(NewsCore) - A Florida police officer who was just days from retirement was fired after being caught hauling two mattresses on her patrol car. Lyles was not on duty at the time and officers are permitted to use their patrol cars for personal use -- within reason. "It embarrasses not only the officer, but it embarrasses our department," Miami-Dade Police Commander Nancy Perez said. "It is obvious we are not allowed to transport mattresses on the top of our marked police units. There are other items we cannot transport ... animals to veterinarians, children to school."
Never mind getting fired, I believe this should be a licensing revoking event. In fact this should probably be a question on the exam when you first get your license;
"At any point in time do you see yourself endangering yourself and others on the road by strapping a completely non-aero dynamic mattress to the roof of your car, in hopes that the thin piece of twine and your forearm strength will be enough to make it safely home?"
If you answer "Yes" then you're denied a license for life. I've seen my fair share of mattresses on the side of the highway and a few close calls where the mattress was clearly going but just hadn't broke free yet. Bottom line, if you don't have a pickup truck or SUV, you need to pay for shipping or risk the loss of your license for life. We've got the government over here banning everything from drunk driving to texting and just blatantly ignoring the highest risk driving habit on the road today. The ignorant driver who thinks their Toyota Corolla can defy the laws of physics.