Why You Shouldn't Snitch to the Feds
I've been seeing this a lot lately. This from the Free North Carolina blog;
So why not? Why not turn in your loud neighbors and get the $500 bucks? Here's why:
The US government was very interested in finding Osama Bin Laden. In fact, they offered a $25 million reward to informants that might provide information instrumental to his capture. Dr. Afridi did just this, and his reward has been to rot in Pakistani jail. No one received the $25 million.
The problem is this: once you do tip off the police about someone with an illegal gun, you have self-identified as a person who knows people with illegal guns. Perhaps you too own illegal guns? Perhaps if you are "motivated" properly, you will identify more people that own illegal guns?
The police are interested in capturing criminals, not giving you money. If you know one criminal, surely you know another, and you very well might be a criminal yourself. Birds of a feather, after all.
I had a personal experience informing the police of when I was 14. They immediately accused me of wrongdoing, and made a lot of disturbing, vague threats before doing nothing with my information. I learned my lesson.
Is it worth $500 dollars to get on the short list? Fortunately most people are wise to this sort of thing, but as people grow desperate and the prizes may increase, the temptation will grow. However, we can all take a lesson from Dr. Afridi, who is being tortured in Pakistani prison after being instrumental in the capture of Osama Bin Laden. With such a publicly known hero of an informant, and a clear reward identified, you would think it unconscionable for the US to hang the man out to dry. Why wasn't he out of the country before the raid even happened, with a post-dated check in hand?
Folks, don't fall for this stuff.