Disappearing Common Sense

, , | Legal | March 27, 2019

(A car is dumped outside my home, something normally reportable to the council. However, when it starts disappearing a bonnet or headlight at a time, I suspect it’s stolen and report it to the non-emergency police line, as they recommend. During the phone call, the rep says they’ll send someone out to look at it and that in the meantime, “if anything changes,” can I please update them. This happens a few days later, on another call.)

Me: “…so I am just letting you know that it has gone now.”

Rep: “The police probably found the owner and made them move it. You don’t need to update us for that.”

Me: “Okay, no worries, sorry. I only called because the lady I spoke to asked me to call if anything changes.”

Rep: “Oh, no. If the car disappeared, it’s probably because the owner moved it. We don’t need an update for that. It’s just if anything changes, like if it’s still there.”

Me: “So… if it stays there and nothing happens, then it counts as a change that I should report. But if it disappears, then it’s probably not suspicious. so therefore. I should not report it.”

Rep: “Yes.”

Me: “…”

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