Dial M For Mother
from Reuters news report, July 2, 1994, as reported in the RISKS digest.
WIRES CROSS AS LOVERS DIAL M FOR MOTHER
LONDON, July 2 (Reuter)--A terrified British mother put police on red alert
after mistaking the sound of lovemaking for a cry for help from her daughter.
The Independent newspaper said on [July 2] that two
accidental phone calls
woke the woman in Devizes, southern England, in the small hours of the
morning. Hearing moaning, groaning and shouting, she dismissed the first as
an obscene call, but in the second she recognised her daughter crying: ``Oh my
God,'' and heard a man's voice.
Convinced her daughter was being attacked in her bedroom 100 miles (160 km)
away, she dialed the emergency number 999 and a police squad sped to the
daughter's home to investigate. ``Officers rushed round and found she wasn't
being attacked--in fact she was quite willing,'' a police spokesman said.
``They explained that during the moments of passion one of the couple
[pushed an auto-dial button on their phone] with a toe. Unfortunately
on both occasions it was the girl's mother's phone number,'' he said.
``This is a warning for other people--if you're going to
indulge in this sort of thing, move the phone.''
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