Getting pulled over by police really sucks. Getting a ticket really sucks. But just because you're pulled over doesn't mean you're necessarily getting a ticket. These people could have gotten away with it, but they blew it.
Mark_Levins asked: "Officers of Reddit, when has an excusable action turned into a moment of 'well...now I gotta arrest you'?"
We're impressed by his patience.
"I was a Park Ranger and we used to have a bunch of kids who liked to sit on a hill and smoke weed. Now they walked in and out and were just goofy kids and basically behaved so I left them be until Travis came along.
Travis had a joint in his hand as I walked up, he was told to toss it in the drain. Travis takes a big ole hit and exhaled in my face. I still let it go but began to simmer, he pinches the cherry and tries to pocket the joint. That was it Travis gets clipped, dumbass had an ounce in his sock and several blunts in his pocket. Stupid."
The worst type of person.Giphy
"Every drunk, tough guy at a party I'm breaking up will most certainly go to jail when he otherwise woulda been free to go. Ironically, we're rarely there to make an arrest.
For thought: there's 2-6 of us and 20-50 of you. If you get in anyway combative or aggressive with a us, in front of your friends, we will nip that in the bud. Getting swarmed by the suddenly courageous is unpleasant. Minus the baton strike, the movie Superbad portrays it adequately. Just leave."
"This was a kid I went to school with. He is a whack job and always has been. He was expelled from my middle school for writing bomb threats.
A couple years ago (he was 19 I think), a member of his family found a gun that he had and turned it into the police. All he had to do was either ignore it and lose his gun or go in and prove that he had paper work to back it up. Instead he chose to go in and claim to be a homeland security agent (with a fake badge to back it up). Police searched his home and found an arsenal of weapons and explosives."
Maybe it's time to look for a new roommate.
"An ex-roommate of mine decided to stop off in a town she wasn't familiar with on her way home from work to smoke with some friends she'd met recently. After staying just long enough to smoke a bunch, she drove down the road, not paying attention, and swerved right in front of a cop.
I've since visited this town, and it very much has a vibe of pulls you over "Hi, do you need directions?" I'd bet that's what the cop was thinking when he pulled her over. She managed to escalate this to refusing to take a breathalyzer, to yelling at the cop for harassing her, to pinching the guy when he cuffed her.
I was on a lease with this person, and didn't want to be responsible for her part of the rent, so I drove out and bailed her out after midnight on a weekday so that she could go to work the next day. Bail, of course, started off as $40, for a traffic violation, and escalated to several hundred when it turned out she had technically assaulted an officer. And the next day she goes to work with a bad attitude, gets fired, and GOES BACK TO THE SAME TOWN, AND GETS PULLED OVER AGAIN."
The dog also had a warrant.Giphy
"I was on a ride along with a State Trooper. He pulled this girl over and after running her info she had a warrant so she needed to be taken in. She didn't want to leave her dog and car on the side of the road so she asked to see if her boyfriend could come pick her car up.
20 mins later the boyfriend was there. Trooper ran his license to make sure he was good to drive. He had a warrant also, so he went to jail too."
Not a real thing.
"Pretty much every sovereign citizen digs themselves a hole when they get stopped. What could be a simple speeding ticket/warning escalates into multiple tickets and usually a criminal charge for resisting arrest.
Also, if your having a verbal argument and you call the cops, it's probably not a good idea to tell someone else you're going to kill them while the cops are present. That's the easiest lockup you'll ever get."
Not so confident now, huh?
"WAS a cop. Best one that immediately comes to mind was a kid who was speeding - nothing crazy, just like 10mph over. Pulled him over, and was in the process of giving him a warning when I noticed he had a radar detector.
I point at it, and he smiles and confidently says "It's ok, you can have one if you have a permit."
"Do you have a permit?"
Ticket. Sorry bud."
"Not a cop, but we heard some rumbling around in the garage (we left the garage door open on accident) and when I went to check, there was a 18 year old girl drunk off her standing in my garage. (BTW, if you think you're going to be a big bad ass when there's an intruder in your home, think again because I screamed like a little girl!). Seeing that it was a young girl and my life wasn't in immediate danger, I called the cops while my wife and MIL got her story. Turns out the neighbors had a small party and kicked her out for being an jerk, she wondered into my garage to steal cigarettes.
