Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
One Good Cop
Old 11-21-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
easysurfer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 7,904
One Good Cop

So, while driving back home on the interstate today, I look over to my left and see this car stopped with a flashing police car next to it. At first, I thought someone got a speeding ticket but upon further inspection, I see that the car had a flat tire and this burly looking officer was helping get the flat tire off as two scrawny looking guys where standing by watching.

My first thought was, that's nice to see. My second thought was, "Is the police going out of his way to help out, even with the tire changing?" I seen that before, a police officer actually helping with the changing. Also, at times, I've seen an officer parked, sitting in the squad car while the car's owner is trying to change a flat.
__________________

__________________
Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
easysurfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-21-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,975
I think the goal is to get the disabled vehicle off the side of the road as soon as possible. If the owner knows how to do it then the officer can just park behind the vehicle to let on coming traffic knows there's a problem. If the occupants of the vehicle don't know how to change a tire then the officer will do what's needed to get the car of the side of the road. Just part of their job.
__________________

__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 03:42 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
veremchuka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: irradiated - too close to the nuclear furnace
Posts: 1,294
These 2 were so inept that he was doing it to get them off the road side? I've seen a cop do it for a woman but 2 guys?
__________________
veremchuka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,975
Quote:
Originally Posted by veremchuka View Post
These 2 were so inept that he was doing it to get them off the road side? I've seen a cop do it for a woman but 2 guys?
Why would gender make any difference. If someone needs help, you help them.
__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
veremchuka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: irradiated - too close to the nuclear furnace
Posts: 1,294
I think most guys would have a basic understanding of how to change a flat tire. I did and I wasn't someone that was working on cars day and night. I mean we aren't discussing rebuilding a transmission but I know some don't know how.
__________________
veremchuka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 05:32 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
braumeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 8,630
Quote:
Originally Posted by veremchuka View Post
I think most guys would have a basic understanding of how to change a flat tire.
I think it's safe to say that most members here (and most of the people we each know) are well on the high side of the bell curve in terms of IQ. It's easy to forget, but for every one of us there is someone on the other side.
__________________
Pas de lieu Rhône que nous.
braumeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #7
Moderator
rodi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 8,817
Disclaimer - I'm female.
I have women friends who are very smart - execs, teachers, sales types... all very successful and competent. But would miss some of the basics on tire changing... Things like loosening the lug nuts before you jack up the car. Where the jack is and how to use it. Where the spare or donut tire is.

I know a few men who would also be clueless... but fewer of them.

This is an area where there is definitely a gender gap of experience and knowledge. Women can change tires, but many may not know the basics to make it an easy process.
__________________
rodi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 8,627
Cops have changed a flat for me before. Two patrol cars immediately came to assistance after a high-speed blow-out of a 12-passenger van tire on the freeway. Everybody was safe, but it was scary at first.
__________________
LOL! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,975
Quote:
Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
I think it's safe to say that most members here (and most of the people we each know) are well on the high side of the bell curve in terms of IQ. It's easy to forget, but for every one of us there is someone on the other side.
High overall intelligence isn't going to do much good with changing a tire if you've never done it before. My brother wouldn't have a clue how to change a tire because he's never done it even though he's the smart brother with a IQ probably 30 points higher than mine. I've rotated my own tires with a jack several times so I could do it even with an IQ under 100.
__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 16,375
Maybe the cop was putting a boot on the tire instead of changing it.
__________________
“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Bestwifeever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
One GREAT Constable On Patrol

Police have my greatest respect.

I'm in a storytelling mood...

After my husband passed, I slept terribly. I finally got a stretch of sleep one night...and was awakened by a flashlight shining into my 2nd story bedroom window. Freaked me out.
After the initial surprise....it turns out that a friend from HS, living in NJ, had called my house 2 or 3 times, but I was soundly asleep.
So she called her local police, who relayed a message across state borders from/to the respective State Troopers to my local Sherriff Dept. She was afraid I was unable to answer the phone (burglars or such).
I had an official visitor.
The officer talked with me for about 45 minutes. I assured him I was OK. When he needed to get back on road patrol, he backed out of my driveway and miscalculated the turn. The squad car ended up in the shallow ditch and knocked my mailbox over.
He had to call his supervisor. The super showed up and listened to the whole story from the younger cop. It was a sight to behold.
All of a sudden I just laughed my head off. I told the two Sherriffs that I was in need of a good laugh, and excuse me guys, but you just gave me that.
They fixed the mailbox, stomping the base back in place. The super offered to fill out paperw*rk for a full replacement, etc etc.
I just told them it was all well worth it. The mailbox was fine, just tipped over.
It also turned out that the younger cop mailbox assassin was the nephew of my adopted brother no mutual DNA, a friend of 30 years.

Full circle and all that jazz.

