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OR: Convicted rapist driving Pacific City’s only cab divides tourist town

PACIFIC CITY — The white-stenciled lettering on the side of the maroon minivan advertised ____ ____’s business, the only cab in this tiny tourist town.

He shuttled people home from watering holes late at night, drove surfers and fishermen to the beach and delivered locals to doctor’s appointments in nearby Lincoln City. Full Article

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  1. Avig

    It isn’t illegal to work or to run your own legitimate business. It is up to customers to decide whether or not to take the cab. This guy is working, providing a service to the public, and making every effort to stay on the straight and narrow legal path. Stop pestering him, he is trying to make a living. AND let’s face it: if somehow another crime were to be committed, he would face some serious penalties. All of this is what our system allows for; what we don’t need is citizen vigilantes trying to prevent people they don’t like from working.

    • Q

      Avig:

      I was passed over for a job driving a cab because I’m a registrant; even though what landed me on the registry didn’t involve a victim. They acted like they really liked me and as though they were going to hire me. Here in the stupid state a registrant can not drive a cab because they seem to think any registrant will do things to any female passenger. There’s allot of other jobs a registrant can’t do in California. Is this next for Oregon?

  2. Tim

    Q, my dad owned a small taxi company in the 70’s and hired someone to drive a cab who was convicted of statutory rape. My dad wasn’t a liberal, but things like that just didn’t terrify people like today. The crime rate wasn’t that different from today, but, ou didn’t have all day local news stations blaring out the daily sex crime headlines.

    • Q

      Hi Tim:

      It was a different world back then; not the parallel universe we live in now, where common sense seems to have been cast aside for the contagious brand of illogical hype that breeds hate and has cost many their very lives. I am in the process of applying for a home inspector job, and I just found out “sex offenders can’t do that either, which means I’m going to have to blow that job off too. It’s a shame because I’m qualified and this company really seemed to like me because of my experience. Because of these knee jerk laws the best I can do right now is to keep advertizing on Craig s List, which isn’t that great. Today in this screwed up state if your father hired that man he could get into some serious trouble.

      • j

        I’m interested where it is outlined that the home inspector job , and other specific jobs, have restrictions.

        This is where ex post facto punishment is totally inherent in these laws.

        I can’t think of any of these restrictions that should last beyond parole if there were no complications or violations.

        Parole and probation should be the clearing stage but it gives them a catch all for not doing their jobs, so we have to carry their water for eternity – I guess…

      • Tim

        You have some regulatory licensing board composed of political appointees making up ex-post-facto punishments for whole classes of people based on what? An assumption that everyone on the registry is dangerous. If they did any research at all they would not make those blanket rules. Yet I believe they are afraid someone would complain that they have made it possible for a former offender to make a living wage. Can’t have that…they could loose a cushy seat on the board for not bowing to public hysteria. We need laws to protect us from such arbitrary restrictions.

        • Q

          Tim:

          I agree laws are need to protect registrants from arbitrary restrictions like the ones that have many registrants in a state of poverty. Or the state could just get rid of the laws that plunge people into homelessness and poverty; although I doubt that will happen any time soon because the state would have to admit it was wrong. And as we know, the morality to place truth anywhere higher than the heel of a boot doesn’t seem to exist in this state.

  3. One Day at a Time

    “I thought, Oh my God. There’s a restraining order by a predatory sex offender against a 55-year-old woman who has not been in trouble with the law. This is just absurd. I feared for my life. This isn’t the kind of city we do that in.”

    I fear this woman more than any registered citizen. Apparently it is the kind of city that believes in kicking a man while he’s down. Courts don’t just hand out restraining orders, they have to be issued. How can you be in fear of your life when you get issued a restraining order? It means you have to stay away from that person as they want you to stay away from them!

    • j

      I guess they have to put verbiage in the law to dissuade “busy bodies” from doing what they do naturally. Until they explicitly protect victims of the registry and prosecute any an all harassment and unwarranted intrusions, we have to treat those who conduct these propaganda wars as criminals because that is what they are when they run contrary to the protections written into the law.

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