If you are a Texas State Trooper and can't dodge doughnut jokes, this may be for you.

 

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What's Happening?

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Department Of Public Safety will now require its state troopers to record their height, weight, and waist measurements, making some people question the motive.

 

State Troopers Skeptical Of The Decision?

Jack Crier, who is the executive director of the Texas State Troopers Association, told the Dallas Morning News  "I guess maybe they're trying to make it tougher, to force these guys to leave, (suggesting the new requirement is forcing older officers to resign early) They just want to know what the policy is and they'll follow it, "Those guys are in pretty good shape "

They Definitely "Tried It"

State Troopers who think the state is trying to oust older troopers have reason to believe that because The Dallas Morning News reported that back in December that the Department Of Public Safety's Director Steve McCraw proposed a plan to lay off 117 older state troopers who had retired and been rehired to address budget costs, but the decision was reversed after much backlash

 

Rest Assured State Troopers

Tom Vinger, the spokesperson for the Department Of Public Safety, told The Dallas Morning News the claims of the department wanting to push out the older troopers are "false" he also told the newspaper:

"The significant health risk associated with obesity and its impact on the protective services industry [police officers, firefighters, and correctional officers] was already documented in our policy manual. "We are simply moving from talking about the health risk to identifying it — and providing support to those impacted by it."

 

The Consequences

If male Texas State troopers' waists are over 40 inches in circumference and women's are v35 inches in circumference, they will be considered obese.

According to NBC DFW, officers who fail to comply with the weight requirements won't be fired, but will be denied promotions and overtime. They will also be strongly encouraged to participate in "nutrition and education programs".

My Opinion

I can see where the Department Of Public Safety is coming from if a hidden agenda includes getting rid of out-of-shape troopers out there patrolling.

What do you think?

 

Wow! What I Saw When I Turned Left Inside Buc-ee's In Temple, Texas [PICS]

As the saying goes... everything's bigger in Texas.

Having said that, I've never seen a gas station with more than 50 gas pumps.

Then I visited Buc-ee's.

What is Buc-ee's?

If you don't know or have never visited the popular one-stop highway shop that has over 35 Texas locations in Texas, you need to!

You can get everything in Buc-ee's from gas, to keychains to candles to brisket to goat milk soap and everything in between.


Buc-ee's Has Expanded

According to their site, Buc-ee's, not only has multiple locations here in Texas, they have expanded to southern states like Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

The World's Largest Buc-ee's Coming Soon

Later this year, Buc-ee's has plans to open "The World's Largest Buc-ee's" located in Sevierville, Tennesse. It will have 120 fuel pumps, a 250-foot car wash, and 74,000 square feet of indoor shopping.
Yikes!

I've Never Turned Left

In almost 7 years, I've been here in Texas, I've never turned left when I went inside a Buc-ee's.

I either walk straight to the bathroom or turn right to get water or gummy bears or chocolate almonds. (I get the same thing every time)


But yesterday, I decided to turn left and (I know I'm late) I was mesmerized!

For starters, I never had a reason to turn left.

I've visited the one in Waller County, Bastrop, and the Temple location.

Every time I've visited Buc-ee's, I've never had a reason to go "shopping" always a bathroom break and then back on the road.

So here are some of the cool things I saw when I turned left at Buc-ee's in Temple, Texas!

 

 

The Top 10 Worst Places to Live in Texas

While it's always a good idea to know about areas with the lowest crime rates and best recreational opportunities when you are looking for a place to live, it’s also important to know which places to avoid. Even if you move to a neighborhood with a low crime rate, you could also be close to less safe communities.

Here are the top 10 worst places to live in Texas according to moneyinc.com.

 

 

Did You Know Texas Is One of the Top 10 Haunted States in the Nation?

Two years ago, the Lone Star State was named the most haunted state in America, according to Forbes magazine.

Texas has moved down on the list from movebuddha.com, but we're still in the top 10.

Don't be scared...scroll onward to see which state currently holds the #1 spot for most haunted in the nation.