Sunday, March 21, 2010

Do I know you?

It's the question every deputy/CO hates while they are out in public off duty. Yeah, you know me. I arrested/processed/restrained/transported you. Do I really want to tell you that in front of my family and yours? Probably not. I usually just smile and then they suddenly realize the connection and quietly move on.
This morning I had a very disturbing encounter while paying for my breakfast. I hand my bill and my cash to the lady behind the counter. I'm not really looking at her because I'm with two dispatchers, all of us in civilian clothes. Halfway through making my change the cashier bursts into tears, and sobbing, tells the other clerk to give me my change as she bolts for the door.
The new cashier looks at me and goes "I guess she knows you." "Uh, not that I'm aware of." I have a fairly good record with faces, and I swear I didn't know the first cashier from Adam. I feel pretty weird about this. Obviously this lady recognizes me and it is not a pleasant reminder of something. I try to be a decent officer and treat people with respect. However when I was a new officer I was a little badge-heavy and that's not something I am proud of. I know that I am a better deputy now than I was for the first two years, and I also know that I could use some improving. I have no idea what I could have possibly done to this woman.
Again, disturbing.


  1. That is disturbing. Do you ever see the family of the criminals? Perhaps she had a loved one who was incarcerated, and seeing you brought back painful memories of that person's situation. IMHO her actions sound more like grief than fear or anger towards you personally.

    Still, unsettling.

  2. I guess you may think twice about eatting there again..... lol

  3. My uncle is a cop in a small town and parents like to point at him and say "if you don't behave, this officer is going to take you to jail."

    He then says to the kid "yeah, and when we're done touring there, we get to go for pizza! What do you like on yours?"