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Will Find Himself Magically Arrested

| Tucson, AZ, USA | Bizarre, Crazy Requests, Criminal/Illegal

(I work as a call taker for a local police department. I overhear the following from a coworker speaking to a man who calls in a regular basis.)

Coworker: “Okay, John, I see that you were arrested a few days ago for filing a false report. Now, if there is no crime being committed this time, you will be in trouble again.”

(I tune my coworker out while working on gathering information for other calls until I hear this part.)

Coworker: “How was someone able to steal your wallet and keys in the middle of the night when those were inside the pillow you were sleeping on?” *pause* “How did they get in and get your stuff if you were sleeping on it?” *longer pause* “They have magical powers? Is that what you want me to tell the officers?”

(Later my coworker told everyone at that point, the caller had been silent for a little while, and then said he didn’t want to get in trouble.)

Coworker: “Okay, but you want me to send officers to you? And that’s what you want me to tell them? That someone stole your keys and wallet by using magical powers? All right. I will let them know.”

(It turns out that the caller had called in every day after he was arrested, reporting different matters. Those were handled as callback reports, which take a couple of days, so the police didn’t make the connection. No such luck this time!)

All Smoke Where There Is No Fire

| Madison, WI, USA | Bizarre, Criminal/Illegal, Health & Body

(I volunteer as an EMT. This was one of the first calls I respond to.)

Caller: “Please help! I can’t breathe!”

Operator: “Yes, ma’am. Are you having an asthma attack?”

Caller: “No, but I am about to! Those neighbors are frying chicken and the smoke is really bothering me! I can’t breathe! Please help!”

Operator: “Okay, please go outside to get some air. We will dispatch an EMT crew to you.”

(When we arrive, we discover the caller on her deck with a LIT CIGARETTE in her mouth, pacing back and forth.)

Caller: “Finally! Someone to help me! I can’t breathe because of the horrible chicken smoke!”

(The caller was taken to the ER for a check-up but, she was fine. Later I was told that she does this little trick often because she gets bored just sitting at home.)