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NYPD Twitter Campaign Turns Ugly

A New York Police Department campaign to engage people on Twitter via the #myNYPD hashtag backfired in a big way.

The New York Police Department learned a hard lesson this week — be careful what you ask for. Especially when dealing with a public forum like Twitter.

The trouble started at around 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, when the department took to its official Twitter account to launch a little contest intended to engage the public on social media. “Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook,” the department tweeted.

They were probably expecting a few good-natured snaps showcasing New York’s Finest in action. But things didn’t exactly go as planned.

It started out innocent enough, of course. Some users posted nice photos of themselves with officers.

But when the #myNYPD hashtag went viral, thousands of others took it as an opportunity to expose police aggression by sharing embarrassing and unflattering photos of New York City officers fighting with members of the public.

One heavily retweeted photo posted by an Occupy Wall Street supporter shows a police officer pointing his gun at a dog a homeless man lies on the ground having a seizure. Others show police officers holding people to the ground, pulling hair, punching, and sleeping on the subway.

The embarrassment comes as the NYPD works to ramp up its efforts on Twitter. Just last week, five officers were given the go-ahead to begin tweeting news about their precincts.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told The New York Times that the snafu would not deter the department from engaging with citizens through social media in the future.

“You take the good with the bad,” he said.

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NYP wanted some Tweets,
From homes and from the streets,
They stood for pics on their beats,
But they suffered some defeats.

People Tweeted police being rude,
Cops with bad attitudes,
One was seen punching a dude,
Showing behavior that’s crude.

Others showed cops at their best,
Taking photos at their request,
Showing badges on their proud chests,
Smiling and talking in jests.

Cops are not basically mean,
Or totally cruel and obscene,
When they arrive on the scene,
If you know what I mean.

They’re there to protect each one,
When threatened by a knife or a gun,
From bad guys they will not run,
They work ’till their job is done.

So when you see a cop,
Outside a store or shop,
It will not hurt to stop,
They might be a mom or pop.

They’re people just like you,
With a hard job to do,
Dressed in NYPD blues,
They’re heroes through and through!

God bless them one and all,
When they are on a call,
Not one of them should fall,
While they stand proud and tall.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Terrible Tweeting Tactic Tried


A Los Angeles man was arrested for allegedly offering to shoot someone for 100 retweets.

March. 14 (UPI) –

A Los Angeles man who allegedly offered to shoot someone in exchange for 100 re-tweets and then post the results on Twitter, was arrested when police were able to trace the account back to his home.

Dakkari Dijon McAnuff was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of making criminal threats.

A tweet from the @StillDMC account, which has since been taken down, showed a picture of a rifle pointed down at a street accompanied by a caption reading, “100 [retweets] and I’ll shoot someone walking.”

When police arrived at the 20-year-old’s home, they discovered an air rifle.

He was being held on $50,000 bail and either posted it, or got access to the Internet in jail.

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Man threatens others for re-tweets,
Cops got him later on their beat;
He wasn’t so nice,
Please take my advice,
It’s something he should never repeat.

Why shoot someone for recognition?
That’s really a psycho condition;
Be kind toward all folks,
Just smile; tell some jokes,
Engage in a little cognition.

He was caught for making some threats,
Would he do it is anyone’s bet;
He was holding a rifle,
And that is no trifle,
Now the guy is under arrest.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Wacky Waffle Woman

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) –

Apparently undercooked breakfast food is an emergency in at least one state.

According to a 911 call posted online by the Tampa Police Department, a Florida woman called the emergency number to report that she was served raw, uncooked waffles at a Village Inn in Tampa.

“They gave me some raw waffles,” the call begins “and I told him that I don’t want the waffles.”
She reported, “[The restaurant] sold me something that was uncooked, I’m already paying for the whole waffle that was already uncooked, so you want me to pay for the half of waffle too that ain’t uncooked,” the woman told the 911 operator.

She then told the operator that she wants the waffle charges taken off her bill.

According Tampa Police 911 call postings, about half of the 911 calls they receive aren’t emergencies.
“The dispatchers on the other end of the 911 line have a tough job waiting for the next emergency, but did you know that approximately 50% of the calls they receive on 911 aren’t emergencies?” the department wrote.



A woman called 911,
Most calls there aren’t much fun,
She hated her waffles,
She said they were awful,
They were completely undone.

She wanted police right away,
She thought it was not right to pay,
The waffles were raw,
They stuck in her craw,
They totally ruined her day.

