Snarky Behavior

The Jaywalking Saga, Continued

September 13, 2007 · Leave a Comment

This post in the Washington City Paper hit particularly close to home:

This morning, little did I know, a cop was stationed at the corner of 18th
Street and Columbia Road NW searching for jaywalkers. A man was standing beside
me as I waited to cross the street. He jumped the light by one, maybe two
seconds. Luckily, I was in a pre-coffee haze and didn’t do this myself. The cop
called him back, and as I was getting my coffee at Starbucks and looking through
the window at the scene, it appeared that the cop wrote him a ticket. The man
took his ticket, started to cross the street again, and was called back again. I
left the Starbucks with my coffee, re-crossed the street, and overheard some of
the conversation, which was basically this: “If I enter the crosswalk when it’s
white, I don’t have a right to cross the street? I’m supposed to stop halfway
and turn back?” The man’s questions were answered with silence. It seemed that
there wasn’t enough time on the clock for the man to cross the street, so he was
getting another ticket. Aside from the obvious question—is this really time well
spent by a cop?—there is a lesson to be learned: When crossing a street, look
for cops as well as cars.

If you click through and read the comments, you’ll get a rehashing of my DC Hotcops story, and the follow-up. Bastards.

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