Doing my shift at the substation. Right next to it is the post office, and some group had set up very inflammatory politcal signage. I didn't like it, but it is everyone's First Amendment right to do. They were not blocking anything, or agressive, so I just sighed, and went into the sub.
I live in an area where it is not unusual to have people who know me, or conversely, I know them, show up for a complaint. Soon enough, a gal I know, (and dread dealing with), stormed into the sub.
"WHAT are you going to do about the people next door?!?!???"
I tried to put on a professional smile, and answered, "They are legal, it is a public sidewalk."
She glared at me, and nearly snarled, "I PAY for that sidewalk, and I PAY your salary!"
I didn't say a word. I knew if I pointed out that she lives outside the city, so she doesn't pay city tax, she would be angry...
And that little detail that I am a volunteer, so she doesn't pay me Jack, uh, Cheese, would really set her off.
I just demurred with, " If you want to report it, you need to call the local police."
She then stormed out like a furious tornado, all but bellowing, "THAT IS A HATE CRIME! IT'S A HATE CRIME! YOU ARE ALLOWING--"
Thankfully, the door closed on her diatribe...
So, I must say, that is the first time I have had the "I pay your salary" card played. The deputies thought it was a kick, too, when I told them.
One suggested that I point to the half inch "VOLUNTEER" written on my work shirt.
But... I doubt she'd notice.
On the bright side, I had a gent come in, and I was able to help him update his voter registration. So, it all works out. I think.