Police Reveal When They Had To Stop And Think 'Wait, Is that Illegal?'
Being a police officer means making judgement calls on the fly. If you're in the line of fire, with your partner relying on you, you need to know what to do. Sometimes, though, the answer isn't always clear and you see a woman riding down the street on a motorized sofa...
So, that's what these stories are about.
Reddit user, u/A-Deadly-Man123, wanted to hear when the law wasn't clear when they asked:
Police officers of Reddit: what was something you saw someone do that made you say "wait...is that illegal?"
Should We Go And Get Their Car?
Some family reported their car as stolen. When I asked them to come to the station for the hearing, they just told me It was never stolen, they left it in a car dealer to be sold, the business went wrong and the dealer would not pay them what they wanted or return the car. So they reported It stolen "because that way the police will get the car back faster".
They were very simple people and I figured a way not to screw them over this.
How Fast Should We Be Going?Giphy
Driving above the posted school zone speed limit when the sign states "20mph when children are present". Well then what constants present? Children inside the school? Children playing well away from the road in the fenced in yard? Just school hours in general? During after school sports and activities?
No idea so unless someone's blatantly reckless and an a--hole, I won't stop people for driving over the posted 20.
Can They Go Around, And Around, And Around...?
Repeatedly driving around a round-a-bout, like 25 times in a row.
Edit: Where I am in Australia (QLD) it is not illegal.Judging by the comments it seems to be illegal in Switzerland and Germany, and some US state.
How Do You Drive, Again?
You can turn left on a red light from a one way street to another one way street in most states (and provinces - for us Canadian boys). You need to stop and yield just like a right turn on a red light.
It does seem illegal when you do it though.
In Defense Of Homer, You Shouldn't Do That
Saw a kid drop a donut on the ground.
Nearly radioed for backup before I remembered I could tell the kid to be more careful with his food.
"Should I...Pull Him Over?"
My friend since I was like 5 ended up becoming a cop and he told me that he once saw a guy towing a boat down the road without a trailer...so it was just dragging. He pulled him over but admitted that he wasn't sure why.
And then he consulted with a state trooper because they know a lot of obscure traffic laws, and even he admitted that he didn't know what violation, if any, could be written up. Apparently it was a junk boat and the guy was going to scrap it so he wasn't concerned with ruining the boat.
Is She Technically Driving?
Drunk lady had many DUI's and got her license revoked. Drunk lady owns horses. Drunk lady rides horse to nearest bar. "Too far to drive the mower" as she put it.
Cops were unsure of what to do.
Drink a beer at a red light.
"If They Don't Have A Pulse...Does It Count?"
Dealt with a guy that was smacking around a sex doll and it got called in as a domestic.
I showed up and he had the doll sitting at the kitchen table and had purposely smeared fake mascara to make it look like she was crying. He said he gets off on that sort of thing. I was only 1 year into the job at the time and remember being like "wtf" this has to be illegal. Turns out it wasnt. Still feel disturbed by that sh-t when I reflect on it.....
"Is It Yours Yet?"
Taking food out of someone's grocery cart.
"Who Is In The Wrong?"
Guy had sex with a prostitute. Guy does not pay the prostitute.
Prostitute wanted to file a report for not receiving payment.
"Can They Legally Stop Me?"
Store owner refusing me to use their public restroom because I had not bought anything yet.
Is This Technically Parking?Giphy
Had a sea plane land in the harbor, taxied up the boat ramp and parked in a parking lot while also paying the meter while they went for lobster rolls.
Apparently its legal.
Wait, It's Legal Now...
Every time I walk down the street and see/smell someone smoking pot. I know it is legal now but my brain still thinks it is illegal for about the first two seconds.
"Ma'am, Do You Have A License For That...Sofa?"
Driving a motorized sofa down the road to the store to buy beer.
I honestly have no f-cking clue how the courts will classify mobility sofas when it comes to traffic laws and open beer laws. Told the reclining driver same, and advised he treat his couch like a pedestrian and only drive on the sidewalk, without any open alcoholic beverages.
Are you a police officer that's ever been confused by the law? Let us know about it!
Pet Owners Who've Had Wild Animals Get Into Their Homes Share Their Experiences
Dog and cat owners are constantly amused by their quirky four-legged besties.
And while we are as captivated as dogs chasing their tails and cats determinedly chasing after that evasive laser point, pet owners can witness quite a show when an uninvited animal enters the domestic environment.
