Saturday, 18 January 2014

An Encounter With An Overzealous Young Cop, Plus Entourage

Earlier tonight I was pulled over by a squad car full of armed cops (four of them) for not wearing a helmet whilst ferrying the first two dogs to the park on the little scooter.

This doesn't normally happen. Normally, the cops ignore me. Normally (i.e. for the past year), I would have driven a distance and a route substantially longer and more circuitous (and probably therefore more dangerous) than the one I was driving tonight. The road I was driving tonight was straight, with one left turn at a major intersection with a cumulative driving time of less than two minutes.

One of the cops, seemingly a similar age to myself, decided to raise his voice and talk down to me as if I were a child. He even threatened to have my dogs removed from my care were he to catch me driving without a helmet again.


Fury. I just wanted to have at him right there. I find it extraordinarily difficult to articulate myself well in Mandarin when I am angry; it is even difficult enough as it is in English. In the end they let me go without a fine, but what he took from me in momentary humiliation is worth far more than the fine.

I was left with a seething, bitter resentment and the desire to boot his Nazi arse all over the shop for having the temerity to make such a serious and personalized threat to me over such a trivial misdemeanor as not wearing a helmet for the 1 min 30 seconds it takes me to reach the park.

This will not go unanswered; I have already decided what I am going to do, and am just waiting for a friend to get back to me. Will post details here after I'm done.

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