Friday, September 02, 2005

The police....

The other night my friends and I are at a bar and one of the guys has a bit too much to drink. I actually had nothing to drink that night (weird but true). As we are leaving, my friend who had a lot to drink decided that he will sleep in his car rather than drive. A very wise decision. We walked him to his car and he promptly fell asleep.

The next day I called to check on him. Apparently 2 maybe 3 hours after we left, the cops see his car as the only one in the parking lot and come by to check. On seeing him asleep in the car they wake him up to ask how he is doing. He said he was ok, just a little drunk so decided to sleep in his car. The cops pointed out that his engine was running, to which he replied yes, because it was very hot and he had the AC on. Since the car was running they told him he was technically in violation of laws, i.e., driving intoxicated. huh??????

The cops asked him to step out of the car, did a breath test, determined he was above the legal limit. They then told him he could not go back into the car as he was under the influence. They nearly gave him a ticket, which makes absolutely no sense to me. So now people get penalized for doing the right thing? Does anyone train these cops in "common sense"?

They then go on to tell him that he cannot go back to his car and that he must take a taxi home. To which he replied that he had no cash to pay the taxi, but that his office was 2 blocks down the street and that he would go there and sleep. The cops responded with a "no you cannot do that". So they tell him where he can find an ATM (which was two blocks in the other direction...), then tell him that he must walk there, not run, as they were watching ... LOL ... this has to be a joke right? So he goes to the ATM, gets money, comes back to his car only to notice that the cops are gone. Of course he gets back into his car and goes off to sleep.

Between looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and cops who have nothing better to do I am convinced that my taxes are a colossal waste. Can we file for a refund based on the government's inability to do anythng right?


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