I’ll give you a break if…..

Night patrol

I’m always looking for ways to have fun on calls. Sometimes that includes quizzing people about their insurance company’s jingle or motto. It usually gets them to smile.

The other night I driving behind a car as we approached a red light when it made a right turn without stopping. After I stopped the car, I contacted the driver, who was in his 50s, and asked him for his license and insurance. The man handed me his license and his State Farm insurance paper. I asked him about the red light and he admitted to running it.

I was on my way to a call at the time and decided to give him a chance, but I also wanted to have a little fun at the same time.

“I’ll give you a break if you can tell me State Farm’s motto,” I said. The man shook his head and gave me a confused look. “You don’t know it?” I asked with a disappointed look.

“No,” he replied.

“It’s from the commercial,” I said, but he only gave me a blank look. Apparently State Farm needs to step up their marketing.

“How about Allstate? Do you know that one?” I asked.

He shook his head as he said, “No.”

“How about Geico?”

With a nervous laugh he said, “No.”

“Do you have a phone?”

“Yes,” the man said as he took it out to show me.

“Google it,” I said as I pointed to his phone. He opened up the Internet browser and I had him type in “State Farm like a good neighbor.”

A State Farm You Tube video came up at the top of the search. He clicked on it and a commercial started playing. The words “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” filled the car as the jingle played. The driver got a huge smile on his face as he recognized the commercial as he said, “Yeah!” He suddenly knew what I was talking about.

I handed his license back and let him go. The look on his face was hilarious after he figured it out. I bet he’ll think of me the next time a State Farm commercial comes on TV.

I bet he’ll think about me the next time he sees a red light too.

11 thoughts on “I’ll give you a break if…..

  1. That’s awesome!
    I once got pulled over for (ahem) maybe taking off from a stoplight a bit fast. After taking my info, he came back and said I could go if I knew how fast my car could go. My speedometer states 160, however I was not born last night. .. I told him whatever the posted speed limit is. He returned my license and told me to have a good night. 😃


  2. As a former K-9 officer and, later, campus police chief, I appreciate what you are doing here, and I look forward to reading more of your posts. I am now following this blog and following you on Twitter. I have started a blog of my own, dedicated less specifically to law enforcement, but one of my first posts was “Shots Fired, Officer Down.” I would love for you to read it and offer feedback. Perhaps we can share thoughts and ideas moving forward. I blog here at WordPress. Please ‘follow me back’ on Twitter @KevinBThiele Be safe out there, and thank you for your service and community-oriented approach. May God bless you and yours.


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