Freak out

By use your brain mother - 16/06/2015 05:47 - United States - Springville

Today, I told my mom I was going hiking with a couple of friends and wouldn't be back for four or more hours. Not even two hours later, she called the cops and reported us as missing. She didn't realize that we wouldn't have service up the canyon so we could call her back. FML
I agree, your life sucks 29 725
You deserved it 2 359

Same thing different taste

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She isnt overprotective she just didnt listen resulting in her stupidity

Overprotective parents are pretty bad, but at least she cares.


Overprotective parents are pretty bad, but at least she cares.

Honestly in this case I do not see it as abusive. Her kid was gone on a dangerous trip for "too long" and she got worried. I think it's sweet.

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.

#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

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.

PeaceTea13 17

At least she is concerned about you!

She isnt overprotective she just didnt listen resulting in her stupidity

AkumaUchiha 19

She was just looking out for you OP. Paranoia gets the best of us, at least she cares :)

NomeDMF 17

She could've waited after the 4 hours instead of 2.

WavRace 14

OP just said se didn't realize. So it makes sense of her worrying if she didn't know

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.

I was told that a person couldn't be reported as missing until it's been 24 hours. Am I wrong?

If the person is a minor the 48 hours doesn't apply. We don't know OPs age, but I'm guessing they're under 18

Untrue. You can report them missing at any stage. It is possible however the police might not immediately take the report seriously.

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

#43 no the police told my family they couldn't do anything for 48 hours when my 16 year old sister went missing

Better overprotective than not caring at all where you are

PokeyPorcupine 18

Can you even report somebody missing that soon? Is there a special rule for hikers? I assume you found out when you got back.

I was pretty sure you had to wait 24 hours before you could report anyone as missing

Yeah, but I've never had to report anybody missing, so I just assumed that was a TV thing to make things more dramatic or some shit.

I think it would depend on whether OP is a minor or not.

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.

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.

MattStro 23

Geez, talk about helicopter parents.

Good one, sir! A nice, subtle pun that doesn't contain "well that's" and "a shitty" and "situation". Keep it up, sir!

I think the trend of people pointing out puns that are or are not good is worse than some of the puns. Thumbs up or down works just as good...

Is really a trend though? Not really a trend, is it?

countryb_cth 38

That's not a pun, helicopter parent is a legitimate term. I don't know how what they said is a pun.

#59 it's a pun because if OP was truly lost, they may send a helicopter to find them.