So what happens in those unusual circumstances?
Lucky for us, we don't have to wonder, thanks to a subReddit that addressed the very subject confirming we are merely spectators really living in the animal kingdom.
Plenty of interesting anecdotes filled the thread when Redditor 99_Restaurant asked:
"People whose homes have dog/cat doors, have wild animals ever entered your pet doors and what happened when that occurred?"
Things went bananas with these intruders.
"Not quite a pet door situation but we lived close to the national park in Nairobi. On several occasions monkeys would come into the house through the windows."
"They'd raid the pantry and make a mess of it. Once my husband was home alone. He heard a noise downstairs and as he went to investigate met a monkey coming back upstairs. They both froze, then he backed up back into the bedroom and the monkey made its way back out through our child's bedroom window."
"It was quite a hoot."
Knock, Knock–Who's There?
"Also not OP but some years ago I stayed in a wildlife area in Ghana. The lodge warned us not to open the door without checking the peephole first because the baboons had learned to knock on doors and if you opened they would rush inside and tear apart the room looking for food! They really did knock too! If not for the warning I might have opened the door. Pretty freaky."
You'd think woodland creatures were cute.
What The Cat Missed
"I lived in an apartment that backed up to an open field for a while and had a real raccoon issue. Once they figured out that the cat door was occasionally open after I left it open one night when was out late, they would show up in a gang of 5-7 every night and bang in the slider and try it get in."
"The apartment was a studio with a slightly lofted bedroom and one evening was sitting on the couch working and saw what thought was my cat wander down into the living room and hop up on to the couch next to me. I reached out to give her a scratch and noticed in my periphery that her body language was off. That was when I turned to look at her and realized it was a raccoon. I screamed and lept off the couch. The raccoon made a quick exit back out the cat door. My cat slept through the whole exchange."
A Staring Contest
"A squirrel came in through my parents cat flap (they don't have a cat but didn't replace the door when they bought the house). I remember walking into the kitchen and having a staring match with this squirrel until he decided he'd had enough and left the way he'd come in. Not very exciting but still."
No Exit Strategy
"Squirrels can be pure madness sometimes, so it might very well have been."
"We had a squirrel get in through a hole in the screen door once. She couldn't figure out how to get back out so she ping ponged around the room for a bit, knocking over a bunch of stuff."
The Cat's Guests
"Kind of similar, I guess…"
"I once walked into the kitchen and noticed that our horse had gotten inside. He had opened a cupboard in the mud room and was happily munching away on some chaff we had stored there. The pull down handle to the back door was covered in horse slobber, as was the cubboard door handle. Cheeky bugger."
"Also, one of our cats has brought in the odd snake. They are very much alive when she deposits them inside the house. Luckily, she usually chooses to leave them in the bath for some reason."
"I live in the countryside in the UK, and I’ve got a load of marshes behind my house, so we get all sorts, bugs, birds, small mammals (foxes, hedgehogs, etc) and amphibians. One day, my cat was meowing at me, and she led me behind the sofa, and she had brought in a whole adult rabbit that was frozen solid. I was shocked because she had to have brought it over several walls 7 feet high, and through the cat flap, and the rabbit was more than half the size of her. The most concerning thing, however, is that I thought it was a duck until my sister came down and saw it and pointed out it was a rabbit. It was because it was so frozen solid and the ears were covered in ice and stuck together, so it looked like a ducks beak. Yeah idk how I thought it was a duck at first."
"A fox pissed on my couch."
Winged creatures need shelter too. They just don't understand boundaries unless they're the ones that are spooked.
"Came down one morning to find a peacock in the utility room that had got in to eat all the cat food. It stayed on our property for about three years and we called it Wazzock."
"One morning, there was a noise at my door. I opened it and there was a peacock standing on my stoop like the UPS guy. He squawked and flew into a tree."
“At God is my witness, I thought peacocks couldn’t fly.”
"Similar. After our cat brought in live mice, small birds, a giant moth and a couple of slow worms, we nixed the cat flap. We do keep the patio door open during summer."
"We have a seagull (European herring gull) that has been cruising in our negbourhood for about ten years now. He knows where the cat food is, so each summer he just wanders in and has a nice serving. Greedy b@stard."
"There was also the one late summer evening when the door was open, and I suddenly heard crunching sounds. I walked over to investigate, and a badger was just sitting there, munching on some bug or other about ten feet from the open door."
