This particular event didn’t happen to me, but to my partner; however, I thought how he handled it was not only professional, but highly amusing. Some of you may very well think that what follows would never happen. I applaud your naivety and your starry-eyed convictions.
My partner stopped some hapless fool recently for some violation or other. The why isn’t important. When my partner returned to the violating vehicle and handed the citation over for signature, it was returned to him with this in the signature box:
Not skipping a beat, my partner replied, “Sir, that’s fantastic, but I’m going to need your legal signature.” He had the violator sign appropriately and sent him on his way. Now, I can’t take exception to how he handled the situation. I can only say what I would have done in his stead.
First, I’d have written out a whole new cite. Why? ‘Cause that bad boy is going in a frame. No way am I giving that one up! Too classic. Second, I’d rattle dude’s chain a bit and say something to the effect of, “Sir, if you pull the same kind of shenanigans, I’m gonna interpret it as a refusal to sign. At which point, I’m going to pull you from your car, put you in handcuffs, and take you to jail. All of your protestations will fall on deaf ears because I will have given you two chances to be an adult and not a childish little prick. So, I don’t want to hear your bitching when I’m booking you for delaying me in my duties.”
But, that’s just me. I’m nothing if not dedicated to my craft.