The other day, as yet another satisfied customer was screaming at me for doing my job, I thought to myself, “How come nobody yells at their _______.”
Oddly enough, that blank actually existed in my head. Â You could put just about any other profession in that spot. Â Here are five quick professions that it would be ludicrous to yell at:
Now, I’m not saying that none of those people have ever been yelled at by an irate customer. Â What I am saying is that I’m willing to bet it isn’t nearly as often as people yell at police officers. Â What is it about a uniform, badge, and gun that makes folks feel like they need to unload a lifetime of “unfair treatment” on one person? Â I don’t get it. Â
How tightly wound are you if getting a seat belt ticket is enough to throw your world off kilter?
One of my standard lines prior to writing a ticket is “It’s not the end of the world”. Â Truly, it isn’t. Â You wouldn’t believe how many people reply, “Yes, it is!” Â I’ve taken the conversation even further upon that response with “I assure you, the world is not coming to an end because you failed to use your turn signal.”
Think they stopped and thought, “Silly ol’ me. Â There I go exaggerating again. Â Ever so sorry, Officer.”? Â Nope. Â What amazed me was the fact that the person that said they thought the world was going to come to a screeching halt actually appeared to believe their own hype! Â How self-involved is that?
Despite what you may think, there is a living, breathing man or woman beneath the badge and bullet proof vest. Â We bleed. Â We have feelings. Â I mean, other cops do. Â I have no soul, which is why I have to crush the souls of others and feed off the misery that my mere presence mandates. Â #SoulCrusher (sorry, slipped into Twitter hash-taggery there for a second).
If you don’t think your barista wants to hear you kvetshn (shout out to my Jewish and/or New York friends) about how frothy your latte is, what makes you think a cop wants to hear you opine about how unfair it is that you were stopped instead of the guy in front of you who was, by the way, doing the exact same thing you were?
Do you insult the lineage of your waiter if your burger is medium well instead of medium rare? Â Do you swear like a sailor when the mailman delivers your copy of Douche Quarterly to your neighbor by mistake? Â If your dentist initially uses too little novocaine do you tell him, in no uncertain terms, that he is merely a whore for the pharmaceutical company that is doing such a terrible job at balancing their books? Â Of course not. Â Do you know why? Â Because it’s uncivilized and you are not that big of an a-hole…until you get pulled over. Â Then, civility goes out the window, all bets are off, and you turn into a raving lunatic with no understanding of personal responsibility and/or common sense.
I don’t think bringing this up is going to stop the ridiculous behavior of the motoring public. Â Not by a stretch. Â Sometimes, this venue is merely a soapbox from which I can vent my cathartic ramblings instead of taking someone’s head off on a traffic stop…or, God forbid, appear to “enjoy my job too much”. Â 😉
What about you, who was the last person you yelled at?
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