Something that I’ve noticed a change in – cops. I’ve found, in my travels, that police officers do not tend to like fat people. Most cops are held to a certain standard regarding their weight and have a way of looking down on fat people. This is where I’ve noticed a serious change. I’ve found that I can turn almost any cop into my friend, under various circumstances, simply by mentioning how much weight I’ve lost.
They hear over two hundred lbs in two years and they just about flip out and do somersaults for you. It’s amazing how quickly they will sometimes forget all about the reason they stopped you and wish you well, might even ask if there’s anything they can do to help you out.
Today’s news is only indirectly related to the change I shared. Recently I left the parking lot of a business I had visited. I was driving and my car’s seatbelt only recently started to fit. When I bought it, I hadn’t expected that to be a problem, because I have a seatbelt extender. It didn’t fit. But hey, I’m disabled and it’s a good car. I prefer to wear a seatbelt because one saved my life when I was 18. But I had to drive for a while without one.
Now that it fits, I always wear it, but I occasionally forget to put it on right away. About a month ago, when I pulled on the road, I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt. I realized it quickly and put it on. I hadn’t even traveled eight tenths of a mile before I was pulled over, for not wearing a seatbelt. The cop wrote me a ticket – I had meant to work in my weight loss but the cop wasn’t listening to a word I said and moved things along as quickly as possible. I was a fat guy, he didn’t want to hear what I had to say. I hadn’t been wearing my seatbelt, end of story. He brought me my ticket and turned to head back to his car. I laughed at him and told him I’d see him in court.
Occasionally a cop (and the court, really) likes to play a game with people: let’s see how many times we can make you show up before you give up and pay the fine. What happens is some important duty kept the officer (or trooper) that pulled you over from coming to court. The matter will have to rescheduled and you’ll have to come back to argue your case. Depending on the local laws, the officer can do this at least a couple of times – their time is more important than yours, they’re serving the people of the state, you know. You’re just a jerk who owes us money.
The state trooper that pulled me over decided to do that to me. Shame I’ll never know what his reaction was when he found out they dropped the ticket. The prosecutor thought it was rather funny.