Q: I just read a post on FACEBOOK that explained if I should ever be forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can secretly enter your PIN number in reverse which will immediately dispatch the police to assist you. What a great idea, but is this really true?
A: NO, it is not true. This seemingly helpful heads-up has been circulating through e-mail, on the internet, and posted on Social media, and comes up all the time. Such a system was introduced and patented in 1998 and was called the “SafetyPIN System.” Unfortunately, it never took off or wasn’t passed by any state, although it was introduced in several bills.
Q: I have a huge problem with my ex-boyfriend. He won’t quit harassing me about my son. He calls and texts me constantly about wanting a DNA test. Do I really have to do this?
A: I do not know your situation, however it is a civil matter regardless. Your best bet is to contact an attorney to represent you and your son. Your ex-boyfriend would have to initiate court proceedings if he wants to obtain parental rights of a child born out of wedlock. On the other hand, if you are trying to obtain child support from him, you would have to start a court proceeding. As far as the calling and texting, do what I tell most to do…. BLOCK HIM ON YOUR PHONE. The more you have conversations about this is the more that the situation can escalate. Of course none of this is legal advice, and you should contact a family law attorney.
Q: I just applied for a job and part of the application process they are requiring a copy of my Indiana driving record. Do the police supply this?
A: Actually no, we do not. You may obtain an “Official Driver Record” (ODR) from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. A certified copy of your record accompanied by a letter of certification from the Commissioner of the BMV may be purchased for a fee of $4. To make it easier, visit their site where you may purchase, download and print this document at your home.
Q: My daughter is getting married this summer. My wife and I are having a small wedding reception for them at a local church hall. We wanted to serve beer and wine and have family members serve as our bartenders. Is this legal or can we get into trouble?
A: I get this question asked of me all the time and it can be confusing, especially in a church setting or private venue. If you wish to dispense liquor at any wedding or party event, you must hire a licensed alcoholic beverage caterer. Many bars, restaurants and reception halls that hold food catering permits also have alcohol licenses. Any individuals serving alcohol must have an Indiana bartender’s license to disperse alcohol of any kind. Best wishes to your daughter and family!
The winner of last column’s $30 gas card sponsored by BIG R of Michigan City was Jim Galinowski of Michigan City. Let’s answer the last riddle of how much was the Bullet Proof Vest and carrier? The answer of course was $400 for the vest and $10 for the carrier for a total of $410! Guess I didn’t fool too many readers!
The sponsor for this week’s riddle is Columbia Outlet in Lighthouse Place. The winner receives a $40 gift card to spend at Columbia!
For Easter, Columbia, one of our favorite stores at the outlet, decided to have a contest to guess the number of large Easter eggs in a big glass bowl. Bill guessed 35, Joe guessed 29, Ann guessed 28, Sam guessed 33 and Mike guessed 30. One was correct. One was off by 5, one by 1, one by 2 and one by 3. Who was right?
The 7th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.
To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #333, or email ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.