Thursday, January 17, 2008

Impersonating the police

M. Carolina news:
The man asked for assistance in locating an item in the store, and, as the cashier helped him, he told her he was an officer with the Marion Police Department, said the document. ...

Melton was taken into custody in Rutherford County last week and charged with impersonating an officer. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

"Melton admitted that he had told employees that he was an officer," the release stated. "When asked why, Melton said that he did it to impress the ladies. Melton said that he did not know it was a crime and that he thought it sounded better than telling the ladies that he was a plumber. Melton said that he thought it would help him get the ladies to date him."
Is there some list of lies that are approved for impressing the ladies?

I realize that it has to be illegal to make an arrest under false pretenses, or to somehow falsely coerce people under color of police authority, but this guy sounds harmless to me. Does he really have to tell the ladies that he is a plumber?

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