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What ‘IF’: Perceptions & Weapons

October 8, 2012   ·   By   ·   2 Comments

Dana turned, pushed past a young employee, and walked back into the clothing store all bristled and ready for a fight. How dare that middle age woman challenge her honesty?

Approaching the counter, Dana began telling the surprised woman just what she thought of her and it wasn’t too awfully nice. She suggested she get new glasses and that she better know what she was talking about before accusing her of anything. Just who did she think she was? She was nothing but a low-life clerk that couldn’t get a better job if it was handed to her.

Another woman rushed over and tried to indicate she thought there must be a problem. Dana rudely and fiercely shook her finger at the target of her fury. “That woman. That woman dared to accuse me of stealing.”

“What?” The intercepting woman exclaimed? “You think she accused you of stealing? You misunderstood.”

“No, I didn’t,” the red-faced young woman continued to scream. “Don’t try to protect this stupid, irrelevant change collector.”

The mediator abruptly stepped back and eyed Dana with disgust. “That’s enough. It’s time you leave.”

Still lost in her fury, she exclaimed, “Me leave? I’m the customer. She better not be here when I come back.”

“I don’t think you understand. You are no longer welcome here. Do not come back.”

“What? You’re taking her side over mine? I’m the customer and she is nobody and this ignorant nobody accused me of stealing.” Dana continued screaming and pointing her finger at the focus of her anger. “And don’t try to defend her. She said I was the one that had the blouse.”

“The woman you are so rudely and wrongly insulting, happens to be the owner of this and many other stores. Secondly, if you had paid attention, you would have noticed that we have a promotion going on. The first person to try on a particular blouse was to be the winner of $500 merchandise and dinner out. You were that winner. She was indicating you were the one that won.” The impatient manager responded. “If you had paid attention to what was going on around you and listened to what was actually said, we would all be celebrating your win. Instead, you reacted inappropriately based upon a false perception. Worse, you refused to listen when I tried to clarify and instead went on reacting to what you wrongly thought happened at the hands of this lady you viciously attacked with your false accusations and wrongful insults.”

The incident above is a composite of things I have seen in life and meant merely as an example to make a point. People do tend to react to what they think they know… what they think they saw… what they think they heard… rather than what actually transpired. They just don’t always make it so obvious and they don’t always get called on it. Sometimes, it is a pack thing, with everyone responding to the same incorrect belief. It’s never right and it is never good.

I’ve often written about the Sara and Gary Harvey case. It’s an ongoing saga that has its ups and downs as to the intensity of wrong that is transpiring and it always leaves me feeling like the woman who rushed over and kept trying to explain there was a misunderstanding and that the reaction has been to a false perception, rather than to what was actually taking place. You see, like Dana, those who should be slowing down and taking a good look at what is going on — seem too busy reacting to a wrongful perception and closing all else out. Some simply will not listen. Some simply will not consider they made a mistake. Some simply seem to feel the woman behind the counter is a nobody that freely deserves all their anger and insults. Sometimes though, the nobodies aren’t the bad guys they are assumed to be. Sometimes they are, instead, actually somebodies who were merely trying to do something good for someone else and that good got misunderstood and blown out of portion and into a rage that never should have been. Sometimes those nobodies, that are actually somebodies, are people like Sara Harvey, who were wrongly labeled by someone like our story’s Dana. The difference is… in our story… someone was there to defend and clarify. In actual life, those wrongful labels sometimes never get shaken and too often all (or most) things to follow are reactions to those inaccurate perceptions that continue to define all that happens.

Sara Harvey was accused, for example, of breaking the rules because she took Gary outside. Except she always took Gary outside. How was she to know the rules had changed, when no one bothered to tell her?

Sara Harvey was accused of going against medical advice. She was accused of trying to feed Gary jello. Except there was no evidence of this. So, just where did this jello go? Either Gary swallowed it, which they say was impossible, or it never happened.

In spite of the fact that distortions and allegations were simply thrown out there (and to remain folk-lore to be passed along throughout the years) without evidence and without the rest of the story, Sara Harvey has been accused of being a danger to her husband. It seems as though the accusers were, and are, a bit too quick to point a finger and fail to tell that those in charge attempted to have Gary Harvey starved and dehydrated to death. That’s right. The ones who act so righteous and claim to be trying to protect Gary from the allegedly dangerous wife are actually the ones — not her — who tried to kill him. Bit of irony there, wouldn’t you say?

There are many more examples of this upside situation that never should have been. There are many reactions that make no sense, but instead are used to suggest proof of what was never proven. One of those reactions is a camera setup in Gary’s room.

The police received a phone call suggesting that Gary was in danger from staff. Sara had no part in that call and was as surprised as anyone else when she learned of it. However, though there was absolutely no reason to believe Sara had knowledge or a part in that call, it was her “supervised” visits that were stopped during an investigation. When she was FINALLY permitted to visit again, it was with not only a guard in the room but a camera. Now, it is not only with a guard but with two cameras and the door open.

Let’s see…

Who was it that tried to have Gary starved and dehydrated to death and put a DNR on him? And they are scared of Sara doing what that requires a guard, two cameras and the door open so they can look in?

What if their perception has been pre-disposed to deceptive reasoning by false allegations and misunderstandings? What if they are over-reacting due to unwarranted expectations, based upon the tainted folk-lore that began years ago and continues to be passed along? What if they are wrongly using their weapon of power to accuse and punish those who did nothing to deserve to be treated as has been?

Dana of our story was wrong and should feel shame for her inappropriate behavior. She is not alone. There is a great deal of shame to go around and much of it is in Chemung County.

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Carrie Hutchens is a former law enforcement officer and a freelance writer who is active in fighting against the death culture movement and the injustices within the judicial and law enforcement systems.
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  • ElaineRenoire

    You’re so right about the Harvey case, Carrie. All it takes are allegations against Sara
    Harvey. The guardian, the court, and
    especially the lawyers, all accept the allegations as truth and are not
    interested in giving Sara Harvey an opportunity to dispute the allegations nor
    do they consider that what they have been told might not be true.

    As you so eloquently point out, there is often an explanation overlooked simply
    because one makes up his/her mind and closes it without caring or wanting to
    even hear the another side.

    What makes this all the worse is Gary Harvey lies helpless
    to defend his wife when she is being wrongfully admonished in his presence –
    time after time.

    But when Sara Harvey complains about care issues in regard
    to her husband, such as often finding his tubes contaminated because they’re
    lying on the floor and then used without being sterilized, her complaints are
    immediately dismissed without action.

    The agendas of these two parties couldn’t be more clear: the
    guardian is interested in retaliating against Mrs. Harvey in an attempt to make
    things as hard on her as possible; and Mrs. Harvey just wants her husband to
    receive good care and comfort.

  • errtolife

    Your right Elaine. Allegations that are unfounded happens to most of the disabled, elderly and vulernable. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Maybe the election will tudianship around and turn this dark side of guarrnship around and focus on the real abusers.

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