On Wednesday, I got to work and realized I forgot my uniform and badge at home. If I left now, it would take me two hours to get back because of traffic. That didn’t sound very appealing at this point.
I decided to check my locker to see if I had a BDU uniform which had a cloth badge sewn on it. It wasn’t my normal every day uniform, but it would be better than nothing. I got to my locker and found a shirt, but no pants. Things weren’t looking good at all.
That’s when I saw an officer walk into the locker room. He was the next aisle over and just getting off of work. I was thinking about my options when an idea popped into my head.
I walked over and told him what happened. I next asked, “Can I borrow your badge?”
“Sure,” he replied.
I had no shame at this point because I asked, “What size pants do you wear?”
“They’re a 32.”
Well, that wasn’t going to work for me. “Do they have the elastic waistband?” I asked.
It was worth a try.
Well, I had an old shirt from my locker and a borrowed badge. I was more than half way there. Now I needed a pair of pants.
Who could I ask?
I turned and saw a large plastic bin where old uniforms are thrown into. I looked at the pile and dug into it like a homeless person looking for a coat on a cold and snowy winter day.
I pulled out a pair of pants and looked at the size. Nope! That wasn’t going to work. I grabbed for another pair and yanked them out. I looked at the size and held them up to see if the length was going to work.
The length seemed right and things were suddenly looking up. I hurried to my locker and tried them on. It was a perfect fit. Even the length was spot on.
I grabbed my old shirt and put the borrowed badge on it. It didn’t matter it was over 375 numbers past 415 at his point. After I was done, I walked over to the mirror and inspected my “thrown together” look. Not bad at all.
I walked upstairs and made it to work at 5PM on the dot. Talk about lucky.
30 + years taught me to always keep the best oldest uniform (socks, t-shirt and the other pants) in your locker, as Foghorn Leghorn always said “just encase of an emergency”.
I had the extra shirt. Just don’t know what happened to that extra pair of pants! I have since fixed that problem. Lol