Today we have a two part scenario, so without furthur ado, let’s see “who is the bigger asshole!”
Beautiful summer day, moderate traffic on a city road, four lanes, two lanes north, two lanes south. Driver A. is in the passing lane travelling South, listening to Alive by Pearl Jam, he sees a police cruiser coming North, lights activated, unknown sirens because at that precises time the guitar solo is underway and the volume is on 10, Driver A. checks his rear-view, sees open road behind him in the passing Northbound lane, a car in his blind spot travelling south and another directly behind him. “must be nice to have all this room,” thinks driver A. as the speeding police car draws closer. For some inexplicable reason the police cruiser then crosses the yellow line with half his car and herds Driver A.s vehicle over, nearly causing a collision then speeds past, back into his open lane of travel. Driver A. mutters, “what the hell,” and goes on his way, recalling the days when he drove ladder trucks Downtown and in the East Side of Providence, fire engines in the North End and ambulances all over the city.
So…Who is the bigger Asshole?
1. The Driver, or
2. The Police Officer
But don’t go away, there’s more…
The next day, Driver A. is home, yes that’s right, home, some five miles away from the incident . He walks out of his door on another fine summer’s day, as he opens his car door a police cruiser turns the corner of his street and stops at the end of his driveway, blocking any means of egress. Two uniformed officers approach Driver A. and ask if he knows who was driving “that” car yesterday at 1300 hrs.
“Why, me,” answers driver A. having completely forgotten yesterday’s incident.
“Are you in the habit of not yeilding right of way to emergency vehicles,? one of the officers asks, sternly.
“What are you talking abou…Wait a minute, are you the idiot than nearly ran me off the road yesterday!”
The officer notices the IAFFsticker on Driver A.s licence plate, tension is alleviated, tempers put back in the box and the cops go on their way leaving Driver A. to wonder, “what the hell? How did they find me? Why didn’t I demand an apology, what is the matter with the police in my city, who the heck is running things around here anyway!” but it was too late the opportunity to protest was gone.
So, who is the bigger asshole?
Driver A. for not pulling over, then letting the police push him around or
The Police, for being dickheads.
I know what my answer is, I’d love to hear what the studio audience has to say!