Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cops

Why did I think it would be a good idea to date a cop?

Sure, he was kind of cute. Sort of funny. A stitch mouthy. But honestly, at that point, I'd go out on a date or two with just about anyone who asked. I felt like I had to give everyone a chance. I felt like at that point in my life, I'd made such bad decisions in relationships, it was time to challenge all of my assumptions. And who knows? People can be surprising. Right?

On my second date with Abe the cop, we were driving downtown, and I was in the front seat of his car, which, coincidentally, is the same year, make and model as my car. (Was that part of the attraction? That he had good taste in cars?) He wanted to stop by his house before he took me home, so I could meet his dog (He owned a house. I think that was a big part of it. I was curious about dating a responsible guy, I guess. Slightly older. Maybe looking for something long-term?), but as we drove down the left lane of one-way street, we passed by a cop car driving slowly in the right lane. My date slowed down his car and rolled down my window using his driver-side controls.

“What the hell are you doing, harassing some punks?” he shouted across me as I tried to impress the back of my head into the headrest.

“Abe! You son of a bitch!” the on-duty cop shouted from behind his mirrored sunglasses and moustache. “Are you drunk driving?”

“Hell yeah!” Abe laughed.

Then they proceeded to chat for another minute. Across my face. While I stared dead ahead, mortified. I live in a small town. Someone I know could've walked by at any moment, and I knew I'd be horrified if someone saw me in that position. I think that’s exactly when I decided I’m not the kind of girl who dates cops.

The problem is, you can't live it down. Months later, I was out on the town with a new one I was just getting to know. It was a sweet summer night, and we'd ridden our bikes, loving the gorgeous weather and anticipating a few too many beers. As we strolled and chatted, we walked by a couple of cops on the corner. I realized too late one was Abe.

We exchanged a friendly hello (I almost always let fellas down easy) and I continued walking with my new beau.

"Um, how do you know that cop?" Beau asked.

I had to 'fess up. Fortunately, Beau was understanding. Everyone has a few skeletons in the closet. Some of them just happen to be cops.

18 comments:

Crush Addict said...

You're absolutely right, I would not date a cop, i think they are too weird and sometimes have an egoistic nature.

plumpdumpling said...

I used to have a total crush on a guy I worked with who was a cop-in-training. I think he, like, volunteered with the local cops or something gross at the time. We held hands at the Columbus 4th of July fireworks display (Red, White, and BOOM!, the greatest name in history), and then I said we should date, and he said, "Naw." So I set him up with one of my best friends, who he married. And now he's a legit cop who I'm convinced arrests people based solely on their race.

Things always work out for the best, I guess.

Anonymous said...

Thing about cops - average IQ nationwide is 102. Not exactly prime pickings. When you date on the dumb side of the block, don't be surprised by dumb behaviour. Good luck going forward.

Marie said...

I once dated a cop who was very weird. He was obsessed with pregnant women (I was not pregnant).

Anonymous said...

Hey anon, you get that average IQ is 100, right? That it's a moving target?

awesome said...

I'm with crush addict, my ex gf meet a cop off a dating site and he became a total stalker. He lived 100 miles away and never even meet her but used creepy language like how they are going to get married and he owns her and that he won't take no for an answer. Of couse all cops are not like this, but I had a bad experience just like you, so go figure.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. You'd be ashamed that you dated a cop? I could see if he was a violent felon but a cop? Weird.

Serial Monogamist said...

I don't think it's that weird. I know cops I like, hell, I know cops I love, but generally, cops are, well, they're COPS. It's the grown up version of a snitch, except with a gun. Not everyone's into that sort of thing.

Queenie said...

There are a handful of guys that I won't date, cops are one of those guys. I came to the conclusion, years ago, that I would never date them. Well, never say never, I did have a brief 'moment' with one and it was exactly as I thought it would be. I'm not trying to stereotype the men who serve and all that good stuff, but where I come from- all the cops are the dudes in high school that were usually made fun of or weren't cool and they end up becoming cops to have that artifical sense of 'power', most of them abusing it. So, yes I am pointing the finger at 'cops' but maybe I should point a finger at myself. Maybe I have an issue with authority. Maybe I have an issue with blue lights. Maybe it doesn't make sense to me to spend your entire youth running from them, only to end up dating one. Talk about sleeping with the enemy. lol Most of them are too cocky, I don't want to have to worry all night long about what's going on, if they are okay, if they are dead, guns scare me...that is a gun, right? Oh, I just thought you were happy to see me.

Single parents dating said...

I don't think so. I think they are attractive in the way that they are very masculine and has a strong personality, the kind of Knight in shining Armour.

Senior dating services said...

Yeah, cause some cops are weird and there behavior...

Anonymous said...

If that's the worse thing that's ever happened to you on a date, consider yourself lucky. Sounded pretty tame to me.

Serial Monogamist said...

Who said that's the worst thing that's ever happened to me on a date?

I don't seem to remember writing that ...

Heather said...

I'm dating a reserve cop. I think the bond they have within the department is nice. We always have great BBQs and the guys, and gals, are a hoot to be around. And you get to hear funny cop stories.

Datecover.com said...

I have a lot of cop friends that are like the rest of my friends. "Normal" but everyone has their issues, if you know what I mean. I wouldn't group them into a bad group of guys

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Yes, probably so it is

Anonymous said...

Cops are people. There is good and bad in everyone. Now you do have to deal with the crazy work hours but if you married a techie or a musician same dif. If you're worried about being labeled a snitch past 21 you got bigger issues with your circle of friends than dating cops.

Source: born and raised in inner city
Work in law enforcement
Liberal African-Anerican female
Dated a cop, but didn't grow up liking them.