The cops show up, and tell her that she can go home with her mom since I decided to not press charges. Mom convinces her to get in the car, they start to drive off while we are making small talk with the officers.
The mom gets the drunk girl in the car and to the end of the block (4 houses down), and she opens the door and runs. The cops take off after her telling us thanks but she's going to jail now.
I just think about what a chance the officers and I gave this young lady to go home free and clear and she screwed it up."
What did he think was going to happen?
"This happened two nights ago. I stop a car because his license plate light is out (must be visible from 60 feet or less). No biggie, operators not going to know this unless we stop them and most often, were just probing for a more serious offense. 10/10 give a verbal warning for this infraction.
I request a license and registration per policy and the operator then demands to know why I stopped them. I advise them that per department policy, I don't have to tell them until I obtain their license and registration as I request a second time. Operator then goes off about how they know their civil rights and what I MUST do on a traffic stop. I advise the operator that "it's an arrestable offense in insert my state for failure to submit to a police officer your license and registration upon lawful request and that I have to ask you exactly 1 time before I can charge you with failure to submit so for the 3rd and final time, please provide me with your license and registration."
Operator again goes off about his civil rights. I ask if he's sure he doesn't want give me his drivers license and registration. He again refuses and gets himself arrested...for a stupid plate light. Turns out he wasn't licensed and didn't have a license to give. But he could of said that. Either way, he was going to be charged with something."
At least he was honest?
"Not sure if this is what you meant, but...stopped a guy as his car showed as having no insurance. He was super confused about the whole thing, positive he had insurance and was full of the "I've never been stopped by the police before"(which was probably true). Either way, ran some checks with the insurance people and yeah, turns out he was insured, just wasn't showing up for some reason.
He's still apologetic, sorry for wasting our time, nice guy all round. We are literally getting back into our car and the guy is suddenly walking back and saying "I honestly do have insurance, I'm always honest, like, I had a few drinks earlier too you should probably know".
Look at my colleague with a shared look of disbelief, slowly get back out the car and breathalyse the guy aaaaand yep. Almost twice over the limit. Promptly arrested for drink driving. He didn't smell one whiff of booze and seemed fully sober to both of us. What on earth compelled him to tell us as we were leaving that he'd been drinking I'll never know."
Good thing the cop listened to this person.Giphy
"While riding with a police officer on duty I saw a guy blow a red light. I told the officer, but he said he couldn't give him a ticket since he didn't see it happen. I mentioned that the guy had no tail lights as well - so he begrudgingly stopped the truck.
When we walked up to the window the officer asked, "do you know why I stopped you?" to which the guy responded with "yea, cause I blew that red light." The officer looked at me and shook his head then asked, "why did you blow that red light?" "Because the brakes are bad in this truck and I couldn't stop that fast." The guy ended up having a warrant and had weed in his truck.
The officer, who I rode with often, asked me to write out the tickets (he'd sign them) while he did the arrest paperwork. I wrote him for no tail lights and for unsafe equipment (the brakes.) The officer asked why I didn't write him for running the red light - I said, "because you said you didn't see it." He was like, yea well, he admitted it - that's enough for me.
Moral of the story if you have a warrant or weed in your truck don't drive around with bad breaks, no tail lights and running stop lights."
"We had an undercover store cop in our grocery and business was slow so he checked the parking lot and found a guy working on his car.
The store cop would check in on him and even helped him work on it. When done, the driver pulled a bag of weed and offered to get him high, so he arrested him.
The cop said 'the bag was too big to let him go.'"
This spiraled into something worse.
"We got called to a disorderly guy in a trailer park. We get there, get everything calmed down, get everyone's information, and run NCIC checks to make sure no one has any warrants. At that, barring someone having a warrant, no one was getting arrested and we weren't even writing a report.
