It’s amazing how some people can’t accept responsibility for their actions. You can see that anywhere, but you really see it in police work. People want to whine and complain when you do your job, but never realize they were the ones who brought the attention to themselves.
The other night I was working a stop sign in a residential neighborhood because of a complaint. I was there less than 2 minutes before someone ran it.
I stopped the car and asked the driver for his license. He gave me the look I’ve seen many times. The shoulders sagged at the same time the chin touched his chest with heavy breathing. It was the look of a person with a suspended license. I’d seen it so many times I could just tell.
He started looking through his wallet as he said, “I hope I have it.”
“I hope you have it too,” I replied with a laugh.
After digging for some time he gave me a mutilated California identification card. It was in three pieces and had been taped back together. I thought how I’ve seen broken legs at crashes that looked better than his identification card.
At first he told me he didn’t have his license with him. After further questioning he finally admitted it was suspended for not paying a ticket. I asked him about the stop sign and he said he stopped. After further questions he finally admitted to running it.
I checked his license status and confirmed what I thought. His driving record looked as bad as his identification card.
I wrote him a ticket for the stop sign and the suspended license. He signed it and I told him the car was being impounded.
At this point most people accept their fate and get out. They might not be happy, but they get out because there is nothing they can do about it. For the most part, they’re still easy to deal with after that.
Not this guy. He was an 18 years old cry baby who said, “Give me a chance” over and over. He just wouldn’t accept no for an answer.
I pointed out to him all the bad choices he made to get to this point, but he didn’t get it. The whining continued as he asked if someone could pick up the car for him. I told him no. He asked for another chance. Again, the answer was no. He said, “I’m begging.” Again, the answer was no. He went on and on. He just wouldn’t stop. It got to the point where he reminded me a 4 year old when they don’t get their way.
That’s when I figured out he was used to getting his way. This was how he got people to give in. He was a whiner and a cry baby. Plain and simple.
By this point my patience were running out about as fast as an Olympic sprinter going for the gold medal. This guy refused to accept responsibility for any of his actions and still thought he was going to keep the car.
I finally said, “Get out of the car. Nothing you say or do is going to change anything.”
With a hurt look he told me I wasn’t being cool. He finally gave up and exited the car. He gathered his things and acted like the victim. All I could do was shake my head and wonder how he was going to handle life when curve balls were thrown his way.
I’m guessing not well and there will probably being some whining involved too.
Back in my uniform patrol days we had a “wealthy” community that had a limited access road and several offshoot winding residential streets. We received complaints of speeding and careless driving from residents so sent in cars to enforce traffic laws and show presence. Guess who ALL the tickets went to. And boy did they whine and moan. Sometimes what is deserved is received.
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There was a lot of lying and denial before the whining and crying. This kid is going to wonder why life is so cruel to him. Only so much of his behavior can be blamed on nuture for allowing him to act like that, but a lot can be blamed on the nature of the beast.
I wonder who he is going to con into getting his car out of impound.
So, well put. I agree.
“I thought how I’ve seen broken legs at crashes that looked better than his identification card.” Gave me a good laugh.
Good to hear. Thanks!