Rapist (not me)

DaJetPlane (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago

I have been at work all day and had this happen there, basically resulting in it being on my mind all day and night. I need to get it off of my chest.

-BACKSTORY-

When I was in high school I volunteered over the summer at a local zoo named “Zoo World.” I did this as a requirement for my school’s IB programme and I had a great time with several of my friends, since we all did it together. The job was pretty easy, consisting of tending after pre-school through elementary school-aged children for several hours at the zoo. We would do activities and watch movies, educate a little about the animals and allow them to meet them over the course of several weeks. While there we got to know a lot of the staff pretty well, from the directors to the ordinary 9-5 people.

Now, one of the staff members named ‘Vinnie” handled the bigger animals, like the wolves, tigers, and bears. Vinnie was always a little off in the way he behaved, at least from what I could tell, and I figured he probably either had a condition or used a hard substance more often than he should (twitches, kinda short tempered, etc.). Anyway, after a few days of working there I hear that Vinnie was being let go for stealing animals tranqs. He was arrested, however, and I was told the he was tending to flowers or something (like heavy lifting and muscular work, because he was a pretty built guy).

FAST-FORWARD 4 years

I have just started working a local Dairy Queen and today in the drive-thru a man pulls to the window, expecting his order. I ask if he would like to donate to the Children’s Health Network and he responds, “If I had an extra dollar, I’d be done at the strip club with my girlfriend making more money.” He then proceeds to take off his glasses, look me square in the eye, and say, “Hey James, do you remember me? It’s Vinnie.”

NOTE: I did not remember where I knew a Vinnie from, but I did recognize his face.

**I did not recall him in my life until ~3 hours later

(The rest of the conversation, linearly, for effect)

Me: Oh HEY, how are you man?!

V: I’m good, man. Been out of town for a while but now I am back.

Me: Oh yeah? Where were you?

V: Prison. But I can’t tell you why.

Me: Alright man, that’s fine with me

V: I’m going to tell you anyway: I got 10 years for raping a little n***** boy. Don’t you think 10 years is a little ridiculous though?

Me: …heh yeah…

V: Alright man, are you working Friday?

Me: …yeah

V: Ok, I’ll see you then.

I was left reeling, wondering how and the heck this guy who I couldn’t even remember (I have a great memory for faces, so for him to know my name and recognize me after only a few, brief moments of interaction from summer camp before he got fired…weird). For the next 3 hours I kept playing it in my head, trying my best to understand how I knew someone who was sentenced for raping a black boy.

And then it hit me: this man was stealing tranquilizers from a zoo that hosted summer camps for young children. This man also knows my name, recognizes me, and knows where I work…this in addition to the fact he promised me a visit Friday.

What do I do?

June 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm
LeftyLefty (3) (@leftylefty) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

wow, man.

senario 1)
you show up on Friday. he comes by with a tranquilizer. then …

senario 2)
you call in sick on Friday. he’ll assume you are avoiding him. he gets pissed. then ….

cops are useless until crime has been actually committed.

can you have your friends escort you home on Friday? I would definitely avoid him, but I see your conundrum there. you gotta work, and he knows where you work. I’d look for another job, but that’s not gonna be easy, right?

do you have a gun or a pepper spray?

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patience (147) (@patience) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

woah… be prepared for anything. :s

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@leftylefty, Nah man. No gun, no spray, and getting another job is basically just not an option. I already quit one for this one and this one was basically luck. I knew someone who was working there and they just fired someone that was doing what I had past experience in. That guy got fired two days before I got hired, so it was seamless.

What’s so weird is that, for having such small amounts of interaction (he wasn’t affiliated directly with the summer camp, just an employee), he KNEW me instantly…by name. I don’t wear a name tag now nor did I when working at Zoo World. And he got fired shortly after we started there.

I mean, maybe he’s just too geeked up to care about his terrible past (he had a woman with him that he didn’t mind saying “Hey remember I raped a little black boy?” in front of), or maybe it’s actually really bad that he remembers me and knows exactly where I work. I cannot believe I told him I work Friday.

