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Business Ethics Discussion Topic – Public Accommodation and the Sex Offender Registry

My company operates campgrounds on public lands under contract with various public agencies.  Over the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion about public accommodation (e.g. can a private photographer choose not to serve a gay wedding).  This has never really been a big issue for me in my business, both due to my personal tolerance of just about anyone and the fact that we operate on public lands, which gives us an extra responsibility for broad accommodation.

Yesterday a sheriff’s deputy in Arizona comes by one of the campgrounds we operate and gave a flyer to our manager.  It says that so-and-so, we will call him Mr. Smith, is in the area and is registered as a level 3 high-risk sex offender (“level 3 is the highest level and considered the highest risk to reoffense”).  The deputy lets my folks know that it would be better not to do business with this guy. Full Article

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The deputy lets my folks know that it would be better not to do business with this guy.

This is a good article and the comments below are also a good read. A lot of them worry about not treating registrants like any other person.

That’s the crux. We’re supposed to be free peoples once out of custody, but we’re being bullied by the state. Here, you have a deputy telling business to not do business with this guy.

This exploitation was done maliciously to destroy the man for what he has done in the past, based on vigilantism and because of fear and emotion.

This is a country where: If you want to operate a business you must abide by various laws and regulations covering the type of business you operate at the minimum of levels: Local municipalities, State and Federal governments. If you conduct business internationally, International laws may apply. As a business owner you may be required to carry various insurances and bonding. So you go out and acquire the proper insurances and bonds. Now that you have them and are 100% compliant with the law. Here’s where it gets weird and frustrating: You are a 100% legit business owner faced with… Read more »

You know, I realized, how can this guy get away with anything with everyone now knowing? Isn’t that the idea behind Megan’s law. What a farce. Megan’s law was supposed to make people feel safe, because they now know where the offender (former) is. Yet the knowlege only makes them more uncomfortable.

That IS ironic isn’t it. That really was the point of Megan’s Law: To inform only. Megan’s Law was not ever meant as a tool to be used for ostracism. The proof of this is the fact that we have a clause in the law prohibiting ostracism because even the lawmakers knew people would be stupid with the information.


They’re using your information to banish you from living within a certain area. They’re using your information to let other countries banish you as well from travelling. They’re using your information to banish you from facebook and disney world.

sure seems like it’s a tool of punishment.

timmr… most of the people your talking about aren’t uncomfortable , or full of fear or any thing , they just for the most part are just hateful , and drama queens lol , not happy inless they are causing trouble with people , and what is better than to mess with people that cant stop them , and they have lots of magpies to brag to and feel tough , and think there secrets are safe behind there smoke screen , but this article was great !

He is either a free man or he’s not. LE is out of line….

I see a false light, slander or defamation suit as well as a Civil Rights suit against the Sheriff’s office and the particular deputy for passing a judgement about not doing business with the guy because of history when they are not allowed do so and should not pass judgement. Passing judgement like that is not a freedom of speech issue because folks see the deputy as the law and telling people what they need do. The Sheriff should have been consulted also for direction, e.g. remove or be allowed to stay. They can only advise this RC is in… Read more »

Nicholas has done a great job on his comments at the end of the article. I put my .2 cents in. If you haven’t already, please add your comments there. Discus or Google doesn’t ban you. Get an account and influence the discussion.

This a great problem solver. My position is: the targeted camper should remain undisturbed. A higher risk for an incident probably would be from some one without a record.

Also the sheriff’s deputy may be an officer of the law for the wrong reasons. Personally handing a flyer takes it to a different level. Was the flyer provided by the deputy’s office or did he make it himself? Just too many questions.

this guy talks about many thing on that web site , and it makes me want to support his ideas , good stuff all of it , its the kind of places I would want to camp fore sure ,

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