"What are you doing standing the pub doorway checking proof of age as people enter?" barks the 1st year female (& undersized) police officer.
"I'm pub staff, just doing my job" calmly replies the lad in the ironed white shirt & black trousers.
"If you're going to talk like that, I'll arrest you!"
(Oh Gee! I wish she'd say that to me! It'd make my day!)
Greenhorn police constables are the bane of a publican's life.
We show incredible tolerance to them, as they humiliate themselves pretending to be seasoned police officers, not realising their training wheels are comically obvious.
A female police constable has approached the front door of the Wayside Tavern. It is well before midnight. Belligerently she accused the lad at the door of allowing entry to "an obviously intoxicated person". The lad, an apprentice plumber in his day job, looks blankly at the young & diminutive police lady. He has no idea what she is talking about.
"He bounced off the walls of the shop, all the way down the street, he tried to smash the public phone box, you can't have missed him!" (This statement is contradicted by the video evidence from the Wayside Tavern's security cameras. Also the constable lady did not see the man on the street, but is relying on hearsay from a staff member at the next pub.)
"He's inside, but he isn't overly intoxicated, and he didn't attack the public phone box." says the lad. (A statement that is supported by the security camera footage).
This brings an arrogant tirade from the police officer. She roars that this man was "obviously drunk", that he had savagely attacked the phone box, & so forth. (Remember, she is basing this all on hearsay, thus she would be well advised to give equal weight to the word of my lad)
The officer lady, in deep enough already, spits forth some more unwise statements: That Wayside Tavern security staff are "always" absent their posts at critical times, that they are "useless", etc etc.
She cannot possibly have any idea if what she has said is true, as this is her first visit to the Wayside Tavern. We've never seen her before. She's been in town less than 2 weeks, and never before worked night shift.
The next belligerent question is why he is not wearing a "security badge"?
He replies that as he is not a security guard, he is not supposed to wear a security guard badge.
The greenhorn police constable lady then asks why he is there.
He replies that he is Wayside Tavern staff, that he is at work.
It is bad enough so far, but now she makes the statement with which this story began, that in the circumstances is a most unwise threat to make:
"If you're going to get smart, you'll be coming with us!"
(Being at work is not an offence for which one can be arrested.)