“Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.”
– Antonio Villaraigosa
Dear World at Large,
I get it. I really do. No one likes the police (mostly, I think, because they’ve been caught) but there is an unsubtle distinction between Fascism/Police States…and you being held accountable for your behavior.
For example! If you choose to come into a police department screaming, yelling, swearing, threatening, and gesticulating rudely…please make sure you’re in the right place for your complaint and not a completely different city and police jurisdiction. You will look rather silly if you’re not.
Alternatively, if upon realizing your mistake you choose to continue your rant (at the wrong police station) by upping the volume and threats, and a uniformed man with a badge, a gun, and the ability to arrest you asks you to leave the property, do so. Do not spout off that your father is an attorney (whoop de freaking doo for you, join the club), do not shout that he [the officer] doesn’t have the authority to arrest you, do not take a swing at the clerks and secretaries, and do not flip him [said officer] the bird and call him a “socialist, fascist, Taliban, moron!”. You’ll be cited. Not because we are fascist, but because you’re trying to hit people and trespassing.
Yours with love,
9 thoughts on “The Trouble With Labelling. And Behaving Badly.”
When shall they ever learn?
Such an interesting job you have…:-) You’ll probably enjoy British reserve even more when you get there.
You had me at gesticulating! Hee! There are days I miss front desk work. But then again, I get the joys of telephone sales people.
You are a star of luminous magnitude!
Dang it woman! You’re making me nostalgic.
Socialist, fascist, AND Taliban, all at once? That’s quite an accomplishment!
Oh he was a very accomplished individual himself…
I wonder how often it works for people to do that? Because it seems they keep trying at it!