I’ve seen many shocking things on the internet, but this one is a hard one for me to recover from. Unbelievable.
I guess it pinched my sense of injustice a little too much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in rules and the law. Even when I don’t agree with the law, I support the process of everyone agreeing to follow what the majority has decided on. For instance, even if you didn’t vote for the presidential candidate who won, you still have to abide and recognize him once the majority has spoken. Otherwise, if we all went by our own rules, anarchy ensues. So ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll agree that I’m a stickler for rules. So I agree with the policeman when he flagged down the car which rolled through a red light. But once he turned INTO the hospital parking lot, AND explained the predicament, was it too much too ask to at least verify first if the driver was telling the truth? And if need be, give him the ticket AFTER he says goodbye to his dying mother-in-law! I’m not saying suspend the enforcement of traffic rules to every joe who claims to be rushing to an emergency, but when it is verifiable, already being in the HOSPITAL PARKING LOT, I think a little humanity dictates the lowering of hubris and applying a little bit of compassion. True, it is a judgment call, and different people will have different views on the matter, but I personally, am appalled by this display of lack of kindness. He could have followed them to the room just to check if they were telling the truth. Sorry, it just touched a nerve. Hours after, I was still bristling at the thought. Sometimes we need to understand the spirit of the law, and not just the letter of the law. Call me naive, but I believe that law enforcement and human compassion CAN co-exist.