"May I ask why your hand is in that bank deposit slot, Miss?"

@Hatley (161713)
Garden Grove, California
October 22, 2009 12:39pm CST
Did you ever do something that looked exactly opposite of what you were really doing, so that a passing cop would stop you and ask what the heck you were doing? Honest I was not trying to grab any money, I just wanted my deposit envelope back , really, honestly. the officer just looked at me, and said, well go on explain. So I said, look I put my deposit money in my deposit envelope ,see, look the money is still here. He looked,uh yes but that does not explain why your hand was in the slot. Me, because I had two deposit envelopes, this one with my money and another one with my hair pins in it. I was in tears now,only twenty, look I just wanted to get it back and deposit this one. He looked,and stared, and then turned to his partner, they talked, then they both laughed, okay he said, just deposit it. and how come you are out so late? I said,a bit nettled now, see this uniform, I am a nurses aide and just got off the three to eleven shift so came to deposit my money before going home to bed. So they took me home. wow. what a nice thing to do. But they sure gave me a fright.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
23 Oct 09
Oh dear...I would have been terrified at the age of twenty to be approached by two policemen caught with my hand in the slot! I was very shy and naïve at that age too. It's usually amusing when you look back on incidents like this and compare how you would handle it now compared to how you did then. It usually makes me cringe when I look back at how I was! At least the cops were understanding and you scored a lift home! By the way did you get your hair pins back?
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi paula nope I was too naive and embarrassed to ask to get my hair pins back. when I told my husband about that in later years he wanted to know why I thought I could reach the envelop and I had to remind him that at that time I was very young for my age , shy and naive as all sin. By the time I was married I was eleven years older and a bit wiser. he claimed not, but I just laughed at him. he was teasing.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
27 Oct 09
The mind boggles...I would hate to be the person who has to sort through the 'deposits'...
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
24 Oct 09
That was nice of them. I am glad they believed you. It could have been a real mess. I am glad it turned out alright for you. They probably took you home, so they knew where to go, if the bank had any problems.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi thoroughrob yes I thought that too , so was glad that I knew there would be no problem.then too it was close to midnight and even back then it was not that safe for a young woman alone to be out that late at night.
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@riyasam (16582)
• India
23 Oct 09
my,my,i have done a lot of such goofy things,glad it turned alright in your case!once i was out with my niece,she was irritating me,so i took one of her choclates,a cop was passing,she started bawling and told them i wasnt her mother,the cops wouldnt listen to me and they came with me to my home to check.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
oh my gosh how awful and how embarrassing for you and funny too as little kids can really get you into a wild situation, and the cops thinking you might be abducting her, wow, I am so glad you did get it all straightened out.Of course she really was not'lying but saying that really got them going.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
23 Oct 09
LOL. I am sure that we are all guilty of doing some things like this at some time or other. I'm sure I have done things like this also. I have wanted to get things back also and could not get to it and i know it looked suspicious too.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi stephcjh this made me think of something I saw a few years back in my favorite restaurant, Spires. they had this big glass enclosed place where you could try to grab a stuffed toy with some overlarge hanging pincer things, well this little guy got his fingers stuck in the slot where you are to put in your quarters.wow what a time, they had to call the fire department and finally they got a guy to actually cut throught the metal around the slot and make the slot big enough to slip the kid's finger out, and it was swollen and cut. of course all this time the poor little kid was howling like crazy. for awhile it seemed that all the people in the restaurant were busy watching the kid and the men trying frantically to free his finger. come to find out the boy was trying to get his quarter back.his dad had threatened to spank him for using that quarter. wow. what a jerk of a dad. he was partly to blame for all that. I heard that the fire department charged the dad for the damage to the restaurant's property.too.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
23 Oct 09
That is so hilarious.. Tell me that it isn't really a true story.. I can just imagine someone doing something this crazy and getting caught while trying to fix it before anyone found out how crazy they were in the first place.. This is a great discussion to end my day on.. I will still remember it while trying to go to sleep tonight.. Great one Hatley
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
oh it is true, I was so dumb at twenty, now at 83 I at last am a bit smarter. I was so scared and I think now that they saw I was too innocent to be doing anything wrong, just stupid. I still ' laugh at how young I was for a twenty year old.
