We Have A Situation...Revisited

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


I decided to revisit a previous blog from last year tonight. I have a lot of new followers and friends now that may not have heard this story and I really thought is was one of the funnier stories from our life with our bird. I hope you all enjoy it:



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 used 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! Anyone 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.


Both 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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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Great story! A great plot for the Andy Griffith's show.

Aug 12, 2011 02:56 PM #1
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

That is way too funny! Yep I can see how you thought of Barney!

Aug 12, 2011 03:48 PM #2
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Dave - It would have been..huh

Sussie - :) ... for real!!! Glad you enjoyed it.

Aug 12, 2011 04:32 PM #3
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

What a riot!  And a southern accent to boot.  My Dad used to tell me stories like this from when he was a young cop.  He'd have laughed himself to tears if he'd read this.  Thanks for a cheerful ending to the day.

Aug 12, 2011 05:02 PM #4
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

That's funny Sheila, thanks for the revisit. I don't think I was around when you first posted it.

Aug 12, 2011 07:05 PM #5
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Shelia, you are correct, I had not read the story.  Thank you for the smile this morning, alarm systems do have they limitations.

Aug 12, 2011 08:01 PM #6
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


Too funny! I had an alarm just go off this week when I was showing my clients' property!

Aug 13, 2011 01:34 AM #7
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Cute story! And I do appreciate the Andy Griffith show with Barney.

Aug 13, 2011 04:20 AM #8
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening to you Sheila and Team

that there sure was a hoot of a story to read. It sure would have been fun to have been able to do a video of the whole thing.

I sure did and still do really like the Andy Griffith show!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Aug 13, 2011 02:08 PM #9
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Oh my gosh Sheila, that is a funny story!  Hard for the police, but funny none the less and lucky your bird was not shot!  Too bad the boyfriend didn't stick around...but then you would not have this story to recount!  The photos match the situation well.

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Aug 13, 2011 04:56 PM #10
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Mona – Glad you enjoyed it …. I was re-reading some of my old posts and this was a favorite…

Tom – Not many of my “now” friends were around then… glad you are here now!

Dan – that they do… J

Michele – I hate when that happens!

Marilyn – Love that show!!

Dale – I would LOVE to have that video..

Doug & Gloria – thanks for the feature guys… J It was a very funny situation.

Aug 14, 2011 06:48 AM #11
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

So the boyfriend at some point admitted the error of his ways?  That's a great story.  I have a friend with a parrot and I am always amazed when he/she chooses to "talk" and what it might say.

Aug 30, 2011 07:01 AM #12
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

yes.. he came clean when we were so concerned about possibly being broken into..

Aug 30, 2011 04:22 PM #13
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