like ex-CUSE me. Don't make me mow you down bitch, I will win.

[–]Shark-Farts 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I’m imagining you as John Mulaney.

“I would never say ‘my wife is a bitch and I don’t like her’! My wife is a bitch......and I like her SO MUCH.”

[–]CargoCulture 140 points141 points  (14 children)

Interesting that she fully expected the cops to run him off. She honestly believed that her racism was normal enough that she could use the police to enforce it.

[–]Vleda 24 points25 points  (1 child)

It reminds me of one girl I dated in highschool. Her mom would constantly call the cops on me for no reason because she didn't want her daughter dating outside of their race and because she assumed I was a criminal because of mine. Like fuck, I didn't even dress Street. I had pants that fit and a belt ffs.

[–]CallMeAladdin 696 points697 points  (53 children)

I mean, I don't normally go for cops, but I guess I'll help you with that justice boner.

[–]theghostfacekilla 336 points337 points  (52 children)

Come take part in this justice boner dog

[–]CallMeAladdin 210 points211 points  (49 children)

FYI I'm super gay and would love to, lol.

[–]theghostfacekilla 233 points234 points  (42 children)

As a straight man “we are all gay sometimes” Robert Downey Jr. Tropic thunder lol down wid u dog

[–]CallMeAladdin 114 points115 points  (39 children)

Well if the mood strikes you, head to San Francisco and message me, lol.

[–]theghostfacekilla 169 points170 points  (38 children)

God damn I’m flattered lol bet you’d treat me right, take me out on the town. Feeling like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

[–]CallMeAladdin 130 points131 points  (33 children)

Oh, I was thinking more like you sit on the couch and I get on my knees. But sure, we can grab a beer first if you want.

[–]theghostfacekilla 140 points141 points  (32 children)

Right to the point! I like the tenacity, clearly you go hard in the paint good sir

[–]CovertCoding 131 points132 points  (5 children)

This comment chain made me smile :)

[–]CallMeAladdin 74 points75 points  (18 children)

Hmm, never used paint, but give me a sec and I'll same-day some sex body paint from Amazon.

[–]KaiRaiUnknown 49 points50 points  (0 children)

I never thought a video about a crazy racist woman and the words "justice boner" would lead to something this wholesome. This is beautiful

[–]sciamatic 20 points21 points  (0 children)

This entire conversation is everything I never knew I needed from reddit.

[–]bubba9999 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Super gay? Do you have the cape and everything?

[–]TenaciousFeces 49 points50 points  (1 child)

We started watching Live PD and gezus the shit the cops have to put up with is frustrating. So many people need an adult to come sort shit out for them. It has to be draining, constantly dealing with the least competent parts of society.

[–]littlemissupvote 819 points820 points  (47 children)

I’d be so happy as the neighbor being a homeowner if you’re coming in buying the adjacent house flipping it and raising my property value. Really you’re doing her a service.

[–]farmerwouldsay 643 points644 points  (14 children)

dat bitch rents

[–]Nanookofthewest 155 points156 points  (11 children)

Now I'm hoping her rent will raise and she will have to move into a trailer park where she belongs.

[–]DomLite 206 points207 points  (20 children)

I mean, the front door was boarded up according to the annotations, so even if he didn't do anything to the property and just got it sold it would be an improvement. Living next to a house that's boarded up isn't going to do anyone any favors.

[–]fudgenugget85 217 points218 points  (14 children)

Yeah but maybe a young black man moves into that house, maybe he starts doing better than her, she might have to face that having the "right" skin colour doesn't make her a better person. She might even have to face the fact that contrary to all her beliefs this man might contribute more to society than she does? We wouldn't want her entire perception of the world to crumble now would we?

[–]TreeRol 103 points104 points  (0 children)

That kind of economic anxiety might cause her to do something crazy.

[–]bhristopherbrolumbus 306 points307 points  (4 children)

When the male cop chews out the lady and says the homebuyer can take all day if he wants I laughed from a deep, healthy place.

[–]BizzyM 299 points300 points  (4 children)

/r/911dispatchers here. I've had quite a few calls from neighbors like this. It's always the same. "The house next door has been vacant for a year (or more), no one is supposed to be there." All I can think to ask them is, "Do you think that house is going to be vacant forever? Are you expecting someone to buy it sight unseen and just roll up with a U-haul and move in?" Again, it's always the same, the subjects are entering through the front door. "Did they kick in the door?" "No, it looks like they have a key". Motherfucker, how do you think they got that key?

So, we got to send the welcoming committee and let them know that they got nosy neighbors with no good sense about them.

[–]rrsafety 26 points27 points  (1 child)

This is true. I appreciate the neighbor being concerned but being stupid is something else.

[–]Ziggs_Boson 246 points247 points  (4 children)

Come behind you and do what!

Put me in the sunken place

I fuckin' died

[–]teamcalvo 262 points263 points  (22 children)

Imagine having nothing better to do with you life than to worry about someone else doing their job and trying to make a living. Like seriously how can you worry about someone else when you got no money in your savings account.

