A day starting with the police pulling you over because you ran a red light is certainly off to a bad start.
Now, I definitely saw that red light. I just chose to ignore it. As I generally do. And will continue to do even though I am aware that this is against the law. I accept that if I get caught, I'll have to pay for it. But I also refuse to feel any kind of guilt about it. I also won't stop complaining about it. Because after all, I like to complain.
In a way the policemen were nice, because after I realized that I didn't have my wallet with me - and no ID because of that, which is against the law too - they didn't make a fuss about it, just put me into their car and drove me home so I could get it.
And hey, they accepted my "I'll pay, but that won't stop me running the next red light again". And only told me not to do it if a police car was standing right next to me, because in that case they would have to stop me, just to be seen doing something about someone so blatantly breaking the law.
I still think they were petty. Because I'm pretty sure they could have let me go with just a warning. And a cyclist running a red light on a traffic light, that's only there so the cars coming of a minor street can cross the major road occasionally, at 6:45 in the morning isn't the most dangerous thing ever to happen on Berlin's streets.
But they did pick up the next one while getting me back to my bike, so apparently they think differently.
And I was late to the Journal Club because of this. While I'm still on probation and trying to make as good an impression as possible.
Why don't I have a biking icon yet? This needs to change.