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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    OP says you do

    This is strictly a hypothetical scenario, prplchknz, your loved ones are not actually kidnapped, and you do not actually have $100,000 in your bank account to rescue them
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    I'm not really sure how I would respond to this. I can't predict.

    Also, the scenario was too general.

    What typically happens in such situations is that I fantasize about doom for the person, but what actually happens is different.

    For example, we believed a certain person stole $8000 from a relative. We did not know for sure, but we knew for sure that he had characteristics that his dogs would go into your yard, and poop. The dogs would also attack someone's pets. The owner would be out in the road laughing. If you confronted him about it, then he'd threaten or berate you.

    So, I pressed charges for harassment. When he failed to appear in court, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Thus, he left the area.

    My biggest fear in all that was that I would do something. What actually happened was better than my imagination.

    I don't know about the kidnapping, since I can't even imagine myself in that situation too strongly. Probably:

    1.) They wouldn't get any money at all.
    2.) The cops would be employed.
    3.) I'd try to find out myself.
    4.) If I found out myself, then I'd probably do something.
    5.) The extent of what I would do is unknown.
    6.) Deaths on the level of a Shakespearean tragedy would probably be likely.

    Then again, maybe no deaths would occur. This is completely unknown. Nobody is allowed to manipulate me in this way.

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    So many people here seem to have been born with a sheriff batch on them...I wonder if it might be cultural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    So many people here seem to have been born with a sheriff batch on them...I wonder if it might be cultural.

    Lol. An American tradition of vigilante justice.

    Me, I would go to the cops. I'm an ex-Marine, but that doesn't mean I know the first thing about how to handle a kidnapping. Presumably the cops have some protocols and procedures for such situations (or they would call in experts who know what to do).

    I wouldn't try to resolve a kidnapping myself any more than i would try to do surgery myself. I say: When things get tricky, let the pros handle it.

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    I would pay the kidnappers as my first move. Once the hostage is returned safe and sound, I will call the police so I can retrieve my money. If the kidnappers do not return the hostage, I will just call the police straight away.

    Retrieving the person comes first. Whether or not the kidnappers are arrested is less important than ensuring the hostage's safe return.
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    Well, the idea is not to call the cops to save the money but to help retrieve the hostage. The priorities are the same, only difference is you've got pros on your side. Never mind what the kidnappers say.
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    I assumed there would be a chance that the kidnappers would actually kill or at least harm the hostage (cut off a finger or two, or something) if I didn't hand them the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copperfish17 View Post
    I assumed there would be a chance that the kidnappers would actually kill or at least harm the hostage (cut off a finger or two, or something) if I didn't hand them the money.
    Note that the OP says there's a 50/50 chance that the kidnappers will still go ahead and kill the hostage even after you give them $100,000. IOW, as I read the OP it's kind of 50/50 against the hostage either way you go. But at least if you call the cops, you have pros on your side.

    (Also, I'm assuming that the kidnappers won't necessarily know that I've involved the cops, at least initially. But I'll grant that the OP isn't perfectly clear on all the details, and I haven't read the entire thread...)

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    There are specialists that deal with that sort of thing. I'd bring in the police. Half the problem would be convincing them this is fo'reelz. I mean that stuff happens in the movies, not real life.
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    I'd handle it on my own. I don't really trust authorities anyway.
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