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  • Curious November 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm #54844 Reply

    A few years ago my wallet (containing wallet stuff + passport and diamond jewelry) was stolen from Golds Gym in Ballston. I reported it right away since I saw the theives were using my SmartPass and thought maybe Metro security cameras could get a glimpse of them. ACPD was totally unhelpful. They did NOTHING, no follow-up, didn't respond to any of my further attempts to contact them. Seems like this gym theft thing is still a problem.

     

    Today, my car was parked on my quiet residential street outside my house. A (pa)trolling cop car rolls up, stops, and proceeds to begin to ticket me. My dad sees him and asks what the issue was. Apparently, I had forgotten to put my current registration sticker on the back plate, even though I put one on the front plate. The back plate sticker is sitting in my glove box with my registration. The cop goes “that's a moving violation and you are going to have to appear in court.” My dad talked him down to a warning. Cop rolls away. I grab the sticker from my glove box and put it on the back plate.

     

    Geez ACPD. Get a life!!! Please don't harass quiet, law-abiding citizens over minutiae (especially citizens you've failed to help in the past). Those twenty minutes could have been better spent elsewhere, like maybe patrolling Golds Gym.

     

    Not a sermon, just a thought.

    johnny b November 8, 2012 - 6:04 pm #54845 Reply

    Had a similar incident years ago with our sister Montgomery County, Md……..New Years Day driving to Hagerstown with a buddy and his two kids to do some slot car racing. Driving a company car, get pulled over on 270 just past the split. Cop explains I don't have new sticker on plates….I look in glovebox, find new stickers w/ registration and tell cop I'll put them on…..he says “that's good 'cause I wouldn't want ya to get 'another' ticket”! I think it cost me $50 (25 years ago).

    Count yer blessings, 'cause it ain't just Arlington.

     

    BTW – How do you 'forget' to put the rear one on? They both come on the same strip, and you put it in the glovebox.

     

    In my case someone else had put the new stickers in the glovebox, I had just borrowed the car for the holidays. Also, mine was the 1st day of the month, not the 8th.

     

    “Geez ACPD. Get a life!!! “…………Hey, the cop is patrolling and sees a violation, stops to issue a ticket, and luckily for you allows your dad to negotiate a warning. BUT….if you had not 'forgotten' to put the sticker on, that cop would not have stopped, and would have been available to the rest of the county's residents.

    So who was the 'real' cause for those 20 wasted minutes?? I hope your dad explained that to you.

     

    Not a thought, just a sermon.

    internet tourettes November 8, 2012 - 9:18 pm #54846 Reply

    I have never seen a police department that was so unaccountable (actually the whole county government seems to be indifferent to the people who live in the county). I’ve met a few of the younger cops who seem ok but most of the veterans seem to work really hard at getting their quota filled by issuing “sticker tickets” and BS traffic citations (I went to traffic court once and I was amazed at some of the tickets that were issued) and then disappearing for the rest of their shift. I have never seen a police car patrol my neighborhood and I have never seen a cop walking when it dosn’t involve either Starbucks or 7-11. To get back to your post I bet the cops name was Cornelius….

    Curious November 8, 2012 - 11:10 pm #54847 Reply

    BTW – How do you ‘forget’ to put the rear one on? They both come on the same strip, and you put it in the glovebox.

    I was stressed and busy and had a brain fart. Sue me.

    In my case someone else had put the new stickers in the glovebox, I had just borrowed the car for the holidays. Also, mine was the 1st day of the month, not the 8th.

    I actually got them in October so the one had been on for a month.

    So who was the ‘real’ cause for those 20 wasted minutes?? I hope your dad explained that to you.

    You miss the point entirely. It was 1. not worth it for him to stop (unless he was fulfilling ‘proactivity expectations’ AHEM his quota). And 2. What about intelligent deployment of police resources? That cop car could have been better used elsewhere in the first place, like an area known to be at high risk for crime–aka golds gym.

    Glebe Roader November 9, 2012 - 7:12 am #54848 Reply

    Another person complaining about “deployment of resources” when they get caught breaking the law.

