Behind the Badge

"A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless."
Proverbs 14:16

Breaking Up

I received a domestic dispute call at a trailer. When I got there, I heard what sounded like someone tearing up the place. The wife had called and she met me at the front door. She was very excited and upset. She kept telling me that I had to stop her husband. The wife quickly told me that they had decided to get a divorce and her husband said she was not going to get everything he had worked for. So he started busting everything up.

I stepped into the living room as the husband busted the color television with a hammer. He looked up at me as he hit it. The wife also looked at me and said, "Well, aren't you going to stop him?" When I said "no" the husband stopped, looked at me with a surprised look and asked, "Why not?"

When I told them that it did not matter to me if he wrecked everything, the wife started screaming, "Well, it matters to me!" I calmed her down. I now had both of their undivided attentions. I told them that I would have to write a report and I would put in it everything that the husband had destroyed. I told them that when they got their divorce the judge would make a property settlement. I told them that the judges usually divided everything in half in cases like this. What the judge would do before making his decision was to read my report. After reading my report, the judge would give all the ruined things to the husband and everything else to the wife.

At this point the wife started smiling and sat in a chair to watch the show. The husband said, "I never thought of that." He started cleaning up the mess. I finished taking down the information I needed and then left.

We never received another domestic dispute call from those two again.

by R.L. Dettwiler


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