There are bad choices some people make just because they're not really thinking, and then there are just awful choices some people make because they're not paying attention to anyone but themselves.
And there are some places you just don't go to spy on a woman.
At 1:30 a.m. Jan. 12, a 28-year-old Milwaukee man was cited for prowling after an employee of Westmoor Country Club reported about an hour earlier that a man was crouched in hiding by the pool house with a pair of binoculars trained toward Brookfield Square mall.
The Wesmoor employee said that when he was seen, the man jumped up, ran to a tan Toyota Corolla and fled.
Westmoor Country Club is next door to Azana Salon and Spa, the scene of a horrible shooting on Oct. 21 that left three women dead and four more women wounded. Initial, erroneous reports early in that tragedy had pointed police toward a shooter at the mall.
On high alert because of that situation, Brookfield police combed the area based on the Jan. 12 report, spotted a car matching the description in the parking lot, and watched. Officers stopped the driver just as he was leaving the mall parking lot around 1:30 a.m.
The driver said he had been waiting for his girlfriend, who works at Cooper's Hawk restaurant. He admitted he had been spying on her with binoculars from Westmoor — because he suspected her of cheating on him.
Police interviewed her, and she told them she was surprised he was watching her that way but was not concerned for her safety.
Her boyfriend was cited and released.