Sometimes we have to take a step back from filming videos and all the hype and listen to some good old fashioned wise words. Here we have a quote about dealing with security guards/police/dickheads, from Nick Arima, a Chicago homie who skates for Get Real Clothing. This is funny and true wisdom at the same damn time! If you only skate at skateparks this wisdom does not apply to you.

"Imagine for a second that you are a skateboarder cruising around downtown with some homies (assuming that's not what you are doing). Let's say a cop approaches you and starts givin' you shit for skatin' downtown and he's bein' a real prick because he's already got preconceived notions of how "skater punks" are. He's probably already heard so much bullshit from other "skater punks" that he won't even give you the time of day to stand your ground or voice your opinion. You and your friends keep trying to argue with him, talkin' shit or whatever. All you are doing is perpetuating that hatred he has for "skater punks" by fighting him. He decides to arrest your insubordinate asses to "teach" you all a lesson. You have a sour look on your face the whole time, like someone shit their pants all the while you keep thinking to yourself 'fuck the police' along with your friends. This mentality continues on all through the night. He goes home to his family salty as hell and yells at his wife and kid for some petty shit 'cuz he's got a chip on his shoulder. now his family is affected by it. everyone goes to sleep salty as hell. You get out the next day ready to fuck some shit up More so than ever because that "pig" was an ace-hole and he wakes up ready to bust some more "skater punks". No one learns shit in this situation.

Now let's go back to the beginning and change it up just a bit. Instead of returning the cops anger and ignorance when he approaches you, you think to yourself 'shit maybe this dude is just Havin' a rough day and he has a reason to not like skaters because they are mostly a bunch of cop hatin' drunk/wise asses' so for every disrespectful or degrading remark he makes you simply treat him the way you wish he would treat you. With RESPECT. Not respect for his "authority" but for respect for the simple fact that he's another person on this planet who's trying to be happy just like yourself. He just doesn't know exactly how. Just like you. So he does what he believes to be right. Just like you. Your friends have a shitty attitude towards him though still. The cop likes you though so he lets you off and gives your friends tickets for bein' dumbasses. So you tell them they should chill. They get pissed at you as if you are siding with the cop. Like you are some kind of traitor and the fact that you have a separate opinion separates you from them, as if they all have the same mind.

Little do they know you saved their asses from gettin' arrested and that cop went home knowing that not all "skater punks" are "punks". the next time he encounters a group of them he might not be such a dick."

You get back what you put in, the bad vibes bring bad vibes and the good vibes bring good vibes. If we all, skateboarders, law enforcement individuals, security guards and pedestrians alike could take a step back to realize this simple fact at the moments we feel so pissed off at each other, perhaps we would get along without constantly fighting each other. Go skateboarding!

 
 

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