Wrongs of praise


Posted on August 1st, by geoff in CT blog. Comments Off on Wrongs of praise

By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson

In my 40 or so years as a motorist, I have on occasion been asked to pull over by the police. One can do without that sinking feeling of impending doom but when it happens there is nothing you can do but comply, get out of your car and face the music.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if, as you were standing there, inwardly quaking and wondering “what have I done this time?” the two officers approached you with big sincere smiles and then congratulated you on your outstanding driving?

“Yes sir, we have followed you for the last mile-and-a-half and you have satisfied our four ‘key lines of enquiry’.” (you can see where this going).

“Oh yes,” says the other officer, slapping you on the back. “Your driving is Controlled, Responsive, Attentive and Polite” (having not long before seen you wave through a driver who was turning right from a side road).

Then with congratulatory handshakes and giving you an official sticker for your back window saying ‘I am a CRAP driver!’ they let you go on your way. Great, eh?

Back in the real world I imagine the police would say they had more important things to do with their limited resources.

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