You pull a car over for flying through the stop sign.  When you walk up to the driver’s window you are greeted with, “Don’t you know who I am?” or “My father is…” or  “You can’t ticket / arrest me. I’ll have your badge/star/job.”

Recently my son found me laughing at a movie scene where this conversation had just taken place.  He commented, “No one would really say that.”  He found it difficult to believe how often it happens.

It’s so cliché that other than in the movies, you can’t believe anyone still uses that threat.  You know how it’s going to go down:  You write that ticket or complete that arrest and you still have your job.

You might have given the driver a pass had they not been such a jerk.  However, like so often happens, they write their own ticket with their behavior.

It happens more often than you might think, and today with the dash cams and body cams, this pompous behavior is recorded:



As bad as things are for most departments, you don’t see many officers losing their job in these circumstances.

While, for the most part police, officers remain professional during these sort of confrontations, we all know just what we would like to say in response.  Most of us have even been able to express ourselves without any repercussion.

Witty comeback lines have included:

I’ll have your star – If you can, then this star isn’t worth keeping.

I’ll have your job – Smile for the dash cam, this is now all part of the official record.

Don’t you know who I am? – If you’re not sure we can take you in and fingerprint you to find out.

My father is (fill in the blank).  I’m sure he will be so proud to come down and bond you out.



I’m sure you have plenty of your own stories to tell.  It has been a while since I ran into someone so important and I may be rusty.  I would love to hear them.

Leave a comment with your best comeback line you have used when you ran into a pompous ass who thought they were better than anyone else.

Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy during this trying time.  We’ve had three Chicago officers die from this virus and we don’t need to lose anymore.

Until then, my brothers and sisters, Run Low and Zig Zag

Bob Weisskopf (Lt. CPD ret.)


“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

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