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How To Call The Police When You're Old


Cambridge Diet Counsellor

George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi 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'.Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along 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 stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them.' Then he hung up.

Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response Unit, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence and 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 you said there was nobody available!'
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So youd condone doing that to get the police, despite the fact among many other things theyd be blue lighting it to a call that doesnt warrant it.

Theres such a difference to having no one to attend a routine call as opposed to whats potentially a major incident.

Calls have to be prioritised according to whats happening, them rushing to an exagerated call like that (along with an ambulance) means people whos need is genuinely greater dont get them. Whats more important, sorting out youth disorder etc or rushing to assist someone being assaulted, or someone whos being a victim of domestic abuse etc.

Im sorry this is just a real bug bear of mine. I have a total sense of humour bypass when it comes to people absuing the system like this. Its something I see too often, people dont get the response they want so phone back and say things like 'actually I think one of them has a knife' knowing full well that HAS to get more of a response as its a public safety issue


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Sorry Starlight if this has annoyed you.....it wasn't meant too I promise. :wave_cry:

It was sent to me on an email and I thought I would share it.


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Sorry Starlight if this has annoyed you.....it wasn't meant too I promise. :wave_cry:

It was sent to me on an email and I thought I would share it.
Yes. Just one of those 'stories'. I thought it was very funny. Assumed it didn't really happen.
Sorry Starlight if this has annoyed you.....it wasn't meant too I promise. :wave_cry:

It was sent to me on an email and I thought I would share it.
Im sorry, its not your fault Im a grumpy coo this week!

Im just spending so much of my working day arguing with supervisors about the lack of vehs/resources out on the street, having to listen to the moans of my poor shift who are at breaking point & having to phone members of the public to apologise for the delays in police attending. I guess it just hit a bit of a nerve

Sorry :ashamed0005:
Starlight I see what you're saying, but it's a fault of the system.Maybe if the whole system was changed so that police did less paperwork and more patrolling etc, there wouldn't be a need for anything like this.Several years ago someone threw a brick and my then husband's car.Although we knew where the lads were, the police didn't come till the next day, and then told us they couldn't do anything as they would have to arrest the whole group, despite him seeing which one threw the brick,and that would involve too much paperwork.The brick shattered the entire windscreen and hit the passenger(he drives a taxi), but that wasn't enough for the police to do anything about it.I was attacked at my front door a year ago and the police came fairly quickly,but they admitted themselves it was lucky it hadn't happened at night or I'd have been waiting a few hours!It's hard to be sympathetic when you know police are patrolling car parks to keep "boy racers" out(most of whom only want to show off their cars and not cause trouble), and therefore aren't available when someone's trying to break in your house!I'd rather have car parks full of people admiring cars than people trying to get in my house.I'm not blaming individual policemen or women.It's the system.
I would dispute ANY police officers are driving about trying to stop boy racers while ignoring someones house being broken into and if they did thats a clear neglect of duty. They system is hugely flawed and I think we all agree on that. However I dont think you and I are going to agree on this subject at all, so probably best leaving it at that.

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