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@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Oct 09
hi patsie. yes, that's frightening to do an atm transactions in the evening. we really can't anticipate what will happen in the night. at least, they're cops, not bad guys. me, never, as i can remember something like that happened to me before. take care.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi neildc yes several years ago I went at night over to my banks atm to deposit some money and there were three men who looked like gangmembers watching me, that scared me so I walked over to the nearby BurgerKing and phoned my son. he came and we just watched until those guys left. they did not deposit any money and I was sure they were going to rob me so I did leave. my son chewed me out for not waitint to daylight which I really should have done. he was right of course.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
22 Oct 09
can't say I have ever been confronted like that but I know I have done things that might appear to be questionable if seen by the right eyes. Mostly breaking into my own apartment or vehicle.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi sid my husband was stopped one time by a security guard when we were trying to get back into our own apartment.it took a bit of talking to convince him we did live there. our dog barking at the window helped a bit too.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
26 Oct 09
Thats funny. I've locked myself out of my apartment enough times that I'm very surprised that I was never questioned.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Oct 09
hi sid this guard was new and it was one of those locked gate things too. seems they had had a bad time in earlier years as they got some gang members who rented apts. and gave them a really bad time.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
22 Oct 09
[b]Hello my friend Wow, what bad timing I would have been nervous as well, can't say i have been through anything like this, but as long as you know you were not doing anything wrong, being able to explain although hard made alot of sense, good thing they were not nasty and looking to give someone a hard time, knowing me I would have cried as well. Thanks for sharing this my friend.[/b]
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
kitty I really think I was crying, not hard but tears slipped down my cheeks, as I still do that if really upset. I was so glad that they saw the silly part of it all.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
25 Oct 09
[b]Hello my friend Me two, its crazy that they would be around when something so silly was going, glad all was well my friend. Smoochessss[/b]
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Oct 09
hi kitty I think they were patrolling this area as it really was not all that safe to be walking alone at night. I once almost got knife doing my laundry in one of those all night laundromats and this young punk comes in. He demands I give him all my money and when I refused he pulled out a knife. being so naive I just stepped hard on his feet. He dropped the knife and was hopping all over just howling when one of the patrol officers came in and whenItold him the kid had tried to hold me up , he arrested him. and admonished me to not be in that area all alone at night. well that was back when I was a naive little kid of twenty. now I have some wisdom in myold age.
• United States
9 Nov 09
Haha! What horrible timing! Yes, I have done that before. One time I was in a store, getting ready to purchase some clothes. I was wearing a skirt, with shorts underneath, because it was chilly outside [I know, stupid right?} Well I'd left my money in my back jeans pocket, so when I was checking out I reached down the back of my skirt to pull the money out of my jean pocket. I couldn't get it out, so it looked like I was scratching my butt! I was sooo embarrassed, and when I turned around there was an old man staring at me hardcore. Oh man, I'll never wear that combo again!
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Nov 09
he he he I can just see that and the old man staring and wondering why you were scratching your butt, oh hilarious. love it and needed a laugh as I felt down today. that was some combo.
@ketybhagat (4125)
• India
27 Oct 09
Aw Hatley, that must have been one hell of an experience. honestly, you poor girl. Im sure the police must have been suspicious on seeing you trying to retrieve your envelop. Its normal for them to suspect, and I cant say I blame them. However, so long as they understood and laughed it off, its good. All the best pal, and see you dont land in such a soup again. haha.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Nov 09
hi ketybhagat yes I was just glad when it was all over. the older cop laughed and suggested I do my banking in the daylight hours when others were around.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
25 Oct 09
Oh my!! lol What a bad situation to be caught up in and not just by anybody but the police?? OUCH.... lol Apparently you gave them a good enough answer that they in turn were nice enough to take you home! I have a cop friend who stayed with me all night at my job because I was too afraid to be there alone but was going to do it because I hadn't a choice. That's how we became such great friends. He's helped me out of a couple of situations so it's nice to have a cop friend when in a pickle but not be caught in a situation such as yours. lol
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi catsanddogs I was so lucky then too one cop was much older and I sort of wondered if maybe he had a daughter around my age, the other was about my age, and I guess he sort of sympathized with me. At my age now I do not walk alone at night anywhere especially to a bank.
