What makes a cop stop doing real police work and simply become a fund raiser for the city and the courts? Is he usually just following orders or sticking to silly tickets to avoid more challenging work? I stopped at a gas station the other night and there was a drugged up hooker bothering everyone in the lot as well as some other threating figures just loitering. Not a squad car in site except the three across the street, ticketing people who had accidentally entered through the HOV entrance to the thruway. They had them lined up one after the other. Although marked properly, it's screwed up and the only entrance of it's kind in the city. The bus crashed there tragically last year. So it's easy to make an honest mistake and that's why the Atlanta Police were there, playing "Gotcha" in the HOV lane. I have plenty of friends who are cops, including NYS troopers, and they're quality, common sense guys. Not stains like these officers I saw Friday night.