He was exhausted and he knew that if he didn’t sit down now, he would surely pass out from fatigue. He never expected that anyone would be watching him, but someone was.
If he had known that his boss had been watching from the elevator camera all along, he would have done everything differently. He would never be able to live this down.
Tony Scherb of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office felt at home when he was immersed in his work. Over the years he had learned every nook and cranny of the station.
He took pride in his work at the precinct and loved every day working there until a huge secret was uncovered that would change everything.
He had almost 30 years of experience at the station and had made many friends over the years. But now he was getting old and the inevitable was approaching.
He was looking forward to trading in his gun for a fishing pole, retirement was around the corner. But he had no idea that things would change just before he could leave forever.
Everyone knew Scherb. After 29 years on the job he’d seen many people come and go but he stayed there. Everyone at the station praised him for his dedication.
But he wondered if they would still see him that way if they knew about the elevator and what went on in there when he needed to destress.
Soon he would be enjoying his retirement, but that didn’t mean he didn’t have more than his fair share of work to get through. He had stacks of paperwork and many phone calls to make before he could trade his badge for a beer.
With the extremely tight deadlines he had to work extra hard. He was used to this in the 29 years he’d been there but that didn’t make it any easier.
It was stressful. No one could be a cop and not feel the pressure. Between the dangers of the job, the need to be constantly professional, and the ever-present eye of the public, it was important to find ways to decompress.
Some cops, however, took up bad habits to cope.
Scherb was part of the El Paso County police department, which had the responsibility of keeping over 663,000 residents safe.
With such a low cop to civilian ratio, the law enforcement officers had their hands full. To maintain some of their sanity, they did their own things to let off some steam. And Officer Scherb was no different.
He had known some to look to the bottle or overdo it on cigarettes. This was why his “elevator ritual” was so important. It was the key to his happy demeanor for these last few decades.
Scherb, however, had no idea his boss was about to install a hidden security camera right in the middle of his safe space.
A Traffic Cop
No matter how well-liked Scherb was by his colleagues, nobody could have imagined just how fun and unpredictable he could be.
As a traffic cop, he wore a well-designed mask so he would project the authority he needed to while he was on the job. His colleagues knew he was a kind and generous man, but nobody knew just how unpredictable he could be until it was caught on camera.
Apparently, the elevator had been having technical problems, and Scherb’s boss had the camera installed for extra precautions and to maybe spot why things were so glitchy.
As Scherb started his ritual, he had no idea that everyone in and out of the building would see.
To be fair, what Scherb liked to do in the elevator wasn’t so crazy. We all have our moments when we think we’re alone – only there isn’t video evidence of the cringe-worthy things we do during our “alone time.”
Although Scherb wasn’t in the privacy of his own home, he still wasn’t expecting anyone to see what he did to blow off some steam.
Getting Into It
The video footage shows Scherb walking into the elevator alone. Everything appears normal. He was just a traffic cop using the elevator, tapping his foot and waiting to arrive at his floor.
Of course, Scherb had no idea about the camera that had just been installed. And what it captured soon had everyone howling.
Time To Groove
He pulled out his phone and chose his favorite app. It was a simple thing, but my oh my did it get the job done. The beat and melody started to flow, and he let his body move with it.
This wasn’t dancing. They were silly, gyrating convulsions that helped him burn off the pressure. Then, the elevator door opened, and a colleague walked in.
Scherb immediately went back to his formal stance, but the music was still going. His co-worker raised an eyebrow
This was mostly because it was probably a song she would never have imagined him listening to. Her tiny grin made him have a profound realization.
He was retiring! It didn’t matter anymore. He could be as goofy as he wanted. He was human after all and why shouldn’t he embrace the joy that came with his “elevator time.”
He might even be able to spread a little joy to others as well. So, he started dancing again.
The officer’s eyes went wide. It was a tension-filled pause as she processed what she was seeing. Then, in a beautiful show of “yolo” she joined in as well.
