All of my blogs so far have been informative, but not really entertaining. This one is going to be a little bit different. If it wasn't for the funny things that happen, I don't know how many law enforcement officers would keep working. This is a story about one of those funny things.
While with the Pennsylvania State Police, many people would ask me, "What's the strangest thing that ever happened to you as a trooper?". I always had a couple stories to pull out of my hat, and this is one of them. This is a true story. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. (I'm just not going to use any)
It was a warm summer night and I was working the 11 to 7 shift with a young trooper who had less than a year on the job. We doubled up on the mid-night shift for safety because of the large areas we had to cover and the lack of back up units.
Anyway...at about 2:00 a.m. we were dispatched to a burglar alarm call out in the middle of nowhere (BFE). Usually these were hunting camps. This was common and ninety-nine times out a hundred it was a false alarm. Something fell off a shelf or an animal got into the camp setting off the motion detector.
We arrive in about twenty minutes and checked the camp. All was in order and we called the dispatcher to relay the information. About 200 yards away there is another camp that was lit up like it was the 4th of July. Every light inside and out was on and the music was just blaring. This was a little strange because these were hunting camps and rarely used during the summer. We went over to check on the camp to see if anyone might have seen anything suspicious around the camp that had the alarm.
After knocking on the door several times, we were greeted by a middle aged woman with a beer in her hand. I told her about the alarm next door and asked if she might have seen anything suspicious. She said no, but she would ask the other girls and invited us in. There were about fifteen women ranging in age from 30 to 60. All appeared to be having a great time and all had had a "few", if you know what I mean. My partner was standing at attention, with his best "trooper face" on while some of the ladies were giggling, whispering and pointing at him. The matriarch of the group approached and asked me what the problem was. I told her about the alarm from the camp next door and just wanted to know if they saw anything out of the ordinary. She laughed and said a bulldozer could have plowed that camp over and they wouldn't have heard a thing. I asked her what they were doing there in the middle of summer. She told me their husbands come here every deer season and stay a week or two, so in the summer, all the wives come a stay a week.
One of the ladies walked up and whispered something into the matriarch's ear. At this point, a big smile came on her face. She leaned toward me and asked, "How much?". Confused, I asked, "How much to do what?". Very slowly she said, "How much... for you guys... to strip for us?" It took everything in me to keep a straight face. I turned to my young partner and asked him "Do you want to earn some extra money?". He asked me what I was talking about. "Well", I said, "they want us to strip for them." The look in his face was priceless. His eyes grew big and a look of panic descended upon him. He didn't know what to say, but all the ladies were looking right at him with big smiles on their faces.
I turned back to the woman, keeping my composure, and told her we had to get back to work. She turned and told the ladies we would not fulfill there request. The ladies started to boo and throw things at us, so we bid a hasty retreat. Once outside we both burst into laugher. We quickly jumped into the patrol car and got out of there.
I'm sure these ladies got just as big a kick out of the look on my partner's face as I did and I'm sure they have a great story to tell. I can imagine every year, when the ladies are at camp, one of them will have bring it up. "Remember the time we asked the state troopers to strip?" I'm sure they will all burst out laughing. I've always wondered if any of them ever told their husbands about the burglar alarm at the camp next door.?
You might ask, "What the heck does this have to do with real estate?". My answer is, "Not a thing, but I'm sure it made you smile.".