Conversion

All cops learn a basic conversion table early on in their career. It applies mostly to how much someone had to drink. I inquire about that subject all night long, so it helps to know the table. At its most basic level, it looks a little like this:

0 Beers = at least 1

1 = at least 2

2 = at least 5

3 = 7 or 8

12 = 12

It works with other things as well, although it gets more complicated. You have to start factoring in gender. If I ask a woman how much it hurt when when her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend slapped her, and she says it was a 12 on a scale of 0-10, that means it was about a two. If I ask a male how much it hurt when his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend shivved him in the kidney, and he says it was a 0 because he has a high pain tolerance, that means it was about an 11.

The table is just a guideline. If I can tell after a few seconds of talking with someone that they’re a completely dishonest buffoon, I have to adjust the conversion table. That’s ok though, it’s a sliding scale.

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