I happened to stop at a gas station at the corner of Anthony and Tillman the other day. When I got there, there were 3 FWPD vehicles parked out front (two of them illegally - one in an unmarked space and another in a handicapped space). When I went inside to make my purchase, all 3 officers were standing around talking and buying scratch off lottery tickets. They would lose, buy more, lose again, buy more, etc. I was there for about 10 minutes watching this happen. I further witnessed one of the officers go and get a cup, fill it with soda, drink it and NOT pay for it.
I find this highly disturbing. Are our tax dollars going to pay for 3 different officers to scratch lottery tickets and drink free soda? I find it hard to believe that there is no crime that needs fighting in the southeast area of town at any given time. Especially considering I watched 1 person run a red light as I was leaving the gas station. Would have been nice to see them get pulled over and ticketed, but alas - the officers were too busy gambling and stealing soda to do their jobs.
I'm not saying that FWPD officers don't deserve a break. But how is it okay for them to gamble in uniform and essentially steal soda while on their break? Just because you are a police officer doesn't give you the right to take what you want for free.