Many times when I’m driving home at night and I see a cop waiting to pull someone over, I think about this story. I was visiting my parents and we were riding in my mother’s new car. My mother is known to have a little bit of a lead foot, and my dad was warning her to slow down when all of a sudden we came over a hill and saw a state trooper. My father started giving my mother the business–“You’re busted, you’re caught”–and sure enough we got pulled over. My father went ballistic, saying “I told you so” over and over again, and the officer took my mom’s information and walked back to his car. My father was now giving her an even harder time about not listening to him and getting a ticket. When the cop returned he looked into the car, handed my mother back her papers, and said, “Well, I’m going to let you off this time. But I’m going to give him”–he pointed at my father–“a ticket for not wearing his seat belt.” The officer walked around to my dad’s side, leaned in, and handed him the ticket, saying “Buckle up for safety, sir.” I couldn’t help it–I started laughing out loud. Since then my dad has never said another thing about mother’s speeding. He wouldn’t dare!
–Greg Jankowski, fitness trainer