9 Cops Share the Most Ridiculous-Sounding Excuses They’ve Heard That Actually Turned Out to Be True

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Police officers have it rough. No matter what they pull someone over for, they get to hear every excuse in the book—from they didn’t know how fast they were going to they never saw a speed limit sign.

But sometimes, the excuses go well beyond that—so far out of the realm of possibility that cops will roll their eyes and not even bat their eyelashes since the story obviously has to be made up.

However, sometimes people actually have real excuses—excuses that sound so far-fetched the cop didn’t even believe them at first. In a recent Reddit thread, cops revealed the top excuses they’ve gotten that at first they thought were made up, but turned out to be true.

Here are a few of our favorites—we totally wouldn’t have believed these people either!

  1. The Christmas deer destroyers

    “Had a Domestic in progress I responded to during Christmas Day and the excuse for them fighting was ‘We’re not mad at each other, we’re just upset because we wanted to surprise the kids for Christmas, we got some deer, dressed them up, now they’re destroying our house.’ Turns out there were literally three fully grown white-tailed deer in the house somehow dressed with full bell harnesses like Santa’s reindeer. I had to call the Game Wardens down who were then able to help me remove the deer from the property without injury to us or them. How they managed to get the Deer and dress them up is still a mystery to this day.”

  2. Not the breast situation

    “My dad is an officer and he pulled someone over for speeding and running a red light and they said their breast implant burst. He called EMs to rush them to the hospital and turned out it did and it’s actually very dangerous if they leak.”

  3. Just building some furniture

    “Got a call of a domestic dispute that sounded very heated and a lot of banging was heard. Get to scene and I can hear someone yelling and swearing and brawling, doesn’t sound good at all. Guy answers the door, shirt off and angry, but seems bewildered as to why police had been called. He told me he was building Ikea furniture – sounds like the most bullsh*t thing. But, we enter, see the new IKEA furniture half set up and no one else is home. Color me surprised.”

  4. Cheater, cheater, ticker eater

    “Stopped a guy on a suspended registration and he started getting upset, but not at me.I ask him why hes so upset, he says it’s the wife’s car, she stopped making payments and it got suspended. On top of that he was pissed because he was on the way to the new GFs and she was probably gonna dump him if he no showed her. I issued him a criminal ticket, thinking he was gonna back off and leave the story. Instead he goes “I totally get why you gave me a ticket, but I don’t want this girl to dump me. Shes a smoke. Can you give me a ride there?” I say fine, but you have to introduce me… again thinking he’d back off the story. He says ok deal and away we go. Were sitting outside and this girl refuses to come out, so he puts me on the phone. I tell her that its either she comes out and says hi or I bring him to jail. Out she comes… 11/10. Dude hit the jackpot.”

  5. Sticky brown sugar

    “During a search of a person I pulled out a bag of a sticky dark substance consistent with heroin. The subject had multiple drug priors and is a known heavy heroin user. He immediately tells me it is burnt sugar and he is pissed someone sold it to him. Long story short when I tested the substance it did not test positive for heroin.”

  6. Trespassing camels

    “Had a call one night for some teenagers trespassing on one of the large properties in the more wealthy part of my patrol area. Get there, partner and I found the kids and ask them what they’re doing. They said they heard a school rumor there was a camel kept on the property…this is in the Southwestern US—ain’t no camels here. We tell them to get out of there and they didn’t argue. My partner looks at me and goes, ‘You know I kinda want to see if there is a camel.’ So we’re wandering around the property with our flashlights when all of sudden I turn and my flashlight reveals an actual, live, untethered camel just hanging out and chillin’! We talked with the property owner, who wanted to press charges on the kids for trespassing but my partner was able to talk him out of it when we started asking if he had the required permits for the camel and if the city knew about it because if he wanted a report they would. Was an interesting night.”

  7. When you gotta go, you gotta go

    “Guy FLEW by me in the emergency/break down lane while we’re in stopped traffic due to a crash a few miles north. So naturally I pull into the emergency lane, put my lights on, and get him to stop. Walk up to the car and go ‘Dude what the hell, are you serious?’ And I see he’s sweating. Like…sh*t sweating. On the verge of tears, I should probably call for EMS sweating. He tells me he had gone to lunch at a buddies and went back to his house and fell asleep. When he woke up he knew something was wrong and didn’t want to blow up his friend’s bathroom. Fair. Didn’t give him a ticket since I figured the high possibility of him sh*tting himself on his way home would be worse (better?) than a $163 ticket and 3 points on his license. Told him to wait in the travel lanes like everyone else and that his car better be at the gas station that’s at the exit 1/2 mile down the road. It was, so I assume he didn’t ruin his car.”

  8. White powder

    “There was a luggage mixup at the airport, and he took the wrong luggage. He had to wear a suit that was too big. When I pulled him over, I saw a bag of white powder on the passengers seat. He said it wasn’t his. We called the man who owned the luggage. It was his mother’s ashes.”

  9. RIP Flufi

    “I pulled someone over and his eyes where swollen like pink eye. So I thought he has weed in his system but he said he was just crying because his cat died. Not believing him, but my shift just starting, I have him take me to his house in the squad car. When we pull up it smells like skunk and I see a giant tent in the backyard and when we walk into the backyard I see a gravestone and it read in loving memory of flufi. And I still don’t know if that’s the real reason his eyes where red and blood shot or not but I let him go.”

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