Writing Can Be Murder

March 27, 2007

I look like a criminal!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 4:55 pm

I know this because someone called the cops on me.  Literally.

Beautiful weather, so I decided to walk outside. I live on a dead-end street, off a highway, so I hopped in the car, drove to a neighborhood five minutes away, parked, and strolled off.

Came back 32 minutes later and there was a cop waiting for me. (It’s perfectly legal to park on this particular street, I know, because I asked the cop, who in all fairness I have to say was nice enough and was just doing his job.)

Someone had deemed that I look suspicious. I had to explain why I was walking in this neighborhood and not in my town (apparently crossing town lines to exercise is a major no-no!). I had to give him my driver’s license. I had to wait FIFTEEN minutes while he ran a battery of criminal record tests.

 Has this ever happened to you? 



  1. OMG! No, I can’t say I’ve ever been investigated for exercising [Lord knows, that WOULD be a case for the FBI, though]. Obviously you pontificating suspense writers should be kept under close watch at all times, who knows what you might be doing wandering unfamiliar streets by yourself. 😉

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — March 28, 2007 @ 7:51 am

  2. At least I had enough sense not to pontificate in the direction of the poor cop who was just doing his job.

    Now I’m left wondering if my suspected criminal activities will reflect poorly on me when I’ve got Jury Duty next month….

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — March 30, 2007 @ 9:17 am

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