Friday, January 6, 2012

You Need to Get a Life...

I actually had a driver say that to me today as she signed my citation. Can you believe it?

Actually it's not all that uncommon for police officers to hear such things. People regularly tell me to "get a life", "find something better to do", "go harass some real criminals", or that I'm "on a power trip" or "just trying to be macho".

To those who would say such things, I say this. I have a life, thanks very much. My life just so happens to include a profession that involves writing tickets when I see drivers committing minor indiscretions in my presence, or simply outright ignoring the laws I am sworn to uphold. Unfortunately for you, that means I don't have anything better to do at the moment, since you have gone and drawn my attention to yourself. And believe me, if I happen to see a real criminal roll by at the same time I see you violating the vehicle code, I'll be sure to go harass him or her instead of stopping and citing you. Too bad there weren't any real criminals around when you decided it would be a good idea to run that red light, eh?

But the best part of today's stop was at the end. After telling me I write too many tickets, and I need to get a life and find something better to do, she signed the citation, handed me back my cite book and left me with this scathing parting shot.

"There. Now go get back on your little motorcycle and go write some more tickets."

Thank you. I think I'll do just that...


Jay said...

Don't these people ever listen to themselves.
Oh well at least she gave you permission to continue when she could of just said you're fired. After all her taxes pay your salary.
Well done on keeping hold of your job. You must be doing something right.

MJ said...

Wow. I laughed outright at that one. Did you laugh? cuz that would have REALLY pissed that person off.

I don't like getting tickets, and I've only gotten snarky with one cop (I've been pulled over a lot in my youth), and he earned it. But getting pissy because you got caught? Lame.