Pizza Delivery Guy Christopher Sharp Pretends To Be A Cop To Impress Girlfriend

Lying to your girlfriend about your job probably isn't the healthiest thing for your relationship. But lying to your girlfriend about being a deputy sheriff might be illegal. One Florida man reportedly knew this, but he still spent six months tricking his girlfriend with a stolen deputy's outfit and fictional tales of DUI busts, while working his real job as a pizza delivery man.

On his way home from his Pizza Hut job each day, Christopher Sharp, 37, would change into cop clothes and a badge that he'd taken from his sister's boyfriend, according to a news release from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, and first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. As part of his charade, he would even recount stories of policing, and give out legal advice to patrons of the bar where his girlfriend worked.

Sharp says that he never went so far as to actually exercise police authority -- by pulling someone over, for example. And he denies ever carrying a gun.

Sharp was arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, with his bond set at $2,000. He allegedly told the officers that he was trying to impress his girlfriend, and had been rejected when he'd applied to be a lawman in Hillsborough County.

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"Here is a shining example of someone who makes extremely poor decisions and will, consequently, not make it through any future law enforcement background investigation," Sherrif Al Nienhuis said in the press release. "The public can rest assured that we do everything reasonable to ensure that our people are good decision-makers."

The bad decision-making has apparently continued. Sharp's now ex-girlfriend alleges that he's been following her and may even have broken into her house to retrieve a bottle of perfume that had been a gift.

It's not only impersonating a police officer that will get you in trouble. Last year, a Florida teenager was sentenced to one year of house arrest and eight years of probation for impersonating a physician assistant in a hospital emergency room. And in 2011, a former member of the National Guard pleaded guilty to impersonating a soldier (and to illegal possession of firearms), and died in federal prison last year. His intentions seemed a little more nefarious, however, than just impressing a girl.


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rstrickland

Bad decision making - sounds like a cop to me! Too bad pizza delivery man is all most cops are qulified to do or should be doing!

March 02 2013 at 3:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Brian Workman

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 02 2013 at 3:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rlw71345

He should have said he was waiting to be confirmed as Sec. of Defense, which could have taken a few more months, if he was lucky. No police uniform or badge needed, only a suit.

March 02 2013 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lorirn8184

who cares? that is not bad he did not cause harm really did he? did he violate a law? didn't try to arrest someone and didn't pretend to be a doctor like some cops dress up as doctors and do and inflict serious physical injury which is agaisnt the law. go ahead and arrest that guy but what he did was not as wrong as those who are cops who dress up and pretend to be nurse, doctor or others and give hands on direct medical care that is much more serious and those have been getting away with it giving hands on direct care.

March 02 2013 at 12:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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alycemd

Where have you heard of a Police Officer dressing up and pretending to be a Doctor or nurse? Oh, that's right -- YOU HAVEN'T!

March 02 2013 at 3:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Wolfman Thomas

he should come to LA and become a LAPD cop

March 01 2013 at 9:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
BRANDON

Hey Christapher you have a new profession a BUM!!! LOL Girls Really wanna date a BUM wih a crimnal record!

March 01 2013 at 8:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bombaro11515

If he wanted to impress her he should have sprinked white confectionerie sugar and jelly from a donut on his pizza uniform and said he was a undercover cop

March 01 2013 at 8:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
barry1817

so what;s the problem, didn't the courts rule that people can lie about military medals, including the medal of honor as part of free speech. And isn't wearing a costume part of that expression of speech.

So I guess we hit a situational situation, he was lying to his girlfriend and that is terrible, but lying to promote oneself is OK.

Situational ethics at its best

March 01 2013 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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our florida

The constitution is not used down here. There is a kid doing time in FL for lyrics in a rap song. Stick to molesting kids if you want to stay out of jail in FL. DA's don't consider it a crime and if you are charged the judges make sure you're ou ASAP

March 01 2013 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Georgina

Yep, Impersonating a Police Officer is illegal. As petty as it sounds, it can allow for dangerous activity.

March 01 2013 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
alantatanka

He should have faked being President or a Politician. He would never have gotten caught and probably would have done a much better job. He would have had to beat the young bimbos off with a stick...It's the only job were you get paid to be an idiot...

March 01 2013 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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