[–]Dr_fish 107 points108 points  (1 child)

Makes them feel important in one tiny aspect of their life because they probably don't have anything else. She will keep thinking she was in the right, the cops and the guy were in the wrong, she knows more than them, they're the stupid ones etc.

She'll probably be ranting about it, calling up relatives and people she knows to tell them how wrong she was treated, if she knows any like-minded people she will revel in any attention or sympathy they give, others will just tolerate it to placate her so as not to set her crazy crosshairs onto them.

[–]soicanfap 717 points718 points  (144 children)

I dont know why racism surprises me, but it sure as shit does. I just dont get it.

[–]CoolstorySteve 633 points634 points  (35 children)

What a surprise she's home in the middle of the day on what is probably a weekday. She looks like a very busy woman.

[–]MixedTogether 394 points395 points  (11 children)

Meddling in other people's business is a full time job, she can't be out working 40 hours a week AND keep up with meddling.

[–]PM_ME_A_RANDOM_THING 155 points156 points  (7 children)

Can confirm: I have a meddlesome neighbor. She doesn’t have a job because poking her nose in the entire subdivision’s business keeps her too busy for anything else.

[–]nomptonite 63 points64 points  (6 children)

Same here. We’ve got a wretched, miserable old hag in our neighborhood who thinks she’s the HOA police. She goes around the neighborhood taking pictures of things she feels are a violation, and turns them in the the real HOA, who then does nothing (because they aren’t violations). Supposedly she also takes pictures of cars she thinks are speeding, and sends them to the police. I honestly can’t wait for the first time I see her taking a picture of me or my house. It’s gonna be awesome...

[–]Melad_S 98 points99 points  (4 children)

Not to defend her, but at the beginning of the video he says this happened on May 5th which was a Saturday.

[–]capchaos 26 points27 points  (5 children)

I'd bet money she has a wooden rocker with cushions on it right by her front window and she sits there all day staring out at the neighborhood, Next to it is a small wooden table with doilies covering it. On that table is a TV remote, a cup of coffee, some sort of candy in a glass bowl and a cordless landline phone. SOURCE: I encounter people like this regularly through work.

[–]ZiplockedHead 330 points331 points  (55 children)

In case you didn't catch him saying it during the video, the guy ALWAYS puts a sign outside letting people know...

[–]godzillab10 126 points127 points  (6 children)

He's an investor!

[–]canadianpresident 79 points80 points  (5 children)

Hes got cards and papers

[–]debman 61 points62 points  (0 children)

My impression was that he was pretty rattled from the whole thing and repeated himself a lot because of it.

[–]killertomato 289 points290 points  (40 children)

What bothers me is that this guy deals with this kind of shit so often that he feels obligated to mention 100x that he had the proper paperwork etc. When as a white person I feel entitled enough that I wouldn’t care at all if I had the right paperwork or not.

[–]RaqMountainMama 174 points175 points  (6 children)

I'm a real estate broker, a white woman and I buy properties like this to flip. I've had 3 instances where nosey neighbors called police on me while I was at the property. I have signage on my car, business cards etc.


The worst instance was just for a regular home sale, not a flip. The house was for sale, I was showing my client. He had brought his fiance and her 2 siblings to the showing. The neighbor reported break & enter - my car with all the real estate signage was there. For Sale sign in the yard. Police get there, I show all of my credentials, permission to enter home. The neighbor shows up at this point saying we were being loud, breaking things in the home, etc. Then she points at my client & family. "Look at them! They obviously arent buying a house in THIS neighborhood!" That's where the story changed - my client & family were brown & young. He was a well paid tech guy. Fiance was a kindergarten teacher. Sibs also were college educated working young people.

They loved the house, didn't like the neighbor, so they didn't buy that house. I made sure the listing agent knew that the neighbor lost her seller a deal that day.

[–]SchurkjeBoefje 85 points86 points  (2 children)

Then she points at my client & family. "Look at them! They obviously arent buying a house in THIS neighborhood!"


How many decades does a person need to simmer in a pot of sheltered hateful arrogance to say something that stupid and shortsighted that brazenly...it's not just racist, it's also spectacularly stupid.

[–]jay1237 19 points20 points  (1 child)

It just... I genuinely can not comprehend ever even considering saying something like that about a total stranger. To their face.

What the fuck is wrong with these dumb fuck racist pieces of shit? They really need to die the fuck off.

[–]Funkula 103 points104 points  (13 children)

I like how he keeps using the royal "we". Sounds so posh~

[–]whalemingo 312 points313 points  (21 children)

I don’t blame the neighbor for being initially suspicious of some stranger pulling up trying to get into an abandoned house. I’d want my neighbors to look out for me that way. But as soon as he presented his information to her, she should have backed off immediately. It became clear that she wasn’t upset that someone was going through the house. She was upset who was going through it. Sad that this still happens. Glad the man kept his head and made her look like the fool.

[–]atombrain101 103 points104 points  (5 children)

I think additional point is that the cops have had it with her and these kind of people too. Once a cop is basically saying if you don't stop you're going to jail, they basically had enough.

