December 22, 2016

A UW student, caught speeding, is also caught unable to tie his tie, and the cop ties it for him... twice.



The headline at ABC is "Officer Pulls Over Speeding Student, Teaches Him to Tie a Tie," but the young man never pays attention to the tying, nor does the officer tell him to watch and learn. The first time the cop ties the tie, the bottom part is way too long, and the second time, the top part is way too long, and the cop seems more concerned about how it looks than the guy... who, by the way, says he was speeding because he had a presentation to give and needed to stop first at the home of a friend "and he knows how to tie a tie."

ADDED: The cop knows he's on camera, so this is law-enforcement theater. The young man has no choice by to lend his performance to this police PR. It's very well done, and I'm glad the cameras incentivize this good — too good? — behavior by the police.

But I'm sure there are naysayers: Does everyone get such benevolent service, or is this special for drivers of BMWs? And does this not bear out the thesis of the old Eddie Murphy sketch "White Like Me"?

33 comments:

Lance said...

That's velvet torture. Nothing so frustrating as an officer that knows you're in a hurry and won't just cite you and allow you to continue.

David Hampton said...

Merry Christmas!

No ulterior motives, hard as that is to understand.

Laslo Spatula said...

The gray box on screen to hide the license plate number also hides the police officer's erection.

He's got a thing about tying other men's ties.

The closeness, he can feel the other man's breath.

Hands near the other man's neck, knowing he could easily cut off the air supply.

The power imbalance.

Of course he has an erection.

I am Laslo.

Gahrie said...

According to what I have read, the speeder stopped by the station later on to tell the officer how he did, and the officer then taught him how to tie a tie.

I had to teach several of my school's football players how to tie a tie this year.

rehajm said...

Does everyone get such benevolent service, or is this special for drivers of BMWs

Yes, feature or bug we do power police officers with discretion. Certain things improve the probability of receiving this type of treatment- a history of obeying the law, demonstrating respect and deference, avoiding threatening or menacing or uncooperative behavior, for example. Don't count on the brand of car saving you as thugs drive Beemers, too.

(Special thanks to Chris Rock.)

Virgil Hilts said...

Started to write re curmudgeonry, but Hampton got there first. Cop sounds like a good guy.

Bob Ellison said...

Boys need men to teach them a few things. How to tie a tie, how to pee standing up. This cop did well.

MayBee said...

By all means, let's poison every nice interaction with the imagined racist slight of another.

Laslo Spatula said...

Neckties are a symbol of the White Patriarchy.

And used to strangle hookers.

I am Laslo.

bagoh20 said...

It should be no surprise that cops are people too, and if you were one, you would do this kind of thing when you felt safe. I'm sure things like this happen more often than the mistakes that get wall to wall coverage.

Ann Althouse said...

"According to what I have read, the speeder stopped by the station later on to tell the officer how he did, and the officer then taught him how to tie a tie."

Yes. That's at the link in my post. Still doesn't make the headline a correct description of the encounter.

MikeR said...

Cop-splaining

Laslo Spatula said...

Dude With Seven Restraining Orders says:

I meet this girl at a bar, and she complimented me on how well dressed I was: she said most men today just dress like overage children. And I DID look sharp: I always dress this way on the days I meet my parole officer, it makes him think I must be living as an upstanding citizen…

We go back to her place and get naked, and now she is excited by my jailhouse tattoos: she’s thinking she’s got the best of both worlds, because all women secretly lust after ex-cons, at least in my experience…

She takes my tie from the clothes on the bed and places it around her neck: would I show her how to tie a tie, she asks, smiling and I say Sure…

I tell her I can’t tie a tie backwards, so I get behind her and wrap my arms around her and grasp the tie. NOW there is a decision to be made. Do I tie the tie, and have mildly exciting average sex? Do I pull her down by the tie and have ex-con rough sex? Or do I strangle her with the tie she herself placed around her neck and then put her still-warm body in the dumpster out back…?

Why do women put me in these situations? Every time I’ve been arrested a woman has been at fault, or at least has been somewhere in the vicinity. Well, that and alcohol. And I guess sometimes meth…

I decide to play it safe: we have mildly exciting average sex, but the tie around her neck taunts me, especially when she tells me to slap her ass: when a woman has sex with an ex-con they almost always ask to be slapped in the ass, it’s a woman thing I guess: some off-shoot of Daddy Issues, probably…

In the morning she says she was a little tipsy, did we use a condom? Of course we did, I say. I mean, we didn’t of course, but it’s not like I came in her or anything, I shot my load on her ass and I didn’t have any sores present…

So I leave in the morning and hail a taxi with the money I stole from her purse. Chicks: when you go home with an ex-con, you get the ex-con experience, OK…?

And, yes, I did put a pubic hair on that one girl's Starbucks cup, but the person who says they saw me do it is lying...

I am Laslo.

MadisonMan said...

Has the speeder never heard of YouTube? Plenty of 'How to tie a tie' videos.

Brando said...

When I was a kid I had to keep a pre-tied tie for just this reason, then finally figured out how to tie them because I feared it coming undone and having to go through the embarrassment of asking someone for help.

