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FF – A Job Well Done

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Roger Bultot.

Copyright Roger Bultot

The smells of street cooking filled his nostrils. His mouth watered.

But he wasn’t there to eat. He had a job to do.

He slipped through the crowd, unnoticed, a ghost. Target in sight.

Sliding close, he slipped his hand into his pocket. So quickly that none noticed, he had written the ticket and slapped it on the bike.

Bike chained to railings, in contravention of city bylaw 1254 section 2 paragraph 4? Not on his watch.

The angry owner arrived.

“Sorry, mate, nuffin’ I can do, the ticket’s wrote now innit, guv’nor, more’n my job’s werf.”

Another job well done.

  1. May 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Nice bit of misdirection

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    • May 13, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks, I read it through a few times to make sure I didn’t give the game away too soon.

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  2. May 12, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Jobsworth alert! Infuriating, until it’s your fence the bike is chained to, and then who do you call?

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  3. May 12, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    With bad grammar like he spoke, I’m sure there will be a mistake in the ticket to get out of paying it! Nice story!

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  4. May 12, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    HAHAHA! I was so sure someone was about to meet a terrible fate after reading the first two sentences! 😀

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  5. May 12, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    I mean, the nerve to break city bylaw 1254 section 2 paragraph 4! I’ve bumped into a few like that. Not the perp, but the cop…

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    • May 13, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      That’s his favourite bylaw, you don’t want to be flaunting it on his watch.

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  6. Michael Humphris
    May 12, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    I enjoyed reading this,

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  7. May 12, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    I feel much safer knowing someone is watching out for city bylaw 1254 section 2 paragraph 4. Whew!

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  8. May 12, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Murder rate skyrocketing, burglary at an all time high, assault and battery in every part of the city…..

    But at least the renegade bicyclists are being thoroughly dealt with! Outlaw those short spandex pants, and the city just might be livable again!

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    • May 13, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      Hey, cycling shorts are dealt with in bylaw 1254 section 2 paragraph 5!

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  9. May 12, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Ali,
    Funny how traffic cops the world over speak the same language metaphorically, adding up to, “Gotcha, you good-for-nothing civilian!” Another great story. 🙂
    ~🕊Dora

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  10. May 13, 2021 at 12:38 am

    What else is a Droog to do? I really hope this is not a real ordinance. How petty if it is!

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  11. May 13, 2021 at 12:39 am

    p.s. Just in case you were wondering, the droog is the traffic cop.

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  12. May 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Fun story. Great way to get the job done!

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    • May 13, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      He always fancied himself a ninja, I think!

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  13. Lyn
    May 13, 2021 at 2:34 am

    That’ll larn ‘im! 😆🚲✍

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  14. May 13, 2021 at 7:10 am

    We have to keep a watch!
    Someone’ job well done, is someone’s loss.

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  15. May 13, 2021 at 7:14 am

    And they want us to stop using cars. Ha.

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  16. May 13, 2021 at 7:37 am

    We can’t do anything anymore these days, huh…, but at least someone’s satisfied…MOL..Pawkisses for a Happy Thursday, Draliman🐾😽💞

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    • May 13, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      There’s a law for everything, it seems.

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  17. May 13, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Well done, well done. Let the poor traffic cop have his moment of power. Fun bit of misdirection here.

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  18. May 13, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Ali,

    When you have a job to do, what else can you do? Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • May 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Exactly. And is it his fault that he enjoys it so much? 🙂
      Ali

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  19. May 13, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Fun story, Ali. We all have our self-image to maintain, don’t we?

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    • May 14, 2021 at 7:41 am

      And he’s enjoying being a ninja traffic warden 🙂

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  20. May 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I met a traffic warden like him once. Expensive.

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  21. May 13, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Enjoyable read. Good writing! 🙂

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  22. May 13, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Well, as the saying goes–nasty job, but someone has to do it 🙂

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  23. May 14, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Don’t you just hate those kind of people. The worst part is, they do think they’re on some sort of important mission. You captured all that brilliantly.

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    • May 15, 2021 at 4:12 am

      Yes, obviously what they’re doing is the most important thing in the world right now.

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  24. May 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    ‘Job’s were’. Pity he couldn’t tow it away. He really enjoys his job I wonder how many tickets he posts in a day, but does anyone bother to pay. Great piece of character writing.

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    • May 15, 2021 at 4:13 am

      I wouldn’t want to be the person who didn’t pay this guy’s ticket!

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  25. May 14, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    nothing personal, i guess, he’s just doing his job. 🙂

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  26. May 15, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Oh, that was good. Not what I expected, guv’na! Very entertaining.

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  27. May 15, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    The warden was very sneaky, snuck the ticket very speedily. Think I’m on the warden’s side. Good story Ali.

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    • May 16, 2021 at 4:38 am

      He has trained long and hard for this job!

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  28. May 16, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    That little sneaky bugger… probably sat there and waited just so’s he could do it, too. grr… Have a great week.

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    • May 17, 2021 at 6:02 am

      He probably has a little “hide” up high with binoculars. You too!

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      • May 17, 2021 at 1:43 pm

        heheh… who knows. Of course, I can sit in plain sight and not be noticed most of the time.

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