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I was telling the story at my friends funeral of the night he tried, under the influence of much beer and smokeables to steal a train. After the line had shut down for the night, because he had missed the last train and  thought it best that he had a vehicle that you didn't need to steer to attempt to go home in.

The local police found him in the cab, attempting to find the starter, and having persuaded him outside, gave him a lift home so he didn't try to steal it again once they had gone.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed May 20th, 2009 at 10:21:23 PM EST
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That's policing: these days he would have had a SWAT team interdicting a terrorist act.

A mate of mine told me how after the A610 bypass was opened from the M1 about eight miles past Eastwood in Nottinghamshire a friend of his and a mate took out his custom Vauxhall Calibra turbo (or some such) at 3am to see how fast it would go.

He was doing over 140mph when he passed a police car who had stopped for a fag-break, and they took off after him and flagged him down.

The policemen (both car aficianados, which is probably compulsory) walked around the car admiringly, had a look under the bonnet, and then one took out his notebook.

"Right lads. Nice burn, we clocked 144 - let's call it 85 shall we?"

3 points on the licence, small fine.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 06:37:16 AM EST
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That was pretty typical on the Beeline Highway in South Florida, out in the middle of nowhere near the sugar cane.  Friend of mine got pulled doing something well over 100 in his Pontiac Firebird, got off with a small fine.

You'd probably never get away with it on the A610 now.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 08:13:34 AM EST
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Chris, no chance of you going to the meet-up this time?

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.
by marco on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 10:55:26 AM EST
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