But ties suck. They need to be phased out.

MadisonMan said...

Bolo Ties! Bring them back!

Molly said...

White like me -- one of the funniest and most insightful sketches ever from SNL.

dbp said...

I can only tie a tie in front of a mirror and it usually takes a try or two since I wear them so seldom. It is a little odd though. I learned at MCRD in San Diego and the DIs had us practice while waiting in line at the chow hall.

SayAahh said...

The officer wasn't teaching anything. He was doing.
You don't learn how to tie a tie that way.
A P.R. attempt at humanizing cops and trying to convey the message that cops do matter.
They could do much better.

Laslo Spatula said...

Dude With Seven Restraining Orders says:

I still have the tie I first choked a chick with. My step-dad at the time got it for me to wear at my grandmother’s funeral, so it has a lot of sentimental value; when I masturbate with it I just think about the girl I choked, not my grandmother, that would be sick…

I didn’t kill the girl or anything: we were just playing around, roughhousing, and I only choked her until she passed out on the couch. I was eleven at the time, and the girl never babysat for me again…

Every so often I find a girl who LIKES to be choked: some with ties, some with belts, some with bare hands. I don’t get it, myself, but I don’t really get chicks in general: every time there’s a misunderstanding they fucking go and call the cops…

I still think about my grandmother, sometimes. SHE was a woman I could respect: she served eight years for killing her first husband with a pair of scissors. I think she would understand me: I bet, for me, she’d even put up bail…

And, yes, I did put a pubic hair on that one girl's Starbucks cup, but the person who says they saw me do it is lying...

I am Laslo.

Big Mike said...

ADDED: The cop knows he's on camera, so this is law-enforcement theater. The young man has no choice by to lend his performance to this police PR. It's very well done, and I'm glad the cameras incentivize this good — too good? — behavior by the police.

Golly, but you're a cynic, Althouse. And during the week before Christmas, no less!

Original Mike said...

I don't think I could tie a tie backwards.

Original Mike said...

I wore a tie a lot early in my career, but dropped the practice later in life. At a professional meeting several years ago I went to tie my tie before a presentation and found I had forgotten how. I had a moment of panic before the thought occurred, "So what? So I do my talk without a tie; will the sky fall?". Calming down, I found I had regained my ability to tie the damn thing.

mikee said...

Laslo, roughhousing may be the only word in the English language with two sequential letter h's. Well played.

puzzlemuseum.com/singma/singma5/LANGUAGE/WORDCURI.DOC

mikee said...

Ack, Sister Mary John is rolling in her grave. That should be "letters h" above.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I've always been fascinated by those guys who tie their tie way loose down at the bottom and them snug it way up.

Me? I tie it where I'll wear it.

Sigivald said...

A BMW is not a special key to privilege anyway, not today.

Every cop knows that lightly used ones are cheap - and for that matter a stripper model 320i is for badge-whoring posturers, and a downmarket piece of lame theater.

It by no means marks one as an elite.

Quaestor said...

I don't think I could tie a tie backwards.

I find it most difficult to make the knot on someone else. The last time I assisted in a necktie knotting (double t) I had to sand behind the "be-tied" and reach around and over.

Did the cop teach overhand or windsor?

Students today know about fictions like white male privilege, but can't manage their neckwear. Conscription should return if for nothing else than to teach virility: courage, reticence, and knotting your own tie.

Arthur James said...
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Arthur James said...

I really like this video, community service and decency displayed. Pleasant and nice. I was pulled over in the city limits of Cleveland for running a stop sign. It was an obvious violation on a backstreet late at night. The police car was sitting right there and I never saw her. The attractive officer looked so tiny in her bullet proof vest I could only be pleased with her. I commented, "We must support the police even when they are writing us tickets. God bless you and be safe". Her smile charmed warmly. It was an amiable human experience, even with her partner opposite side of the car, slightly out of visual perception, his hand near his holster the whole time. Now the hundred and ninety-six dollar fine was not so agreeable, yet overall I view it as an opportunity to support the police and check my aggressive driving.

John Taylor said...

...it was during the Trump yellow tie period that I switched over to the Windsor knot... I'm a snob on this other stuff, which just looks like 80's skinny tie slobbery. The media seems so caught up in witch hunting they don't seem to be looking forward to - what I fully expect - coming fashion changes...

uffda said...

Some cops, like some of the rest of us, feel blessed by an opportunity to be a good Samaritan. And long before the advent of dash cams. In 1966 while on a fancy date with my girlfriend, I had a flat tire on the freeway. A trooper stopped and insisted on changing the tire so my clothes would not get dirty. Another time I had a flat tire on Christmas Day in a tiny town in North Dakota. A trooper called the local garage owner at home and he opened the shop and found a used correct sized tire as our spare was no good.

Passing up the opportunity to help a stranger makes you poorer.

Steve said...

You don't teach someone to do anything when they are running late to do something else. I once had a guy try and read me the instructions and explain how to use a fire extinguisher once. And yeah, I needed that fire extinguisher "right F#&%ing now!".

People need to check their need to check on a story. "Hey Santa, please violate HIPAA and tell us who that dying kid was. Our readers have the right to know."