Tonight was one of those times.
During the presentation of the proposed 2013 police budget, Chief Bryan Larkin noted there was only so much paring back that could be done without causing service cuts related to staffing cuts, since staffing costs account for more than 90 per cent of the service's budget.
"Too bad there aren't such things as robot cops because they don't expect a raise," Laidlaw said.
After glancing around to ensure I hadn't dreamt it, I posted Laidlaw's comment on Twitter.
It didn't take long for fellow Tweeters to begin commenting, with one observing, "Too bad there aren't such things as robot councillors because they don't constantly say stupid things."
Even former Merc reporter Greg Layson chimed in, urging Guelph residents to remember that Laidlaw had no trouble accepting her own raise.
Indeed, in March 2011 Laidlaw was among eight councillors who voted down a motion from Coun. Cam Guthrie rejecting a $900 pay raise for councillors.
"I'm not prepared to forego a small increase for the sake of it looking good," Laidlaw said at the time, except then I had no trouble believing it.