(RICHMOND, BC) – Police officers have very dynamic jobs. An officer never knows what may come their way on any given day. Like any other profession, there are good days & bad days. Days that make you laugh, days that make you cry, & days that make you say “what the….” Well that’s exactly what happened to Cst. Justin Stewart on a sunny August day in Richmond.
On August 8th around noon, Cst. Stewart was dispatched to a report of a hazardous situation in the parking lot of Liquidation World located in the 3000 block of Sexsmith Road. The report was that a driver was trying to load a full-sized refrigerator into the trunk of a car.
Upon arrival Cst. Stewart located the vehicle in question without much difficulty. Cst. Stewart recalls “The fridge was one third in the trunk while the remainder teetered over the edge of the car’s bumper. The fridge was secured to the vehicle using rope & the seatbelts from the back seat.”
When Cst. Stewart approached the driver & asked him if what he was doing was a good idea, much to Cst. Stewart’s surprise the male replied that he thought what he was doing was okay. Cst. Stewart informed the driver that the load was unsafe for transport & explained just how dangerous his actions were. The driver apologized, removed the fridge from his trunk & arranged proper transportation.
While there may be some humor in this situation, we need to take note of the fact that someone could have been seriously injured if this vehicle became mobile in the state it was. Cpl. Turley said “We’d like to encourage people to please take the time to properly transport items. Insecure loads are to blame for collisions & injuries far too often, & these instances can be prevented”.