These wild anecdotes sure will make you reconsider getting a cat flap.
From an animal's perspective, the tiny-sized openings of a human home are basically house-warming invitations.
Have you experienced any wild intrusions?
And are you one to welcome such visitors, or are you prone to standing on top of your kitchen chair for safety?
People Describe The Absolute Worst Ways They've Ever Heard Of Someone Dying
CW: Deaths and accidents.
News of someone's death is always sad.
In some cases, one can at least take comfort in the fact that the deceased at least lived a long, fulfilling life.
In other cases, however, news of someone's death is an unspeakable tragedy.
Particularly if this person was still young, and had so much more to offer in the world.
Be it a tragic accident or as the victim of an act of cold blood, some stories are so heartbreaking that even those who never met them can't help but shed a tear.
"What is the worst way you've ever heard of someone dying?"
"In the recent earthquake in Turkey, a woman and her baby in her arms got stuck after their building collapsed."
"They were able to talk to and hear outside but unable to come out."
"People around were trying to relax her, saying that help is on the way. (the weather was extremely cold)."
"After a couple hours, the woman said, 'leave me, go look for other people, my baby is dead'."
"Makes me get the chills."- fruitysucculent
Hot Air Balloon Accident
"I knew some folks who died when a hot air balloon crashed into power lines."
"The balloon ignites and basically becomes plastic/nylon magma that covered the basket and all of the people inside it."- 72Rancheast
Wind Turbine Accident
"There's a photo of 2 guys on a giant wind turbine that caught on fire."
"Probably not the worst, but man seeing that photo of them hugging each other right before was like getting punched in the chest."- 1Oshester
"I'm a farmer."
"One of the neighbors was baling hay and got out to clear a jam with the round baler running."
"His leg got caught in the tines, and he was pulled into the machine and crushed, then spun around and around for over an hour before he was found."
"Absolutely terrible way to go."- ianj2807
"83 days of radiation poisoning."- Cabbages6969
Amusement Park Ride Gone Wrong
"I once read about an amusement park tragedy where there was a log ride that collapsed, and the carrier dropped the people essentially into a gear meat grinder."
"2 children survived out of like a dozen people, by clinging onto the safety bars until their arms went numb."
"The emergency crew who came to save them described it as the most horrific thing they ever witnessed, and many still need therapy to this day to help them cope with the aftermath they witnessed."- noisyturtle
"Burning alive has always seemed about as bad as it can get to me."- penguinpolitician
"I remember when I was young hearing about an incident in a sawmill in a neighboring town."
"Three guys crawled inside the mill’s debarking machine, basically a giant drum lined with teeth that tear bark off of sawn logs."
"They climbed inside to do some kind of maintenance but didn’t lock the machine out properly."
"I think basically when the next shift arrived they didn’t know anyone was in there and they kicked it back on to start their day."
"They almost literally were put through an industrial wood chipper."- aerfgadf
"I saw a video a few days ago of a mother of 2 wanting to do a polar plunge so they opened up a hole in a channel and as soon as she jumped in the current of the water underneath swept her away under the ice and she died."
"Imagine the panic that went through her mind as she was trapped under the ice not to mention the freezing temperatures she exposed herself to."
"That has to be one way I don’t want to go."- Huaco_kid
Desperate To Fit In
"At my university, there was a guy who wanted to sneak in at an event at a student club."
"So he thought it would be an awfully good idea to climb down the chimney."
"And he ofc got stuck."
"And this was just before the summer leave, so the entire place closed down while he was still stuck in the chimney."
"When they came back they discovered the stench from his corpse."
"He must have thirsted or suffocated to death in that place."
"Hour after hour just sitting there."
"Really bad way to go."- GubbenJonson
Trapped In Their Own Home
"Man got trapped in his closet by a fallen cabinet."
"He was recluse so nobody was coming to check on him."
"He realized he had to save himself, and broke through the ceiling and broke a pipe off, intending to tunnel his way out."
"It was a water pipe, and cold water started hitting down from above."
"It was several days before he died, trapped in the closet with water beating on his head."
"The only reason he was found was because the neighbor stopped hearing him banging for help, and suddenly got nervous and called the police to check on things."
"Secure your heavy furniture, y'all."- bruicejuice
"In Australia during the bushfires - a family were cut off and trapped so they jumped into their water tank to avoid the fire."
