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By use your brain mother / Tuesday 16 June 2015 05:47 / United States - Springville
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  ThatOneChick856  |  35

I think the whole "at least she cares" statement after it's claimed that the parent is overprotective is stupid. It's like when people try to excuse mental/verbal/emotional abuse with "but look how much they do for/give to you!!" just because the damage done can't be clearly seen. There's a reason it's called OVERprotective- it can (and has) ruined a child's life in most cases. /rant over

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  DoomedGemini  |  35

OP told their mother that they would be gone longer, if she was so worried about the 'dangerous trip' then why didn't she remember that? It seems more like she didn't listen fully or didn't think it was too dangerous until after OP left. And I have to agree being overprotective can really mess with a kid. Usually as soon as they get a little bit of freedom they go crazy because of it and become huge partiers and sleep around because of what they never had the chance before.

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  NeatNit  |  32

#50 if contact had been lost for 10 hours or more, then I'd definitely understand the worry. but 2 hours? ... does she also call the cops every time his battery dies? lol

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  ThatOneChick856  |  35

#50- I didn't say that this situation is abusive, I said it's similar to a situation of excusing non-physical abuse by parents. OP's mom was completely stupid and overprotective in this situation. They went HIKING. It's not uncommon to not have reception when hiking. Besides, she didn't even wait for the 4 hours they were gone- and it still would've been stupid of her to freak out right at the four-hour mark.

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  CandyApple88  |  13

It's not caring, it's abuse. Like the parent that calls you up and threatens to call the cops when you won't come home that instant. When you are 35 and visiting for Christmas holidays, and getting coffee with a friend late.

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No, OP told his/her mother about being gone for 4 or more hours, the mother panicked when she couldn't call him/her because she didn't realise that there would be no reception there. So she still should have waited the 4 hours before reporting him/her missing.

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  tdawg91  |  17

It depends on the case. Say a young child or elderly person with Alzheimers went missing, the police should investigate no matter how long they've been missing.... Say if a 30 year old husband went out on the piss with his mates, they's go by the 24-48 hour rule

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  thesmeagol  |  22

No set rule on that, it varies per county/town usually. Some will let you if they are not busy, others make you wait. Minors, mentally unfit or medically unfit are able to be reported prior to 24 hours almost everywhere though.

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  rickAUS  |  16

I know emergency services here tend to wait until your return time has expired before considering starting a search unless there is serious wether or other event that would make them act earlier.

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