Note: “112” is the Dutch equivalent of “911” in the USA or “999” in the UK.
In the middle of the night a man calls the police emergency number: “Please, send a patrol car! There are two guys breaking into my garden shed!”
The police reply: “Sorry, sir. It’s 3 AM. We have only one patrol car available, doing a speed control on the other side of town. I recommend you do nothing. Remain in your home, and tomorrow you can file a complaint.”
The man thanks the police officer for his advice and hangs up the phone.
Ten minutes later he calls again: “Hi, remember I called you earlier about a burglary in my garden shed? Those burglars tried to enter my kitchen. Each was armed with a knife. I smashed their skulls with a golf club. One is dead; the other one is still alive. Can you send an ambulance?”
Within two minutes a helicopter is hovering over the house. A SWAT team is entering the house. The riot police are present with a full platoon and have locked down the street. The ambulances are arriving, and so are the mayor, the district attorney, and the chief of police.
They arrest the highly surprised burglars in the garden shed. Nobody is hurt. Nobody is dead.
The chief of police shouts furiously to the man: “I thought I would find two burglars with smashed skulls here!!”
The man replies:
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“I thought you had only one patrol car doing a speed control!”