So my daughter took a brief hike over to the Quick Chek on the corner last weekend, and it were COLD. So she wore her warm, cozy, luscious cloak. (Now this is her story and I'm going to let her add to it; but since she's going too slow for my tastes I'm starting it. Neiner neiner.) It was about 2:30 AM on a Saturday night.
Suddenly a squad car pulls up and accosts her. A SQUAD CAR? Ok...there IS a curfew in this town; if you're under 18 you're not allowed out after 11PM. Never mind whether that's right or not. She does have a baby face, and looks about 12, depending. So they sometimes stop and check her ID to be sure she's not a kid, then apologize and leave. Not so this time.
THIS time they took her ID and started running her name, asking if she had any outstanding warrants. She said, "Uh, no, I DON'T have any warrants, what's the trouble?" Meantime, police car after police car began pulling up - they do that in these podunk fucking NJ towns - one guy gets a live call and suddenly they ALL show up to see the fun - and she stood there having a cigarette and laughing. Because it was already really dumb.
They told her - and I'm serious - that they received a call in to the station that someone was outside dressed as a SUPERHERO.. A what? Not a Druid? And, pardon me, but when you get insane calls like that, shouldn't it go more like,
"There's a person outside dressed as a WHAT?"
"Well he's OUT THERE. Dressed as a...(whispering) superhero."
"What's he doing, ma'am?"
"Walking? Is he doing anything else?"
"(low voice) No."
"Yeah, ok, we'll be sure to check THAT out." Click.
Or perhaps, "Ma'am, put down the vodka bottle and go to bed now."
Instead they send the entire fucking police force to check it out? Are you kidding me?
So while they're RUNNING HER NAME, she asks, "Um, so is there something illegal about wearing a CLOAK?"
Actual answer, "Well, well, no...but we just want to know why you're wearing it." WHAT?
It is the will of Landrew.
You speak in strange whispers my friend...but you better hurry, it is the red hour.
No more blah blah blah!
Actual answer: "Because it's COLD out here!"
As the other police cars showed up, the accosting officer yelled over to each one in turn, "It's ok! She was just wearing it because she was cold!" and they went off on their merry way.
What in FUCK can be going on here? How in the HELL do police answer such a ridiculous call, and harass an innocent citizen who's walking down the fucking street? She asked them what IF she had been wearing a superhero costume, or a fucking TUTU for that matter...no answer. When they determined she had no warrants, they left her alone. Jesus. She wasn't even carrying a sword. She should try that next time.