"Boiled alive."- Plebarian
Choking At The Dinner Table
'My friend's husband choked to death at the dinner table in front of his wife and young kids last year."- 2021Blankman
"Basically any caving incident where someone got stuck and couldn't be rescued so they just had to stay pinned there til they died."
"Nutty Putty is probably the most well known one but I read about one recently where someone got stuck in a pit where there was really poor air flow, and the whole rescue team wasn't able to get them out so they just had to stay there slowly poisoning the air around them with their own exhaled CO2 until it suffocated them."
Death is always heartbreaking. And these stories definitely unlocked some new fears for us.
But not all deaths are tragic, and absolutely no one deserved what these poor people went through.
People Explain How They'd Respond If Their Partner Asked For An Open Relationship
Many couples who've been together for many years will often look for a way to "spice up" their relationship.
Worried that their relationship has or is getting stale, they look for ways to reignite the flame that lit the fire when they first met.
One idea which is becoming more and more common among couples is to open their relationship up.
Allowing each other to see and have fun with other people, while remaining committed to one another.
For some, this proves just the ticket, as it opens up communication between the two of them, while also letting them meet new people and explore areas they hadn't with their partner.
For others, however, the very notion is a firm no, and the suggestion might even put their relationship in worse jeopardy than it was already in.
Redditor SuchShopping3828 was curious to hear how people would react if their spouses or significant others suggested opening their relationship, leading them to ask:
"Guys & girls, what would be your response if your partner propose open relationship?"
That Ship Has Sailed...
“'Why would you wait a quarter century to suggest this?''
"'Nobody else wants to sleep with us now'."
''Stop it'.”- AtLaw
Did You Have Someone In mind?
"Ask them who they want to f*ck."
"Unfortunately, this has happened to me before."
"Should have ended it there, but I dragged it out a bit longer."- Bobisburnsred
The Door Is That Way
"You are open to leave."- brianmmf
"Goodbye."- DeadFyreBye Bye Goodbye GIF by Jimmy ArcaGiphy
Those Vows Were Not Made In Vain
"My wife has a lot of medical issues, and at one point sex wasn't really an option."
"She told me that I could have an open relationship on my end if I wanted."
"My response was an immediate no."
"I'm married to her."
"I love her."
"There isn't anyone else in this world I'd rather be with than her, and that I would wait as long as she needed or indefinitely if that was the case."
"I am with her, not her vagina."- WardedDruid
Why? Just... Why?
Not For Us
"I once asked what my spouse thought of 'open marriages'."
"Yeah... neither of us like that idea."
"It's just not my idea of a good relationship at all."
"I am a one woman guy and always will be."
"If they would like any other man, or men than they can have them, just count me out of it."
"I couldn't ever fathom that."- My_Space_pageSeason 9 No GIF by The OfficeGiphy
“'Aiiight, imma head out'.”- SunburntGemz
Close, But No Cigar
"I suggested it to my Partner a while back."
"He has a very high sex drive, the medication I need to be on has lowered mine considerably."
"I wanted him to not resent me because I just didn't want sex very much anymore."
"We very much thought about it, even to the point of making up rules and setting standards."
"In the end he came to me and said he didn't want to do it."- bambiisher
That's A Dealbreaker...
"That would be the end of it for me."
"I can totally respect that being how someone wants to live their life, but that isn’t for me."- TapReasonable267830 Rock Dealbreaker GIFGiphy
"Weren’t we already in one?"- St_Vincent-Adultman
Is It Me?
"Probably break it off."
"I understand that monogamy isn't for everyone and I'm not gonna force it on anyone, but personally I'm not interested in an open marriage, and if my husband wanted one, the marriage might be too far gone."
"Even if he's okay staying monogamous, I may spend the rest of the marriage stressing over whether I'm enough, and wondering if he's getting what he wants behind my back."
"If his needs aren't being met, I'd want to have that conversation long before it gets to the point where an open marriage even crosses his mind."- VisualCelery
"I would terminate our relationship, whether it's breaking up or divorce."
"Saves the both of us a whole lot of heartache and drama."- tadadesaeHigh School Love GIFGiphy
Been There, Done That.
"Tried it once."
"Destroyed the relationship."
"Automatic no from me from now on."- aregularguy92
"My daughters dad tried this and then proceeded to give me an ultimatum."
