Posted by Bob on March 21, 2004
In Reply to: Dash cam Theater posted by Miri Barak on March 21, 2004
: : : I found that there is a dash cam video which takes video of police officers in embarrassing situations.
: : : Is it a hidden camera? or soemthing official of the police?
: : : The series I'm translating now "what were you thinknig?" is about such situations of officers on duty.
: : : I wonder if I can call it hidden camera?
: : : thank you
: : It's a small camera mounted on the dashboard (therefore dash cam) of a police car, and it records what goes on in front of the car. During traffic stops, for example, when the police park behind the car stopped, the camera will record how the people involved behave. It's there to provide court evidence, and to prevent (if, on occasion, prove) claims of police misconduct.
: Most grateful for your answer, could you help me also with the question of "fly bar"?
: I'm not sure about it.
Not "fly bar." Bar fly. It's a derogatory description of a man (almost always a man) who hangs around in a saloon, sitting on the same stool for hours, day after day. It connotes worthlessness (as much as a fly is valuable) and predicability (same bar, every day.) It doesn't mean anti-social, since bar flies may be story-tellers or otherwise gregarious, but they are often solitary, borderline alcoholics, with no ambition or energy.