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Old 03-14-2002, 09:15 AM
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Hey, are you a "street racer"? Got any "Kill stories" lately?

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Jack was on his way home when flashers came up behind him. He took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone -- fourth time in a month. How could a guy get caught so often?

When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over --but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard.

Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.

The cop was stepping out of his car with the big pad in hand.Bob? Bob from church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A Christian cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.

Jumping out of the car, he approached the man he saw every Sunday,but he'd never seen in a uniform.
"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."
"Hello, Jack." No smile.
"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids."
"Yeah, I guess," said Bob. He seemed uncertain. Good.
"I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit just this once," Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement.
"Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"
"I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct."
Ouch! This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics. "What'd you clock me at?"
"Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"
"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65," The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.
"Please, Jack, in the car."
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door.Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the
window.The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad. Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license? Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again.
A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand. Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched him retreat in the mirror.
Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost?
Wait a minute. What was this -- some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket.
Jack began to read:
"Dear Jack,
Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it -- a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters ... all three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again, even now.
Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left."
Bob.


Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message; please pass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully.Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.

Funny how you can send a thousand 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the sanctity of life, people think twice about sharing.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:07 PM
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Yikes... even if that story was fabricated, it's quite a wake-up call...

The sad part is that I don't think the really bad drivers/racers would be very moved by this story because 1) typically they only care about themselves (clearly demonstrated by their decisions), and 2) they think they are invincible and nothing like this could ever happen to them. Until it does.

Thanks for posting this Rip.

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Old 03-14-2002, 12:44 PM
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Re: Hey, are you a "street racer"? Got any "Kill stories" lately?

I normally scoff at those fabricated emails, but this one is soooooo 'true'. I watch people drive 30-40 MPH through our residential neighborhood, and just wonder how they'd ever be able to stop in time for a child running into the street. If the day ever comes that some yutz strikes one of my children with their car due to speeding/carelessness, it will likely be the last thing they ever do on this earth. I'll be spending the rest of my life in prison for manslaughter, but it will be well worth it. (I'm a big believer in the teachings of Hammurabi).

Senseless speeding and carelessness is something I feel very strongly about (strongly against, that is).
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Old 03-14-2002, 03:28 PM
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Old one Rip, where did ya dig it up from?
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Old 03-15-2002, 07:29 AM
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Old one Rip, where did ya dig it up from?
I've had it in my Misc. mailbox for over a year, got it from Rick Reimann(NC Programming) and Voluntary firemen in Bonny Lake.
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