Last night I contributed a weeks wages to the South Australian Police Force - well almost a weeks worth. To say I'm annoyed would be an understatement, let's say pissed off instead.
Perfectly charming police officer - not - pulled me over on my long trek home from work last night with the words "Do you know why we've pulled you over" - I honestly didn't and said so. As a rule I don't speed, I don't drive like a reckless idiot - so I had no idea why he was pulling me over.
He asked me the same question again, like I had stupid flashing on my forehead and needed him to spell it out. I hate arrogant police officers (not that this annoying habit is limited to police officers) His next words "You ran a stop sign" nearly made me spit. I was barely able to resist the urge to say "Bullshit", but I think he got my point that I wasn't happy with his reason.
He then re-thought his words and came up with "You failed to come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign" which is a little different to "You ran a stop sign". I did in actual fact give way to any oncoming traffic (there was none) at what I thought was a give way sign and not a stop sign. But that's semantics and he informed me that he would have to write me a ticket.
His lecture on why I should drive more carefully and how it's their job to ensure the public don't cause accidents was a little over the top. My frustration was growing with every word and I told him so. I have a perfectly clean and free driving record with no mark against it for the last 20 years, I told him that his little computer would have shown him that when he checked my license.
He told me that they couldn't be shown to be favouring anyone. Oh doh, I wasn't asking you to, you moron, I accept the fact that I had stuffed up, but spare me the lecture on dangerous and reckless driving. Like I'm a public menace for gods sake.
I drove off with my nice fat little fine in my hand - all $433 dollars of it and the loss of 3 demerit points from my license.
I did drive home with my old lady pants on after that and I came to a full and complete stop at every stop sign, red light and even give way sign on my way home.
I hate messing up and I hate it costing me money even more. What have you messed up lately?