I mentioned this elsewhere, but since I have maybe only one other forum post I may as well say it here too.
Any police in any tv show. Due to my experience and training, I find everything these tv cops do to be downright offensive. Really? Really Stabler? THAT’S how you’re going to handcuff a suspect?
Oh? You’re going down the middle of a hallway towards the sound of gunfire? That’s a great way to do that! (hint: you stick to one side of the hall, typically the right hand side and utilize tactics that vary depending on how many additional officers you have entered the building with - key fact, that kind of thing is scary as hell doing solo, but it can be done!)
Room clearing. I hate the way they clear rooms. No muzzle control, everybody goes the same way upon entry, sometimes not even stacking up prior to entering. (Stack, Rack, Breach, Alternate)
Traffic Stops - both in reality and most especially in tv shows. No hand control, no imprinting, horrible walk-up, horrible positioning, extremely horrible walk back to the unit. I can’t tell you how many damn traffic tickets I talked myself out of just by critiquing the patrolman’s traffic stop. I even give them grades.
Tasers. They do NOT knock anybody unconscious. The only way they would is if the person fell and hit their head hard enough to do so. The handheld ones that don’t shoot anything? They only cause pain. Those are used for pain compliance, when you already have sh** under control and need them to comply with your orders. The ones that shoot prongs cause neuromuscular incapacitation. It locks their muscles up (while causing a small amount of pain) so that their actions can be stopped and for the duration of the ‘ride’ they are unable to do anything, during which you typically place them in hand restraints while avoiding the wires attached to the taser.
There are so many other things I can mention relating just to police in tv shows that if I continue I’ll be timed out for inactivity before I’m even halfway done! But, you can imagine why I really don’t watch any tv shows with police in them any longer.
Outside of the law enforcement aspect, my biggest pet peeve is when people assume large people are not intelligent. Being 6’4" and 270 pounds (193cm, 122kg) does not mean that I am unable to solve this equation. It does not mean that when I use ‘big words’ in a paper that I am paraphrasing from the sources I was using for said research paper. I actually know the material, that’s why I chose that topic to do the research on…
Case in point: I just completed my first semester of college, and was accused of plagiarism on my research paper. She went so far as to say that I was paraphrasing my sources and needed to cite them even when paraphrasing. None of my sources had anything to do with that aspect of what I was writing since I chose sources relating to the other aspect of my paper. Use sources to explain what the thing is, use myself and my ideas to add additional theory. Pretty simple concept.
The math equation thing was just something one of my middle school math teachers thought. I think he thought I was cheating because I didn’t pay attention in class. Last semester’s college algebra professor would have told off that teacher and made him cry. I scored 196/200 on my final, and ended the semester with a 100.1% grade due to extra credit questions on quizzes. So, no…big people aren’t stupid.
Dating sites. These things are the slow death of self-esteem for males who were not blessed with model looks or washboard abs. Fit the profile of what she’s looking for… except you don’t really, because she also wants [insert attractive male celebrity here] type looks with an amazing body on top of all the qualities you have. I wish dating sites never became popular so that people like me could actually get dates on a regular basis again. There really isn’t as much of a social stigma attached to them like there used to be, now it’s almost the ‘in’ thing to do, which severely limits my chances of finding a date that can actually turn into a long term relationship, which would then turn into the thing I had wanted to find when I first signed up to dating sites so long ago.
And now…I shall post this before I really show off my jaded side…