A rookie police officer was assigned to ride in a cruiser with an
experienced partner. A call came over the car's radio telling
them to disperse some people who were loitering.
The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd
standing on a corner. The rookie rolled down his window and
said, "Let's get off the corner."
No one moved, so he barked again, "Let's get off the corner!"
Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled
glances in his direction. Proud of his first official act, the young
policeman turned to his partner and asked, "Well, how did I
"Pretty good," replied the veteran, "especially since this was a