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|Follow The Railroad Tracks...To Jail!|
< on 2/22/2016 10:01 PM >
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We always tell newbies to follow the railroad tracks for abandonments. I was in Lake Charles, LA and as my lunch hour is winding down, I find a complex of 3 buildings near the tracks at the end of a dead end road - all abandoned. The largest one was pretty modern, mostly offices, with a couple of large bay doors. It looked like a distribution company of some sort. Unfortunately it was buttoned up tight.
I park my car in this places parking lot, grab my gear and make my way to the other two. The next building looks great. Old, red brick, an old railroad spur in the back and it even had a smokestack! Unfortunately it also had a high fence topped in razor wire...
I follow the fence and find a spot BARELY big enough for me to squeeze through (I seriously thought I was going to get my fat ass stuck). I begin to get my usual shitty photos and notice large bags filled with some type of black powder. Coal?
The warehouses were wide open so I get a few of the usual lonely chairs, a sink, the obligatory "look how large this place is" pic. Then it was on to the next building.
This place was more of the same but a LOT more of these bags. As I round the corner of where these are stacked I almost collide with a man and a woman. Refraining as best I could from pissing my pants, I say hello and ask what they are doing there. They reply that they own the place!
The next natural question from them Is what I was doing there. I said that I was an urban explorer and I was there to just take pictures. "What's an Urban Explorer?"
I explained that it's a weird hobby where I go into abandoned buildings and take pictures. I explained that it's just a hobby, I don't publish or make money off of the photos. I was then informed that the place was not abandoned (obviously) and I was trespassing.
I said I understood and that I apologize. Had I known it was occupied I never would have come in. The lady then told me that she wanted my memory card from my camera. I told her that I had photos from other places on it so I couldn't give it up but I would let her watch me delete the photos.
The guy then asked what I did for a living and (like a dumbass) I told him the name of my company. He replied that he suspected my boss wouldn't appreciate me wasting company time when I was supposed to be working.
I then said, "Look. I've deleted the photos, you've explained that this place is occupied and I've apologized and agreed to not come back. If you want to call the cops I'll wait for them, pay the $50 fine and be on my way."
They agreed to not press charges but wanted my ID. When I asked why they said that they have had problems with environmental groups hassling them and wanted proof that they had trespassed in case something came up.
I agreed and we walked back to my car. When we get there, the guy asks me for a business card. At this point I was scared AND pissed. I told him that my company doesn't need to be involved in this and that if he wanted to press charges to go ahead but I wasn't going to jeopardize my career over this.
He took a photo of my ID, wrote down my license plate, we shook hands and I left.
Before I got to the end of the road, what do I see but a cop car.
Rather than turn this into a big thing and worry about it, I turned around, and followed the cop,to the same parking lot I had just left. I get out of the car and said, "You may be looking for me." He looked a bit perplexed and asked why.
I then explained what had happened and he laughed and said no, that this was the jurisdiction of the city police. Back walks the building owner who then said that I had been trespassing. The cop said that nobody called him and he was just there because it was quiet and wanted to do some paperwork. I then told the building owner, again, if he wanted to press charges that I was willing to wait.
He again declined, said that they hadn't called the police and I left again, looking in my rear view mirror the entire time.
Lesson from this explore: More recon before going in. Also, don't explore when you're on the clock. Oh, and Louisiana building owners are assholes.
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