Two idiot stories today...
Last week J is at SWAT training. They are at a police station that is going to be demolished and rebuilt anew, so they get to train in it and break whatever the hell they want. All driveways to the parking lot are blocked off. All the doorways to the building have giant signs on them that say 'SWAT TRAINING IN PROGRESS'. It is, from J's description, evident that the building is OBVIOUSLY not in use by the police department. Yet some bozo walks up to one of the team members who is standing guard at one of the doors. Team member turns around and aims semi-automatic rifle at his chest, yelling "CAN I HELP YOU?" Bozo responds, with arms in air, "I just wanted to pay a ticket!"
Sometimes the team leaders throw in a plant or something, to keep them on their toes. Not knowing whether or not this guy was truly a bozo or part of the scenario, of course they respond that way. I laughed thinking about this guy, trying not to pee his pants.
Part of J's jurisdiction is in one of those areas of town that I'm sure everybody is familiar with. You know, where all the best stores are, and the traffic patterns are just screwy enough to make it impossible to get a mile in less than 20 minutes. Everybody knows traffic there sucks, but nobody can resist going there. Well yesterday he is in that area, wondering why it's taken four cycles of the light to get through the intersection. He finally gets close enough to see that an elderly woman is in the left turn lane, with her car halfway in the intersection. But she is not in her car. She is out of her car, asking the man behind her for directions.
Why didn't she pull over and ask for directions? Why was the INTERSECTION the best place to ask? Because she needed to know how to get to the building, and dammit, NOW's as good a time as any.
If my eyes could roll any harder, they would fall out of my head.