As is our usual morning tradition, a couple of the guys and I went to grab our morning coffee at StarPeet’s GrindHouse. Â Yes, we get coffee. Â Yes, we are working at the same time. Â I don’t whine when my plumber or accountant drop in to pick up some caffeine. Â What’s that? Â They’re not at work? Â Guess what…StarPeet’s is in my beat. Â As is about to be exemplified…
We’re standing outside enjoying our cup o’ joe when I see a violation making its way into the parking lot. Â The offense? Â Talking on the cell phone whilst driving. Â I motion to the driver with the international sign of hang up the phone. Â Think of it as the inverted shaka with a downward motion.
The driver made eye contact with me and made her fatal mistake. Â She. Kept. Talking. Â My partner and I briefly looked at each other. Â I resorted to a polite “Hang up the phone!” in the driver’s direction. Â Nope. Â She kept talking. Â Now she was parked and getting out of the car. Â On the phone. Â Still.
Time to put on the SoulCrusher hat. Â (We don’t have hats…but we have T-shirts and coffee mugs!)
MC: Hi there, Ma’am. Â Can I see you license, please?
MAGB (Mobile Alexander Graham Belle): Why?
MC: Because I’m going to be issuing you a citation for driving while talking on your cell phone.
MAGB (indignantly): Are you kidding me?!? Â I was taking a work call!
MC: While you were driving, yes, ma’am. Â That’s exactly what I saw as well.
MAGB: So, while you’re standing here drinking coffee, you’re just going to give me a ticket?
MC: Well, yes, ma’am, I am. Â If I witnessed a crime while I was standing here drinking coffee, would you expect me to ignore it or do something about it?
MAGB: This is a crime?
MC: An infraction, yes, ma’am. Â I’m also going to need your registration and insurance, please.
I wrote out the ticket for the cell phone violation while she huffed and puffed about the ridiculousness of the citation. Â Ultimately, though, she signed the ticket.
So, for all of you who whine when you see a couple of cops enjoying their morning coffee, instead of bitching about it (to us or under your breath) why don’t you just smile, wave, and wish us a pleasant day? Â We’re always working…even when (to you) it may not look like it.
Feature Image Photo Credit: flickr.com and One System Gang