Quinte, On. real estate agent: Officer Bubbles

Officer Bubbles

Things got a little out of hand at the G20 Summit in Toronto this past summer. The riots cost the city quite a lot of money, and the damages have really hurt some store owners who didn't have adequate insurance coverage. I can see why the Toronto Police were strained for that event. It could not have been easy being in uniform.

I'm not quite sure what a lot of the "protesters" were protesting. I don't think some of them know themselves. There's a video circulating on Youtube that's garnering a lot of attention. It's called Officer Bubbles, and it shows an overzealous police officer who's clearly having a bad day.

Yeah, he seems like a real prick who is bullying a small girl. There's no doubt in my mind that he shouldn't have acted that way, however, I have not walked a mile in his shoes. I would hope that if I was placed in that situation I would behave better, but I don't know, I have never been baited by a large crowd. I won't rush to judgement on this until more is known.

The video itself is a little deceptive, because it clearly attempts to give the impression that the girl was arrested for blowing bubbles. We don't know that for sure as it cuts away and doesn't show the events leading up to her arrest. It also uses the classic technique of pointing the camera up at the officer (often cutting off the top of his head) to make him appear as a towering figure while being level with the girl. Deliberate or not? I'm not sure, the cameraman was probably a shorter guy, however, this is the vantage point we are given. It's almost like a Bambi vs Godzilla situation.

Some smartalec is milking this situation by making an "Officer Bubbles" series of cartoons that show the Officer arresting such benevolent characters as Obama, Santa Claus and others. Officer Bubbles is not helping his situation either by trying to get Youtube to reveal the identity of this person so that he can sue him/her (as well as the people who are leaving comments), and for that, I'm beginning to believe that he might very well just be a jerk. However, as for the original situation that got him in this hot water to begin with, why don't we all just let the facts come out before condemning him and potentially damaging his career.

I guess that this is one of the dangers of the internet. Trial by Youtube.

Comment balloon 8 commentsMalcolm Johnston • October 22 2010 01:37PM



The cost was $1.2 Billion,

There were only 200 protestors. The extra people swept up were no real protestors.

So, it would have be much cheaper to pay every protestor $1 million each, just to stay home.

I'm sure most would have taken the money.

And, we would have saved $1 Billion.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Malcolm: I know some of the officers who were there, not only on the front lines but in the background as well and they should be commended for holding their duty in not reacting to a few hooligans and trouble makers.


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) over 8 years ago

So does this mean you get sued too? I have no sympathy for the 'protestors' or the people caught up in the sweeps. If you don't want to get into trouble don't go to an area you know has problems going on. There were so many mistakes on both sides.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 8 years ago

The whole thing was a mess and perhaps next time they'll just use technology at hand and hold their meeting via secure videoconference and save everyone the time and trouble.

I think that officer was a dickhead (some just are) - he overreacted to the bubbles and he could have let her speak after she did what he asked and put her bubbles away. It is still a free country, if you're respecting the law.

The female cop didn't seem to have a problem with the bubbles.

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

Malcolm, maybe I am "old school" ... but I was taught to respect authority.  As I have grown older, I realize that they are doing there job, and even if I think they are in the wrong, treat anyone politely and with respect.  As I tell my son, you have no control over the actions of others, but you do have control over your reaction to them and their actions...

The parents should have some responsibility for what they teach their children ...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago
I don't think that I would tolerate bubbles being blown in my face either. It is aggressive, disrespectful behavior which would be expected elicited an appropriate response such as the officer demonstrated.
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