I was thinking about telling my boss that I need to switch shifts with someone on the day because of this and seeing what he thinks. He could easily scope out the cars in the parking lot and stalk me, were he so inclined.

This really just sucks.

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pat (169) (@epath) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@lytning91, He’s a freakish bully. He used tranqs, not guns or knives to rape. That means he can’t stand up to someone who looks him in the eye and says, “Get the fuck away from me.” But just in case, get some pepper spray. If you are worried, have a buddy keep you company at weird hours (like closing times) or stay with you. Take precautions, but it sounds like he likes only the very young. How old are you?

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Kevin (188) (@bigred) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

well i can deffinatly tell you he had his little eye on you back in the day. ide be in full on defensive kill mode if i was in your shoes.

spit in his burger, and if he acts creepy or tries to hook up with you after work, bring in weapons and outside force.
or weapons and removal of video surveillance.

but thats all a discision of personal preference.
might i reccomend duct tape and pliers?

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patience (147) (@patience) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

take some sort of weapon, only pull it out/ use it if need be.

talking to your boss is a good idea but it doesn’t seem like this guy would make a stupid move by telling you before he plans to do something… he might just be trying to psyche you out. tell other people too, perhaps co-workers? friends? anyone. spread awareness of your situation to people who can help if anything happens.

and if anything does happen, remain calm, run like the wind. you can’t threaten or persuade people like him so don’t try. use the weapon only if you absolutely have to

you probably have considered all of this but it’s really all you can do ay… be calm, fretting about it will make it happen, remember, your thoughts create your reality

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LeftyLefty (3) (@leftylefty) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

ok, how about this. ask your coworkers to call you as soon as the psychopath comes by. and look really busy and when he talks to you, tell him, “sorry, I gotta go, it’s damn busy back there and they need me. bye”

or something casual enough not to piss him off, but show no interest whatsoever to meet him again, not even as a courtesy. what you wanna do is, fade away from his life.

but at least get a pepper spray, man. even girls carry it. and ask your friends to come pick you up on Friday instead of going home by yourself.

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@patience, yeah I have thought about it. I mean, I don’t want to have to deal with it at all, I decided I’ll just talk to my boss and tell him I am really uncomfortable with working Friday based on that guy’s presence.

I told the people at work what he said and that he knew me, but I don’t think they saw it the way I did. I mean, how could they since they don’t really get the full experience?

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@leftylefty, lol I’m a 20 year old male and I am pretty big, but this guy is ripped (like, nothing to do but exercise in prison ripped) and he does drugs so I feel like I stand little chance, head-to-head. idk if pepper spray would really do the trick and I mean, aside from staking out the restaurant, there’ d really be no way for him to find me.

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Kevin (188) (@bigred) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

i pepper sprayed someone afew nights ago.
its supprisingly effective.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Holy fuck. Scary shit. Okay. Actually, no. Don’t be scared, that’ll only worsen this. Plus, you create your own reality brah, think positively and this won’t happen. Although, being prepared won’t hurt. You should not drive home alone, perhaps have a friend, a muscular friend, pick you up the second you are off and you go to his house for the night.

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pat (169) (@epath) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Please let us know what happens. Be careful and good luck.

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Th-0m (43) (@0negative) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Hopefully nothing will transpire, and you probably aren’t his type. Keep a cool head, DO NOT WORRY. Just be prepared for anything, keep a knife in your car, or on hand if you really need. IF this is one of them prison motherfuckers, that rapes niggas in showers, pepper spray might not DO SHIT. I don’t think anything will happen though, travel in groups, yadda yadda,

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Fuck pepper spray. Get a sword. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmKju-x8nnM

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James (100) (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@beyond, maybe get a shield also, in case he tries a tranquilizer gun

@lytning91, your really lucky that you are able to put two and two together, you found out this guy was a rapist, then you realized how weird it was that he remembered you from so long ago, what a freak. Many people would have just been weirded out by the fact that he is a rapist, and they never think anything more than that, those people, turn out to be victims. you will not be a victim. you are way ahead of this guy

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

How does one exactly get to the conclusion that this guy likes to rape everyone. If he was in prison, he just needed to show(or pretend) the woman he was with, that he has friends (you) and needs human contact. Just because everyone is going to assume that he’s a rapist and he won’t have any friends because of that. You either freak out and make friends with him or you get a sword.

