The Boston Globe brings us the recipient of today’s Cretin Award. “Cretin” is defined as “a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person,” and as as such, forms the basis for the award given to the person, people, or situation that exemplifies those qualities best .
Some state troopers might be akin to expediting the transport of a woman in labor. Lest the woman deliver untimely during that state trooper’s shift on the spot. One might think.
A Massachusetts State Trooper would have none of that during his rush hour patrol. A woman in labor with her husband, were en route to a Boston suburb hospital, caught in rush hour traffic bumper to bumper. They had been using the breakdown lane with hazard lights on, cautiously maneuvering to bypass the stagnation, having been waved through by two other state troopers already.
But lo and behold, John and Jennifer Davis were met up by Trooper Michael Galluccio of the Brighton barracks, who decided to enforce the no driving in the breakdown lane law. This while Jennifer’s contractions were timed at 3 minutes apart!
…he gave them a $100 citation for driving in the breakdown lane, made them wait for their citation while he finished writing someone else’s ticket, and even seemed to ask for proof of pregnancy, Jennifer Davis said.
“He said, ‘What’s under your jacket?’ I said, ‘My belly,’ ” Davis said. “He waited and gestured with his head like, ‘OK, let’s see it.’ He waited for me to unzip my jacket. I mean, it was so clear that I was pregnant.”
Fortunately, the Davis couple made it to the hospital, with time to spare. A healthy baby girl was delivered 5 hours later. The ticket was delivered in the mail almost two weeks later. The couple has the option of submitting a letter of complaint according to protocol. And the state trooper had the option of exercising salient judgment at the encounter, and chose the route of obtuse judgment instead, thereby ensuring receipt of today’s Cretin Award.