Friday, July 24, 2009

Rule #9: Don't Ever Get Angry With Someone For Doing Their Job.

On NCIS, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs has 50 rules governing work and life. I have several myself and am working on more. One is, "Clowns are creepy, mimes are evil." Another is, "Never get mad at a person for doing their job." Which apparently is precisely what Professor Gates did with the Cambridge police. Police and others have a difficult job. No matter what they do, someone will condemn them. As with most people, if you are polite to them, they will be polite to you. This applies whether or not you are in the right and they are in the wrong. (It also gives you more of a chance of getting a warning rather than a citation.) BTW, Rule #10 is, "Engage brain before engaging mouth." Barry should adopt this one.
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