Police Story

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 2, 2000

As the flashing lights blinked in his rear view mirror, Jack took a long look his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as any months. How could a guy get caught so often? When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.

Bob? Bob From Church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A Christian cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he’d never seen in uniform.

“Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.”

“Hello, Jack.” No smile.

“Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.”

“Yeah, I guess.”

Bob seemed uncertain. Good. “I’ve seen some long days at the office lately. I’m afraid I bent the rules a bit-just this once.” Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?”

“I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct.”

Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.

“What’d you clock me at?”

“Seventy-one. Would you sit back in your car, please?”

“Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you.

I was barely nudging 65.” The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.

“Please, Jack, in the car.”

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.

Why hadn’t he asked for a driver’s license?

Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again.

A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand. Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

“Thanks.” Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.

Bob returned to his car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost? Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

Dear Jack,

Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it – a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters. All three of them.

I only had one, and I’m going to have to wait until heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I’ve tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now.

Pray for me. And be careful. My son is all I have left.

Bob

Jack twisted around in time to see Bob’s car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he, too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

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26 comments
  1. 😀 It is all in what do with it. Tissue. 🙂 Take care and have a great weekend! 😀

    • I hope you have a great weekend too and keep that Smile going!!!!

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  2. You continue to bring me to a better place whenever I read what you have found through your day.

    • The Good Lord keeps leading me to these stories…. I have to give him the Honor and the Glory!!!!

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  3. I worked in law enforcement for 15 years and I’m sorry to say, I’ve heard this story many times, but cannot tell you the source/author.

    I do know of many officers who used this or similar stories to make a point – and often, that point accomplished more than a ticket ever would have.

  4. I hope LEOs today will try this on today’s youth… Might make a difference for one life.

  5. I doubt this story was true but it would be lovely if it was, well true or not it has a valid message. Speeding drivers never know the havoc they can cause, drink drivers too don’t get me started on that one!!

  6. Excellent post. Too often, we seem to be worried about the perpetrator, making sure his “rights” aren’t violated and that if it goes to “trial,” no mere technicality will stand in the way of his freedom. Or “the state.” Prosecutors advocate for “the state” protecting “the rights of the people.”

    Who advocates for the victims? Who worries about their “rights”?

  7. Stories like this one always make me wonder how many opportunities we all have
    to be grace with skin on… if we just use a little imagination.
    Keep the stories coming Kenny T!

  8. What an excellent post. So very true that we forget just how quickly a tragedy can happen and sometimes all it takes to prevent it is to slow down (in life). Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

  9. Reblogged this on imconfident and commented:
    This story touched me because I have a family member who likes to speed and it worries me. I also know others who think they are okay to drive after having some drinks and those who have lost family members and friends to a drunk driver. I too used to have a heavy foot on the gas pedal and I thank God that I never hurt anyone. We just don’t stop to realize that vehicles are not just a convenient way to get around, they are also dangerous weapons that can injure and kill people.

  10. Lynette said:

    This is a great story. I need reminders once in a while to take a breath and relax myself behind the wheel. Thanks for sharing.

  11. sheilamariegrimes said:

    Just plain AWESOME!

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  14. I do not know where you find these stories, some of them are amazing. Thanks for taking your time to inspire and encourage us. May God bless you richly.

  15. Alethea Eason said:

    Beautiful.

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  17. A great story that goes to the root of the possible consequences of thoughtless actions. Love the combination of Dilbert (one of my favourite cartoons) and a tale to make you stop and think.

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