Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hawaiian Orchid

Several years ago I went to a house to take a stolen auto report. That was when the department still sent uniformed cops to the location to take the report in person. Things got so bad after a while they stopped doing that... You got your car stolen? You'd call the police and they'd take your number where you could be reached and maybe a detective would call you that day. You think we were just a little busy? Stolen autos were way down on the prority list by about 1994...
Anyway, before things got really out of hand we used to take the reports in person. So I go to this woman's house and write down all the info for my report. Everything was going smoothly up until It was time to find out what color the vehicle was...
"Ok, ma'am, what color was your car?"
"Hawaiian Orchid."
Huh?
"No ma'am, I need a primary color. Was it blue?"
"No! It was Hawaiian Orchid! That's what the dealer said the color was!"
"Red? Green?"
"No! It was Hawaiian Orchid!!!!!"
I blogged about primary colors before, and how men only see them...
Anyway, this verbal sparring with the victim went on for about thirty minutes. I never found out what Hawaiian Orchid was and I left the residence with the space for vehicle color marked "Unknown"... She wouldn't even let me get a color that was close to what Hawaiian Orchid was...
Sometimes dealing with the general public was just as difficult as dealing with criminals. At least those I could tell to shut the fuck up.
And also, this is my 300th post... Was it as good for you as it was for me?
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden

11 comments:

berly02 said...

Even I would not have told an officer Hawaiian Orchid.
Clearly, she was upset about her car and wasn't thinking right.
Or she was a dumb ass.

cantellya said...

Ok, so I googled Hawaiian orchid. And, being a woman, I still have no effing idea what color that would be! Don'tcha wish that people with like personalities could create their own communities, & that way all the people WE think are dumbasses can be dealt with in their own communities by their own dumb bankers, dumb doctors, dumb mayors, etc. ?

Sherri said...

My jeep is Patriot Blue, I love that! In plain terms, it's like a midnight blue color.

Lisa said...

The color of our Honda CRV is "magnesium". We called "him" (Because Seth is convinced its a boy truck) "Silver truck". (It really comes out sounding like "Sil-ver Twuck.)

What a strange woman though to not tell you the primary color. I'm guessing she never got her car back. :-)

honkeie2 said...

300th, I think I need a smoke now lol. And I could never be a cop, I would shoot stoopid ppl on the spot. Or for ppl like her, beat the living hell out of until she gave me the answer I wanted!

Ranger Tom said...

Berly: She was a dumbass.

Cant: I think stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed.

Sherri: At least it has 'blue' in the name... That I could have put down...

Lisa: I could have been able to decypher 'silver' out of 'magnesium'... But 'Hawaiian Orchid'?

Honkeie:Some poeple are alive because it is illegal to kill them... And I see from your comment about beating the shit out of people like her you've had some experience with the Philadelphia PD? LOL

Cheryl said...

Wow! First of all, I don't even know what the dealer would call the color of my car...I just call it blue.

Lindsey said...

What the hell color IS hawaiian orchard? Dumb lady. Guess she didn't want her car back that badly.

Courtney said...

I can tell you from experience - dealing with the general public IS as bad as if not worse than dealing with criminals in most situations...

Bev said...

Shit, now I guess I have to go to Hawaii to find out what color their orchids are.

Ranger Tom said...

Cheryl: Blue works...

Linny: I never figured out what Hawaiian Orchid was... And I'm guessing she never got her car back either.

Courtney: John Q Public is a moron

Bev: Sounds like a plan. You make the reservations and I'll meet you in Honolulu!