Some really rich stories. First the light one:
A former Florida police officer wants the city to pay him the time it took him to get dressed for work.
…Weissberg claims that he was “required to work approximately 30 minutes off-the-clock” prior to his shift officially starting, the report said. The time amounted to about 5-10 hours overtime each week or more than $17,000, he claims. These tasks reportedly included maintaining his weapon and his police car.
Cry me a fucking river! It takes me two hours every day to go to and return from work if I catch the trains right. I don’t get paid for that. Back when I worked as a fisheries observer I had to pack for two weeks of work, and maintain gear that routinely got exposed to salt water. You don’t get paid for that crap, its part of the job, and you factor it into your pay.
During my brief stint as a commercial SCUBA diver, I was instructed by the other pros to set my hourly rate and minimum pay to compensate for the fact that I would have to pack, unpack, don, and maintain my SCUBA gear away from the client. I didn’t bill them for that time directly, I just made sure by the time I was home and my gear was stowed, I was happy with my pay.
In the end I didn’t like the hassle of the job, so I stopped soliciting clients and only got wet for friends and steady employers, who I know would appreciate the extra favors. I also chose to eat the time it took to deal with my gear because I would get it back in less stressful work.
If you don’t like being a cop, do something else.
Now more serious:
Police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme in which cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded, towed and later sold or given away for free to some officers when the car owners couldn’t pay the fees, authorities said Tuesday.
Four King City officers — including the recently retired police chief and the acting chief — have been arrested in the scheme, and two others were also arrested Tuesday on unrelated charges, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said.
Who do you call when the people stealing from you are the cops? Super classy!