In hindsight, telling the policeman who just pulled me over – with lights flashing – that my car was stolen, probably wasn’t a smart move.
And it was also not my finest hour when I then proceeded to tell the lovely men in blue that there were some real criminals speeding on the highway they should be catching instead of me.
But in my defence I was in shock and upset that I was about to be slugged with a Mcmassive fine right on Christmas.
I know they were only doing their job – these good men and women who are paid a pittance to protect my children and I – but I was pissed.
But I’ll start at the beginning, it was Friday night and I was on my way up to see my little sister 45 minutes away for a night in without the kids.
I had just exited the highway and got off my handsfree phone device and put it on my overnight bag beside me in the front seat.
My phone then rang again, I was stopped at the traffic lights, so I pressed the speaker on button, ONCE, and started talking out loud, not with my phone up to my ear.
I admit, not smart, but it was the Husband, who I had just left with my three very sad kids and I wanted to know they were okay. We spoke for 30 seconds, I didn’t touch my phone again, and let him hang up.
Next thing you know I see cops about to pull over the poor sucker behind me, bless I thought, speeding off the highway exit? no seatbelt? talking on the phone?
I started to get nervous when the police car zoomed up behind me, but I had behaved unusually well on the highway so they couldn’t be after me.
Every swear word under the sun came out of my usually polite mouth, before I wound down the window of course.
Anyway, yada yada, do you know why you’ve been pulled over – no – because you were usually a handheld device blah blah blah.
“No I wasn’t – yes you were – no I wasn’t really – yes you were – no well I wasn’t talking on my phone – yes you were – okay do whatever you need to do.”
Having been a court reporter, and someone who has spoken to and worked with cops on a daily basis for nearly 10 years, I wasn’t going to press the issue because there was no point.
I did what I really hate doing and ”sucked it up princess”.
A few tears of anger and embarrassment escaped my shaded eyes but they passed as soon as a Bruno Mars song came on radio and I turned it up and bopped until my delightful piece of yellow/orange paperwork arrived.
But if you’re me, when the cops ask whose car this is, you say it’s my husbands and I’s and it’s actually stolen – just for some light comic relief.
They didn’t bat an eye which is probably why when they said goodbye I told them to go and catch some ‘real baddies’.
Then I poked my tongue out at them.
Okay so I wasn’t that childish but I did utter that smart-ass comment – I can’t help it – sometimes mean things just come out of my mouth.
Anyway I sniffed out the nearest food court, got a HUGE plate of dirty ole’ Chinese and ate the lot without breathing – once. Nothing like emotional eating to make you feel better!
Then I spotted these guys walking in front of me and I couldn’t help but take a photo to use for this post.
I’m fairly sure it’s illegal to do so or is definitely frowned upon, so I took it and RAN.
At my sister’s apartment later that night, where I was having a much-needed kid-free night with bubbly and nibbles, I almost forgot about the incident.
It was really the $350 that hurt the most, I probably lost demerits but meh I’ve got plenty (mental note to self, check demerit point status).
So there is a point to my prattle, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PHONE EVER WHILE IN THE CAR (especially at the traffic lights) unless it’s mounted.
Am I the only one who is stupid enough to do this and get caught?
Linking up with Jess and her new IBOT team – one of which is a dear friend – Aroha @ Colours of Sunset