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This is genius and just goes to reinforce my opinions of many who apparently belong to the same human race as I allegedly do:

Control Room: "South Wales Police, what's your emergency?"

Caller: "It's not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there's a bright stationary object."

Control room: "Right."

Caller: "If you've got a couple of minutes perhaps you could find out what it is? It's been there at least half an hour and it's still there."

Control: "It's been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?"

Caller: "It's in the air."

Control: "I will send someone up there now to check it out."

Caller: "OK."

The mystery was soon solved, as the exchange between control and an officer at the scene, makes clear.

Control: "Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?"

Officer: "Yes, it's the moon. Over."

Police Sat UFO Was Just The Moon (BBC News; Friday 4th July 2008)


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Jul. 4th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Hahahaa, this made me laugh SO much. Mostly because this is what I do, I answers 9s calls ... and when people say random things like that to me, my reaction is usually the same .... "Right."

It's code for 'WTF?!'


Jul. 4th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a job for... TORCHWOOD!
Jul. 5th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
That sounds like some one who really ought to get out more... it reminds me of the academic who never left halls and one day was persuaded to take a train ride (I think this was turn of the 18th/19th century)...when he saw some sheep he asked what they were, and was delighted to discover that they were what 'live mutton looked like'.
Jul. 5th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
As funny as this is (and it is humorous) I really can't say that I like the attitude of dismissing callers as morons. I'm not saying that she saw a UFO, but that doesn't mean it's something as stupid as the moon, either.

As for needing to cut down on idiotic calls... the solution seems to me to be to add a charge (5 pounds or something) to calls that aren't emergencies....
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