[quote=“orangetang”]I have found RCMP officers in Kelowna to be much more friendly than ones from Prince Rupert. Infact, a couple of nights ago I was pulled over for having my “headlights” out. He was polite enough not to use his sirens, not even a chirp. I hate it when they do that… Our conversation went something along the lines of.
COP: Good evening sir, have you had anything to drink tonight?
ME: Nothing at all.
COP: I pulled you over becuase your headlights are out.
ME: My headlights or my taillights? (pushes button) My headlights are working fine.
COP: Your taillights are out, but I noticed your turn indictors still work. Can you turn on your 4-ways for me?
ME: Absolutely. (turns on 4ways) I had a taillight fuse die on me a couple of days ago, I’m sure that’s all it is.
COP: Alright, if you dont’ live to far from here, use your 4ways and drive home, or fix your stuff now if you can. Have a good night sir.
Me: You too, thanks.
I guarantee if that Rupert RCMP woman that seems to love to pull me over without reason, saw my taillights out, she would have written me a fine. I have been pulled over about a dozen times since I started driving… one time in Rupert I was “pulled over” and asked to blow a breathalizer test… The stupid part is that I was properly parked outside of a house waiting for Eso to jump in. They asked me if I had anything to drink, I said no, I was polite and they asked me to get out of the vehicle, and then demanded the breathlizer… I don’t mind giving one if they have reason to suspect I had been drinking, but this really pissed me off. After that I wasn’t polite and they buggered off. Anyhow, like I said before… I’ve been pulled over about a dozen times… for all sorts of things. Four times here in Kelowna now, and everytime the officer was very polite and almost sounded guilty for pulling me over in the first place. In Rupert, I’ve been pulled over 3 times without reason, given a ticket for not completely stopping at a stop sign, at night, without any traffic… Fortunately, she didn’t fill the ticket out properly so I never needed to pay it… and once I was pulled over in my Dad’s white Wagoneer, apparently doing 92km/h in an 80km/h zone… My only comical argument was that I couldnt’ go that fast up that hill if I wanted to, (which is true) and I politely asked if maybe one of the other 8 or so cars on that road at that time were speeding instead. He saw no humour in my statement and wrote me a warning… Anyway, I have found that RCMP outside of Rupert treat you with as much or more respect than you give them, but RCMP in Rupert are a completely different breed.[/quote]
I remember that night… parked outside Ed’s house, in the back alley, car turned off, etc…
Anyway, as for rupert having stiff cops, i think is mainly to do with the amount of alcohol the average person here consumes. If you go to terrace, or even as far as Prince George, you goto the liqour store, put your 15 pack and 26 on the counter, and the clerk says “you must be from rupert”… I’ve heard the same thing happen to quite a few people when the shop for liqour out of town, and they get the same respones. As for new cops, I think that they are trying to get their point accross that they are serious about enforcing the law, even to the extent that they break the law on their part to get their point across. If all the cops were nice, and even if they knew your were 16 with a case of beer in your back pack, and let you go everytime, slowly they would lose control of the public, and the streets would be haywire. In that sence its completly logical that they get out of hand sometimes.