The darkness from the day melted from her stance and she got into it as much as him! They danced and lip-synced to Silento’s “Whip/Nae Nae” … until the door opened again. This time the big boss was coming in.
Stop! The Boss
Scherb and his partner in crime froze in a professional stance. He even gave the sheriff a small salute – a genuine sign of respect for the man he had worked beside all these years.
He also made sure to hit pause on the song. But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, it gets even better.
The Famous Song
If you’re unfamiliar with the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), you probably need some additional information to fully appreciate the hilarious situation.
The song Scherb was jiving to was released in 2015 by the hip-hop/R&B artist Silento, and it has a famous dance that goes with it. Many other rap and hip-hop artists have done a version of the dance, but Scherb’s really took the cake.
Coast Is Clear
As soon as the sheriff left the elevator and another officer got on, Scherb and the woman looked at each other with mischievous grins.
He hit play again, and they both jumped back into their dance-off. The man watched them in shock. But what would he do next?
What’s Going On Here?
The officer who was witnessing the elevator party looked at Scherb in absolute shock. The reason the whole situation was so unexpected was because Scherb had always been described as being extremely professional.
It must have been quite a sight to see the most professional man in the building doing the famous “Stanky Leg” hip-hop dance move in the elevator. But what would he do?
It was beautiful. It was unforgettable. The third addition got right into the groove as well. Even a fourth officer found her way into the elevator party and shook her hips.
None of them had any idea that the entire thing was being filmed and the boss would soon see it.
Being called into the sheriff’s office wasn’t out of the ordinary, but as soon as Scherb saw his boss’s laptop with the security footage, he turned white as a ghost. “This is what you do with your free time?” his boss asked.
Scherb assumed the expected stance – standing straight with his hands resting behind his back. “Yes, sir.”
The sheriff glanced at the video again … then smiled! “I love it.” Scherb felt like he was about to pass out on the floor.
His boss continued, “I would like your permission to post this on our Facebook page. People need to see that cops are humans too. And I love the camaraderie it builds.”
Putting It Online
The office didn’t expect much, maybe just a few “likes” here and there, possibly a couple of comments, but when everyone saw the view count skyrocket to 7 million, they couldn’t believe their eyes! They had gone viral!
His boss went the extra mile and added his own glowing comments to the video.
“Tony is probably one of the most hilarious, nicest deputies I’ve ever met. He’s had a stellar, stellar career and he’s going to be greatly missed. Just a quality person and a quality deputy.”
The day came to a close and Scherb’s retirement officially started. Besides wishing the best for him, they all had another farewell.
Leaving A Legacy
Many of them were going to adopt their own “elevator” ritual when it was just them or their coworkers. It was a stress-reliever that worked wonders. It was also a much healthier way to deal with the day.
Scherb had not only left a professional impact over nearly three decades, but he had also left his own special, grooving mark on the entire office.
Since we are living in troubling times and police officers are under even more scrutiny than ever, Scherb’s viral video showed people that cops are human, too.
The video highlighted that cops can also let go and enjoy a time-out once in a while. In these troubling times, everyone needs a moment to relax and laugh at some goofy antics.
Usually, the El Paso police department posts serious videos of perps being arrested or suspects on the run from the law. The sheriff decided that just this one time, they would share a video of the officers having some fun.
And thankfully, the video of Scherb’s elevator party was well-received by the public. In fact, he had become an internet celebrity overnight!
But Scherb’s moves hadn’t just gone viral – the video actually meant so much more than that. Not only did he become an internet sensation, but he had also bridged the divide between cop and civilian.
Other law enforcement agents are inspired by Scherb’s goofy antics – the video was a small respite that lifted everyone’s spirits.
While many of us use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to connect with friends and loved ones, some use them to get information about what’s going on in the world.
The El Paso County police department’s Facebook page is used to connect with the locals and share their officer’s accomplishments. By sharing the video on their page, Scherb’s free spirit lives on even after he’s retired.