Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Citizen's Arrest, Citizen's Arrest!!!

To me those classic words always invoke images of Gomer Pyle trying to give Barney a ticket.

Last Night I was Gomer.

We were dropping the little one off at Gymnastics. The wife needed to go in so I just sat in the car playing Sudoku on my phone. As I sat there a car pulled up in front of me. One of the 3 men inside got out and walked over to a utility pole in the parking lot. He lifted the base cover to expose a pink package which he retrieved. He carried it back to the driver of the car and they did their little thing whatever it was. In the meantime I took a picture of the license plate. The man replaced the package and returned to the car and they drove off. I thought about it for a bit and because there are a lot of kids and moms here most nights, I called the cops. I explained what I saw and she dispatched an officer. It wern't long before he showed up and I shared the story again. I pointed to the pole and he lifted it up. Sure enuff it was still there. He removed it, very un-CSI like and opened it. Much to our surprise inside was a list. He said I know what this is, It's a game. And it was. It was part of a Geo-caching game folks play. I was so embarrassed and apologized for wasting his time. He laughed but thanked me for calling regardless. I am glad it turned out to be non-criminal but I was awful red faced.

Have Phone will call, I will do it again.


Juli said...


And truth be told, I would have done the same thing.

Geo caching is really fun, and they are EVERYWHERE. Although I have never heard of any inside utility poles, ours are usually in the woods somewhere...

MsNscr said...

I've never heard of this. Sure sounds strange to me.

I probably would have gone to look at it myself before calling anyone, which now that I think about it, might not be so smart.

Slick said...

Good for you! It could have been so much more, like guns or drugs.

I saw a dope drop-off once using a newspaper box. Happened so fast, I didn't realize what it was 'til the guys were GONE!

(If you find a bag in the newspaper box, walk away)

Simply Suthern said...


I've heard of it before. It just wernt obvious that what it was.
I would do it again.


I'll beware of bags in my paperbox and flaming bags on my porch.

Beatriz said...

That's hilarious! Well good thing it wasn't anything bad :)

Chrissy Starr said...

My moto is, when in doubt, call the cops. That's what they're for. No need for you to be embarrassed. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

I still don't get it. Does it have something to do with smart phones? I think you did the right thing. I would have had the same debate with myself.