A police officer stopped a driver for shooting through a red light.
The driver got out of his car and strode toward the officer, demanding to know why he was being harassed by the Gestapo.
The officer calmly told him he’d run a red light. The motorist immediately went on a tirade, questioning the officer’s ancestry, intelligence and morals in basic and offensive terms.
The tirade went on while the officer continued to write out the ticket without saying anything.
When the officer finished writing the ticket she put an AH in the bottom right hand corner of the ticket and handed it to the driver for his signature.
The man signed the ticket and when given his copy pointed to the AH and demanded to know what it stood for.
The officer said, “That’s so when we go to court, I’ll remember that you’re an arsehole!”
Two months later the man appeared in court. He had a bad driving record with a high number of demerit points and was in danger of losing his licence, so he hired a lawyer to represent him.
On the stand the officer testified to seeing the man run through the red light.
Under cross examination the defence lawyer said, “Officer is this a reasonable facsimile of the ticket that you issued to my client?”
The officer responded, “Yes, mam, that is the defendant’s copy, his signature and mine, same number at the top.”
The lawyer responded, “Officer, is there any particular marking or notation on this ticket you don’t normally make?”
“Yes, Mam, in the lower right corner of the narrative there is an “AH,” underlined.”
“What does the “AH” stand for, officer?” the lawyer asked.
“Aggressive and hostile, Mam,” the officer replied.
“Aggressive and hostile?” the lawyer queried.
“Yes, Mam,” the officer said.
“Officer, are you sure it doesn’t stand for arsehole?” the lawyer asked.
Well, Mam, you know your client better than I do,” the officer said.