    CrystalMikey November 9, 2012 - 8:54 am #54849 Reply

    I was going to say, sure it sucks, but were you in the wrong?  Yes.  Cops enforce laws, as trivial as some of those laws may seem.

    Swag November 9, 2012 - 9:02 am #54850 Reply

    Oh look, it's another “ACPD is wasting it time and only cares about quotas because I got a ticket I definitely deserved” thread.

    Curious November 9, 2012 - 9:14 am #54851 Reply

    Please read the post. I didn’t get a ticket, so the cop was partly being nice and partly realized how trivial of an offense it was.

    Quotas in acpd are real-just google it to find the ‘proactivity expectations’ memo.

    If you don’t get the point of my post, fine. But again, I am simply expressing my frustration at evidence of chronic inefficiency in a public service.

    WD November 9, 2012 - 10:13 am #54852 Reply

    It wouldn't have been an offense if you put the stickers on in October when you got them. You had all month. That's your fault, end of story.

    1RLI November 9, 2012 - 10:34 am #54853 Reply

    Curious said:

    If you don't get the point of my post, fine. But again, I am simply expressing my frustration at evidence of chronic inefficiency in a public service.

    Actually, it reads to me as if you're complaining because ACPD was TOO efficient!

    Captain Harris November 9, 2012 - 11:00 am #54854 Reply

    I get your point. You were at fault for not attaching your registration sticker, which you admit, and the officer was just doing his job by enforcing the laws. But if the purpose of those laws is to protect citizens and property, then he could have just as easily accomplished that by letting you show him the sticker, reminding you to attach it when you get it next time and then leaving. The nonsense about the moving violation and the court appearance was ridiculous. I'm sure the ordeal was frustrating and you learned your lesson, and I'm glad you didn't get a ticket.

    internet tourettes November 9, 2012 - 2:11 pm #54855 Reply

    1RLI said:

    Curious said:

    If you don't get the point of my post, fine. But again, I am simply expressing my frustration at evidence of chronic inefficiency in a public service.

    Actually, it reads to me as if you're complaining because ACPD was TOO efficient!

     
    You missed the point. It’s that the police can’t help him with a stolen wallet because they are too busy running around trying to bust people for an inspection sticker which he had. I agree with him totally. There is too much crime, most of the police are over armed and too aggressive for even the slightest infractions which would be handled with a warning in most jurisdictions. This combined with the fact that there is a known problem with; prostitution, car theft, and larceny in many parts of the county and that for the most part the police are invisible hiding in parking lots. The police budget is 60 million dollars a year to patrol 26 square miles and I think that they are performing miserably given the personal and resources they have at their disposal.

     

    WD November 9, 2012 - 3:02 pm #54856 Reply

    I see your point as well as the OP's, but if people didn't do stupid things like not putting their registration stickers on for a month, the police wouldn't have to worry about it and could help with stolen wallets.

    johnny b November 9, 2012 - 3:28 pm #54857 Reply

    So maybe it would have been better to have been pulled over while driving? (If yer gonna forget a sticker, try to forget the front one. Surprised )

    Primary offense…possible expired State registration…now secondary offenses can be pondered.

    Seat belt on?

    Another stressful, brain fart day…maybe a glass or two of wine at lunch…”excuse me Mr./Ms. Curious, is that alcohol I smell? Please step out of the car.”

    I’d say that cop did you a pretty big favor…think of the above scenario out of town, say in Richmond or Va. Beach. Expired tags are usually connected to undesirables in a cop’s daily routine.

    So I think the consensus is it is you who ‘misses the point'.

     

    “Actually, it reads to me as if you're complaining because ACPD was TOO efficient!”…. +1 Laugh

    Deadite November 9, 2012 - 3:29 pm #54858 Reply

    If people aren’t complaining about justifiable sticker violations they’ll be complaining about people driving around in cars that are unregistered, uninspected, etc.  You can’t have it both ways, bud.

     

    With that said, the cops in this county (country?) are nothing more than meter maids with more weaponry. We pay them $100,000 a year to hand out chickenshit tickets all day, then they get to retire at age 55 and collect a full pension for the next 35 years. On top of that, they now have cameras doing their jobs for them. Why didn’t I become a cop, again?

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