Monday, August 11, 2008

Another Cop Demanding Free Stuff

Protect, serve, demand free java? -- OK, if businesses want to give cops a discount or free coffee that is great. Having a cop sitting in a restaurant is good for the restaurant and its patrons.

But it is up to the business, not the cop.
But there's another unwritten rule: Cops can't demand the free stuff. And that's just what officials say Chicago Police Officer Barbara Nevers did, demanding free coffee and pastries from a half-dozen Starbucks stores over the years, until she was banned from one of the java joints and a memo was sent to other stores.
Oh, and this is the second time in a month that Starbucks has had to put up with this crap.

This is the embodiment of the idea that cops are better than everyone else. Not all cops feel this way of course, but there are plenty of examples of ones who do.

At least the powers that be are taking this seriously.
The 55-year-old veteran of more than a decade was suspended for 18 months and recommended for counseling after showing her gun and badge to intimidate employees into giving her free coffee, according to documents released Thursday.
This attitude needs to be stamped out, and these folks seem to be trying.

Of course if I did something like this, the police might think I needed more than counseling. (What? Are there 2 sets of rules?) But at least they're doing something.

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