"I was about 10 months post partum and my libido hadn't really recovered yet, not to mention I was at the PEAK of my PPD."
"It wasn't a totally dead bedroom but not nearly as often as we used to."
"He kept asking me for a threesome which was great timing considering my self-esteem was already at an all-time low."
"So naturally I refused and told him to never ask me again."
"He then said he either needs an open relationship to satisfy his needs or he wanted to break up."
"Soooo I told him he's not getting my permission to cheat on me and we're done."
"We still lived together for a few months for financial reasons but from that point on we were roommates and coparents."
"He STILL gives surprised pikachu face at the fact I'm cold to him."- Ok_Shame_8377
Some people can compartmentalize love, commitment, and sex, allowing them the ability to make open relationships work.
For others, it's a packaged deal, and the only thing that should be open in their relationship is their feelings.
People Break Down The Most NSFW Thing They've Ever Done That They Don't Regret
Some of us just love the more scandalous moments in life.
They can be too far and few in between.
But when they come around, they always provide a good story.
Who doesn't love great mic drop action?
There is such freedom in embracing the... "I did that. And what?!" mentality.
Try it sometime. Within reason, of course.
Redditor Eyeso-pain- wanted to discuss everyone's scandalous moments of pride without care, so they asked:
"Redditors, What’s the most nsfw thing that you have done and don’t regret?"
Just telling a cold, hard truth is my mic drop.
Let's ChatPay Me Season 4 GIF by The OfficeGiphy
"Talked with my coworkers about our salaries."
"In all seriousness in the US under the National Labor Relations Act you have the right to discuss your salary with your coworkers and (legally at least) HR can't do a damn thing about it."
"This is tame but funny. Worked at a call center with other cubicles all around me. I went online to try and interpret a dream I had the night before. I typed in what I thought was Dreammoods, which is a dream dictionary but I must have skipped a letter because nude Dream girls started popping up on my screen and I could not get them to stop. It was rapid fire pop ups of Naked dream girls. LOL. I died."
"I was living with my sister and her husband while in college (they lived just a few blocks from the school) one day while they were gone my gf came over wearing a sexy outfit. We were in the living room, making out furiously. She had just taken her skirt and top off and I heard a key in the lock."
"I was still dressed and booked it into the kitchen like I was grabbing sodas from the fridge and engaged them in conversation while standing in the doorway between the kitchen and living room as she quickly got dressed out of sight."
"She looked smoking hot in that outfit, and that was the sexiest thing she’d ever done until after we got married."
"Slept with a hotel guest all over the hotel and it was caught on camera, including on the clock. Because of the NDA we all had to sign, and their post on Instagram about how marvelous the hotel was to their following, I got away with it. But it was a funny meeting where my remediation was 'don't ever freaking do that again... but nice job.'"
Some outfits make magic.
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"Had sex on the dishwashers in receiving at Lowes, with my fling at the time. That fling and I have been happily married for 12 years."
"Went to a pro dominatrix. I apparently didn’t regret it since I’m seeing her tomorrow as well. Honestly it was a lot more chill than I expected. She was more than happy to just talk. Genuinely seemed like a nice person which put me at ease. I think it was mostly what I expected..."
It Was Fun
"Was flirting with this person at work for a really long time but never did anything because work relationships are just too much drama. One day the power went out and I used a flashlight to get to the water machine in the big, infrequently used storage room that it was kept in."
"I’m sitting at a desk in the corner, reading my phone in the mostly dark, enjoying the quiet like a weirdo when she wanders in. We talked a bit and joked that it would be fun to go in the closet and have sex and if we thought anyone would find us. It was fun and no one found us."
"When I was in the army I decided to take a bus home from central Texas to northeastern Pennsylvania. It was a 48 hour trip. Somewhere south of Washington DC a woman gets on the bus and sits next to me as it's the only available seat. We start talking and hit it off."
"Later that night when it was nice and dark we sneak into the bathroom on the bus and get it on. We were supposed to get together later in the week but plans fell through. I heard from her once after that when she mailed me a letter with a photo of us someone took for us. I never heard from her again."
Plus 2Ariana Grande Singing GIF by The VoiceGiphy
"My fiancée cheated on me 2 weeks before the wedding. I shagged both of his brothers no regrets."
As savage as that move is... should y'all be married?
Do you have any stories to get off your chest? Let us know in the comments below.