In the episode “Andy Saves Barney’s Morale” (1961), Andy goes out of town and leaves deputy sherriff Barney Fife in charge. Upon returning, he finds that Barney took his job so seriously, he has put the entire population of Mayberry in jail for petty crimes. (Wikimedia)

EDITORIAL: Break and enters remind us Agassiz is not Mayberry

Although vigilante justice may seem appealing, it only creates more problems for residents

A spate of break and enters across Agassiz lastweek created a flurry of Facebook posts on what the community should do next.

“Let’s make these lowlifes pay for coming into our town. Vigilante style, with non lethal weapons, will be the only message these crooks understand,” one wrote.

“With all the activity, I will be out driving around, not saying what time, but it will be a green little car. Any interested in joining let me know,” another said.

“Is public lynching still a go here?” asked a third.

From explosive dye packs to slingshots and marbles, residents came up with a number of innovative — and largely inappropriate — ways to catch the thieves. Parents were warned to give their teenagers a curfew; jokes were made about purchasing baton-style flashlights.

RELATED: Agassiz RCMP warn residents after week of break and enters

You can’t blame people for wanting to protect their homes, even if the methods are unorthodox. But perhaps Burns Grund, in his post to the “Life in Agassiz” Facebook page said it best: “Call the cops. Lock your doors. This is not Mayberry.”

No, this is not Mayberry — however much the quaint, small town nature of Agassiz hearkens back to the fictitious home of the Andy Griffith Show. But even if it was, vigilante justice wouldn’t do us any good.

In Mayberry, no one creates more chaos than the well-meaning, high-spirited deputy sheriff Barney Fife.

Remember when Barney decided Mayberry’s bank was a pushover for a robbery and stages a hold-up, only to end up locking himself in the safe? Or when an ex-con comes to visit the sheriff and Barney decides to tail Andy for his protection, only to end up hog-tied in the living room?

These are the moments that create humour and levity in the feel-good television show. They allow us to sit back in our armchairs and say “Oh Barney” as Andy steps in to save the day. These are not the moments we wish to create in Agassiz, where there are no writers behind the scenes to make sure everyone comes home unscathed.

It’s okay to be worried about your home, and it’s okay to do something about it. Just don’t be Barney Fife. Lock your homes, put your garage door openers away and remember, this is not Mayberry.

-Grace Kennedy, editor



grace.kennedy@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Agassiz Community Health Centre welcomes its newest doctor

Nikki Cohen is one of three doctors practicing at the local health clinic

No home for Agassiz Community Garden on school district land

The garden is still homeless after SD78 said no to the society using the McCaffrey School property

Life rings, signs to improve safety on Harrison waterfront

Harrison council approved $125,000 in aquatic safety projects for the beach

PHOTOS: Harrison students take on the Bunny Run

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary students dressed up for the Easter event

No more mobile vendors on Harrison beach

The approval of an updated business licence bylaw means Nolan Irwin is without a cart

VIDEO: Agassiz, Harrison celebrate National Pet Day

From cats and dogs to lizards and chickens, residents showed off the animals that enrich their lives

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Police say ‘no major incidents’ at 4/20, Vancouver Park Board assessing

The first smoke-out held since legalization saw 60,000 people at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach

VIDEO: Langley firefighters spend hours battling blaze in vacant home

Cause of the late-night fire in Willoughby is still under investigation

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

RCMP looking for witnesses to four-vehicle crash in Burnaby

Police suspect impaired driving was a contributing factor

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Most Read