With my current line of work, I encounter a lot of strange things, as well as the criminal element and a lot of people doing a lot of stupid things. Usually the the criminals is synonymous with the people doing stupid things.
It took me a while to get used to seeing some of the things that I do see. And be able to keep a straight face. However, overtime, after being repeatedly exposed to the very same things over and over. It is no longer humorous but more annoying than anything. So when I am exposed to something new that gives me a good belly laugh or puts a big grin on my face. Usually it makes my day. And today was one such day.
Today, I was approached by a gentleman who looked me over with a very strange and odd face and tried to say something, but I wasn’t sure what he was trying to say. It was as if he wanted to say something, but just couldn’t get it out.
He then looked at my badge and looked down at my duty belt which immediately made me think that this guy might be up to no good and maybe thinking of doing something really stupid that he may regret. He then asked me if I was a cop? And before I could answer he explained to me how he’s been looking for one, and how he thought he could find at the local quick trip (where there’s usually police officers) but he couldn’t find one and started driving around until he found me. He then asked another question, keep in mind I have yet to say anything to this gentleman. And his question was, do I have a handcuff key?
Well I was a little surprised by this question. After having this gentleman looked me up and down and wondering if I was a police officer. I took a step back, thinking there might still be something afoot here. I think I kind of expecting to see prison outfit underneath his clothing or him with handcuffs on him that, he may have tried to saw off at some point.
As I looked him at for a moment I realized he didn’t seem to have any need for a handcuff key. So I responded to him saying, “yes I do have a key for handcuffs… What do you need it for?”
He mumbled something, but I think he quickly realized I didn’t understand what he said. He then took out a handcuff key of his own, but the key was broken. And he pointed that out to me before informing me that his wife was in handcuffs and couldn’t get out. Then he looked over his left shoulder at car that had one woman in it sitting in the driver seat with her head firmly planted into the palm of her hand.
Now I noticed that hand did not have a handcuff on it. So I looked over and asked, “do you need help?” And she then looked up at me and raised her left hand into the air where I could see she had found herself locked in handcuffs.
At this point there is only one of two things that I’m thinking is taking place here. The first being that she has escaped from police custody. The other being her and her boyfriend were having a little fun with handcuffs and got themselves into a little bit of trouble. Now, keep this in mind the whole time I’m keeping a straight face. I want to laugh, but I don’t. Because, option one, may be a very big possibility here and things can go horribly one wrong.
I then walked up to the car and told her to go ahead and move the car to a safer location and I will follow her there. And told her to have her ID ready.
Once there, I took her ID got her information and also asked her a few questions about her current predicament. It didn’t take me long to come to the conclusion that she was not a person who has just escaped from police custody. Especially with her being so pissed at her boyfriend not to mention her feeling very humiliated about all this. So yes, her and her boyfriend were having a little bit of fun with handcuffs, only to find themselves in a little bit of a bind. However, I decided to keep a straight face for professional reasons, as well as the possibility. This can also turn into a complaint being filed against me if a let out a big belly laugh.
So I then take out my handcuff key and remove her from her newly acquired silver jewelry. And before I left the scene of this strange tale. I left her with a piece of advice while keeping a straight face and told her, “next time you want to engage in this kind of activity… Get the pink fuzzy handcuffs that you find at Castle boutique stores” and then I turned away only to have the biggest grin on my face. And did so without them ever knowing just how funny I thought this whole thing was.
Needless to say, after that the two drove away really fast, feeling very embarrassed. I was left with a really great story to tell everybody. A story about blogging about today.