Just like the title says, he and I have been friends since we were old enough to play together, parents were next door neighbors before either of us were born. We don't see each other often, mostly when the wife and I are at the mall to see a movie or when I am tagging along with her shopping. When we have hung out in the past, it became apparent that his job as mall security has him believing that he has some sort of duty to uphold to the community. He is a lot like Seth Rogens character in "Observe and Report." We went for coffee at starbucks a while back and he told me he wanted to pay. When he went for his wallet, he made it obvious to everyone around him that he had a badge on his belt when he lifted his shirt to remove the wallet. He keeps telling me that he wants to come with me on my next bail jumping case even though he isn't licensed and I can't legally take him along, he thinks his "authority" allows him to do so. His company also does the security at a power plant where he picks up weekend shifts once in a while and tells people he has "security clearance" which is nothing more than an FBI background check. How do I tell him that this is only hurting him and won't help him get a job as a cop in the future? He doesn't live in him moms basement like most Mall Ninjas do, he has his own place and a wife and kid and is pretty responsible financially. We are not super close friends anymore but I care enough about him to try to let him know without shattering his dreams that he is only a security guard and not protector of the free world. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give some background on him and his situation.