Sometimes you just gotta say WTF??
I was driving to my dentist this afternoon, giving myself JUST enough time to get there on time (as usual). I got behind a pickup truck pulling a trailer with lawn equipment. DANG… The speed limit on that road is only like 35 anyway but he’s going all of MAYBE 20. I’m beginning to think I could park my car and walk faster when we get to the 4 way stop and he turns left. Woo Hoo…. I MIGHT make it on time after all!
Then after my turn to cross the intersection I realize there is another pickup truck in front of me. So, apparently, the one that turned off to the left was just as annoyed as I was and was going around another way to try to get in front of that truck! So here I am c r a w l i n g at breakneck speed (NOT) trying to keep myself amused and I notice that this truck has a sign on the back of the trailer. I, at first thought, am thinking it’s the name of the lawn care business. Inside the trailer is a sofa and chairs (like dining room chairs) and some kind of case or bureau or chest of drawers, a mattress, bed, etc. I’m thinking how clever this man is to use his lawn care trailer to move. Would the IRS allow that as a business deduction? Hmmmnnn…… I digress….
Then I notice that there is a blue light on the top of the pickup truck? Why would it have a blue light? Stupid me, I immediately think to myself “Oh, I guess that’s so if they are parked on the street while they are doing someone’s yard, they can turn on the light and people will notice it?” I never claimed to be the brightest light in the harbor.
I’m finally close enough to read the sign and it says “CAUTION – INMATE WORK DETAIL”. OK…. WTF??? This explains the blue light! But please…. Tell me…. WHY is there furniture on the back of a trailer for prison work detail? Do they need the sofa and chairs so they can insure that they get frequent rest breaks? And the mattress/bed in case they get so tired that they decide they can’t work another minute without a nap? Are they moving (literally) the inmates? Is someone employed by the county using county government property to move themselves personally? Are they using the trailer to move furniture to the jail or detention center? I mean, I’ve lived in this county a LONG time and they weren’t anywhere near the jail or even between maybe somewhere they would have bought furniture and the jail.
And as for the mattress/bed? That brings up a WHOLE ‘nother set of questions. I mean, isn’t that what some prostitutes might get arrested for? Have mattress – will travel! Yeah, that might get them in some trouble. At least they wouldn’t have to worry about getting that write-off for the business expense of renting a room. Hey, they’ve got their own room… right on the back of the truck. Not much privacy though! When I finally got to the highway where I could pass them, I saw there were only two people in the truck. And neither of them looked like an inmate.
This truck was one of those BIG honkin’ double cab trucks. And it was really nice and new looking. It was a county truck because it had our county named painted down the side of it. Maybe it was one of those they confiscated from a drug dealer? We have lots of those vehicles in county service. Law enforcement will confiscate the car and then have painted on the side of it “this vehicle was donated to your law enforcement agency by your local drug dealers”. Seriously, they really do paint that on the confiscated vehicles! Is that supposed to embarrass them into not dealing drugs because everyone knows the cops now have their car? Or is it supposed to scare their drug dealer buddies from stopping for fear they will get their car confiscated? Now I’m wondering if the mattress was a donation from a local friendly prostitute?
Like I said…. Sometimes you just gotta say WTF???