Murphy was headed up to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, she could clearly see the light was on from their bedroom window.
So Murphy opened the back door to go and turn off the light in the garden shed, but saw that there were several people in the shed and it was obvious that they were stealing things.
He called to his wife to tell her to stay upstairs and then phoned the police, who asked him “Is there someone in your house?”
Murphy replied “No”.
The police said that all patrols were busy and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.
Murphy hung up the phone, counted to 60 and phoned the police again.
“Hello. I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my garden shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them!.”
Then he hung up.
With in five minutes three police cars arrived, sirens sounding and lights flashing. There was also an armed response unit and an ambulance. Needless to say, they caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the police officers asked Murphy, “I thought you said that you had shot the burglars?”
Murphy replied, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”
And the moral of this tale, if at first you don’t get what you want, just escalate the situation.
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