The Correct Way To Call The Police
> George Phillips of New York City was going up to bed when his wife
> told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed which she
> could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go
> turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing > things.
> He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and he
> said no. The dispatcher then switched him into a recorded message
> saying that that all patrol officers were busy, and that he should
> simply leave a message for them, then lock his door and an officer
> would be along to take a report when available.
> George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police > again.
> "Hello I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people
> in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now cause I've
> just shot them all dead". Then he muttered "that will teach them to
> come on my property ... " as he hung up the telephone.
> Within five minutes five police cars, an Armed Response unit, a SWAT
> team and two ambulances showed up at the Phillips residence. Of
> course, the police caught the burglars red handed.
> One of the Policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd > shot them!"
> George said, "I thought your recorded message said there was nobody
> available to help me right now!"
Brilliant. Every 911 call should be treated the same way.
And to think, our current police chief here in Providence is formerly of the NYPD. Lovely.
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And to think _our_
police chief here in Independence grew up in the house directly across the street from me where his parents lived for fifty years until his father died the same year as mine (1991) and his mother was enrolled in the old people's home (last year) where my mother is, after his mother suffered a stroke and a broken hip.) Lee has been chief for a dozen years and was a city employee for twenty years before that. He has the house up for sale now, but earlier today I saw him out in the back yard mowing the grass like he does most Sundays in the spring/summer.
I think this has been a busy weekend for the officers: overheard on the scanner radio yesterday afternoon, the dispatcher sent officers to Garden Walk Apartments on North 10th Street, our public assistance housing project. Later one of the officers was heard saying on the radio, "second time I have been there today. I told 'him' if I have to come back any more, someone is going to get locked up." Their problems, it seems, at the 'projects' always involve Demon Rum and/or Crystal Meth, or both. PAT]