Messages of Aloha

Earning each other's trust

Brandon

Hawaii

There was a young man walking down the road, minding his own business when a police officer pulled over and stopped him. The young man had never been in trouble with the law before besides a few traffic tickets and he certainly wasn't doing anything wrong when the officer stopped him. The officer had a bad attitude even though the young man was compliant and not disrespectful. He had already made up his mind that the young man was going to get charged with something no matter what so he told the man that he was under arrest for drug possession. The man very confused asked what are you talking about? I don't do drugs and I don't have drugs and the officer pulled out a bag of some form of illegal narcotics from his pocket. Why are you doing this? Asked the man. You know that wasn't mine. The day in court came and it was the officer's word against his and he went to jail. After about a year the man was finally free but he had lost his job, the bank repossessed his car and basically had just the clothes on his back.

Struggling to get back on his feet he applied for any job he could get. Luckily a restaurant hired him even though it was minimum wage it was better than nothing. His first day of work he sees another man working there that looks familiar. Then he realized that it was the officer that arrested him. He was quite angry at that point and wanted to confront him but at the same time, he didn't want to do something that he would later regret. After he cooled down a bit he went to the ex-officer and asked him why did you put me in jail? The officer with a deep look of regret on his face said "you know what, I have absolutely no excuse for what I did to you. I was a corrupt cop and after you were convicted, I got caught for planting evidence in another case, I got fired and did a few months in jail and now I'm here working minimum wage just as you are. I messed up both of our lives and all I can offer is my sincerest apology. I don't expect you to forgive me when I haven't yet forgiven myself for my careless stupidity." The man looked at him for a moment and said "I do forgive you. At this moment right now I have chosen to forgive you." After a time of working together and talking to each other here and there, earning each other's trust, they began to form a strong friendship and to this day they are best friends.