Next time you get pissed at a traffic officer, remember these words...

They will open up your mind
Jul 17, 2014

Traffic officer

So there's this cool Facebook page called Humans of New York, made by a guy who identifies himself as simply Brandon. According to him, he "set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I'd include quotes and short stories from their lives."

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One such quote (accompanied by the above photo) is this one from a New York traffic officer. We want you to read it and commit it to memory, so that the next time you find yourself getting really mad at a traffic-management enforcer, you will remember that he or she is really just doing a job. Here is the quote:

I'm a traffic cop. It's a job. Somebody's got to do it. I don't even represent myself when I'm working. If I was representing myself, I'd let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It's not for me to decide the system. We elect the people who decide the system. When I write a ticket, everyone tells me a reason that they don't deserve it. If I gave a warning to everyone with a reason, I wouldn't give any tickets, and the system wouldn't work. I don't get any joy by giving a ticket. And I'm not upset if you beat it in court. It's not personal. It's my job.

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Wow. This changed our perception of traffic officers in an instant. Don't tell us it didn't change yours.

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