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Being a police officer means making judgement calls on the fly. If you're in the line of fire, with your partner relying on you, you need to know what to do. Sometimes, though, the answer isn't always clear and you see a woman riding down the street on a motorized sofa...

So, that's what these stories are about.


Reddit user, u/A-Deadly-Man123, wanted to hear when the law wasn't clear when they asked:

Police officers of Reddit: what was something you saw someone do that made you say "wait...is that illegal?"

Should We Go And Get Their Car?

Some family reported their car as stolen. When I asked them to come to the station for the hearing, they just told me It was never stolen, they left it in a car dealer to be sold, the business went wrong and the dealer would not pay them what they wanted or return the car. So they reported It stolen "because that way the police will get the car back faster".

They were very simple people and I figured a way not to screw them over this.

crowlol

How Fast Should We Be Going?

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Driving above the posted school zone speed limit when the sign states "20mph when children are present". Well then what constants present? Children inside the school? Children playing well away from the road in the fenced in yard? Just school hours in general? During after school sports and activities?

No idea so unless someone's blatantly reckless and an a--hole, I won't stop people for driving over the posted 20.

RindgeTinge17

Can They Go Around, And Around, And Around...?

Repeatedly driving around a round-a-bout, like 25 times in a row.

Edit: Where I am in Australia (QLD) it is not illegal.

Judging by the comments it seems to be illegal in Switzerland and Germany, and some US state.

smith_who

How Do You Drive, Again?

You can turn left on a red light from a one way street to another one way street in most states (and provinces - for us Canadian boys). You need to stop and yield just like a right turn on a red light.

It does seem illegal when you do it though.

lordpanda

In Defense Of Homer, You Shouldn't Do That

Saw a kid drop a donut on the ground.

Nearly radioed for backup before I remembered I could tell the kid to be more careful with his food.

SuperSamoset

"Should I...Pull Him Over?"

My friend since I was like 5 ended up becoming a cop and he told me that he once saw a guy towing a boat down the road without a trailer...so it was just dragging. He pulled him over but admitted that he wasn't sure why.

And then he consulted with a state trooper because they know a lot of obscure traffic laws, and even he admitted that he didn't know what violation, if any, could be written up. Apparently it was a junk boat and the guy was going to scrap it so he wasn't concerned with ruining the boat.

rojoshow13

Is She Technically Driving?

Drunk lady had many DUI's and got her license revoked. Drunk lady owns horses. Drunk lady rides horse to nearest bar. "Too far to drive the mower" as she put it.

Cops were unsure of what to do.

7hr0wxm3x4w4y

"Are They...Moving?"

Drink a beer at a red light.

Nickawow

"If They Don't Have A Pulse...Does It Count?"

Dealt with a guy that was smacking around a sex doll and it got called in as a domestic.

I showed up and he had the doll sitting at the kitchen table and had purposely smeared fake mascara to make it look like she was crying. He said he gets off on that sort of thing. I was only 1 year into the job at the time and remember being like "wtf" this has to be illegal. Turns out it wasnt. Still feel disturbed by that sh-t when I reflect on it.....

Silvertap

"Is It Yours Yet?"

Taking food out of someone's grocery cart.

htbav

"Who Is In The Wrong?"

Guy had sex with a prostitute. Guy does not pay the prostitute.

Prostitute wanted to file a report for not receiving payment.

Are-Twenty

"Can They Legally Stop Me?"

Store owner refusing me to use their public restroom because I had not bought anything yet.

mallykv

Is This Technically Parking?

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Had a sea plane land in the harbor, taxied up the boat ramp and parked in a parking lot while also paying the meter while they went for lobster rolls.

Apparently its legal.

1_disasta

Wait, It's Legal Now...

Every time I walk down the street and see/smell someone smoking pot. I know it is legal now but my brain still thinks it is illegal for about the first two seconds.

One-Eyed-Willies

"Ma'am, Do You Have A License For That...Sofa?"

Driving a motorized sofa down the road to the store to buy beer.

I honestly have no f-cking clue how the courts will classify mobility sofas when it comes to traffic laws and open beer laws. Told the reclining driver same, and advised he treat his couch like a pedestrian and only drive on the sidewalk, without any open alcoholic beverages.

ArbiterOfTruth

Are you a police officer that's ever been confused by the law? Let us know about it!

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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