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Kokomo Police Cut Costs -- April Fool's Day, 1959
The Kokomo Tribune announced that the city police had devised a plan to cut costs and save money. According to this plan, the police station would close each night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. An answering machine would record all calls made to the station during this time, and these calls would be screened by an officer in the morning. The police reportedly anticipated that the screening process would save the city a great deal of money, since many of the calls would be old by the morning and would not need to be answered. A spokesman for the police admitted, "there will be a problem on what to do in the case of a woman who calls in and says her husband has threatened to shoot her or some member of the family." But in such a situation, the spokesman explained, "We will check the hospitals and the coroner, and if they don't have any record of any trouble, then we will know that nothing happened."

April Fool Categories: Crime, Government, Newspapers, United States, 1959.
I like that last excuse at the end LOL
Posted by Dominique  in  Somewhere over the Rainbow  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  07:41 PM
I live in Kokomo, Indiana. Not shocked at all that this was pulled off in Kokomo and wouldn't be shocked at all if it was done again today. This is a city populated by a bunch of uneducated, illiterates who are paid way too much by auto companies with unions having too much power. I feel that I lose brain cells every time I converse with a Kokomo native. Actually, EVERY hoax on here would easily be pulled off (probably with more success) in Kokomo today that it was wherever it was first done.
Posted by David  in  Kokomo, IN  on  Sun Apr 01, 2007  at  09:33 PM
I think the Home Office over here in the UK are looking at doing this at the moment!
Posted by Bernie Fishnotes  in  England  on  Sat Apr 05, 2008  at  11:30 AM
This might not be a joke anymore.
Posted by Palifox  in  Australia  on  Sat May 17, 2008  at  10:47 PM
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