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Round like a shot

There is so much wit, wisdom and laughter in this short anecdote shared by Tony Gladstone:

Going to bed the other night, I noticed people in my shed stealing things.

I phoned the police but was told no one was in the area to help. They said they would send someone over as soon as possible.

I hung up. A minute later I rang again. “Hello,” I said, “I called you a minute ago because there were people in my shed. You don’t have to hurry now, because I’ve shot them.”

Within a minute there were half a dozen police cars in the area, plus helicopters and an armed response unit. They caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the officers said: “I thought you said you’d shot them.”

To which I replied: “I thought you said there was no one available”.



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48 thoughts on “Round like a shot

  1. What a great blog. So clever. thanks for writing.

  2. More truth than one would want to admit in this story.

  3. LOL. And it’s not often that I do.

  4. Somewhere, is Alabama on said:

    Awesome lol

  5. Brilliant. 🙂 And I really enjoy reading your blog.

  6. Never fails to make me laugh whenever I have come across this. thanks for sharing the oldie but goodie!

  7. I absolutely loved it. Had a good laugh for today. Thanks so much.

  8. Heard it before, but it never ceases to make me smile 🙂

  9. ROFL! This is awesome.

  10. LOL.. that was very clever of him! Great post! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  11. Haha, that was great, so smart!

  12. Funny. From no one available to overkill on resources sent. No wonder public safety budgets are bleeding.

  13. Too funny. You reminded me of a true story. There is a former Miss America who is now in her 80’s and uses a walker. Some guys were stealing copper wire from some machinery in her shed. She walked out with her walker and a pistol and told the guys to leave or she will shoot. The guys laughed and kept going which led her to shoot their tires out. They started to leave and she said you are not going anywhere and dialed the police. Her talent in the Miss America contest – pistol marksmanship. They were apprehended shortly.

  14. I’m so glad I started following this blog… you have great taste and wit

  15. Wonderful story, no matter how many times I see it 🙂 Sadly, it’s fairly close to the truth in many places.

  16. God says people around us are perishing and we should tell them the good news of the Gospel.

    We make excuses.

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  18. I am amazed at the story that seems to be true. Is it?

    • I’m not certain about the veracity of the story, whether it actually happened or if it is just a figment of some fertile imagination.
      However, I know certain things about this anecdote:
      – it is witty
      – there is a sense of calculated wisdom
      – and most important, there is a hearty laugh in the story.

  19. Good story, even if it only illustrates that sometimes it pays to use a little imagination when faced with a difficulty.

  20. Life is full of incidents when we are not where we should be and when we finally get there, we can only hope it’s not too late!

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  22. The things you have to do to make something happen sometimes!

  23. What a laugh. Sometimes you need a good laugh. So who was writing fiction and what part was true? It’s a wonder you didn’t get arrested for a false report.

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