Answering Machine Joke Triggers Raid


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Beren
January 8, 2003, 11:11 AM
From Reuters:

Answering Machine Joke Triggers Terror Raid
Mon January 6, 2003 10:29 AM ET
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - An anti-terrorism squad raided the home of a Danish family after mistaking a light-hearted message on their answering machine for a hostage alert.

"We have been taken hostage by two children. Hurry. Help us after the beep. Now!" the Danish daily Politiken quoted the message as saying on Monday.

But police in the Copenhagen suburb of Gladsaxe and worried friends, who alerted the authorities on Saturday, thought the message said: "We have been taken hostage WITH two children."

Two police cars were dispatched and surprised neighbors watched as policemen cordoned off the area. Police had entered the house but the officer in charge told Politiken it had turned out to be a false alarm.

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Reminds me of the time as a teenager when, while out, ah, "parking", I wrote "Help Me!" in the windshield condensation. We got lit up by a local police cruiser - why they were out there watching us in the first place I'll never know...

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Baba Louie
January 8, 2003, 11:17 AM
So Beren...

Did they "Help out"? Like you really needed help:D

Adios

Beren
January 8, 2003, 11:25 AM
Baby,

Oh, it gets worse. I had lost my wallet at some point and couldn't find it - therefore, I was unable to produce a driver's license. My girlfriend showed hers, though, and they were satisfied.

Okay, that sounded bad.

What's worse? One of the cops was her neighbor.

Coronach
January 8, 2003, 12:36 PM
why they were out there watching us in the first place I'll never know...Oh, I know. :D

Mike

Blueduck
January 8, 2003, 04:09 PM
Reminded me of when I called a new clients home and recived the message on his machine. "*$&@! you I don't wan't your *&#&% message so *%&# me at the beep you &$*&!

My message?: "Hello Mr. xxx, I'm your new Probation Officer. You have one hour to report to this office with your answering machine in hand, or a warrant will be issued for your arrest".:evil:

He made it to my office in less than 15 minutes, left the answering machine in the trashcan in my office so "his brother" could not play anymore mean practical jokes on him;)

TallPine
January 8, 2003, 04:17 PM
Maybe "I'm all tied up and can't come to the phone right now..." isn't such a good idea for a message. :)

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