Friday, November 14, 2014

Target Practice

I was on a traffic stop one evening, and because of heavy traffic I was standing at the passenger side window instead of out in the street on the driver side. The passenger was smoking a cigarette. When she finished, she tossed the smoldering butt out the window. It hit my trouser leg and landed on my boot. I was a little incredulous for second, and the passenger didn't even seem to notice.

Officer Cynical: "Excuse me, is there an ashtray in that car?"

Ms. Chesterfield: "Yeah, why?"

Officer Cynical: "Well, you threw your cigarette butt out the window and hit me with it, so I thought maybe there was no ashtray in there."

Ms. Chesterfield: (rolls eyes) "Oh, sorry." (looks away)

Officer Cynical: "OK, how about this? Either haul your ass out of the car and pick up your cigarette butt and put it in the ashtray where it belongs, or I give you a ticket for littering."

Ms. Chesterfield: (gets out, picks up butt, gets back in, and puts butt in ashtray) "Anything else?"

Officer Cynical: "Nope. As soon as I finish your boyfriend's speeding ticket, you can both go."


Heidi said...

Wow! That's a special kind of rude. How did you not just give her a ticket? Your self-control always amazes me.

Don said...

wow, burning cigarette out the window is a $500 fine around here.

Driving at night, burning cigarette out the window, bouncing along the highway, really chaps my hide.

I wish I had the authority to write a ticket on the spot when that happens.

Anonymous said...

I wish you could give tickets to people for being assholes. Just the thought of it makes me happy.

Of course, you'd never get off of work, so that would really be a problem. Sorry.

Jay said...

Your self control is amazing. What a rude cow.