From: A Woman (What? Why Would You Ask?) [Email her]
A couple of days ago, the local news in my mid-size North Carolina town reported on a carjacking and shooting. They described the suspects as a "man and a woman." Naturally, being a good citizen, I kept my eyes open for the suspects, and sure enough, the next day I spotted a couple exactly matching the description walking up my street!
I did my civic duty and called 911:
Operator: 911 what's your emergency?
Me: I just saw the carjack suspects, a man and a woman, they're right on my street!
Oper: OK, ma'am can you describe them for me?
Me: Hold it, I thought we weren't allowed to get specific.
Oper: Ma'am, are they black, white, Hispanic?
Me: Well, they're white and they're walking a dog.
Oper: About how old are they?
Me: The people are about 70. The dog's about 10.
Me: You better send an officer, they're going into a house up the street. You can't miss it, there's a flower garden and a religious statue in the front yard. Probably a front for their meth operation.
Oper: These people aren't who we're looking for.
Me: But the description on TV...
Well, I tried.