"WACO, TX (KWTX/CNN) If you saw someone tied up in the back of a
truck, would you call the cops?
A tailgate decal depicting just that is creating quite a controversy
surrounding that question."
Video and story:
A 17- and a 19- year old boy were at a stop light when they saw the
woman in the back seat of the car next to theirs mouthing "Help me".
They followed the car and called the police and she had been car
jacked. The police freed her. A day or two ago on the news.
Here's the decal that's causing the controversy:
And, here's what a similar one looks like in traffic:
I'd put this in the same bag as yelling "Fire" in a crowded movie
theatre or pointing a toy gun at a cop.
It's a third class joke.
North American joke classification system:
Class #1 - everyone laughs at the end of the joke except the person
Class #2 - everyone laughs at the end of the joke including the person
Class #3 - at the end of the joke, the person telling it laughs.
My vision isn't that great but even I noticed the tailgate handle at the
top of the decal intruding into the picture. Of course, stupid kids
are easily fooled and I think it's idiotic to be required to accommodate
Of course, the subject line didn't have anything to do with the actual
Nothing in the article or video mentions a single occurrence of anyone
placing an emergency call. The person doing the voiceover asks if you would
call the cops "if you saw someone tied up in the back of a truck" but there
is no indication that anyone has actually called the police after seeing
In fact, the question itself doesn't even fit the situation. If I saw
someone tied up in the back of a truck, I would certainly call the cops.
However, if I saw a *decal* of a person tied up in the back of a truck
(obvious by, as TDD mentioned, the tailgate handle) I'd merely laugh.
Methinks the subject line was an attention grabber to get us to read the
post even though it appears to be inaccurate. Apparently, the only calls
that have been made are to the proprietor of the company that produced the
I'd like to know more. Did the police respond? Did they chase the "suspect"
down, set up road blocks, mobilize a SWAT team, initiate a hostage
Actually, the link you posted is for examiner.com, who claims that the
Huffington Post reported the calls to 911 on Sept 8th. The only "kidnapping
decal" article I could find on the Huffington Post website is from Sept 6th
where the only time 911 is mentioned is when they quote someone asking "How
many false 911 calls have been made because of these things?"
I'm not saying that 911 calls weren't made, but wouldn't you think that
they would be a bit more news on that specific issue? Wouldn't there be at
least one report with the details of the police response? Since you would
think that the police would have to err on the side of safety and respond
to every call, we'd have heard more about that particular detail of the
At kwtx.com they claim that "Some viewers told News 10 they called police
when they saw the decal, but Kolb (the owner of Hornet Signs) says he
hasn't been approached by a police department yet."
Forgive me if I'm just a bit leery regarding the 911 aspect of this story.
I'd like to see some details as to how the alleged calls were handled.
When my wife was younger (high school) her parents took she and her
best friend out to Vegas. Somewhere in Kansas, or so, they got bored
and wrote "kidnapped" in lipstick on the back window. Neither daddy
nor the cops were amused.
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