Leadership: Unity versus Uniformity

Seems a sense of humor and personality are not desirable characteristics in a supervisor.

Seems a sense of humor and per­son­al­ity are not desir­able char­ac­ter­is­tics in a supervisor.

In 2012, I was peer-pressured into tak­ing a pro­mo­tional exam with my agency. At least that’s what I told myself when I took the silly thing. I passed it, but fin­ished so far down in the rank­ing (to my hind-sighted joy), I never even got an inter­view with the Man. Not a day goes by when I don’t thank the good Lord I didn’t make the cut.

Get off the bike to super­vise other peo­ple? The hell, you say. Besides, it seems three admin­is­tra­tors I’ve never met before in my life and haven’t seen since didn’t like my amus­ing choice of tie.

What­ever. If you’ve got a stick embed­ded that far inside of you, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t get along anyway.

The sad part is I’d make a damn good super­vi­sor. I just don’t want the job. That doesn’t mean, how­ever, I don’t have valu­able insight to offer into what fos­ter­ing lead­er­ship and team­work in my fel­low police offi­cers can look like.

How to Get Out of a Ticket — The Snark Remix

Last week, I told you how to get out of a ticket. I wrote it in the hopes that you would take the advice to heart should our paths cross some day on a traf­fic stop.


I have been doing this job long enough to know that a not insignif­i­cant per­cent­age of folks will not, in fact, take my advice, but will defer to their pre­vi­ous, albeit unsuc­cess­ful, attempts at get­ting out of a ticket.

In an effort to lull them into a false sense of secu­rity prior to the crush­ing of their soul, I give you the snarky ver­sion of that age-old question:

How can I get out of a ticket?

The One Word that will Save Your Financial Life — No.

When all the MClets were lit­tle and still took con­sis­tent naps, I hated tak­ing them to the store if they hadn’t napped.  The atti­tudes were ten­u­ous at best…and mine wasn’t fan­tas­tic either.

How­ever, I am proud of the fact that I wasn’t the kind of par­ent that gave into their every whim just to get them to be man­age­able dur­ing any given outing.

I’m not the par­ent that lets the kids run rough shod over me.  I firmly believe it is my job to raise them to be respect­ful and respon­si­ble.  Con­se­quently, when I hear some other par­ent being chal­lenged by their kid hav­ing a Cat­e­gory Four Melt­down in the candy aisle of the local gro­cery store, I can’t help but feel for them.

How to Get Out of a Ticket (Especially a Ticket You Deserve)

I know what you’re think­ing. “MC! Have you lost your mind?! Are you really going to tell peo­ple how they can get out of a traf­fic ticket?” I am. Sur­prised? Shocked? You should be. The infor­ma­tion I am about to tell you could get me kicked out of the club I just made up.

traffic ticket

Of all the ques­tions I get asked and all the key­word research I’ve done, it seems the one thing most peo­ple want to know is:

How can I get out of a ticket?

In my most pop­u­lar post from the past year, 5 Things to Never Say to a Motor­cop, I gave you a peek into the mind of a motor. They weren’t things to avoid a ticket, mind you. They were things to avoid mak­ing your sit­u­a­tion worse.

This time around, I’m going to lay it all out for you.

With­out fur­ther ado, here are five sim­ple things to increase your chances of get­ting out of a ticket: