I can count on one-hand how many times I've been pulled over in my life. The subsequent 4-times are all pretty boring/basic stuff but the first time? Hell, I'll never forget it. So, I was driving to work a couple years back on the same road I took every-single-day for nearly a year straight when all of a sudden I realized I was being pulled over. Again, this was the first time, so I proceeded to pull over to the left, instead of the right—the cop was not pleased with this.
He gets out of the car, does the whole license and registration spiel, then he asks me if I know why I'm getting pulled over. Honestly, I had NO clue. It was 9 AM, I was 22-years-old and gave very little shits. I told him that it was my first time getting pulled over. He then proceeded to ask me if I was going to cry. That struck me as odd. Why would I cry? What have I done?! I said, "No, sir, not going to cry, just trying to get to work." He came back after running my license and explained to me that I WAS GOING TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT IN A SCHOOL-ZONE. My ass should have gotten 4-points on my license and a HEFTY fine, but instead he let me off with a warning. THANK GOD I'm an oblivious idiot. Had I know why he was pulling me over, I would have been sobbing and begging for forgiveness.
Long, unnecessary cop-tales aside, it's pretty interesting to think about the sort of "people-reading" skills officers gather over years on the job. It seems one Redditor, Live-Streaming, thought the very same thing, posing this question—
"Cops of Reddit: A lot of people get jumpy and try to 'act normal' around law enforcement. How can you tell genuinely suspicious people from self-conscious idiots acting weird?"
To read the full thread, head HERE