You can’t make this stuff up

I just read that a few days ago in a Starbucks in Philadelphia two businessmen were waiting for a colleague to discuss a real estate deal. Like many people (me, for example), they decided to be polite and wait until their colleague arrived before ordering.

The manager told them that they couldn’t wait for their colleague without first ordering something. When they didn’t order anything, the manager called the cops.

Six police officers arrived and told the men they needed to leave, so the men explained to the police that they were waiting for a colleague. Their colleague arrived just in time to see his two associates, whom bystanders said had been very polite to the police throughout the entire incident, being cuffed and carted away.

The two businessmen were taken to the police station, arrested, fingerprinted, and kept in custody for about eight or nine hours before being released. The reason for their release, according to the Philadelphia district attorney, was that there was no evidence that any crime had been committed.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross praised the police officers, saying that “they behaved properly and followed procedure.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

One Response to “You can’t make this stuff up”

  1. PhilH says:

    I think you have to look at budgets. The top Quora answer here is pretty devastating in that regard: https://www.quora.com/How-do-UK-police-compare-to-US-police

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