When he was a young police officer, one day Hubby was escorting several prisoners to the holding cell where they would wait to go to court.
Another officer, Joe, who had become a friend of Hubby’s and who had a great sense of humor, was coming along behind Hubby also escorting several prisoners to the cell.
When they got to the cell, Hubby directed his handcuffed prisoners into the cell (the handcuffs would be removed through the bars, after the door was locked). Then Joe put all but one of his prisoners in the cell.
At the door, Joe turned to his final prisoner, removed his handcuffs, and said, “There you go!” and gestured toward Hubby.
Hubby wondered what was going on.
The prisoner walked over to Hubby and shook his hand. Then he walked into the cell, pulling the door closed behind him.
Hubby looked at Joe questioningly. Joe said, “As we were following you down the hall, he said, ‘See that big cop ahead of us? I wish I didn’t have these cuffs on because then I would kick his a__!’ So I just wanted to give him his opportunity.” The cops and prisoners alike laughed.
A moment of levity in a usually not-very-funny place … priceless.