I had a decent shift at work last night. last night of rotation, no really heavy lifting (ie no real hard calls) I did a fire standby & We did bust a few bikers for drugs. But sometimes the blog material just materializes when you are not expecting it.
Last night we had just made the arrest of the 5 bikers, there was about 5-6 cops along with me in the booking room. One of them was "the rookie" he was the booking officer (what we call the beastmaster) So you got between 10-11 macho type guys evenly distributed between "good" guys and "bad" guys. It's kinda a tense situation. As a cop you are always aware and tend to keep your guard up until all your prisoners are tucked away nicely in their cells, and I am sure the bikers were just as tense as we were because:
  • They just got arrested.
  • All their bikes and trucks had been towed.
  • And finally, they knew that while we were booking them the DA was signing off on a search warrant of their clubhouse.
So you could cut the tension with a knife.
Well all of a sudden someones cell phone starts ringing, and in this day and age with all the customizable ring tones, you can expect just about anything coming from the phones around you. I used to have the clown song from the circus ring tone on mine.
But it took us all by suprise when the phone ringtone started playing the 80's WHAM song "careless whispers" Each guy in the cellblock was looking around to see who had the phone that was ringing. Lo and behold, it was the rookies phone. Needless to say all the good guys and bad guys shared a brief chuckle.
The rookie had gotten into an arguement with his wife just before going to work yesterday and she told him she was going to get even with him. He didn't pay much heed to it. So his wife grabbed his phone while he wasn't looking and downloaded that particular ringtone and sent him off to work with a kiss and a hug.
She couldn't have set him up better if she tried.
He will be hearing a lot of shit about it for a Looooooooooooong Time. All in good fun....
This rookie is a really good kid, a hard worker, and will be an awesome cop when he finds his groove but he still hasn't found his place in the whole scheme of things yet and he still does rookie things (we all did them, and we took the grief until we each individually found our comfort zone)
Sometimes its just so easy blogging.