Just got back in after catching up with an old mate for a couple of coffees as he's had a hard time of it recently, and wanted to invite him round for Christmas lunch, if he was going to be on his own. Anyhow, our local tiny co-op has recently (about 2 or 3 months ago ) put directional 'in'/ 'out, 'entry'/'no entry' and directional paint on the floor. Just blue signage, like you'd get in a petrol station. I always obey it, mainly because I'm coming from my house, which is closer to the entry anyway. Honest truth.
As I'm coming from the opposite way to normal I'd turned into the side road which leads to the exit and then realised its now directional. No traffic on either the main road, side road or moving in the little car park. So I slow down to crawling speed, nip in and park up. As I'm walking into the shop, I hear an aggressive 'oi, excuse me, oi' and turn to see a short aggressive, box bearded officer striding up to me. He proceeds to tell me I've broken the law, going into a no entry. I apologise and explain my rationale and that as far as I was concerned, I hadn't broken the law. He's right up in my face, then asks if I've been drinking. Fair enough at this time of year. After politely saying I hadn't, apologising again and as far as I was concerned I hadn't broken the RTA, as it's just the co-op's way of controlling the flow of traffic, he says 'if it ain't the law, I'll make it the law' and then starts saying I was driving without due care and attention and that I hadn't indicated! I asked who I would have been indicating to, as there were no pedestrians/cyclists or cars anywhere! He agrees I crawled round and was driving slowly, but insists he's booking me for driving with undue care and attention. Que slight change of approach from me - i stop politely putting my side of it across and commence 5 minutes of grovelling/agreeing with angry man and he finally let's me off to go and get some milk!
He needs to be in the shop at 3pm, when the 12 year old school kids are smoking outside, shop lifting and being abusive to the old dears getting their bits and bobs. Nearly said that, but thought I may end up in the cells tonight!!
Thought he was out of order being so aggressive and bringing other charges into it, when he realised I may have a point. I have utmost respect for the police, but some let themselves and the rest down at times IMO.