The disorderly guy gives a bad name because he thought he had a warrant. We go to put cuffs on him and gives his real name...and he didn't have a warrant. We arrest him for giving false information. While we're finishing up, the guy decides to slam his on head repeatedly into my sgt's brand new patrol car (literally picked up the day before and it didn't even have 100 miles on it.) All caught on video, so now he also gets a destruction of property charge and then goes to hospital for an emergency commitment because after doing that he made suicidal statements."
This was easily avoidable.Giphy
"Not a cop, but around here a hispanic man got pulled over for broken taillight, or something like that. The cop told him to get it fixed and was going to let him go.
As the cop was about to walk away the guy in the car said "No cocaine!" Cop was like, "Excuse me?" "No cocaine in back."
Cop proceeds to ask the guy to step out of the car. and to open the trunk. The entire trunk was filled to the brim with bricks of coke."
How kind of them.
"Not an arrest but a citation. I was at house for a burglary call and asked the homeowner where the money had been taken from. He says "the end table". I point to one of two end tables and ask "this end table?" He walks to the end table, says "yeah, took it right out of this drawer" and opens the drawer.
I look at the open drawer and see the burglar was kind enough to leave the homeowner's half ounce of marijuana."
We've all said something stupid, let's not lie to ourselves.
It's okay to say something stupid. It showcases the real person on the inside, that we're all flawed, imperfect, and made of cooky combinations of words that don't necessarily line up to make sense. Sometimes we're nervous in a situation, other times we're just hitting 'Quick Reply' in our brains and what comes out doens't work, but whatever the reason, you for sure are going to remember it, late at night, for the rest of your life.
What is the stupidest thing that ever came out of your mouth?
You may not have to change your home address because of these moments, but you should probably reconsider how many public outings you go to afterwards.
Should Probably Never Shop At That Store Again
"When the cashier said "Have a nice day", and I replied with "No, thanks".
"Background: I wasnt thinking straight that day, and thought they said "Do you want a bag"
That's. How. Twins. Work?
"Her: the twins are 3 years old"
"Me: Both of them?"
"Oh no this unearthed a memory i had buried from kindergarten lmao"
"We had a set of twins in our classroom and once on their birthday party I said "your brother got such a cool party, i hope yours is nice like this too" to one of them and he was like "yeah, this one"
"4 year old me was not a very bright kid"
That's. How. Death. Works...
"Watching the documentary 'The Last Dance' when a Kobe interview pops up -"
"Me: "Wow, they must have filmed this before Kobe died."
"My wife: "Yeah, obviously…."
The cringe comes out of nowhere, and you're not even sure how you were able to ask something so incredibly stupid, but here you are. Lounging in the stupid air.
You Should Have Asked What "Nothing" Tastes Like Next
"In my head I was wondering what one pound of water would look like in terms of volume. What I said out loud however was "How much does a pound of water weigh?"
Keep Up With Me
"A couple of months ago, I got up and drove to work as usual. Later, my girlfriend texted me from home to ask me if she had left her sunglasses in my car. I told her I wasn't sure, but she could grab my spare key and go check."
"In my car."
"Which I had driven to work."
Black Is White, White Is Black
"I don't understand why people place bets on who wins, why not just place bets on who loses?"
"Yeah took me a minute to register what I said..."
And then there's these stories, where the person is probably better off cutting off any human contact henceforth going forward. These are rough to get through, folks.
Should Probably Have A Chat With HR After This
"I was about 4 months into my current job, feeling confident being fresh off the contract-to-hire period, now moved into a coveted full time role. While walking back to my office from the morning kanban I was stopped by my boss, head peeking out of the office:"
"Boss: "Hey TheMediator, do you have a sec?"
"Me: "For you, I've got lots of secs!"
"Boss: wide-eyes, mouth dropped"
"If you're curious why this was incredibly stupid/embarrassing, try saying the phrase "lots of secs" out loud. Preferably, not to your boss though."
You Don't Need College Anymore. Go Home. Bury Your Head In The Sand.
"In my freshman year of college I was dorming next door to a couple cute girls. About a week into the first semester one girl walked from the coed showers to her dorm room in her towel still wet. We were both unlocking our doors to get in our rooms when she looks at me and says…"
"I know I look stunning…(sarcastically)"
"To which I replied, "don't flatter yourself."
