Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coupon Lady Arrested for Stealing Free Papers!!

Got your attention!! Let me tell you about my morning. On Thursdays, my neighborhood gets two free papers and both are packed full with free coupons. I love Thursdays! Over the last few weeks, I have been "staking out" who doesn't pick up their free papers and leaves them to rot. So, being the kind neighbor, Caroline and I clean up their driveways and take their newspapers. I think they think I am the recycling van! Since it was raining all morning, Caroline and I left a little later than normal. We drove around the neighborhood, collected our goodies and headed home. As we pulled onto our street, a police officer was following me. I opened the garage door and pulled in. He stopped at my driveway. Immediately, I thought, "Oh NO! Someone has called the police on me for "stealing" FREE papers!" What am I going to do????" I get out of the car and my dogs come barreling out of the house. Weird, because I set the alarm and closed the door. Here's a glimpse into our conversation....

"Mam, is everything okay?
"Yes, sir. Can I help you?" As I am sweating bullets....
"We had an alarm code of a break in and we are dispatched. Do you notice anything wrong?"
"My dogs came out of the house when the door should be shut."
"Stand back Mam..." PULLS A GUN OUT of his holster and busts through the door...

I am standing in my garage thinking to myself...all this over free newspapers! :)

The officer proceeds to walk around the house with his gun pulled.

"Mam, do you have a basement?"
"No sir."
"Do you want me to check upstairs?" HUMMMM, yes!!!
"yes please"
"Mam, can you help me get the baby gate open? I can't open it. I guess if I can't open it, then an intruder probably wouldn't be able to open it either."
"Yes, sir, I'll be right there."

So....long story short....No intruder, just a freak incident with my alarm. I just thought it was funny that I thought he was coming after me for the free newspapers!


Debbie said...

Okay, now THAT is just hilarious!

Good thing you have a blog to write about these types of things!!!!

I loved your story!!!

I am never going to let you forget it!

Becky Scott said...

How funny and scary at the same time! Glad everything was ok though.

LB said...

that is so funny. But how great that you have access to all of those coupons!! Just think of all the coupons your neighbors are letting go to waste:)

Kristi said...

I SNORTED OUT LOUD READING THAT!! Only you Bethany, only you!!!

Love ya!!

Natasha said...

Oh my goodness!!! I used to pick up the Thursday papers (free AJC Thursday paper with coupons) when I would walk the dog on those nights. I have gotten them in front of homes where there is like 10 other papers—so I know they don't actually read the paper. I have also picked them up in front of homes that where for sale and unoccupied. I have about a 3 year supply of dish washing tablets to show for collecting a whole bunch of papers!!!

I started walking with a friend at night, so now I don't pick them up because she is the type that would think I was crazy.

I can totally relate to this post! That was funny!