06 The Arrogance of Authority
A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Blackbut to talk with Frank Stretton.
He told Frank, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.”
Frank replied, as he pointed, “Okay, but don’t go in that field over there …”.
The DEA officer exploded, yelling, “Frank, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he pulled out his badge and waved it threateningly in Frank’s face.
“See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…. On any land!! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear……. Do you understand ?!!”
Frank nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.
A short time later, Frank heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, chased by Frank’s prize Santa Gertrudis bull……
With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.
Frank threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs,
“Your BADGE, show him your BADGE…….. ! !”