During the last few days before Christmas, each of us is reminded to be watchful of our surroundings when getting in and out of our car as thieves are ready to pounce. What happens when the thief is a senior citizen who could easily be mistaken for Betty White?
A petite, elderly lady with finely coiffed white hair finished her shopping. Upon returning to her car, she saw four males getting into her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags, drew a handgun, and screamed at the top of her voice, “I have a gun, and I will use it! Get out of the car!”
The four men did not wait for a second invitation. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. Still jittery, she struggled to fit her key into the ignition. She tried and tried—and then it dawned on her why.
Noticing an over-sized pair of athletic shoes on the passenger-side floor and a crumbled up jacket on the seat, she started looking around the parking lot. Her car was parked four spaces away.
She loaded the bags into her car and then drove to the police station.
The sergeant to whom she apologetically told the story nearly fell over laughing. He pointed to the end of the counter, where four pale men, one in stocking feet and another in a T-shirt, were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.
No charges were filed.
Edited version of an anonymous contribution published in Finding the JOY in Alzheimer’s: When Tears are Dried with Laughter. We try to learn the sources of the anonymous contributions sent via the Internet. If you can prove you are the original author/publisher of these Internet contributions, please contact North Star Books. We want to give you credit.
Brenda Avadian, MA
Editor, The Caregiver’s Voice
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