Stuck In The Middle Of You

The thing that makes
this story
stand out to me isn’t the whole people believing that there are witchdoctors who can make adulterers stick together thing, but rather that in the midst of the chaos that ensued when seemingly an entire village started thinking that it had happened and wanted to see it, the police got tired and decided to go home. Yes home, in the middle of a riot. You’d think that considering the situation they might have at least *thought* about calling in the night shift, but apparently not. The only reason they didn’t wind up knocking off for the evening was somebody’s wise decision to go back and investigate where the shooting was coming from. Good call, and it’s nice to know that at least somebody on the force has a bit of brain power going on.

I’m trying to imagine, even taking into consideration some of the stupid police stories that come from these parts, something like this ever happening here. I mean what must that conversation have sounded like?

“Wow, this is some riot eh?”

“Yeah, sure is huge.”

“So you know what time it is?”

“It’s about 7:30.”

“Sweet, shift’s over!”

“Yeah, I guess it is. Cool shit!”

“So you wanna head out for a beer?”

“I dunno, maybe we should stick around and see how this all plays out.”

“Oh come on, we’re union, and you know how cheap management is. They aren’t gonna give us our double time and a half let alone our danger pay, so screw ’em.”

“Fair enough, but are they calling guys in to take over?”

“What do I look like, the boss? Let’s just get out of here.”

“Ok fine. Say, I hope they’ve got the news on down at the pub, I wanna see if we got on TV.”

Seriously, read the story and try to substitute what’s going on with something like the L.A riots, and then try to imagine what would have happened if the entire LAPD decided they were getting sleepy and that things would sort themselves and all would be well come morning.

Yes, I know I think too much, but if something’s funny it’s funny, and I can’t get this damn visual out of my head now.

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