According to a story in the New York Post, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest labor union representing NYPD cops, has cut the number of “get out of jail free” cards it hands out to 20 from 30 for current cops and to 10 from 20 for retired police officers.
The cards are reportedly given to police officers, who distribute them among friends or family. Holders can present them to the police in hopes getting out of minor infractions and avoiding legal trouble. Whether such cards are actually effective is a matter of debate, but it seems as if there no debating the fact that such cards exist.
The story got me thinking of what it would be like if other professions has something similar to these “get out of jail free” cards.
- the National Education Association could issue “get out of homework” cards to its teachers to share with friends and relatives with kids who could use such cards to get a pass on a missed assignment or if they really wanted to offer a perk to the teachers, how about a “get out of flunking” cards. A student could present such a card to a teacher as a way to get at least a passing grade in a class he or she is failing.
- the American Bar Association could issue “reduce charge to a misdemeanor” cards for its lawyers to pass out at Christmas time as gifts
- the Auto Mechanics union could offer “just tell me the truth” cards to its members to share with family and friends who could then use it to get an honest appraisal of what work really needs to be done on their car
- members of the American Bankers Association could offer “good for one free bounced check” or “waive the late fee” cards
- and what if AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) issued its members “go to the front of the line” cards so people could skip the long queues at government offices
I could go on and on here, after all, police men and women shouldn’t be the only ones to have such a perk. Any union worth its weight should be able to develop its own version of a “get out of jail free” card.
I wouldn’t mind having at least one of each of the cards noted above; at some point I may need a separate wallet to carry them all.