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Just say no

What is the polite way of telling the meth addict, "No, you may not touch my child"? -- Amanda O., Bowie Emily Post has surprisingly little to say on the subject of conversational junkie etiquette, but I suggest that you make use of the following phrase: "Hi, I'm Chris Hansen with 'To Catch A Predator.' You wanna tell me what's going on?" I imagine that your garden variety tweaker would beat a hasty retreat before even noting the fact that you are probably not Chris Hansen. -- Lyndsay WebbAMC