$100 and Something Dollars!!!

by Frank

Speeding Car

Photo by Jeff Hire

A few years ago, in the middle of the night, I was watching a show called “Maximum Exposure” aka Max X. It is a viral video show that showcases some of the most extreme acts caught on video. This night had one of the funniest videos I have ever seen.

THE RISK

A gentleman, in broad daylight, was speeding down an interstate doing about 25 mph over the speed limit. The video on the police cruiser shows the car speeding by his radar gun clocking 95 mph in a 70 mph zone. The chase is on. The cop, coming from a stationary position, stomps on the gas and quickly makes its way through the traffic and catches the perpetrator.

Calmly, the officer walks up to the car, takes the drivers license and registration of the driver and asks the gentleman if he was aware of how fast he was going. The driver, knowing that he was busted, stated, “I was doing about 95 give or take. I AM IN A HURRY!” The cop showing empathy asks the driver what was the issue.

THE RESULT

“I am about to miss the game,” the driver responded. With no other option available, the cop proceeds to give him a ticket. He slowly walks back to the car to run the drivers information and write out the ticket.

The officer actually gives the driver one last chance to possibly get a reduced ticket when he asks him, “Which game are you going to see?” It sounds like he was hoping it would be a kid’s baseball or football game. The driver then foolishly responds that he was on his way to play BINGO and told the cop hurry up because he was running late.

THE TOTAL COST

As the ticket was leaving the cops hand, the driver of the car somehow catches a glimpse of the amount and goes nuts. He screams at the top of his lungs, “$100 and something dollars, one hundred and something dollars! Are you out of your @!#@$ mind? I don’t have $100 and something dollars.” He balled up the ticket and threw it at the cop and hits him right in the face.

The cop, who should win an award for not killing this guy, slowly picks up the ticket and hands it back to the driver, who is now pulling his body back and forth with his hands on the steering wheel in frustration. The driver even gets out of the car and started to throw his arms around in the officer’s face while still screaming “$100 and something dollars! I don’t have $100 and something dollars!”

Not once during this altercation did the officer raise his voice nor even show any signs of frustration. He just picked up the ticket, multiple times, and sent the driver on his way. After watching this I think I laughed for about 20 minutes straight. “100 and something dollars,” became my new catch phrase for about a month.

THE REVELATION

It is funny how when we do something wrong the adrenaline from the situation will have us downplaying the risks. For that moment in time it seems the risk is worth the possible reward. The temptation has affected us so much that we can’t resist it. We have to have it, no matter the price. It overwhelms us. If you don’t believe me ask some of our governors or Tiger Woods. 

When you do unethical, immoral, or shady stuff you will eventually have to pay the price and the truth is it might cost you much more than you can afford to lose. It might cost you,”$100 and something dollars!” Don’t gamble with your life.

So before you do something you may regret, think about the driver and his ticket. 

It doesn’t cost you anything when you make the right decisions.