Me: "Sir, I want to congratulate you."
Cop: "Why, Sir?"
Me: "I think you do a very difficult job and I wanted to congratulate you."
Cop: (slowly starting to smile) "Thank you, Sir."
Needless to say, my colleagues were stunned but appreciative of my gesture.
The thought for this originated earlier in the week when I was riding to work. For some reason, I started thinking about the traffic cops and how they perform such a tough job day in and day out braving the elements, the traffic and the pollution, receive no appreciation and only brickbats. It shouldn't be a 'Citizens v/s Cops' scenario; rather it ought to be a 'Citizens + Cops' scenario.
So how can you appreciate the traffic policemen? Here are some pointers.
- Shake his hand and tell him what a fantastic job he's doing and how much you appreciate it. You could hug him, but he may not be too comfortable with that. I would like to hug him though.
- Bake him a special batch of cookies or a piece of your delicious Sunday cake. Your nearest cop is probably sitting just 100 meters away. Don't know how to bake? Then pick up a batch from the friendly neighbourhood bakery.
- Help me institute a Traffic Policemen Appreciation Day and a Traffic Policemen Appreciation Fund.