We Have A Situation...

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

A few years back when our girls were in high school, we were all four away for the weekend. Naturally, we had locked all the doors and set the alarm before we left. Our oldest daughter’s boyfriend must not have gotten the memo because when he came to the back door and no one answered, he Boyfriend Fleeingused the hidden key to let himself in. He knew where the hidden key was, but he did not know the code for the alarm. When it went off, knowing he was in a precarious position, he “fled the scene.” A few minutes later, the police arrived. When they were unable to get anyone to the door, and the back door was unlocked, they decided to enter the house to make sure everything was okay.

Now, before I continue I should remind you that we have a large parrot in the house – a macaw – and he can say certain words and phrases with the clarity of a person. And, perhaps equally as relevant, he can spew these words and phrases LOUDLY when he decides to. That said, let me get back to the story.

The two officers later reported that they were very tense entering the house. One even said that it just didn’t feel right…like someone was in there and they were going to have a “situation” on their hands. His word.

So they entered the back hallway, calling out, “Sheriff’s office! AnyoneAndy and Barney here?” every few feet. One recounts hearing something “strange,” but he couldn’t identify it or tell where it was coming from. (That would be this huge bird walking around on his cage – it is a strange sound if you don’t know what it is)

So they made their way into the main room up front, and admitted later that they were quite tense at this point. (police intuition thing) They were methodically moving through the house, looking around. Then, just before they were about to head upstairs, it happened. Both officers later said that they were frightened by this event more than they had ever been on any prior call.

Rainbow (the macaw) screamed at the top of his lungs, “HILLARY!!!” (our daughter’s name) and the poor officers knew not what cometh. They had not gone around that last corner just a few feet away, so they didn’t know there was a bird in the house.

Barney FifeBoth of them drew their side arms, one went down on both knees and neither knew where to aim because they didn’t know what the hell had just happened! When this bird screams, it sounds like everything horrifying you ever heard, all wrapped up in one bloodcurdling voice. One said that he almost fired off a round in panic, and they both claim to have thought that they may be using deadly force in the seconds that followed. But they figured it out when Rainbow exclaimed, "HEY!!!" a few seconds later (more like "HAY!!! since he does have a southern accent) and then things calmed down, but they said that the ungodly scream of a girl’s name really unnerved them.  

I can’t help but picture Barney Fife when I think of this fiasco. O, but to have been there…    


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      Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
      Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
      Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

      That is pretty funny....I bet they weren't prepared for that at all. And probably quite relieved when they realized what was "talking" to them.

      Jan 15, 2011 01:38 PM #1
      Shawna Green
      Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
      The key to your real estate needs!

      Oh my, thanks for that big laugh!  Too funny!  I am still giggling thinking about how the police must have looked!

      Jan 15, 2011 01:38 PM #2
      Liz Lockhart
      Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
      GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

      Ohmygosh, Sheila! I should have gone to the bathroom before reading that! Too funny! Thanks for the laugh, but I gotta go now....  ;-)

      Jan 15, 2011 01:43 PM #3
      Tara Cummins
      Stratagy4SuccessNow - Mesa, AZ
      Marketing Concierge, Strategy4SuccessNow

      What a great story!  One of my friends used to have a macaw.  His name was Attila, and that should give you an idea of how fiesty he was.  Thanks for the giggle.

      Jan 15, 2011 01:47 PM #4
      Randy Ostrander
      Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
      Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

      Hilarious. I can almost see their faces when they realized they were put on high alert by a bird. That must be a tense feeling though not knowing.

      Jan 15, 2011 02:23 PM #5
      Jim Patton
      Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
      Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

      Great story Sheila.  I'm curious about that boyfriend.  Did he confess or did you have to interogate him until he broke?

      Jan 15, 2011 05:50 PM #6
      Erby Crofutt
      B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
      The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

      Having been a police officer for quite a few years, I can relate to that "don't know what's around the corner" thing. 

      It's a bit scary going through a house when you don't know what might jump out at you.

      Glad it wasn't a real burglar.

      Jan 16, 2011 03:30 AM #7
      Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
      Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
      Selling the Upstate since 1989

      Hi Karen...they were great sports to come back and fill us in on all the details, especially the ones that tended to paint them in a humorous light!

      Hi Shawna...I am too! And of course my mind creates the funniest scenario possible!

      Hi Liz...HaHa! I hope you made it to the bathroom! Glad it gave you a giggle!

      Hi Tara...glad you enjoyed the article...I notice you stated that your friend USED to have Attila. Ha.

      Hi Randy...I know, right? HA! Poor guys...Personally, I would not have told anyone how the scene went down--especially the homeowners! HaHa!

      Hi Jim...no, the boyfriend confessed immediately -- he called us on his cell and explained what had happened and why he had left...I felt bad for him really. Funny thing is, the alarm company did not reach us at all because we had recently gotten new cell numbers, and had not given them the new numbers...so, in a way, what he did accomplished something good!  : )

      Hey Erby...I didn't know you had been a police officer...how cool is that?  : )  Yeah, we were glad to get the phone call from the boyfriend...that meant no burglar.


      Jan 16, 2011 03:41 PM #8
      Susan Neal
      RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
      Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

      Hi Sheila - Very funny (unless you were one of the policemen, whose adrenalin was probably surging like mad).  Maybe this is another good reason to put "nanny cams" in your home!  lol

      Jan 17, 2011 10:32 AM #9
      Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
      Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
      Selling the Upstate since 1989

      Hi Susan...great idea! Imagine having that on tape! HaHa!

      Jan 17, 2011 02:18 PM #10
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