Okay, so last post I briefly mentioned a run in with the American police. A number of people have asked me to clarify this so here goes.
In 1989 I was working as a fork lift truck driver in a car polish factory and drifting aimlessly from one unskilled job to another. I had received some money in compensation when I was injured in an industrial accident a couple of years previously and decided I to get a three month visa and visit the
The plan was to land in United States New York and work my way
across country to . California
So me and a guy I had worked with and who had been to
America before landed in New
York in February 1990, spending a week there before catching a
Greyhound up to . We didn’t have much money so
we were budgeting tightly and ended up booking in at the Boston Youth Hostel
and going out for some food and beers. Boston, Massachusetts
Later that evening and with several beers under our belts we realised that we had no idea where our hostel was. My mate wanted to get a taxi but I spotted a police station just down the street and said we should go there and ask for directions before shelling out for taxi fare.
So we walked into the police station and towards the front desk where a lone female officer sat. I was just about to open my mouth when her eyes widened and she jumped up, dropping her hand to the butt of the pistol on her hip.
She drew the gun and pointed a finger of her free hand towards my friend who was standing behind me.
“Take your hand out of the bag slowly, sir”. She said.
I turned to look at him, my hands so far up in the air I nearly dislocated my shoulders. My mate was standing white-faced, his hand inside the bag that held the guide book he was reaching for.
I stammered out the reason we were there until she relaxed and I was able to lower my hands. She pointed out the late hour, our long hair, beards and leather jackets and the smell of drink didn’t make a great first impression.
I pointed out that I had never even seen a real gun before and hers was the first and I thought it was going to be the last thing I ever saw. I was a gun virgin.
Guns are a rarity in the
and the only armed police
officers are specialised firearms units.
For all I know people in the UK have guns pulled on them
everyday and it’s no big deal. U.S.