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Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@lytning91, How can this man only get 10 years for stealing tranqs and raping a little black boy, then get out after 4 years? Do some research man, if he was arrested for raping a boy then he would be on the sexual predator list right? Search the list, find him. Or else he is BULLSHITTING….trying to scare you or impress the woman he was with. Seriously, if he bothers you anymore, stand up to him, look him dead in the eye and tell him straight out to back the fuck off. Fuck pepper spray, that shit is soft. Get bear spray, it mists in the air and hurts much much more. Either way, just watch your back, make sure he isn’t walking around pricking you with a tranq needle when you don’t notice. Be aware.

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Alicia Lee (146) (@aliwine) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@lytning91, If he does confront you say “Sir, you may have big strong muscles however it appears you are too weak as a person to admit you are homosexual”.

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Michael (30) (@mikey) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Shit if I was you I would get a carrying license, and also a concealed weapons permit. Keep a pistol in your car.

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Kidd (1,059) (@kidd) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Maybe nothing will happen, but better safe than sorry. Just be prepared in case of a worst possible scenario.

So, ask your boss to watch out for Vinnie on Friday and express your discomfort. Talk about this with someone who can physically help you (we on HE can only offer emotional and mental help). Have a friend escort you to and from work.

If nothing happens, you can laugh about it later, which I’m sure is going to be the case.

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James (100) (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

maybe give him a dose of his own medicine

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@luigiblue, that’s what I had been thinking about. I know I didn’t mishear him and I also know that he wasn’t arrested for stealing the tranqs. They agreed to just fire him instead of getting him in trouble with the law. I assume he might have been using the tranqs for himself to solve his fix.

As for raping a 10 year old, I agree that 10 years would be an extremely light sentence but he did mention that he was on parole.

@ilooklikeawaterbottle, lol I’mma get some tranqs and wait for him, stab him with them, and then rape him?

@aliwine, LOL!

@mikey, I would consider this but I believe such things are expensive and difficult to obtain

@kidd, I was laughing about it in the car (my reflex in most situations of elevated discomfort is to laugh it off) with a friend of mine on the phone, because he had been one of the ones working there with me.

ALSO, I spent all last night sifting through the sex offender data base for my state for a vinnie, vinny, vince, or vincent and had no luck with finding him

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Anonymous (251) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Honestly I hope you’re just looking a little too much into it. Granted he sounds messed up, and I don’t necessarily doubt he was in prison. But the fact that there was a women with him in the car, I mean I don’t know how anyone could possibly be impressed by his talking about rape, but if he was just trying to wind you up, then perhaps they found that funny. I say don’t worry about it too much until you see him again, and judge the situation from that. Granted it’s a bit weird how he remembered you, but you did say he’s a strange character. To put your mind at ease, I agree with getting yourself home safely, preferably with someone else.

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I don’t get why he would have tranqs from 4 years ago. He was probably using them in low doses to drug himself between tweaks or something. This guy is far gone on hard drugs it sounds like. Maybe he got raped in prison and it fucked up his ego, thus the delusion. Or he has one twisted sense of humor. Weird story for sure.

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Cody (472) (@versai) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

sounds like you just pieced together your memories and snippets of information. Why did you feel threatened or in danger from that situation? He wen’t to prison for 10 years… and you remember him… why would he risk going back by raping someone who KNOWS him? I think you’re freaking out… I would say he’s more likely yanking your chain than being serious or creepy. If I were him, the only way I could get through my days being known as a petty tranq theif would be as a humorous criminal who scares naive fast-food workers into thinking I’m a big bad satanic rapist.

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