Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Just a' good ol' boys...

Oh, and I'm feeling much better now. Biscuits consumed, porch rockers rocked, and much sleep was had. I recommend a rainy afternoon on a screened-in porch with a mountain view to anyone who is stressed. And thanks again for all your concern. ~J

Waylon didn't write that song, but he did sing it.

We had a minor scandal here in Effingham County not too long ago, involving some of our county's finest. Or maybe not so fine.

Seems a couple of our sheriff's deputies were bored with the graveyard shift one night back in January, and decided to liven things up by playing a prank on the Rincon Police Department. Too bad it cost them their jobs.

Deputy Brian Davis and Corporal Stacy Strickland are accused of making prank 911 calls from various pay phones around town, and then leaving the phones off the hook, resulting in Rincon cops driving all over the place to check out the calls. Not only that, but Cpl. Strickland is also accused of playing his cell phone ring tone through his cruiser loudspeakers while driving down Weisenbaker Road around 4 a.m. I have no idea what the ring tone was, but it might as well have been the Dukes of Hazzard theme song. There's more on the story here, from our local paper. So far, no charges have been filed, but each call could cost them about a thousand dollars.

I have to say, it's kind of reassuring that there's so little going on out here that law enforcement has the time to play like this. You know, no child abuse, no drug busts, no car wrecks , or anything. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. But then again, if the boys are bored, maybe they need something to keep them occupied on those long drives around the county. Kind of like me giving TFYO paper and crayons to keep her busy on long car trips. So here's a list of things those bored deputies can do.

  1. Count pine trees. Effingham County still has a thriving lumber trade, and I'd say about half the county still has pine plantations. Each night, the guys can count the trees in their patrol area, log them, and do it again the next night to see if any have fallen.

  2. Pull over any speeding ATV's. My neighbours seem to think it's okay to go cruisng through my unfenced back yard after nightfall, and I'm sure they're out driving on the streets as well. I don't know if there's a speed limit for ATV's (aka four-wheelers), but I'm sure we could work something out.

  3. Log the number of blue vehicles they see each night. Then switch it to red the next week, and green the week after that. Have them sort the vehicles by make, model and year. Cross reference how many are pickup trucks.

  4. Count the number of cars up on blocks in people's yards. Then compare it to the number of bass boats, also in people's front yards.

  5. Clean pay phones in Rincon, and make sure each one of them are on the hook.

These are just for starters, of course, I'm sure y'all could come up with a few. Maybe we could send them on to Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, just in case he needs help keeping his deputies occupied.


Mahala said...

LOL we only have two cops and one payphone.. your cops would get seriously bored here lol.

PixelPi said...

Glad to hear that your local enforcement is so easily amused. I particularly liked the one who played his cell phone ringtone at 4 a.m. That showed true creativity (cough, cough).

The ATVs in the backyard thing is scary. Perhaps these boys could put down their knitting and do a stakeout of your yard for a couple of nights. I'm sure there are rules about ATVs somewhere.

Dumdad said...

Silly prank although no one got hurt. But being the law they should have known better and I reckon the firing, resignation and demotion should be the end of the matter.

Kaycie said...

Sounds like where I grew up, Jen. Rednecks are the same everywhere.

Rosie said...

I love the bit about the deputy playing his ringtone through his cruiser loudspeakers! Quite brilliant if it wasn't so stupid!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Blimey, that is unbelievable. Some people are just so ridiculous aren't they?

Diana said...

Well, I guess that's why that stereotype exists, huh?