Generally speaking, people like police officers. They like when we’re around, watching, always available for an emergency and keeping the status quo on an even keel. (As proof of this, watch how everyone, EVERYONE is an excellent driver when a police officer is watching.)
However, once in a while, you will encounter a member of the public who has a grudge or a bad experience with police (generally a traffic summons or appearance ticket) and will take every opportunity to tell you or, at the very least, try to get in a “zinger”.
GOING TO SCHOOL
I was asked to go to a local school board meeting when they were speaking on the budget for the coming year. The meeting the year before was rampant with shouting, threats, finger pointing and histrionics that would rival the recent Supreme Court nominee hearing.
Since I always plan on at least one flat tire, I generally try to arrive at the detail very early. I was sitting at the entrance to the school library (where the meeting was to be held) sitting at a table waiting for the School Board to arrive and set up for the meeting.
A woman walked in and gave me what I can only describe as “a look of disdain” (she made a face) and barked at me “WHY DON’T YOU READ A BOOK???” Without missing a beat, I answered back in the calmest, nicest tone I could muster “Oh, I’ve read them all.” She didn’t expect such a response, shudder stepped a little but continued on her way.
LET’S GO TO A BASKETBALL GAME
At another detail, arriving early again, I was waiting for the crowd to gather for a basketball game, when people started arriving for the competition. Many nodded to me, some even said “…thank you for coming” to which I replied “…my pleasure.”
One gentleman approached me and, in retrospect, perhaps he was trying to be clever or humorous, but his comment to me was “So how is the great Deputy Sheriff this evening?”
Now that is one of those remarks that could be taken as coming from a wise-ass or, again, from someone who is trying to be clever or maybe even complimentary.
My response to him was, while smiling, “When he comes in I’ll ask him.” His reaction showed me he meant it as a wise-ass remark because he got very annoyed, especially when a few people that heard my retort started laughing.
YOU CAN’T PLEASE ‘EM ALL
As I said before, most people like to see us in the area, walking around, overseeing the activities, but, as the old saying goes, you cannot make everyone happy.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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