Imagine being pulled over for a MINOR infraction (think, California roll at an EMPTY 4 way stop sign) but not being actually pulled over until you have driven over 4 blocks and are in your driveway.
And then, while you're wondering to your very pregnant friend (who is in the car with you because you have just come from a very nice lunch and whose life you have apparently just put in jeopardy because of your RECKLESS BLOWING OF A STOP SIGN... when you read the citation you will note that you were clocked at going 15 mph... in a 35 mph zone... wow, BLOWING A STOP SIGN, suddenly seems to be the very definition of hyperbole.) what is going on you are approached not only by Officer Friendly, but 2 cameramen from Court TV.
So, because you have watched (a lot) of reality TV and every single time someone is on camera you wonder, "Why would anyone consent to this?" you immediately say, "Turn the cameras off!"
How do you think you react when, while Officer Friendly is off calling in your pertinent information, one of the cameraman saunters up to your car window and tries to do a sales job on you... how worthwhile it will be for you to agree to be on this show...
Get off my driveway, pal.
And when you explain to the officer that although you understand that Orange County housewives, and wow, housewives from Laguna Beach no less, are all the rage on TV right now, you are pretty annoyed at being ambushed in your very own driveway...
And imagine how your annoyance ratchets up a few notches when Officer Friendly says, "Oh, I don't think that is is it at all..."
Gimme my ticket.
Because I am a nothing if not a woman of action, I write a letter to our Chief of Police in which I complain, not about the damn ticket, but about the liberty taken by some bozo in a "Court TV" ball cap... a liberty I feel Officer Friendly should have prevented. As in, "Stay off her property, she has already said she doesn't consent to be filmed."
And I got a letter back today which says all sorts of nice things and doesn't address my issue at all.
But, it does say that they have contacted the show to reiterate that my "likeness is not to be used".
So, that's good.
But, I have written another letter... stay tuned.
Do they still ride people out of town on the rails?