"I had to slid a note under her door explaining I was tongue tied as she was beautiful and I meant to say "don't be hard on yourself, you look great." (Or something to that nature). We became good friends."
It's In The Descriptor?
"Chatting to a homeless guy on the street and he told me he was feeling unwell. I told him he should be at home, resting."
"It's been 20 years and the memory of it still brings me out in a cold sweat."
Oh Good Lord...
"Asked my friend how his mom was doing at his moms funeral."
"Jesus Christ this is the worst one on this thread. What was his response?"
"He looked at me and then the casket and kind of smirked. I awkwardly started to try and explain and just said "I'm an idiot. You know I love you. Talk to you in a bit." He makes fun of me now and I can't stop laughing. It's a positive painful memory."
Own up to your mistakes. You'll garner more respect by acknowledging the awkward things you say, however, it's perfectly fine to laugh about it in the moment. That's probably the easiest way to escape the deep, deep shame.
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The advice "fake it til you make it," though often said with at least a hint of sarcasm, does carry quite a bit of wisdom.
By simply putting one foot in front of the other, weathering the chaos of not knowing what's happening as you learn as fast as possible, we can find ourselves further than we expected.
Once we're there, reaping the fruits of all our "faking," we somehow begin to take on a new identity in people's eyes They assume we've always been in control and known what was going on. They defer to us for advice.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. So we keep on faking it.
Redditor espectro11 asked:
"What's your 'I don't know, I didn't think I'd get this far' moment?"
Many Redditors discussed their experiences navigating the intimidating environment of job applications, interviews, and offers.
Oh Right, Getting Paid
"I gave my resume to fancy private school (I'm a teacher, but new to the field) and I didn't expect a call back. But they called me today to ask my expected salary and I said 'I don't know what the average is. Let me Google it.' "
"Ya girl was not prepared."
"When I went for a walk-in interview looking like crap and they hired me on the spot. I get they were hiring for a new store, but they up and said 'if you want the job it's yours, when can you start?' "
"Deada** didn't think I'd make it that far."
Outside the Box
"Years ago I was applying to a bunch of copywriting jobs and feeling frustrated because I wasnt hearing back from any of the places I was applying to."
"It was especially frustrating because I was putting in all this time on cover letters and I felt like nobody was even reading them, so I said, 'Fu** it, I'm gonna write one that is more me.' I thought it was a dumb idea and never imagined that it would work, but somehow it did."
"I applied with this cover letter and the subject line "Copywriter: Will Work for Beer" to a job that I was very underqualified for. It managed to catch the eye of the headhunter for the ad agency and was enough to get me an interview. Shortly after that I was hired and ended up working there for a few years, but I remember thinking on my first day, 'I can't believe that actually worked.' "
Just Not the Right Fit
"An interview at Google. The 20 years younger than me was describing the peer review system."
"I responded with 'Jesus, that sounds awful.' "
"I did not get the job."
Others also shared experiences that centered on their working lives. But these stories weren't about being hired or interviewed.
These were accounts of long-developing success stories that they never would have predicted.
A Winding Road
"My entire legal career"
"I have four degrees and a 10 year career in commerical litigation. I just wrapped up a $200mil trusts lawsuit."
"I started at uni doing theatre and stand up comedy. I have no fu**ing idea where I turned to get here."
"Started at a very small company doing sales straight out of college. I went about messaging big corporate players (who obviously would never do business with us since our size) and was laughed at by my new colleagues for even trying."
"2 weeks later My boss was asking me what we (a team of 6) should say on the conference call with Toshiba Buyers."
Putting Fires Out
"Me at work. I feel like every issue that comes up has me unprepared. But I am always praised for my good work."
"So, I assume I have imposter syndrome and keep doing what I am doing."
So next time you find yourself ruling a possibility out completely, maybe take just a few seconds to imagine it actually occurred and prepare.
You just never know.
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I'm going to be perfectly honest––I'm a city boy. I'm not a huge fan of hiking or camping. I happen to be a huge fan of running water. Have you heard of it? It's great. Highly recommended.
