Today I was in a PD several counties away. While I was waiting for an officer to come out and speak to me, a car parked right outside the front door, and a man stepped out. This man was a tall lanky ******* type of guy, with a cowboy hat that very closely resembled that of a DPS Trooper, and a well trimmed mustache that hung just over the edge of his mouth. He had on a tucked in polo style shirt that had "Texas Department of Public Safety-Texas Rangers" embroidered on the chest. He also had on a hand cuff case and hand cuffs, a badge that I was not familiar with, but looked as if it were a circle with a star in the center of it(DPS/Ranger style) but the star and circle were mounted on a regular shield style badge with the eagle on the top. And to top it off, he had an empty holster on his hip. He walked in the office right past me, but I wasn't able to read what his badge said, but I got a look at it, and like I said, it looked like a Ranger badge soldered onto the top of a regular shield. As he walked by, he told the receptionist, in his best Clint Eastwood outlaw spaghetti western type of voice(I kid you not) "Young lady, I need some help". She asked what he needed, but then he just grabbed the map book off of the counter, and said "This here is what I was needin, thank ya kindly", and proceeded to look up a local street. The receptionist then went in the back(I think she was telling the officers that a Ranger was here). I couldn't help myself, and asked him if there was anything I might be able to help him with. He looked at me, and said(in that same spaghetti western type voice) "No son, I'm just trying to track someone down. I can handle it". Okey dokey then. Once again, I couldn't help it. I asked if he was a Texas Ranger. He then said in that same voice, but with a slight edge on it as if I was going to be impressed, "No sir, I'm a private investigator". Then he put down the map book back on the shelf and walked past me again. This time I could read part of a word that I believe was "investigator" on his badge. He walked outside, got in his car, and left. When an officer stepped out from the back, I was trying my best not to laugh my butt off. He asked if I was the Ranger, and I said "No, the 'Ranger' just left to track him down some bad guys". He asked what was so funny and I told him. The officer just gave a "wtf?" type of look and then carried on. Apparently he wasn't too worried about the guy since he didn't claim to be a cop.
Now granted, this really isn't funny, but if you had been there, you would've laughed. Part of me thought I should detain him, but then I didn't think I should since I was 60+ miles from home, and the guy never did say he was a Ranger. But his shirt was darn convincing. Throw in the badge and a gun(I'm assuming he wore it at some point), and you've got one convincing impersonator. What the hell is wrong with some people? Who the hell was he going to cuff or shoot?