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Q&A with Mr. Federal Way: Attempted child abductions

Got a question for Mr. Federal Way? Email mrfederalway@federalwaymirror.com. - Mirror file photo
Got a question for Mr. Federal Way? Email mrfederalway@federalwaymirror.com.
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Q: Why wasn’t the media alerted earlier about two separate abduction attempts of little kids last weekend at Brigadoon Elementary School? I would have kept a closer eye on my children had I known.

A: This one has Mr. Federal Way dumbfounded. As you all know, Mr. Federal Way has children and Mr. Federal Way is having a real hard time coming up with a good reason why the Federal Way Police Department waited so long to notify every news outlet in the country regarding the incidents on Saturday and Sunday.

That notification wasn’t sent to the media until around 3 p.m. Monday, almost two days after the first abduction attempt by an unknown male suspect. This has Mr. Federal Way baffled.

According to the police department, the reason for the late notice is because “the process of obtaining facts is slower than with more mature victims/witnesses. This is especially true in this case. There is a critical balance between immediately distributing information and taking the necessary time to evaluate facts to prevent unnecessary panic.”

Mr. Federal Way can’t speak for everyone, but Mr. Federal Way would have been fine with creating “unnecessary panic” in a case like this. Had Mr. Federal Way known about these two separate abduction attempts of an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, Mr. Federal Way would have kept a closer eye on the kids — and an even closer eye out for this scumbag of a human being.

In cases like this, there is no better way for police to catch these weirdos than to get information, however limited, out to the general public as soon as possible. Just look at the effectiveness of those nationwide Amber Alerts.

The department said the initial report “was taken late Saturday afternoon, detectives were notified, who contacted the mother and arranged for a Sunday afternoon forensic interview. The sketch was worked on later into Sunday and made available for release early (Monday) afternoon.”

Q: Each time when there is an election in Federal Way, a group called the Municipal League of King County gets into the act by rating candidates. Who are they? How many are in the group? What are their qualifications? How does one join?

A: The Municipal League of King County gets a lot of publicity around election time with the group’s name adorning political fliers and signs (even the ones held captive in city’s “sign jail”) all over Federal Way. The group’s rating system also carries a lot of weight with the candidates and voters.

But, like you, Mr. Federal Way doesn’t know much about what it actually means to receive a rating from the Municipal League. Here’s what Mr. Federal Way found out. The Municipal League of King County is a member-driven, non-partisan, non-profit organization that works toward better government.

The actual ratings, which range from “not qualified” to “outstanding,” are done by the Municipal League Candidate Evaluation Committees, which are made up of volunteers “interested in maintaining good government and willing to get involved.”

To be eligible for the Municipal League, a person must be a registered voter in King County and must be able to “examine candidates fairly and without prejudice.” You also have to refrain from actively supporting, endorsing, making monetary contributions or attending campaign events for any candidates.

Raters are also screened based on their willingness and ability to be unbiased in their evaluation assessments.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, contact the Municipal League at (206) 622-8333 or email cec@munileagueratings.org.

Q: Safeway speaks of loyalty, however they do not promote loyalty, they promote disloyalty. One example is their gas rewards. You buy 100 bucks worth of product from them, you get 10 cents a gallon off a future gas purchase. Well Mr. Federal Way, a year ago Safeway discontinued their 3-cents-a-gallon discount for Club Card holders. They said that they had no guarantee that they were having loyal customers purchase gas. Mr. Federal Way, yesterday I went to Safeway and made a $25 purchase, which would have put me well over the 100 bucks needed for a 10-cent discount, and the 80-points-plus I had built up were gone. Is that building customer loyalty? I don’t think so. I feel less loyal to them. If you want to build loyal customers, don’t take away their hard-earned points. After all, their groceries are over-priced to cover the program. Mr. Federal Way, if this happened to you and Mrs. Federal Way, would you feel like you were treated like a loyal customer? Maybe you can tell Safeway that this Federal Way Mirror reader doesn’t. It is time for them to revisit the meaning of loyalty.

A: The answer to your super-duper long question is simple. We live in America. If you are unhappy, find another station to buy your gas. There’s plenty of them out there.

You’re welcome.

Sincerely,

Mr. Federal Way

 

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