I've also, on a more humorous note, watched far too many horror films over the years and don't particularly like idea of running off into the woods only to piss off some demon that was perfectly fine until I arrived. I also have immense respect for our friendly neighborhood serial killers and demonstrate this regularly by staying out of their territory.
Those who love the great outdoors had plenty to share after Redditor Your_Normal_Loser asked the online community, "
Hikers of Reddit, what is the weirdest or creepiest thing you've come across while hiking?"
"The only reason..."
"When we were exploring the Australian Outback as university students, my friend and I found an old, tightly wrapped plastic bag with five or six damaged wallets along shrubbery at the base of a cliff.
The only reason we opened it up was because we were so remote - hundreds of kilometres from any town or tourist attraction - that it was strange to see garbage out there. All the cards were in female names and birthdates placed them in their late teens to early 20s. Some lived in the Northern Territory but one was in Sydney and another from Queensland. At the time we figured rock climbers must have stored their valuables in the bag and then lost track of it. I'll never forget the strange look the police officer gave us when we handed them in."
You see... this is why I wouldn't go mess around in the Australian Outback.
I also may or may not have watched Wolf Creek one too many times.
"A recliner on a small hill with a hole dug out in the middle and water bottles all over the place."
"A trashed campsite..."
"A trashed campsite complete with the tent cut open...
...do you report these things, or what?"
Or maybe not... you might want to turn back.
"The walls were completely plastered..."
"I was walking in a thick forest and came across an opening. In the center there was a shack made of lumber, with a bench built into it that was slightly leaned back.
The walls were completely plastered in porn."
Well... that's one way to get off.
"The man stopped talking..."
"I was backpacking with a few friends. A few days in the middle of nowhere, a man approached our camp as we were cooking dinner to say hi. We talked about our routes for a few minutes. Out of nowhere, he told us that he had had a vasectomy in his 30s after his 2nd child. Then somehow his wife had gotten pregnant with his 3rd child. He didn't believe this was possible, so he demanded a DNA test to see if he was actually the father. He was. Still, he explained that he had his doubts and thought that his wife must have fixed the DNA test.
My friends and I were in our 20s and had no idea why this guy was telling us this. We all just nodded and smiled.
The man stopped talking and then just walked away into the night."
"I stepped in..."
"I stepped in and fell over a cow carcass on a night hike. It was a bright moonlit night but I didn't see it in the shadows. Thankfully it was mostly dry."
"We still have no idea..."
"I was in the woods with three friends at night. A friend's house was nearby and I was getting hungry so I went inside to find some food. Another friend came inside with me. Two friends were still outside.
Later on, one of the two who outside came in and sees the indoor friend on the couch next to me. They panic and immediately run back outside.
I poke my head out the door asking what's going on, only to hear them yell as loudly as they can, "THAT'S NOT KEVIN"
Everyone comes inside and calms down a bit, and the story comes out. They thought the friend who was indoors with me (Kevin) had been outside with them this entire time. Why? Because in the darkness of the woods they saw a silhouette about the same height walking alongside them silently, then at some point it ran away and they were chasing it thinking Kevin was running off for some reason. The reason my friend yelled, "That's not Kevin" was to stop the last outdoor friend from chasing whoever was out there deeper into the woods.
We still have no idea who that was or why they didn't even speak."
This story sent a chill running down my spine.
Who was that?!
Perhaps figuring it out would be even scarier.
"Went hiking with my dad..."
"Went hiking with my dad one day over a ridge. A girl from the group in front of us tripped and slid down one side and was just able to hold on to the tiniest branch from the only tree around. Had she slid down all the way she certainly would be dead or massively injured!"
"I was trying to make my way across..."
"I was hiking in Washington sometime in December. I was trying to make my way across a river but the bridge was out. I was walking along the shore looking for a shallow spot but couldn't find one. I saw some footprints leading down the bank, my thought was that someone was trying to do what I was doing and decided to track the prints to see if they crossed. It was not easy but I followed the prints for about a mile. As I approached what looked like a crossing I heard a loud BANG like a stick hitting a tree. I froze for a few seconds and heard no other noises. I just slowly back up keeping my eyes on the other side of the river. Could not shake the feeling that I was being watched. Got the hell out of there quick as I could."
