Thursday, June 5, 2014

Local Government Officials - Be Leary of Offering Assistance to Strangers

A township officer drove the short distance to town to drop his truck off at a local dealership to have something fixed. He had planned to wait for the repairs but was informed they would have to order the part. Since he didn't live far, he decided he would just walk home.   

On the way home he stopped at a local hardware store and bought a metal bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped at the local feed store and picked up a chicken and a goose which he promised his visiting grandchildren they could play with during the summer. However, he soon began to struggle with his diverse load outside the store. It was going to be almost impossible carrying his entire purchase home.

While standing there scratching his head trying to figure out what to do, he was approached by an elderly lady who told him she was lost. She asked, "Can you tell me how to get to1603 Maple Street?"

The township officer answered, "As a matter of fact, my house is on Maple Street and I would gladly walk you there but I just can't seem to carry all this stuff I bought."

The lady looked at what he had and suggested, "Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Then place the chicken under one arm and the goose under your other arm and carry the bucket by the handle with one of your free hands?''

"Why thank you very much," he said. He did exactly what she suggested and was able to walk with the lady. On the way he said to her, "Let's take a short cut - we can go down this alley and save two blocks of walking. We'll be there in no time."

The lady looked him over cautiously then said, "I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?"

He explained to her that he was a respected township officer who has lived in the community all his life and, “Besides lady, I'm carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, and have a chicken and a goose under my arms. How in the world would I be able hold you up against the wall and do all that to you?"

The lady replied, "Well if you set the goose down, cover it with the bucket, put the gallon of paint on top of the bucket to weight it down and let me hold the chicken, I am sure that if you really area a township officer, you could easily do all that to me."

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