[–]Sam_0131 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Cops need to start ticketing people like her.

[–]dop_pio 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I think maliciously calling the cops on someone is considered a tort and you could possibly take someone to court over it

[–]thisisnotdan 51 points52 points  (3 children)

"Feel free to make your own judgments about why she called the cops..." [Fade in]

Aaaaaand he's black.

[–]fikis 17 points18 points  (0 children)


This guy shows grace here, for sure. Everyone is talking about how funny and quick-witted he is, and that is undoubtedly true.

What I am seeing, though, is a guy who is really sad and anxious and scared, and is doing his best to cover it up.

Imagine how exhausting it must be to deal with this shit; to be just trying to do the right thing (as he says) and to be automatically perceived to be a wrong-doer or scary or somehow 'bad' or out of place, not to mention unwelcome and somehow unworthy of common courtesy...

That shit must get SOOOOOO old.

I really feel bad for this guy, in spite of how graciously he pulls it off here. It's got to wear on your soul to be treated like this.

[–]Af072422 93 points94 points  (49 children)

I’m a police officer in Memphis and unfortunately a lot of the times when someone is seen around a vacant house during the day they’re typically up to no good. It’s great to see a young person starting his business and it’s awful that he has to deal with the harassment. Keep up the good work!

[–]ArabellaTe 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Cool guy. He did a good job, as well as the police.

[–]ThrivesOnDownvotes 815 points816 points  (172 children)

TLDW: Just a simple case of "crazy neighbor lady" who thinks a black man got too close to her property. This guy handled it. Cops handled it. It was determined that the neighbor was in fact a crazy lady. It's all good. I think the guy was using a selfie stick or something, tho. That's the real crime here.

[–]cavalierau 171 points172 points  (5 children)

I think having a selfie stick can be excused if a job involves taking alot of property photos. It'd be pretty useful for taking high angled shots of a room.

[–]topsecreteltee 373 points374 points  (87 children)

No it’s not all good. She went off the rails and it cost him time. Time is money, especially when you’re self employed.

[–]ONEXTW 113 points114 points  (16 children)

"... im just happy to be going home ... ".

Not making it home at the end of a day isnt something I've had to consider. As a white guy, if I was in his position I doubt I would have even noticed that a nutjob lives next door.

If im honest, when he said he was scared I thought that was a bit of an over reaction at first, but the more I thought about it, it just takes one person with a sense of self righteousness and the means to take action to have very dire consequences.

[–]Dr_fish 34 points35 points  (6 children)

Imagine if the crazy lady had told the cops that she thinks the guy might have a gun, then the cops rock up, see the camera and mistake it for a gun, they start shouting and the guy freaks out reflexively makes a sudden movement with his hands. "Shots fired, shots fired!"

[–]ocentertainment 26 points27 points  (5 children)

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and make a wild guess that this guy thought of that which is why a.) He did not go inside the house and stayed clearly visible in the street, and 2.) started filming before the cops showed up. If he'd just gone about his day and ignored the crazy lady, there's a possibility that he could've come outside with camera in hand only to discover some cops and something bad could happen. And without that footage from before they show up, his side of the story might not have been told (or not told until way, way after the crazy lady's version made its rounds).

I have exactly zero proof that's what was going through this guy's head, but man it goes through mine. How many stories are out there where we'll never know what really happened because one side of the story was snuffed out?

[–]crazyprsn 29 points30 points  (4 children)

This. This is what White Privilege means. It means I (a white dude) don't have to worry about this kind of scenario at all. That's a privilege of being white.

No, fellow honkeys, it doesn't mean we automatically get rich or live struggle-free lives. It means that we don't have to put up with so much bullshit people of color deal with that we don't even see on a day-to-day basis. That's still privilege. From Jim-Bob in the trailer park to Bob in corporate headquarters. There's a lot of bullshit we just don't have to deal with because we have the right color skin...

[–]almanor 10 points11 points  (0 children)

She should be fined for wasting time like one would if one falsely called the fire department.

[–]Campffire 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The very best part of this is that, just in case there was ever any doubt, this woman’s neighbors now know exactly what she is like and can treat her accordingly. It was hard to tell her exact age from the video, but she wasn’t any spring chicken. There will surely be days when she needs something heavy carried in from her car, or her car jump-started, or a gutter re-hung... some small job that a friendly neighbor wouldn’t think twice about helping an older person out with. After showing her true colors (no pun intended), people will think twice before offering her assistance. With anything.

It was heartwarming to me to see that not only the police (because the law was on his side) but the rest of the neighborhood turned out to support this man. They very well could have stayed indoors and not gotten involved, but chose to send a message to both him and the woman.

[–]Supatroopa72 382 points383 points  (34 children)

This is America

[–]Somuchwastedtimernie 163 points164 points  (13 children)

Don't catch you slippin' up

[–]wontonsoy 351 points352 points  (10 children)

Police be... actually really professional and totally acting in accordance with the law, in this particular instance.

[–]signfang 74 points75 points  (1 child)

Look what I'm whippin' up..... Guess that's a Jeep Cherokee? Not sure on exact model year though