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I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:18:11 AM »
I've heard a bunch of stories about people who are brewing and have the police show up.  It seemed unlikely to happen here nowadays, since a lot of people brew and it has to be a familiar sight.  When I saw the officer drive by I didn't pay much attention, but I knew he'd be back because there's no other easy way out of the neighborhood.  I was kind of surprised when he stopped at the end of my driveway and got out.

The first thing he said was "what kind of beer are you making?"  As it turns out, he's a homebrewer and wanted to stop in and check out my system and talk a bit about beer.  We talked brewing, gadgets, etc for a while, then I gave him a sample to take home and he gave me his email address so I can let him know when various local homebrew clubs meet.  Nice guy. :)
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2011, 12:20:18 AM »
What, you bribed a cop??   :o

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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 12:21:38 AM »
It's good to have a friend like that. :)
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2011, 12:34:58 AM »
It's good to have a friend like that. :)

A bribable cop? You betcha!  ;)
Cops are people too. Well, most of 'em...  :D
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011, 01:03:49 AM »
Cool, I keep hoping some of my 'unknown' neighbors would stop by but
they don't.
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011, 01:34:40 AM »
Actually that's kinda creepy if you think about it. He could have called you first. But all is well that ends well.

I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\

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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2011, 01:51:06 AM »
Seems a little odd that a cop would invite himself to your brew session...but as you said he was a homebrewer as well and was just curious. Perhaps taking it for face value is reasonable. I assume he was on duty?

Anyway...I'm always willing to help anyone out when it comes to our great hobby...even especially an officer of the law.  :)

« Last Edit: October 06, 2011, 02:30:53 AM by bluesman »
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2011, 02:00:39 AM »
Anyway...I'm always willing to help anyone out when it comes to our great hobby...even an officer of the law.  :)



Especially an officer of the law!
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2011, 02:29:52 AM »
Anyway...I'm always willing to help anyone out when it comes to our great hobby...even an officer of the law.  :)



Especially an officer of the law!

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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2011, 02:43:39 AM »
Actually that's kinda creepy if you think about it. He could have called you first. But all is well that ends well.
How would he have called me?  I didn't know him before today.

I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

Seems a little odd that a cop would invite himself to your brew session...but as you said he was a homebrewer as well and was just curious. Perhaps taking it for face value is reasonable. I assume he was on duty?
He was on duty but at the end of his shift, running an official errand in my neighborhood (which is not in his jurisdiction).  He didn't exactly invite himself, he asked if I minded if he came up the driveway, he admired the setup, told me he brewed a batch of old ale yesterday, we talked Randall's, mills, NHC, etc.  He stayed for a while.  There was nothing creepy about it, it was friendly and when I start talking about beer I can keep going for a while. If he had been out of uniform I would have been pouring him samples. :)

Cool, I keep hoping some of my 'unknown' neighbors would stop by but
they don't.
This is the same way I feel about it.  People drive by and stare but rarely stop to talk.  I need more people to drink my homebrew so I have an excuse to brew more. :)
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2011, 03:26:44 AM »
Oh you were brewing in the driveway. My bad.
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2011, 03:32:28 AM »
Oh you were brewing in the driveway. My bad.
Oh, did I leave out that important detail? ;D  That's my bad!
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2011, 04:19:25 AM »
I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

I think this might offer an explanation. http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE  ;D
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2011, 04:41:22 AM »
Ha!  I really hope you were wearing the shiny leopard print pants while you were mowing :)
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Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2011, 05:05:23 AM »
I was mowing the front lawn spring last year just wearing shorts and flipflops. Sweating up a storm. A local cop passed by in his cop SUV. He turned around and parked in the shade and watched until I finished mowing. Then he left.

Bothered me for a couple days until I put two and two together. :-\
I still haven't figured out what 2+2= in this case.

I think this might offer an explanation. http://youtu.be/wyx6JDQCslE  ;D
Wow.  Just wow.

Although maybe he was just waiting to see if you passed out from heat stroke. ;)
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