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How funny is it that of the 70 certificate applications for graduation that I checked yesterday and today, the six people who had parking tickets that would prevent them from graduating were all Law Enforcement Academy students. I bet if the security guy knew the parking tickets he handed out were to future sheriffs he would have drawn smiley faces on them. I would have.

I found two blank parking tickets lying on the ground a few weeks ago. When I walk around campus, if I see trash I pick it up and throw it away. So that evening as I was leaving, out of habit I picked up some papers and was in the process of trashing them when I realized they were blank tickets. I thought it might not be a good idea to just toss them as someone could retrieve them and possibly seek revenge or play a prank. So I held on to them and continued to my car. They sat in my passenger seat for a few days when I suddenly realized “hey…*I* could play a prank with these” so my coworker who lives a few houses down from me woke up one Saturday to discover a parking citation on her new truck. I think I was claiming it was taking up someone else’s spot (it being new and replacing her old car). I may have said it was too cool for her. I don’t know; I wrote out a bunch of complaints then ended with “SEMPER FI” so that she would know it was me.

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sarahtoalaska
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
I agree, I think it's funny you ended up pulling a prank after taking them to prevent that very thing from happening. I've thought about buying a book of those "Hey... your a jerk" parking tickets. I've just never done it. The bad parking is TERRIBLE up here.
madladyred
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I've thought about those tickets, too, but I thought I might cause more trouble than good. If that person just happened to have a bad day and be operating outside of their normal procedure it would so totally suck to get one of those.

ONE TIME I wrote a message and left it on a windshield when they had done something I thought exceptionally rude. I don't remember what it was, but I remember it was at Big Lots! I know part of it was to do with parking over someone else's line and making it impossible to open the door. There was other stuff, too. I know it was very irritating.
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 14th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
That is one thing I Loved about my beetle. It was small enough I could still park next to someone when they were parking over the line. I did once too. I know the guy had to get in threw his passenger side. That made me insanely happy.
kwix
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Not to sound all curmudgeonly but that the future cops were the ones getting the tickets comes as no surprise to me. Take for example the CopsWritingCops.com website where, until it was taken down due to non-cop friendly attention, posters could nominate police officers for a d*ck of the month award. Keep in mind, nominees for this award are cops who wrote other cops tickets for breaking the law, like parking or speeding. There are several other examples of police giving other police a break because they wear a badge. Like this lovely example:
Chattanooga Police Det. Kenneth Freeman will not face charges in an incident in which he shoved a 71-year-old greeter at the Wal-Mart in Collegedale to the floor after he tried to stop him while doing a receipts check.

Collegedale Police declined to bring charges, then the employee, Bill Walker, filled out a complaint himself. Collegedale Judge Kevin Wilson has reviewed the complaint and did not issue an assault charge.

In the incident on Christmas Eve, Mr. Walker said an alarm went off when Det. Freeman and another city police officer, Edwin McPherson, were leaving the store.

He said he reached to try to stop Det. Freeman and he was pushed against a soft drink machine and to the floor. He said the officer then hovered over him as he lay on the floor.

A police report says a customer then told Det. Freeman, “You can’t push down an old man” and began struggling with him. It says Det. Freeman then shoved that man, Gholom Ghassedi, through a glass door. Officers found Mr. Ghassedi with blood on his neck, but he declined medical treatment.


I could keep wasting your comment space but just read these for a stomach turning experience.

madladyred
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
I am afraid to read them! I think I would get too mad or too disgusted (on behalf of the *good* police out there, darn it). On more than one occasion I have had a Corrections Academy or Law Enforcement Academy or an actual officer taking work related classes for pay raises or cross training stand at my desk and argue with me over a registration deadline or full class issue or something along those lines. I always say to them "Your job requires you to make sure other people are obeying the rules, and now you are asking me to *break* a rule? Shouldn't that be contrary to everything you believe in?" Most of the time that shuts them up and they accept they need to get the departmental signature or whatever it is they need to get in the class or just pick a different class. Sometimes they continue to argue!
disbandedtoastr
Feb. 13th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Nope.
Doesn't surprise me at all.

Not one bit.
madladyred
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
LOL - and they were probably all not wearing pants!
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