There are lots of ways to be free. I’d like to make the pitch that one of the easiest route is to get in the habit of making life a royal pain in the ass to those who would hassle you. That’s what inspired me about the video below.
The setup is simple. A law abiding trucker is traveling down the road when he’s passed like he’s standing still by a cop without lights on and a phone held to his ear. That’s two no nos. Most of us would let it go, then later bitch about how cops are abusing their authority. Not this guy.
The trucker honks the horn at the cop and the cop in a bout of “respect my authority” pulls him over and threatens a ticket for improper horn use (which is apparently a thing). Then the cop starts looking for minor infractions; trucking hours of service, medical card, etc… The trucker handles all this with more class than I. Plus he’s got his paperwork in order and was obviously ready for the interaction; well done sir.
As the cop stomps away from the cab with a sheaf of paperwork the trucker politely mentions “it’s OK I’ve got it all on my dash cam”. A few minutes later cop guy comes back with an entirely new attitude.
Amazing that! Perhaps a whole lot of obstreperous citizens with hand held video might turn the tide from cops back to “peace officers”. One can hope.
Enjoy the short version from a news show:
Or the longer version I found first: