MVZOOM wrote:I'm the first to admit that my initial reaction to the officer wasn't conducive to an amicable outcome, by any means. In saying that, I'm not about to be screamed at (literally - spittle flying from his mouth, red faced, wide eyed, hands on hips, legs spread) by anyone. It's just not something that I will ever just roll over and accept. My father was a police officer for many years - I have utmost respect for those men and women who choose to dedicate their lives to making society livable for the rest of us. I guess we got off on a bad footing, which got worse through the conversation.
If I had my way, it would be a law not to wear earphones when riding a bike, just as it would be a law not to play music so loud in a car you cannot hear an emergency services vehicle approaching, or side swiping a cyclist. But then, there's no law saying common sense has to prevail.
I can understand the policeman's anger, especially when he's looking straight at you, and you're riding along ignoring him.
Why some think it is appropriate to be insolent towards police, is a sign of how stuffed Australia is.
But then Australia is multicultural now, so police have to be sensitive to the cultural heritage of other countries, even NZ.