Off-duty public servants

As a Canadian soldier it was drilled into us during Basic Training that we are public servants and we are here to serve the people. We’re expected to act professionally at all times and do nothing that would bring the uniform and the Canadian Forces into disrepute.

In my mind that should extend towards other public servants, such as law enforcement, paramedics etc.

So what are you supposed to do when you see someone around town who works as a Constable for a local Aboriginal police force and try to approach them, only to have them cut you off and say ‘Don’t talk to me, I don’t even like you’? Should you take that in your stride, excuse their rude manners and be on your way? Or should you approach their boss on the next week day and gently suggest they talk to their employees and remind them that in a small town, rudeness even when off duty can bring their team into disrepute?