I got pulled over two nights ago. The reason? Let’s just say after hours of flying and travel, I was hungry and pulled a maneuver towards the first open pizza shop in my vicinity… As a bicycle cop stood watching (and I assume perceived my action as unnecessary) Let’s just say I’ve been on this rodeo before and I’ve gotten coughseveralcough tickets and never have I gotten out of even one of them.
I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this- I’m nice, I’m polite, I say officer, I have a PBA card… So what am I doing wrong? I’m pretty sure cops must hate my face- then again, after questioning many who have escaped tickets, I have assessed the common thread- tears. I have never unleashed the water works, call it pride. I just assumed if I was honest and respectful cops would say, you seem honest and respectful, be more careful next time. Nope. You need to unleash tears.
This officer in particular was by far the meanest I have ever encountered, and keep in mind I have experience in this area of expertise. I took out PBA cards from NYPD friends- he scoffed and told me to put them away. I explained my travels, exhaustion, and hunger- he asked me if it was safe for me to even be driving and that I was irresponsible for driving while tired. That’s when it hit me, nothing is going to work on this guy.
At first the tears were a desperate last ditch effort to save myself points and a few hundred dollars. Then they became real as he continued to attack my character! He said, so you were at a work conference?! No one should ever hire someone that makes driving decisions like you. hmmm. Now I’m offended because I’m a pretty savvy driver- I even looked both ways, officer robo cop! Then again, I mean,haven’t you guys heard about the connectedness of crappy driving and people deserving jobs?
As I pitifully wept, he continued to harass me and then out of no where said, just go. I sat in my car completely unsure of what to do… go as in drive away? I decided it was safer not to ask any questions and left. Needless to say, I am terrified to bump into officer farva ever again.
People who are given bicycles instead of cars are not pleasant.
Be careful where you pull u-turns… No matter how hungry you are.
You don’t deserve a job if you make a bad driving decision.
And last but definitely not least…
Crying does work.
Have you ever gotten pulled over? For what? Did you get out of it?!
Ugh, this is such a sad story! I’m sorry to hear this happened to you. Cops (esp bike cops) can be such jerks.
You would be too if you got a bike instead of an awesome cop car 😉
I’m just learning out to drive but never been pulled over yet. It hadn’t even occurred to met yet that this might happen one day.
Oh yes, and possibly many times if you are me. One time I got pulled over and it wasn’t even me that they meant to pull over. The ticket was all wrong- car, license plate, place I was speeding (wasn’t even on that road). Boo!
I’ve never been pulled over, and it seems more common in the US than here. The first time I bumped someone in the car I cried. ever since though it’s pride, I keep my cool and don’t admit anything!
I also learned if they ask you if you know why you were pulled over just say no. Usually I was like, “yes, I was speeding.” Damn being an honest person! Never works out doing the right thing hahaah
I always wanna cry when it is 80 degrees out and I am running!!!!!
I didn’t cry the last time I was pulled over and I got a ticket…every time I cried I didn’t get a ticket ha h ahahahaha
See… And the moral of the story is…
I don’t know why some cops have to be jerks.
And some are great too- I have a lot of close friends in the NYPD and they are genuine people who look to NOT screw people over… Then you have this jerk! Making ladies cry!
Jeez – sounds like a jerk! I’ll remember the tear trick if I ever get pulled over, although I have a feeling I wouldn’t have to make myself cry. I cry way too easily, lol. Especially if anyone in an authority position is slightly not nice.
Yes, people in positions of authority are terrifying! Definitely cry… Lessons learned every day!
The two times I hit another car I was in tears when the cops pulled up. One of those times I was driving my fiance’s (now husband’s) car and had to call him to tell him. I was even driving in Louisiana without a state ID (I kept my NY ID all 7 yrs I lived in NOLA even though the law says you have to get a Louisiana one after 30 days living there). Never did I cry intentionally but I never got a ticket. Alex kept telling me I’d get it in the mail, but I never got one 🙂
It was because of the tears!!!! I’m still rocking my MPac license… Laziness, cost effectiveness- I really do not want to change my license.
HAHA! My aunt always told me to tell them that I have to go to the bathroom if I ever get pulled over for speeding. I got several tickets when I had a fresh license, but never since she told me about that trick – I’ve never been able to use it! LOL
Courtney, this is literally the plan in the back of my head- I would sooner pee to prove a point and make the cop feel bad than take a ticket at this point.