By Wyatt Earp | May 22, 2011
Meet former Bartlett (TN) Police Detective Jennifer Wilson. I say “former” because Wilson was recently fired for doing something pretty stupid.
A female police officer has been fired after getting caught drinking in Hooters while her unmarked, city-issued police car sat in the parking lot. Detective Jennifer Wilson, from Memphis, Tennessee, had been off-duty at the time of the incident, but Bartlett Police said she shouldn’t have been driving a company car on personal time.
Wilson was caught when her boss turned up at the chain-restaurant on New Brunswick Road and saw her car in the lot before discovering Wilson inside drinking with a group of friends.
Is this the worst offense of all time? Of course not. But the department is right; showing up at the bar in an unmarked vehicle is lunacy.
Unfortunately for Wilson, the Hooters incident was the last straw.
The incident didn’t lead directly to her firing but was the last in a long line of errors, according to a nine-page report from a disciplinary review board. The document lists six previous disciplinary issues that resulted in either oral reprimand, suspension, or probation. Wilson also clocked up 1,483 text messages on her city-issued cell phone.
This story bothers me for two reasons. First, racking up almost 1,500 text messages on a city-issue phone is idiotic. Cell phones are really cheap now, Jen. Buy one. Second, hot, blonde police officers are a rarity in this country. Her firing just lowered the median attractiveness of my profession.
Hopefully, Wilson next job will be a waitress at Hooters. She looks very qualified.