Sep 1, 2009

My Brush with Justice

My morning was all planned out yesterday. I would take the husband to work, drop the kids off at a friends and head over to the Court House. *Gasp!* Poppins heading to the Court House? What's this!

I know what you are thinking, "It must be for Jury Duty. Poppins is way TOO perfect to be there for anything else."

At which I blush and say, "It was not Jury Duty. I did in fact do something wrong."

Wait wait please don't go! I'm still awesome I promise .. AND ... I can prove it!

Small Back story ...

Ok, so I got a ticket. The cop caught me on a bad day and unfortunately I bawled my eyes out. Actually I was crying before he pulled me over. (Long story...not important) I think he saw me and must have figured I was crying cuz he saw me and decided to get behind me and sure tags were expired. What an arrogant man, thinking I was crying because of him. Sigh....

So he gives me a ticket and begs me not to cry anymore and says to just bring it in with my new registration and he'll waive the whole thing.

Ok Here and Now story ...

I dropped of my husband and children and headed to the court house after a brief visit with Google Maps. Being a new citizen in this town makes getting around slightly difficult. But I think I know where I'm going from the street maps.

I get to the circle in the road that was on the map and look around for a parking ramp...where there was none to be found. So I have cash ... but no change! UGH

I scrounge through my purse and come up with about 5 nickles and a dime. Not nearly enough. Being me ... an incredibly embarrassingly blunt person ... I decide to ask the man walking past my car for a quarter. *Awesome Moment No. 1*

He obliges. Lovely man with quarter. My hero of the day. So I ask him exactly where I am going and he points me across the street on the corner a block away.

Did I mention that even though I left a half hour early I'm 4 minutes late for the appointment. *Awesome Moment No. 2*

So I start running ... not noticing that I am running in front of a car that comes to a complete stop. *Awesome Moment No. 3* and get to the building only to realize it's the wrong building and I need to be across the street.

I book it across the street and arrive in a lobby huffing and puffing. The security guard has me give him my purse and set down my keys to go through the medal detector and at the same time has to look through my purse. I cringe as he shuffles around Mini Edward and Mini Bella. *Awesome Moment No. 4* hoping he doesn't mention the two action figures at the top, and taking up most of my purse.

I ask him where I am going and he points to the elevator. I enter the elevators hit the button for floor 5 and up and away I go.

I get to floor five and there are doors and people seated outside the doors and I have no clue where I'm going. So I enter the first door and she rolls her eyes and points me down the hall to the first door on the right.

The cop is sitting in a chair waiting for me ... because I am now 7 minutes late ... and says, "Another 3 minutes and we were going to write you off." *Awesome Moment No. 5* (Can't he see I'm panting over here!!!)

They ask me to wait in the hall and I go stand against the wall and flip through my ticket and the post card with the court date and ... and ... AND *Awesome Moment No.6* I left my registration in the car!!!!

Tears begin to well up.

No no no ... do NOT cry in front of this cop again...don't do it!!!

He walks out and I say, "I forgot my registration in the car."

He looks at me like I HAVE to be joking.

I plead, "Can I please go get it!"

He asks where I'm parked and I tell him and beg by telling him I'll run. He tells me to wait a moment. Tears ... brimming on my eyelids ... fighting them with all my might.

He hands me a yellow slip of paper and tells me I'm all set. *SUPER Awesome Moment No. 7*


I told you I am THAT awesome!

All I had to do was act like the biggest idiot ever and I completely got out of my ticket!

And then he says to me, "See, I told you it wasn't worth the tears."


Scott said...

OMG . . . you really are awesome. Your post made me smile this morning . . . and I'm glad you got out of that ticket. Do be careful when crossing the street, especially in the South where people are less likely to stop . . . especially when a light turns red. : )


Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Oh, wow! Glad you got off! That's a great story!!!

T. Anne said...

Poppins, You must flirt like your life depended on it once the cop arrives to the window (shoot up a streamline of prayers simotaneously) Never and I mean never again let it get that far. Judges are much tougher to impress. Use your womanly wiles! For goodness sake they are your super power!

Gotta Have Faith said...


It was a great story and I liked how you thanked your hero for giving you the quarter! We all have days like that when you think it is going to be the wost day ever, then you see it in the distance.......The Silver Lining.

P.S. Don't agree with T.Anne don't flirt with Cops, they can see right through the act. Just be polite and act with respect. Not

Take Care,


Mesina said...

Whew! All through that post I was hoping, crossing fingers and sending all kinds of positive energy that you just wouldn't have to pay that ticket!!

Speaking of which I have a parking ticket Im supposed to pay soon. :( 50 quid! Pfft!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

What a relief! I was all stressed out reading this....sounds like the days I'VE been having lately. And of course this appointment had to be with the courthouse and not the beauty parlor or something completely innocuous. I'm so glad it turned out so well!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Anonymous said...

awesome....there are good cops out there!

Foursons said...

Wow- you had a rough morning. I'm glad it ended on a high note.

Heart2Heart said...

So glad that this ended up on a positive note.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Glynis said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! :)

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry about the first crying episode. :-(

But glad it all worked out. :-)

ElanaJ said...

Wow! I can't cry at will. I would've been pissed, and pissed comes off as confrontational. But yay for you!

{Kimber} said...

I always cry at everything
but I kinda lost focus after the mini Edward & mini Bella things in your purse...please elaborate!!
or I will seriously go nuts---I'm not kidding...
I'm waiting...


Marybeth Poppins said...

The tears were falling before the cop came into the picture...he just made them worse. It was a bad day...sigh...

And Mini if you refer to a previous post

He is ALWAYS in my purse :)

Tara said...

Love your awesome moments! And mini-Edward and Bella rock. Glad you didn't have to pay the fine.