My friend Trojan posted about instincts and about how you should listen to them and all that. Well, on Saturday night I should’ve listened to my instincts. When I pulled up to pick up the customer, I should’ve asked him right off if he had money and asked him to show it to me. If he had told me that the money was at the destination, I would’ve kicked him out. I should’ve been an @ss to him and demanded that he give me the final address that we were going to, and not have put up with his “turn left, turn right, go straight” bull. Alas, I was nice.
I tried to not be a racist @sshole. I tried to not let my pre-conceptions of this guy who was shuffling his feet walking really slowly, his disheveled dress, and how he smelled influence how I was going to treat him. After all, just because he’s dressed poorly, smells of gawd knows what and is somewhat incoherent does not mean that he doesn’t have any money, right? I wanted to maintain my covenant that I would treat everyone with the respect that I expect to be treated with.
I should not have been surprised when we got to his destination, and he went inside to “get his money” that he had none when he came out. I should not have been surprised that he tried to take all of my money instead. Fortunately, I never took the car out of “Drive” and was thus able to speed away. I made a police report and the whole shebang. I guess I’ll be seeing that guy in court when he gets arrested. Yeah right.
I don’t see nor understand how cops can maintain their impartiality. From now on, I will wrestle with myself to maintain my impartiality and not just be an @ss to people.