When I read about the NYC Police Department ticket fixing scandal, I thought of a recent incident involving a close friend of mine. Let’s call her Nicki.
She drove in from the suburbs, and following my suggestion, fed $3 into a muni-meter on Columbus Avenue, placed the receipt on her front windshield and met me for burgers in Shake Shack.
When we came out, Nicki had a $65 ticket–she had placed the receipt upside down. I suggested she plead not guilty and mail the receipt in, proving she had indeed paid. Nicki did, but they didn’t care and her plea was refused.
Back to the NYPD ticket fixing scandal. Sixteen officers have pleaded not guilty in the probe. Hundreds of cops gathered in a Bronx courtroom to support their fellow officers, while screaming profanities at prosecutors on the case and holding signs reading This is not a crime, it’s a courtesy. How dare they?
Cops are not above the law, and editorials have been unanimous in condemning this behavior. Conduct Unbecoming! screamed the NY Daily News, saying the ticket fixing scandal was “a stain on the great NYPD badge.”
I thought about this a few days ago while attending a social event with Nicki. We sat at a table with a friendly couple, and Nicki soon told them her tale of woe. They listened intently. The man then introduced himself as an NYPD detective.
“That’s unfair–your ticket should have been waived,” he decided. “I’m going to take care of that for you. You’re not paying anything. Now relax and enjoy the evening.”
Nicki and I looked at each other. What a wonderful man!