Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Police need to mind manners

All right, Ketchum police, so when does writing a traffic ticket override common courtesy to the public at large? Last week, two of your officers blocked an entire lane of traffic, disrupted the flow of traffic and blocked five parked cars from exiting their spaces (me included) on Leadville Avenue.

So here's the situation: When I politely informed the female officer that she and her partner were blocking in my car, she told me "it will just be a moment." I waited a few minutes and thought that one of the officers would be kind enough to reverse their police car a few feet to let me out of my parking space, but that was not how this situation was handled. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking and the two officers are obviously unconcerned with the fact that they are seriously inconveniencing me (the only law-abiding citizen in this situation) from exiting my parking space. Not to mention that I was en route to a job interview, for which I was late.

So to these two officers, thank you for blocking me in my parking space, being so sensitive to my situation and making me late to a job interview during these difficult economic times. Maybe a refresher course in common courtesy is warranted.

Jennifer Helms


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