When it rains, there are two things that bug me. I hate getting my glasses wet and having soggy paperwork.
Whenever I arrive at a crash, I start looking for cover and shade from the rain as soon as I go on scene. Even if it’s one foot of overhang on a building I’m going to it. I must look like a guy on the ledge of a high rise as I hug the building trying to keep my notes dry.
The other day it was raining when I pulled up to a two-car collision. The drivers and their passengers were standing on the corner getting wet. This wasn’t going to work for me so pointed to McDonalds and said, “I’ll meet everyone inside.” They gave me a weird look at first, but then realized it was a much better idea than standing out there in the rain.
After the scene was safe, I walked into McDonalds and conducted business. Everyone was sitting in chairs or booths and seemed happy to be out of the rain. More importantly, my paperwork and my glasses were dry, so I was even happier.
A couple customers gave us a funny look as they tried to figure out why two cops were talking to all of these people. I’m sure it was a first for everyone involved.
After we were done, it was time to go back outside. I looked over at the McDonalds manager and said, “Thank you,” as everyone left.
He waved with a smile and said, “Anytime.”
I thought the call went well and we provided dry and warm customer service, along with McDonalds. It was good teamwork and I’ll have to keep them in mind the next time I have a collision out front.
There’s an old saying that says a cop should never get wet, hungry or thirsty. I couldn’t agree more.