So far, I haven’t gotten too political on this blog, and I’m not going to sway you to one line of thinking or the other with this post.
With that said, I have another work story to tell you. This happened yesterday at Kansas City International.
A co-worker and I were on a lunch break and since we aren’t provided with a convenient break room, we decided to simply spend our lunch outside at the end of the terminal. While we were sitting there, five minutes into our break, a couple of guys who were up to no good started making trouble in our neighborhood.
Sorry for the “Fresh Prince of Bel-air” moment, I just had to do it.
Anyway, these two guys walk outside talking loudly about security.
Hello! There are two security officers sitting on the bench 35 feet from you.
Once they arrived at the trash can, the cockier of the two raised a package and said very loudly, “Yeah, this made it through security last time.” He then proceeded to point to the package and then lifted the lid and tossed it in the trash.
My co-worker and I discussed what we had just witnessed and decided to not just turn a blind eye. We got up and effectively ended our lunch in the process and checked out what they had tossed. Aparently, it was package of cigarettes that–surprise–had four or five “rolled” cigarettes in it as well.
At this point, mainly because they had the audacity to denigrate our jobs right in front of us, we decided to involve the local airport police.
I approached one of the canine handlers and he immediately went after these two upstanding citizens with nothing to go on but my account of what happened. My co-worker found a supervisor to vouch for our integrity and that’s when it all went down hill.
The officers were completely willing to pursue arresting these two knuckleheads despite their denial of having ever seen the package based solely on our witnessing this series of events. When they got their commanding officer involved they were told that our first-hand account was not satisfactory and unless the two claimed the package to simply let them go.
Wow, we were speechless. We couldn’t believe that the directive we’ve been given to ‘stay vigilant’ and report anything odd that we see was being spurned by the apathy within the hierarchy of the KCI airport police department.
We’re speculating, but we are assuming he didn’t want to deal with the paper work involved and wasting time in court for a slap on the wrist being the maximum punishment.
I’m not preaching to anyone about their personal stance on drugs, but when you’re caught with it, you’re supposed to be punished for breaking the law.
I guess that’s the path we’re on with law enforcement, but what should we expect from people that put their life on the line for so little money.