By spekledworf - United States - Plymouth
Today, as I wandered through the streets of an unfamiliar city, I spotted a cop and darted across the street to ask for assistance. He kindly gave me directions as he wrote me out a citation for jaywalking. FML
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  harrypotter322  |  18

I'm not sure if this is true, but my mom once told me that there are some minor infractions (like jaywalking) that cops are not required to cite you for. I'm now curious as to if this is true or not.


There is a big tourist town near my house where people jaywalk all the time. They will just walk right in front of your car and you have to stop. Either the cops don't care or there are just too many people doing it.

  Schizomaniac  |  24

Probably more understandable in places where pedestrian deaths are really high. Where I live (Vegas), I think it's appropriate to try to discourage jaywalking because of the insane number of car-related fatalities we have here.

  stolenballoon  |  5

I'm guessing this was probably the reason, too. Usually cops don't give out tickets for minor stuff like that just to be dicks, unless they're trying to curb a behavior because it's become such a problem that people's lives have become endangered (or lost) and they're getting heat from the higher ups. Jaywalking is something everyone does, but if it's in an area with a blind spot and people are being killed, it would make sense.

  Arwen_Evenstar  |  37

Most cops I've met have been pretty damn reasonable, and will use judgement where they can, not automatically ticket for minor violations. And they have to put up with a lot of abuse from a lot of idiots.

  XxDevilxXGt  |  26

All people have to do is open their eyes and have ok judgment before crossing the street. Opening of the eyes might be a crucial step. It's not the jaywalking that kills them, it's natural selection.

  aruam365  |  24

10: I'm an EMT, I work with police officers very frequently and most are very kind people, and so are the police officers that I've encountered when I'm not in uniform, who have no idea I'm an EMS provider. You've read news stories and maybe had bad experiences, that doesn't define all police officers. You don't hear about the wonderful things they do, so don't speak poorly about the men and women who may save your life someday.

  Sariasprincy  |  7

#75 - Very well said! My boyfriend is a police officer and he is one of the kindest and fairest officers I have ever met! He's used his own money on duty to buy a girl gas for her empty tank so she could get home and she didn't even say thank you. It's disgusting how people treat police just because they've heard stories or did something illegal and got mad because they were caught for it.

  KushCrushin89  |  10

Umm that is almost the exact definition of natural selection. Natural selection is a process by which weaker traits are weeded out of the gene pool. I'd call stupidity a pretty weak trait...

By  JRT98  |  12

Are city police so bored that they actually write you out for that? Also you kinda deserve it for not paying attention to the road, you could've been squashed or some shit.