posted on May, 20 2009 @ 05:22 PM
This isn't exactly a rant...
I actually found the situation pretty hilarious.
I also want it clear that most of the cops I've met or dealt with in my area are pretty good folks.
That said, the other night, I was heading home from work at around midnight.
It had been a beautiful day, so I'd decided to ride my bike to work.
As I'm heading home, I'm more than halfway there when a cop car slows down and starts to follow me.
The lights flash and I just kind of... well. I'm already on the side of the road.
So, I couldn't exactly pull over,but I do stop.
The lady gets out of her car and starts asking me what I'm doing out so late, where am I going, where am I coming form, ect.
I explain I'm heading home from work. And, that home is about half a mile straight ahead.
Just so y'all can get a decent idea of the situation, I was wearing a Hawaiian shirt, unbuttoned, with a Twisted undershirt. I had on a short brim
fedora, and had my karate backpack on.
My average cruising speed is around 20 mph, and I was traveling on a sidewalk.
I figured she'd pulled me over 'cause the bike didn't have a back light, since I was borrowing it, or I wasn't wearing a helmet (hat hair
doesn't count, as I've found out.)
Or even my pace on the sidewalk.
But no. According to her, it's always been policy to stop people on bikes at midnight.
I've been riding my bike home for about two, three years at that time of night. Most interaction I ever got was a wave or a nod.
Gave her my license, waited for her to run it, then went home from there.
Next day, spoke with Mr. Bill, an officer I know, about the policy, he hadn't heard of it.
I wouldn't have been ticked off about it if she'd pulled me for not having a helmet, or a back light, or even the speed I was traveling.
Even something clever would have been fine.
But something that stupid? Yeesh.