The police did not come by,
To heed the poor woman’s cry,
It’s just not right,
There was no real plight,
Perhaps they thought she was high.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Authorities Arrest Australian Animal Abuser

Australian man in trouble with RSPCA for riding an emu.

An Australian farmer who filmed himself riding an emu and posted the footage on the internet is being investigated by authorities for cruelty to animals.

A Queensland man who posted videos of himself riding an emu, and using a live calf and dead pig as part of his exercise routine, could be charged with animal cruelty offences.

“What most overseas people get confused about Australia is they think we ride kangaroos to work, but in actual fact we ride emus,” he says in the video.

The man, identified on his Facebook page as Jack Mcmillan, then proceeds to ride “Betsy” the emu whilst shouting, “righto girl let’s go, off to work we go!”

Biosecurity Queensland says it received the footage from the RSPCA and it’s being assessed to determine the most appropriate action to take under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

The Mr. Mcmillan later defended his actions in a Facebook post, saying he’d rescued the emu.

“So it turns out someone thought my video of the emu was that good they thought (sic) they should let the coppas no (sic),” he wrote.

“Just to clear up if it wasn’t for me that emu would of being (sic) dead right now as it was tangled up in a barb wire fence and I cut it out and made a video.”

A spokeswoman has told AAP the maximum penalty for animal cruelty in Queensland is $220,000 (£121,218) or two years imprisonment.

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Some guy was riding a bird,
That’s something I’ve never heard;
It happened down under,
It was a real blunder,
You don’t have to take my word.

He put a vid on YouTube
He’s truly is a real boob;
The world saw his stunt,
I can’t be more blunt,
Some think he’s a real live rube.

He thinks he’s within his rights,
He rescued the bird not in flight;
It was caught in barbed wire,
The situation was dire,
I think the guy isn’t too bright.

He’s charged with being too cruel,
To an animal that is the rule;
He might pay a fine,
Cause he crossed the line,
He shouldn’t have been such a fool.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Sleazy Santa Seized


Bad Santa’ arrested for pinching elf’s bottom!

Mall Santa denies attack on 18-year-old woman dressed as an elf.

A man employed to dress as Father Christmas in an American shopping mall has been arrested after he allegedly groped the bottom of a female co-worker as she walked past his chair.

Herbert Jones, 62, is alleged to have pinched the bottom of the 18-year-old woman, who was playing the part of an elf photographer in a grotto in Hanover, in Massachusetts.

The victim also claimed Mr. Jones told her, “I wish you were a few years older and I was younger.”

Following the incident last weekend, Mr. Jones is now facing charges for indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14.

He denies the allegations, telling police: “I did not touch that girl.”

Mr. Jones, (who has a bushy white beard), and the alleged victim are employed by Cherry Hill Photos.

“We have been made aware that an allegation of improper conduct has been lodged against the person portraying Santa at Hanover Mall by another employee working at the Santa photography concession,” Cherry Hill Photos said in a statement. “This allegation has been denied by the individual portraying Santa.”

A judge has ruled that Mr. Jones cannot work as a Santa Claus while out on bail.

He is due back in court on Christmas Eve.

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They caught a bad Santa for pinching,
He did it without even flinching;
He pinched a young elf,
Now he’s on the shelf,
He might have been better off Grinching.

He was shortly thereafter arrested,
Of course, the old pervert protested;
I am without fault,
In this phony assault,
The charge will now be contested.

The guy is now out on bail,
Instead of sitting in jail,
The bearded old jerk,
Is now out of work,
As a Santa he certainly failed.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Town Traps Threatening Thief

Neighbors trap thief in car he tries to steal.

Swansea, England

“A car thief gets trapped by Swansea residents inside the vehicle he was trying to steal, afterwards, he asks the owner’s neighbours to move their car so that he could make his escape.

Matthew Draper, aged 27, of Carmarthen Road was caught by a group of neighbours trying to steal a Smart Roadster in Swansea.

They held the doors of the vehicle shut, despite Draper threatening them with a screwdriver, so that he could not escape and waited for the police to arrive.

Draper pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court criminal damage and theft.

He has a number of previous convictions including offences of assault, shoplifting and burglary. He was jailed for 32 months.”

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A guy tried to steal a nice car,

But he didn’t get very far;

Some neighbors got riled,

The guy was beguiled,

Now he sits behind iron bars.


He threatened his captors with harm,

But the people weren’t alarmed,

He had a sharp tool,

He was acting cruel,

He found himself quickly disarmed.


The man’s a professional crook,

Causing pain over things he took;

But some good Swansea neighbors,

Put an end to his labors,

There’s a video, just take a look.


© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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Nutty Nude’s Naughty Night

According to the UPI news wire, Corpus Christi police arrested an 18-year-old woman who led them on a rather wild auto chase.

She was wearing nothing but a pair of cowboy boots.

We are not sure of the brand.

Also, there was no horse in sight.

At about three in the morning, officers responded to a call by a citizen regarding a suspicious person in the area.

The cops found Taylor Burnham, an 18 year old female, standing next to a Jeep Wrangler wearing nothing but her boots.

Burnham then jumped into the driver’s seat of the Wrangler and led police on a slow-speed chase into a nearby subdivision.

They say she drove onto a sidewalk before coming to a stop.

Ms. Taylor, who appeared to be intoxicated, was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving.

She was also charged with evading arrest in a vehicle.

Police said they do not know why Burnham was driving in the nude.

The girl was released Monday after posting $3,500 bond.

There are unsubstantiated rumors that police officers were fighting over who would take her mug shot.
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A young girl was driving quite nude,

Someone saw it and thought it was crude,

She ran all over town,

The police chased her down,

They said she was really quite stewed.


She was driving around in her boots,

It’s something that she cannot refute,

They took her to jail,

She got out on bail,

But she did violate some statutes.


© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Car Crash Could Cause Cellphone Confiscation

Let’s say you’ve been in an accident. The police officer goes through the normal drill, asking for your license and registration.

Then the officer goes a step further. “Could I have your cellphone, please?”

If New Jersey state Sen. James Holzapfel gets his way, he would let cops confiscate cellphones if the police have “reasonable grounds” to believe that the driver was talking or texting when the wreck occurred.

The police would be required to return the phone after thumbing through its history.

The legislation is designed to cut down on distracted driving. But it comes at a time when revelations that the government has been monitoring our phone calls and online activities have shaken our sense of privacy.

The bill set off alarm bells with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. “Our State and Federal Constitutions generally require probable cause before authorizing a search, particularly when it comes to areas that contain highly personal information such as cellphones,” said Alexander Shalom of the ACLU-NJ.

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Right just after an accident,

You might just wonder where your cellphone went,

The police on the scene may take it away,

And there’s absolutely nothing that you can say.

They’ll check your phone log just to see,

If you made a phone call, or two, or three.

If you made a text just before the crash,

It will cost you a lot and not just in cash.

They make take your license so you can’t drive,

So you can’t do that stupid texting jive,

You may even end up in a jail,

Where you’ll, cry and sob, and certainly wail.

Please don’t do a call or text while you drive,

So you and your friends will arrive all alive,

Don’t use the phone and avoid a crash,

Cause jail ain’t like a spring break bash.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Alert Aussies Arrest Aggressive Attacker

Good news everybody!

Australian Federal Police have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of the international hacking group, LulzSec. It’s the collective that claimed responsibility for infiltrating and shutting down the CIA website.

Police reported the 24 year old IT worker was arrested in Sydney and charged with hacking crimes which could earn him 10 years in prison.

Police said the man was arrested at his work place where he had access to “sensitive information from clients including government agencies.”

LulzSec is an offshoot of the international hacking group, Anonymous. It has taken credit for hacking attacks on government and private sector computers including the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox Studios, and Nintendo.

The two cyber hacking groups became notorious in late 2010 when they launched what they called the “first cyber war” in retaliation for attempts to shut down the Wiki leaks website.

The name LulzSec is a combination of “lulz” which is apparently another way of writing lols, and the word security.

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They caught a mighty big hacker,

He wasn’t your everyday slacker;

He made cyber war,

But not anymore,

He’s now one jailed attacker.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Cop Catches Commuter Cruisin’

A Maryland woman received a very unusual “speeding” ticket.

Local Maryland NBC affiliate, News4 reported that the woman was driving 63 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone. She was driving on Interstate 95.  Read more at:

Police say the reason they ticketed her was that she was driving in the left lane reserved for speedier commuters.

“[I was] really shocked,” she told the station. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.'”

Then again, commuters who get annoyed by someone hogging the right lane might salute the ticket.

The woman explained that the area was experiencing heavy winds at the time and she was only driving under the speed limit as a safety precaution. “Sometimes when it’s dangerous, you have to do what you can to stay safe,” she said.

She has one ally on her side: the local branch of AAA.

“The reason [the ticket] is silly is because it’s sending the wrong message,” said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic. “And that message is, ‘We will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you’re penalized for that.'”


A woman was driving too slow,

In MD, we thought you should know.

She was charged a large fee,

For doing sixty three,

It was sixty five there don’t you know.

 © 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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