WATCH YOUR MOUTH!
After the liquor store was robbed and I sent in the article, the store owner said she was mad at me because the article said the store had a safe and a computer. Wtf? Did she think we all thought she'd been carrying the store funds around in her pocket or recording inventory on a piece of bark?
She should be mad at the employees who led me around the store, pointing things out and describing what was there and what was missing or not. They made jokes about my reporting in town and watched me writing down quotes and waited while I got 'em right -- which I thank them for, because it was very helpful.
Now about the security -- even though i didn't have to -- Freedom of the Press -- I stopped writing when the cop requested it, as "an ongoing investigation." I e-mailed the editor when the local informer asked to to have its name left out, and he did so. So where was the store owner watching her employees' mouths? Why did she not make her store security policy clear to them? I've told these people repeatedly "You're talking to a reporter" and tried to 'splain FotP.
Journalists -- which I'm pretending to be -- have no souls. We'll send in anything that we can put quote marks around, mostly because editors hassle for it. So watch your mouth around a reporter, especially a freelancer only doing it because nobody else will bother, because it's all meat. WHAT have I said about writers??
Anyway, I just said, "Yeah, you're right, it was an editorial call," and then bought the bottle of wine Dan wanted. That's another thing a reporter will do -- just nod and agree. You never know if they'll say something you can use in details for a later article....