Somewhat bad experience with an LEO last night.

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    Somewhat bad experience with an LEO last night.

    I've always respected LEO's because I figure they have to deal with a lot of ignorance and their job requires a lot more patience than I believe I have. However, something happened last night that put me in a sour mood.

    I had just left my sister's house after learning that my grandmother has lung cancer. No surprise there, she used to smoke 3 packs a day for about 40 years before quitting 3 years ago. Anyways, I was a little upset since I'm pretty close to her. As I'm driving away, I make a wrong turn on to a one way street. I immediately realized my mistake as I am very familiar with the area. As soon as I turned I pulled over quickly. As I was about to put my car in reverse to turn around, a police officer speeds up to the front of my car from across the road. He almost hit the front of my car, and also blocked the way I was going to use to correct the situation. He rolls down his window and shouts "Can't you read the sign? This is a one way street! Back it up!" I was so disgruntled I didn't know what to say.

    As soon as he came, he'd left, and I was able to get going in the right direction. I hope he was just having a bad night, but it certainly didn't put him and others in uniform in a good light. This is the first negative interaction I've ever had from an officer. Granted what I was doing was illegal, but I don't think he had to shout and curse.
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    At least you didn't get a ticket, either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    At least you didn't get a ticket, either.

    Take it with a grain of salt. It wasn't the most polite thing to do, but he could have done a lot worse. Probably a bad night.
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    I'll take a little profanity over a ticket any time.

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    I agree, I'm glad I didn't get a ticket, it was just so unexpected! And also un professional. It was like I just called his mom fat or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libertarian5 View Post
    I'll take a little profanity over a ticket any time.
    Big +1 there

    To the OP: Sorry you got hasted by a grumpy LEO (even moreso for that cop's wife!). Also sorry to hear about your grandmother; Mine's in the same position actually. It's harder on the family than anyone else.

    Best of luck.

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    Sorry for the bad encounter.....I probably own a couple of "I'm sorry I blew my stack" to several people during my career. I guess it did make other LEO look bad to the same person. So please take a "I'm sorry " from me; cause I'll probably never cross the paths of the ones that I actually owe it to.
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    Sounds to me like you 'skated' through this one...

    Think about it, what have you called someone driving the wrong way on a one-way street?My words would probably be under my breath, but never-the-less, I'm sure that some colorful adjectives would be used...

    For the cop to come and go in a flash...with no ticket...??????

    If I were you, I go buy a lottery ticket tonight...

    On a softer note, sorry to hear about your grandmother.
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    Guy in a bad mood, at the end of his shift... sees some 'idiot' turn wrong into a 1 way...

    It's understandable, but very unprofessional.

    You've got two choices... (A) ignore it, or (B) try to find out who the guy was and lodge a complaint.

    I'd highly recommend (A). Chances are excellent that this guy is a pretty good cop (after all, most of them are!), who was having a bad day. No reason to screw up his record in retaliation for him saying something inappropriate.

    Sorry about your Grandmother. Her problem seems much more important than a run in with an impolite police officer.
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    The wife and I had a similar experience in a small Nevada town several years ago as we were passing through. Although we shrugged it off, it changed our plans about spending the night and we took our money to the next town on down the road. We didn't spend a lot of time worrying over it but even now the thought of that town leaves a sour taste.
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    I wonder how his night was going. Possibly a lot worse than most understand.
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    That has to be just about one of the most used words in the English Language these days.
    If you listen to two young people heatedly arguing back & forth you'll hear the "F" word used 75 times in 5 minutes.

    I do agree that was very unprofessional of him.
    Glad that it all worked out for the best though.
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    It was inappropriate and unprofessional.
    There was no reason to use the "F" word.

    Our Sheriff is very supportive of what we do. One thing he will not allow or stand for is profane language. As a result of that, we never get any complaints about it.

    One thing I dont understand though...
    if you have a bad experience with an LEO, why does it put others in a bad light?

    I have had bad experiences with other LEO's, that dosent mean that I expect them all to be jerks.
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    Something I have learned in life;in any profession,and I do mean any profession,you will find the good,the bad and the ugly.Maybe this cop just had a bad day.If I were a cop I would probably be fired for calling people stupid,and worse.Sorry about the ill relative.

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