@KrauseHome (33745)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Wow!! I know I accidently deposited a Blank envelope once and had my Debit Card froze to where they almost did not let me have one. So I can imagine an envelope full of Bobby pins, but to have something happen like this at night, luckily these were just Cops for sure. But I am sure this was a Scary but interesting experience for sure, and at least you got home safely as well.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi krausehome yes I was so scared it was a wonder I could even tell them my name, but when they got me home my landlady really helped as she knew the older one and she knew me too. so they were pretty well convinced that I had told them the truth.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Oh my word! I never have had this to happen to me but I can imagine how you must have felt! I would have been all shook up, too! I'm just glad they turned out to be nice after all. A lot of people don't realize it but police make mistakes, too. I know, I never gave it any thought for a long time, myself. Kathy.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
hi Kathy yes they turned out to be two pretty nice cops, and the older one I think had a daughter about my age, the younger one was the one who insisted they drive me home. even then they were right I should not have been alone that late at night.
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22 Oct 09
Hi Hatley, You worry me sometime, please don't go out on yor own at nigth and its a good thing the cops were there, at least you fell safe with them around, lol. Tamara
@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
oh tamarafireheart dont worry as that happened many years ago now at my age I do not go out at night without a friend or my son along. I have a badleg and if I was accosted I really don't know if I could hold my own. oh maybe if I clobbered my assailant with my quad cane, hadnt thought of that. lol lol
@cynthiann (18630)
• Jamaica
22 Oct 09
What a wonderful story Hatley. Well, I am sure that if I thought hard enough so many examples like your would come to mind. But I will tell you of the first incident that I remember. I was pregnant and the driver had taken me to the city tio see my doctor. I always stayed at a friend's house to rest before going home in the country. So he dropped me off and I told him to pick me up in a couple of hours. My friend was at work but her husband who is a doctor too was at home. It was stifling hot in the city - not even a breeze and my friend's husband was lying on his bed. Their bedroom was the only one with air conditioning in those days. He said to me to lie on the bed and rest and he had to rest before he went back on duty at the hospital. In those days we wore a full length maternity slip under the dress o I took off the dress and lay in the bed. within minutes we were both asleep. Well, he wife had invited a group of women where she worked to come home for tea. So they all arrived together - about 6 of them. She told them to make for her bedroom and told them to turn on the ac. Of course, when they all came into the bedroom, there was I cuddled up against her husband's back and the two of us fast asleep! One of the women let out a horrified scream as she hadn't noticed how vastly pregnant I was. All she noticed was that my slip was around my waist and I was cuddled into the back of the husband. Eventually we all had a good laugh atit. My GF didn't thnk anything of it at all - especially as she had just found out that her husband was gay!
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
22 Oct 09
Oh Goodness Hatley, I think I would have cried straight away, that is so awful to happen lol Lol I don't think anything like that has ever happened to me Big hugs to you
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
i was so young at that age, and I was so scared, I think the older cop realized that too, anyway I was just so glad they did not give me a hard time.
@jb78000 (15178)
22 Oct 09
that is a great story, although i can't think of anything to rival it just now. will get back to you if i do.
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
okay blue bunny ,he he will hold you to that. he he. I will always wonder what went throught the person's mind when she fou nd the envelop with my bobby pins in it.
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Oct 09
I am wondering whether you got the hair pins back and what the bank must have thought about it if you didn't! There was a couple of weeks ago when I peeked into my building with that cat I rescued to see if the guard would help me find a box and he jumped down my throat for trying to bring a cat into the building, which I wasn't. He didn't go one little centimeter out of his way to help either.
@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Oct 09
I always wondered what the bank thought and I was such a ninny I was afraid to ask for them back. what a child I was! That guard was just really mean too, he could have found a box for you, he just wanted to be a jerk. I bet.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Oct 09
Yep I think so too...
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@Hatley (161713)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Oct 09
It would not have broken any rules if he had found you a box, the jerk.