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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Cops Folly

This morning I witnessed an idiotic misuse of the police. Three cops parked on the westbound side of the Long Island Railroad tracks, out of sight. They waited for the gate signaling an oncoming train to go down and, when the inevitable few stragglers crossed the tracks, they pounced on them and gave them tickets (and did not allow them to board the 8:01).

Wow, now we're safe.

The cops engage in this charade every six months or so. It is a complete waste of time for many reasons. First, no one ever gets hurt crossing the tracks to make the 8:01 because the train stops in the station. Second, the minute the cops leave, people will resume crossing the tracks against the barrier. They have been doing so from time immemorial and will not stop because the cops show up three days a year.

Whose idea was this? Would their time be better spent giving tickets to double parked Escalades on Central Avenue?



  • At 9:53 AM, Blogger Noyam said…

    I saw the same thing (on the 8:33). Just one thing to point out, those were not Nassau County Police, they were MTA Police. They, presumably, have nothing better to do with their time.

  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger Just Passing Through said…

    I've also seen it on occasion; even almost got nabbed once or twice. They were Nassau police.

    The funniest is when they nail someone and then that someone stands at the crossing and shouts warnings to anyone thinking about crossing. Probably pisses the cops off but what can they do? lol

  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger SIM said…

    I have olso noticed more 'lurking' cops in our area. I wonder if they are just trying to meet the quota of tickets for the end of the quarter/year?

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger Noyam said…

    They were out again today, and they were certainly MTA cops, not Nassau County Police.

    The big "MTA Police" on the side of the cruiser is what tipped me off.


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