Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Criminal

Our office closes at 5 p.m.

Sometimes I'm the last one to leave, sometimes I'm not. Yesterday I just happened to be the first. No reason, I just was.

And as I drove down the street and headed home, one of St. Cloud's finest pulled out of an intersection and began following me - very closely. "Uh huh, he's fishing for revenue," I thought. Sure enough, two blocks down the road he flipped on the lights and pulled me over.

Joy.

Of course being the suspicious looking character that I am, it only made sense that the first officer sidestepped his way up alongside my window while his partner cautiously covered the right back corner WITH HIS HAND ON HIS GUN.

Perfect...

because...

... as Starsky and Hutch were poised for the big bust, who should happen to drive by? Why but of course - coworkers #1, #2, #3 AND #4, all in a row!

Joy.

Oh - and the big offense? Expired tabs.


I should sooo be locked up.

18 comments:

Heather said...

Wow, I had no idea you were such a badass. I'm totally going to be reading you in a different light now. Ha.

Blog-o-licious said...

...you're the dirty rat!

Mooselet said...

You were obviously up to no good, you dirty bugger. Expired tags first, and the next thing you know you're Al Capone.

Jenny said...

I got a gun pulled on my the first time I got pulled over.

Me. A defenseless 17 year old girl who had been going 10 miles over the speedlimit of 5MPH. Damn army base cops and their ridiculous speed limits.

Karl said...

What? They let you back on the street?!

Harmonica Man said...

heather - That's right. Don't mess with me!

blog-o - That's not true. I'm actually a pretty clean rat.

mooselet - Good thing they didn't find my tommy gun in the trunk eh?

jenny - Hey, that's 200% over the speed limit. I'd pull a gun too!

karl - Sorta. I'm out on bail.

Linda said...

My nephew got pulled over for a 'rolling stop.' Next thing you know, they drag him out of the car, cuff him and haul him off because there is an outstanding warrant on him for expired tags on his folks car a year earlier, which turned out to be a red tape screw up anyway. So my nephew, who is as close to Ghandi as anyone I've ever met, got to spend the night in the Albuquerque jail with pimps and dealers. Dude, you got off easy! (But make sure they don't have an outstanding warrant when you renew those tags!)

Kal said...

They got me for expired tags and impounded my car. Turns out it was a red tape screw up (the registry had just started doing renew-by-mail and my proper stickers were in the mail when I got busted), but I still had to pay the $200 impound fee...

The more embarassing thing was that my girlfriend's dad was a Selectman (think Mayor) of the town, and when I told him I was going to sue to get my $200 back, he told me he'd counter sue and I chickened out and never got the money back...

Dad said...

Why not ask the judge if your fine can be donated to your son and his proposed skate board park in Saint Cloud?

yellojkt said...

I had a cop tail me in the dark for five miles before turning on the bubbletop. I had the speedometer locked at the speed limit the whole time.

Yup, expired tags. I was away at college and the parents had moved. The renewal form had never made it to me. The ticket was triple the tags. Won't let that happen again.

Harmonica Man said...

linda - Yikes! Considering the fact that my tags expire every year I'm probably on America's most wanted by now!

kal - Holy crap - impound your car?!! Excuse me, I need to run outside and see if the sucker is still there.

dad - Good idea, except I don't plan on ever stepping foot into a court room for this one.

yello - Yup, $100 fine. Ouch.

Waya said...

The office closes at 5PM sharp? What are you working bank hours? Thanks for reminding me about my soon-to-be expired tabs.

"Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do..." I'm just singing the COPS theme song.

EmmaSometimes said...

Oh, he just wanted your autograph...

Dad said...

At least you will get a few months extra time on your new tabs. If they backdate the tabs, you are not guilty. Take it from an old sea lawyer, and get your money back. How long did it take to check the tabs on your other car & bike?

Rick said...

This really happened. This summer a kid from Hibbing, Minnesota was pulled over, and when he couldn't produce proof of insurance (he did have insurance),they put him in a jail cell with a psycho who beat him to death with a steel pipe he pulled off the bathroom wall. Sorry to be such a downer, but I'm still pissed off.

Harmonica Man said...

waya - No, of course I don't work bank hours. Some banks are open on Saturday mornings and I only work M-F 8-5. Ha!

emma - And he'll get it - on the front of my check.

dad - No, the tabs are due the same month every year. If you pay late you just have less time until they're due again.

rick - Funny. I could see Debbie Downer saying this exact same thing in the restaurant with all her friends. Good one!

but Momma said...

I guess that means I better get my August 06 tabs taken care of today. MAN I don't want to go stand in that LINE!

Bugwit Homilies said...

At least your co-workers didn't see you touching your nose...