The other day, my wife Bev and I encountered a cop writing a parking ticket, so I tried to talk him out of it.

Well, for example, the other day, my wife Bev and I went into town to run some errands and decided to stop at a quaint little shop. It was a beautiful day, and we were enjoying our time together. As we shopped and chatted with the friendly store owner, we lost track of time.

When we finally left the shop, we were met with an unwelcome surprise. There, standing beside our car, was a police officer in the process of writing out a parking ticket. It was a frustrating sight, and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of injustice.

In a moment of spontaneity, I decided to approach the officer. With Bev by my side, I politely asked, “Come on, man, how about cutting us some slack here? We lost track of time in that charming shop, and we’re only a few minutes late.” I tried to use a bit of humor to diffuse the tension of the situation.

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