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  • Ordinary Day

    Photo of the Cookie Shack across from Demanes Animal Clinic at the corner of Forest Hill and Wisconsin in Peoria, Illinois.

    I had to take my long haired cat, Kanga, in for her annual physical, vaccinations, and get her annual tag (Up to $18.00, if you can believe that.). While she was in getting poked and prodded (which she does not enjoy), I decided to step out to the parking lot and enjoy a smoke.

    Now the Cookie Shack is a mom and pop business, and they offer more than just cookies. In fact,they are a full service custom bakery that even holds classes for people who would like to improve their baking skills, or just learn about the basics of good baking. They are one of several custom bakeries in the area.

    But what struck me as odd was the presence of a police cruiser parked in the alley just behind the Shack. Now, I didn't see the officer go in, and I was across the street, too far away to make out anything behind the windows, but it did start me to thinking. Have cookies and cupcakes become the drug of choice in the law enforcement community?

    When I was a San Diego police reserve officer, I remember the regular officers having discount coupons for every fast food chain in their cars. Jack in the Box, McDonalds, Der Weinersnitzel, you name it, they had coupons for it, usually held together with a clip and stashed in their metal patrol clipboard next to a spare book of traffic tickets and a few extra pens. But they never had coupons for doughnut shops.

    That's because police officers never have to pay at doughnut shops. No, it isn't a bribe or any other nefarious scheme. Even today in the era of plastic debit cards, doughnut shops are primarily a cash business. Which make them an easy target for stick up guys. So a simple defense is to let the officers know you can get free coffee and a couple of donuts if you drop in unexpectedly. Which is what the shop owners wanted all along.

    I wonder if the Cookie Shack offers free coffee?


    P.S. Kanga survived her 'ordeal' without any permanent effects. She is a pound heavier, but otherwise in good health. She is basking in the sun while staring out the back window on her cat seat. She did give me a look of mild annoyance when I took her out of the pet carrier. Olivia, the Shih tzu, seemed a little disappointed I had brought her back, but sniffed her a couple of times and went back to her nap on the settee. Sabrina, my short haired cat, ignored the entire event. I guess she didn't think it was worth getting involved.
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