Karma Police

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:11 pm EST

I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them. –Alfred Hitchcock

Larakin recently wrote about a harrowing experience he had just before Christmas. He witnessed an accident, barely avoiding it himself, and stayed to help out and answer questions. And in spite of his good deeds, he got treated like ass by the cop. That reminded me of a story of my own.

I had an accident 4 or 5 years ago on one of Philly’s busiest highways, the always delightful Schuylkill Expressway (I think just before the Zoo exit, for those that know it).

It was during rush hour, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the Sixers were in the playoffs that night.

It was really just a fender bender, but still very scary for me because of all the traffic. Not to mention that it was my first (and only) accident, and I was all alone. I was only a couple miles from my destination, but it might as well have been hundreds.

Ironically, the traffic may have actually been a good thing, as it caused me to only be moving at 25 mph when it happened. On the other hand, had there not been so much traffic, I probably would have reached my destination before I fell asleep…. I guess I’ll never know.

Anyway, the point of this story is that the cop was a complete and total jerkoff.

As I was fumbling for the vehicle registration, he used the opportunity to berate me for not knowing precisely where it was.

I said “I’m sorry, this is my father’s car, and I’ve been away at college so I haven’t driven it recently.”

His response? “You should never drive a car without knowing where the registration is.”

Which, okay, I guess he was right, but give me a break!! After all, I knew it was in the glove compartment somewhere! He kept harping on it until I finally gave him the registration.

Then, in an even nastier tone, he asked “Why did you tell me this was your father’s car?”

Bewildered, I looked at him, and stammered “Because… it… is.”

He then shoved the registration into my face and yelled “But it says your name right here!”

I looked at it and realized he was referring, not to my name, but to my mother’s, which also happened to be on the registration. She’s Kathleen and I’m Katharine. Yes, they are similar. No, they are not the same. (Something the post office could never figure out either, I might add). Get some goddamn reading glasses, people.

So I explained this to him and he just sort of muttered “Oh, okay.” Then he went back to lecturing me about the registration.

It would have been different if he just pointed to the registration and said “I thought you said this wasn’t your car, but isn’t this your name?” But he yelled at me and treated me like I was a liar.

I was visibly scared, and obviously emotional, and that cop just used me to get himself off on some power trip. He was a total asshole. I really should have complained about it.

On the other hand, the police were pretty good to me that time I got trapped in my bathroom…. But I’ll leave that story for another time.

8 Responses to “Karma Police”

  1. daveT Says:

    cops are the bullies from high school that couldn’t figure out how to continue berating people until they decided… i’ll be a cop.

    -vaguely stolen from a movie… hehe

  2. Kate Says:

    Yes, I thought that sounded a little like Kumar….

  3. Stan Says:

    Yeah, Dave, that sounds about true. I’ve only ever had one good experience with a cop. And that was when we fought a ticket.

  4. Melissa Says:

    Seriously, post something new. Please?

    That picture is freaking me out every time I reload the page. = )

  5. Kate Says:

    Sorry! I’m on my way to a meeting, but I’ll see if I can come up with something for you when I get back. I guess you better not reload the page until after 4:00 PM (EST).

  6. daveT Says:

    is the picture from a movie? i’m thinking maniac cop 1 or 2, but i’ve never sen either, so i dunno.

  7. Kate Says:

    is the picture from a movie? i’m thinking maniac cop 1 or 2, but i’ve never sen either, so i dunno.

    Wow. How the hell did you know that? Yeah, that’s what it’s from. I’ve never seen the movie. I just found the screenshot and liked it.

  8. daveT Says:

    bruce campbell is in one or the other… i remember reading about it somewhere. also a high school english teacher spent a day talking about those 2 movies, so maybe it got stored away in my databanks that-a-ways. regardless, just one more piece of evidence i have WAY too much useless pop-culture knowledge.