Welcome to the funny spot on your dial!

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Re: Welcome to the funny spot on your dial!

Postby WeyaH » Mon May 04, 2009 3:38 pm

A buddy of mine (Bill) was an Army MP in Germany just after the Berlin Wall came down.

He worked in Customs, and often went undercover with the German police.

He related a story to me about one evening, he and a German cop were looking for some East Germans that had smuggled some firearms into West Germany. They found out that the BGs were in an abandoned building and the two of them went inside looking for them.

The two cops weren't being sneaky about their approach, and kept announcing themselves as they went from room to room. They had made it to the third floor, and heard some noise behind a closed door. They shouted for the BGs to surrender, but they didn't get a response, so they decided on a different plan. They were going to make a tactical entry with recon by fire (this is when MPs still carried .45s). Bill kicked the door in, and the German fired a few rounds into the room, and something charged them. Bill opened up with his .45 and put two rounds into the stray dog...10 seconds later they heard the two smugglers screaming that they wanted to surrender...from two floors up.

They caught the bad guys, but Bill still had to explain to the Command Sergeant Major exactly WHY he had discharged his firearm in a "reckless and unlawful manner."

Nothing like the sound of a 1911 to ruin a BGs day.
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Re: Welcome to the funny spot on your dial!

Postby Eddie2612 » Sun May 10, 2009 11:16 am

Ok... When I was in high school in AZ, a good friend of mine's (who had moved to Scottsdale, AZ from Midland / Odessa TX) dad was telling us about his early days with the sherrifs dept in the early 80's.. Apparently during the Iran hostage deal the Midland area sherrifs dept decided they were going to ticket all Arabs they saw this day -- well, my friends dad told of this guy that he was pulling over (legit for speeding) and the guy throws his hands out the open window holding a passport yelling "I Isreali, I not Arab - I get 4 tickets already today" -- my buddies dad was trying not to smile (thought it was a crazy thing) - got the guys name and made the tickets go away..

Crazy..
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Re: Welcome to the funny spot on your dial!

Postby HankB » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:20 pm

i think I posted this story once before, but I like it so much it's worth repeating.

A guy I knew slightly 'way back in my college days apparently fit the description or profile of some wanted criminal - probably a bank robber or something. He was stopped by police, taken out of his vehicle, lots of backup called, cuffed and made to sit by the side of the road. Thing is, the guy was some sort of amateur magician, and got out of the cuffs himself - threw them in the (water filled) ditch along the road. Meanwhile, he just sat there with his hands behind his back. (For some reason, they didn't put him in the back of a squad car.)

Even after they tossed his car and realized he wasn't the bad guy they wanted, it took a while before they decided to let him go. Several of the LEOs drove off, and finally the cop who'd cuffed him came to turn him loose . . . but since his hands were already free, the cop wanted to know where his cuffs were . . . guy said "Oh, they were hurting me, so one of the other officers took them off."

"WHICH officer?"

"I don't know, with uniforms, you guys all look alike to me."

That was his story, and he stuck to it.

So the cop lost a set of handcuffs, and with the finger pointed squarely at his fellow LEOs, probably some ill-feeling resulted.

Moral: Don't mess with magicians. Even amateurs. :lol:
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"Back to the Future" moment with a LEO

Postby jminn1 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:05 pm

Last Halloween we had a bit of a family emergency. I jumped on an American flight into Grand Island NE, rented a car and proceeded to drive North to my home town. I got about 20 miles out of GI and get pulled over. Anyone who lives there knows exactly where. A lot of tourists do too.

I was speeding, but in my defense, it was late, I was tired and stressed to the max, and just missed the 65 limit going down to 60, and I was doing at least 8 over...

The deputy sheriff who pulled me over took my license and the rental papers back to his car to verify I was "ok" to have the car, and whatever.

He comes back with a puzzled look on his face. You see, the rental paper work was from a company in Omaha, which is 130 miles away, not 20. Since I had flown into the small regional airport in GI, the rental agency was really from Omaha, and just had a satellite office in GI.

Long story short, the paperwork seems to say I rented the car in Omaha 30 minutes ago... and I'm 150 miles from there...

I couldn't help it.. I busted out laughing and told the office "but sir, I wasn't driving *that* fast..." and explained that I had really rented the car in GI, not Omaha..
He looked at me, kinda grinned, and said "slow it down, sir".. and let me go...

I'm still chuckling over not going "that fast..."
I hope he's still smiling too...

[Thanks to the officer for having a sense of humor and letting me go on my way.. it made a huge difference in my day...]
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