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Quote of the Day - You know how it is when you go to be the subject of a psychology experiment, and nobody else shows up, and you think maybe that's part of the experiment? I'm like that all the time. - Steven Wright
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Who Should Be Arrested?

You're watching the big game, having a few brews, and despite your seventeen calls to Fast Eddie's Pizza (first I just made that name up, but then discovered that such a place really exists. I'm sure the real Fast Eddie has great pizzas and delivers on time - probably even ahead of time. I just thought the name would make a great play on words, and really didn't plan on digressing this far. So, with that, please realize that my fictional 'Fast Eddie's' is just that - fiction), the pizza hasn't arrived yet.

Out of frustration, you call 911, thinking perhaps the pizza guy is stuck at a red light and needs an escort.

Berating the pizza parlor didn't do much more than escalate into a name-calling contest that ultimately degraded all the way down to such monikers as "you old coot."

Ouch.

Finally the 911 operators tire of your constant calls about your failed pizza delivery, and you get arrested for abusing the system. You've been told by the operators to stop calling, but you ignore them.

The twist is, however, that you're 86 years old.

If you've clicked on the link above, you know that a slight variant of this fictional story is true. The police in Charlotte, North Carolina did arrest an 86-year old woman for calling 911 about not getting her pizza delivery. My point in relating this story is that she shouldn't have been arrested. I think the 911 calls were really calls for help. Perhaps a better outcome to this story would have been to provide the help she needed rather than put her behind bars.

Maybe when she gets in front of a judge, rationale thought will set in. Then again ...

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