There are few feelings creepier than the feeling of being watched. It makes you feel like you've been violated in some way.
Thankfully you got out of there!
"I thought it was a magical, beautiful moment..."
"I was hiking with some friends, and I saw a cluster of butterflies on the ground. I thought it was a magical, beautiful moment until I realized they were congregating on a pool of blood. It turns out that someone had been hiking on the bluffs above earlier that day, and had fallen off and died."
Sooo... still want to go hiking or camping? None of this changed your mind? None of it?
It was nice knowing you. I'll stick with my running water.
Have some creepy stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
Have some experiences of your own? Have you also survived the hospitality industry? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below!
Time is of the essence. And time is not definable. Those are lessons we learn as we get older; as times passes and fluctuates in front of us.
Time is always fleeting yet always catches up to us. I find myself shocked when I wake up on certain days and realize I'm a particular age of my parent that sticks out for me.
Like, how did that happen? I guess I should just be thankful I'm still here to witness it all.
Redditor u/TW1103 wanted to discuss the meaning... of time and all of its affects by asking:
What fact really puts the scale of time into an insane perspective?
Ok, who is watching the clock? Those seconds aren't going to count themselves. The only way to understand time is to be its witness. Although that can get depressing. Let's focus on the light and cool.
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"If you are an 80-year-old American, you have lived through approximately 1/3 of our nation's entire history."
"The 80s were 40 years ago."
"This is what messes me up because I was born in 82 and graduated high school in 2000 so for some reason my brain is stuck on the 80's being twenty years ago. The 70's thirty years ago etc etc. I have to stop and realize sometimes that my concept of how long ago things happened is way off."
Time goes by...
"We observe that light travels at 186,000 miles a second, but given the vast size of the observable universe, that's a snail's pace. But from the point of view of a particle of light, time doesn't even exist."
"Time slows down as you approach the speed of light, and theoretically stops completely when you reach the speed of light."
Years Gone By...
"MLK Jr. and Anne Frank were born in the same year."
"Betty White was born in 1922. Automatically pre-sliced packaged bread loaves became commercially available in 1928. Betty White is six years older than sliced bread."
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"The queen and Marilyn Monroe would've been the same age."
I swear Liz is going to outlive dirt. Wait, I believe she already has. Well she won't be alone, she'll have Betty White. At least she better have Betty. Time is nothing without Queen Betty.
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"Happy Days was a TV show made in the 1970s-80s about teenagers in the 1950s. Similarly, That 70s Show was made in the 90s-00s about teenagers in the 70s. If a similar show were to be made today, it would be about teenagers in the 2000s."
"If a T-Rex imagined a creature as ancient as the T-Rex is to us, it would be a Stegosaurus. If that Stegosaurus imagined a creature as ancient as the Stegosaurus is to us, it would be a Crocodile. If that Crocodile imagined a creature as ancient as that Crocodile is to us, it would be a Shark."
On the Clock
"On a twenty four hour clock the amount of time that humans have been on the earth would total around five seconds."
"How about this one: If Homo Habilus first appeared at midnight, 24 hours ago, that means the first Homo Sapiens appeared at 9:25 PM, or about 2 and a half hours ago. The first human civilization, in lower Mesopotamia, appeared at 11:57 PM, or about 3 minutes ago."
"The Western Roman Empire fell at 11:59 PM, or 1 minute ago. Everything that has happened since - the Crusades, the Plague, the discovery of the New World, the world wars, all of it - has happened in the last minute of human existence."
And that's just OUR Sun...
"The span of our lives are so insignificantly small that our Sun will last another 5 billion years. That's 9 zeros people. Our eldest live to around 100 in the best places. That's 50,000,000 (50 million) times longer than any person can reasonably expect to live. And that's just OUR Sun. The universe as a whole has probably existed for magnitudes longer than that already and will continue to exist until the end of time as we know it."
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"We know what a good storyteller Shakespeare was but there were Greek playwrights who wrote shows nearly 2,000 years earlier that are pretty good, too."
I hate time. Only because I'm petty and irritated of the amount I squandered. That's neither here nor there though. Time marches on and continues to amaze. I'll keep watching.
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