Saturday, July 25, 2009
What not to do when you get a ticket.
The hoopla surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., reminded me of another thing I did when someone pissed me off.
Background: I am more mellow now than I ever have been in my life. I am a biracial person who some people mistake for a white person. When I was age 16-21, I was kind of a hardcore bitch when I didn't get my way. (Ho ho, you ask, what has changed exactly?!)
So I am in a bagel shop getting lunch. I am a junior in high school. I am apparently getting a ticket because my car is a few inches into a green zone. (To this day, I don't know what the green zone is - only that I wasn't supposed to park there.)
I run outside mortally embarrassed as a group of bitchy girls I dislike is watching from inside the shop.
I apologize to the cop and say, hey, I'm only a few inches into the green zone.
He says, too bad for you.
I ask, "Why don't you ticket the people who are parked in the disabled parking spots?"
He replies, "I'm going there next."
I say, I also can't afford this ticket.
He looks at me and says, "I can't retract the ticket now that I have entered it," displaying a hand-held computer thing.
Then he smirks. SMIRKS! And says,"And you know what? Even if I could retract it, I wouldn't."
Then I blow a gasket. "Well then," I say, "Fuck you!"
He steps back and looks at me skeptically.
I continue, "And I bet I know why you're out here handing out parking tickets instead of doing real police work. You fucked up and you got assigned to parking duty, didn't you?"
He hangs his head and says nothing. I take my ticket and without another word, go back to my bagel.
Looking back on this, I'm sort of surprised I didn't get cited, arrested, or something like that. But then again, I just happened to hit the nail on the head.
It was actually kind of satisfying paying that ticket after I got to tell him off!