Still awake out there ?
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by aaronc879 View Post
Why would gender make any difference. If someone needs help, you help them.
Yes, but if a guy doesn't know how to change a tire then he has to surrender his man card at the nearest weightlifter's gym, barber shop, or sports bar.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,873
I know how to change a tire, and have done it a few times over the years. But one time, I could not loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire. It was in the winter (probably contributed to the lug nuts getting stuck) and I was near my home (thankfully) so all I lost was a date with a woman I was not so crazy about LOL! A tire repair center was pretty close by, too, so when they were open I slowly drove there.
__________________
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
scrabbler1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
brewer12345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,391
Heh, many moons ago my eldest daughter had grabbed the phone and was amusing herself by dialing random numbers. Since the phone was not on "send", DW let her do it. 30 minutes later, a cop showed up at the door. Evidently even if you dial "911" in a string of numbers, it registers. He was polite about it once he made sure there was no dirty work afoot.

I was hunting in a state park today and was ready to move to a new spot so I headed back to my truck, parked at the visitor center lot. A couple rangers pulled up in their truck. After checking my license and whatnot, the senior guy sheepishly told me that they were having problems with squirrels in the attic of the visitor center and they would appreciate it if I helped reduce the squirrel popluation in the trees by the building (not normally open to hunting). With squirrels practically doing cartwheels in the branches, I was happy to oblige the good Coorado state park rangers. I also gave them some tips on how to deal with the infestation since I had the same problem in the house in the past.
__________________
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."



- Will Rogers
brewer12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #15
Full time employment: Posting here.
CCdaCE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 887
That's at least good reason for clippin' a corner off the Rangers' man card as a warning for possible full removal of said man card.



But, I suppose the Rangers can't be seen harming the nuisance fuzzy wildlife. We'll let it slide, this time.

-CC
__________________
"There's those thinkin' more or less, less is more, but if less is more, how you keepin' score?
It means for every point you make, your level drops. Kinda like you're startin' from the top..." "Society" - Eddie Vedder
CCdaCE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 07:56 AM   #16
Moderator
Walt34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 16,579
I changed tires for women sometimes (retired police officer here) when they were either in a location conducive to causing accidents or clearly not in position to shell out the cash for a tow truck.

Men never asked me to change it but I would stay there and block that lane so they wouldn't be hit from behind.

On the interstates in the DC area though we never changed tires because it was simply too dangerous. Call a tow truck and get that thing out of there.
__________________
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #17
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
brewer12345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by CCdaCE View Post
That's at least good reason for clippin' a corner off the Rangers' man card as a warning for possible full removal of said man card.



But, I suppose the Rangers can't be seen harming the nuisance fuzzy wildlife. We'll let it slide, this time.

-CC
The funny thing was that from casual chatting wth them I know they are both hunters.

From what I saw, they did not need help from a few random squirrel hunters. They needed a free afternoon, an accurate rifle, and a 500 round box of .22 shells. One of the reasons I drive out there is that the squirrel hunting is so reliably good. That attic is going to stay infested if I were to guess.
__________________
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."



- Will Rogers
brewer12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 08:12 AM   #18
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 2,268
Quote:
Originally Posted by aaronc879 View Post
I think the goal is to get the disabled vehicle off the side of the road as soon as possible. If the owner knows how to do it then the officer can just park behind the vehicle to let on coming traffic knows there's a problem. If the occupants of the vehicle don't know how to change a tire then the officer will do what's needed to get the car of the side of the road. Just part of their job.
As a long time police officer I can tell you that helping people is the best part of my job. However, changing peoples tires is NOT "just part of the the job". I've done it at work, and Ive done it off duty, but again its not in the job description so don't be offended if a cop doesn't change a tire for you.

More importantly, changing a tire on the interstate is one of the dumbest things a person can do. More cops get killed getting hit by cars while stopped on the side of the road than they do any other way. If you get a flat on the highway, please drive to the nearest exit and get away from traffic. I can promise you that I wont change your tire if you are still on the highway. I have a family and assume that most others do as well.
__________________
utrecht is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,038
Quote:
Originally Posted by veremchuka View Post
I think most guys would have a basic understanding of how to change a flat tire. I did and I wasn't someone that was working on cars day and night. I mean we aren't discussing rebuilding a transmission but I know some don't know how.
My wife just had a flat. She called me so I drove to where she was. By the time I got there she had the spare out and all the lug nuts removed from the wheel! I had to re educate her about not taking the lug nuts off till the car was jacked up, just loosen them.

She is a somewhat frail 56 year old with one bad arm due to a bad wrist break. So yeah the guys need to turn in their man card if they can't do it.
__________________
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
Lazarus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 08:50 AM   #20
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
easysurfer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 7,904
Speaking of flat tires, has anyone used those "Fix a Flat" sealants in a can?
I've read good and bad reviews of them.

Years back my sister had a flat tire and we ended up going to a store, bought a can of them, put that in her car's tire to do a temporary seal, enough to get her home at least.
__________________

__________________
Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
easysurfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:31 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.