The following is 100% a true story. God as my witness. Not making anything up. This happened Thursday night/Friday AM.
11:45pm I leave CFPB, taking Stephen (one of my lighting volunteers) home. Stephen lives in some apartments down by Southland Mall.
11:56pm I drop Stephen off and leave his complex
11:58pm I pull up to a stop light next to a car. I'm in a not-great neighborhood. A cop pulls up behind the car next to me.
12:00am Cop flashes his lights at me and pulls me over. I'm in the parking lot of the Harley Davidson Shop at US1 and the Turnpike.
12:01am I get my license and registration out. I take my seat belt off to get my license out of my wallet.
12:02am He approaches my car. My license and registration in my left hand out the drivers-side window. My right hand laying still in my lap.
12:03am He has pulled his gun on me, asking me several times if I have any weapons or drugs in the car. I have both my hands out the window, trying not to get shot.
12:04am He asks if he knows why I got pulled over. I said no. He laughs at me. Here's the dialogue:
Cop: "Sir, are you aware that the license plate on your car doesn't go with your car?"
Jeff: "I'm sorry officer, what?"
Cop: "The license plate on your vehicle. It's not registered to your vehicle?"
Jeff: "But officer, I have the registration right here."
Cop: "Fine, but it doesn't go with your plate."
Jeff: "Are you saying that I have the wrong plate on my car?"
- note, I go to open the driver door to look at the plate, he moves his gun towards me... I stop opening door.
Cop: "Yes, your plate doesn't match this vehicle."
Jeff: "Sir I haven't changed plates since I got the vehicle. Are you sure?"
Cop: "That's what the computer says, and computers don't lie. Are you calling me a liar?"
Jeff: "Officer, I haven't changed the plates on my car since I got it. If it was done, it wasn't done by me. There was no malicious intent."
Cop: "This is your truck?"
Jeff: "Yes Sir."
Cop: "Who is MMA Leasing?"
Jeff: "Officer, I have no idea. I own my truck."
Cop takes my license. Sits in his vehicle. 2-3 other cops come by to make sure I'm not a threat...
Cop: "Everything's okay."
Jeff: "What happened?"
Cop: "Computer mistake. The computer read the "B" on your license plate as an "8"."
JEFF THINKS: "Yeah, call me a liar copper! Your computer stinks! Pull me over and harass me at midnight when I didn't do anything wrong? Give me a break!"
JEFF SAYS: "Thanks Officer. Have a good morning."