We all have those days when something unbelievable happens to us, and nobody believes us. These people had to think fast on their feet, or they could end up being convicted. It’s no joke dealing with authorities when you are serious, but your story sounds fake.
Sometimes life throws you lemons and you need to learn how to make lemonade. Read these wacky real-life stories about people who had to worm their way out of sticky situations.
The Dog Ate My Homework
A client of mine was sued for not paying rent for several months.
He claimed that his dog ate his rent check, and he had no way of proving it. The judge didn’t believe him at first. They decided to investigate by putting up a hidden camera for a few days.
It turned out that the client’s dog had a habit of chewing on important papers.
The judge ended up dismissing the case.
Losing Track Of Time
I was working at a jewelry store and was very nervous about being around so many expensive pieces of jewelry. A man was charged with theft after a watch went missing from a jewelry store.
He claimed he had no idea how it ended up in his pocket.
The prosecution was convinced that he stole it, but after investigating, it turned out that the man had a rare mental condition where he would unconsciously pick up random objects and put them in his pockets.
He was acquitted and given special instructions to always remain under supervision.
Not My Fault
A man was charged with reckless driving after he hit a pedestrian with his car.
He claimed that the pedestrian jumped in front of his car, and he had no time to react.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the pedestrian was actually having a seizure at the time and stumbled into the street.
It was a rare case that many people still called culpable homicide but the man was acquitted.
The Magic Trick
I had seen some strange things as a police detective, and this story was borderline hilarious.
A man was charged with theft after he was caught on camera taking money from a cash register.
He claimed that he was actually performing a magic trick, and the money disappeared into thin air.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the man was really a magician and he had just mixed up his trick. He returned the money, and all was well.
The Time Traveler
As a criminal psychologist, it is my duty to get into the minds of lawbreakers. I had one case where a man was charged with breaking into a store and stealing a laptop.
He claimed that he was time-traveling and ended up in the store in the wrong time period.
The prosecution thought he was insane, but after investigating, it turned out that the man actually had a rare condition where he would have vivid and realistic hallucinations of time travel.
His social worker defended him, and he was acquitted.
The Wrong House
House break-ins are the most common crime in our neighborhood. One time, a man was caught breaking into a house and was arrested.
During his trial, he claimed that he thought it was his house. The jury had heard this before.
The judge and jury were skeptical until it was discovered that he had just moved into a house that looked exactly like the one he had broken into.
They were both part of the same housing development, and the man simply got confused.
I was a cop for some time and had seen my fair share of weird crimes. One night, a man was charged with assault after he punched someone in the face.
He claimed that he was actually asleep and had no memory of the incident.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the man had a sleepwalking disorder and was sleepwalking at the time of the incident.
The jury couldn’t find any motive for his actions, and he was acquitted.
I had been a traffic officer for a long time. One afternoon I hailed over a woman who was swerving over the solid line. When I asked for her registration, I discovered she was driving with a suspended license.
When questioned about it, she claimed that she had lost her phone and needed to use her car to find it.
The officer thought it was a ridiculous excuse, but when they checked her phone records, it showed that she had indeed called it several times from her car.
We decided to let it slide and wished the woman luck.
I take my job as a traffic official job very seriously. One day my partner pulled over a man for speeding.
He claimed that his dog had jumped into the driver’s seat and was stepping on the gas pedal. This was a new one.
The weary officer thought the man was lying and wanted to check the car.
The officer was skeptical until he really saw the live dog in the car and noticed that it was a large breed with its paw on the gas pedal.
The Missing Memory
I am a forensic case investigator, and I got a serious case one day. A woman was charged with embezzlement after a large sum of money went missing from her company.
She claimed that she had no memory of taking the money.
The prosecution thought she was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the woman had a condition where she would have periods of amnesia and couldn’t remember her actions.
Her boss was aware of her condition when he hired her but was out of the country when the incident occurred. She was thankfully acquitted.
I am a grocery store security person. One day, a man was caught shoplifting and claimed that he had forgotten his wallet at home and needed food for his family.
The store security thought it was a lie until they checked his ID and saw that he lived in a wealthy neighborhood.
The man was found to have a legitimate reason for not having his wallet on him.
The store manager allowed the man to leave his cell phone in the store as collateral, and the man returned the next day to pay his bill with real money.
Saving A Life
My partner and I were doing the night shift for one week. We received an emergency call. A man was caught breaking into a store after hours.
When questioned, he claimed he was a doctor and was rushing to save a patient’s life.
The officers were skeptical until they received a call from the hospital confirming that the man was indeed a doctor and had just saved a life.
The officers didn’t understand why he needed to break into a store, but they gave him a warning.
The Angelic Intervention
It was a Sunday morning, and we received a call from our local Pastor at the church. A strange man was charged with breaking into a church and stealing a valuable artifact.
The man was talking in a weird language. He claimed an angel told him to take it to protect it from destruction.
The prosecution thought he was insane, but after investigating, it turned out that the man actually had a history of auditory hallucinations and was hearing voices.
The judge ruled the man clinically insane, and he was acquitted. He was committed to a mental asylum after that.
The Forgotten Locket
I was a cashier at a top-brand jewelry store. A woman was caught shoplifting a locket from a jewelry store.
When questioned, she claimed that she had accidentally put it in her pocket while trying it on and had forgotten to pay for it.
The store security was skeptical until they found the locket in her pocket and saw that it was still in its original packaging.
I still think she tried to pull a fast one and acted innocent when the security questioned her.
A woman was pulled over for speeding and claimed that her child was sick and needed to get to the hospital.
The officer was skeptical until he saw the child in the back seat, who was indeed very sick.
This is one of the most common excuses you hear women use on the road, so it is important that the officer check.
The officer was kind enough to escort her to the hospital, and the child was fine.
A man was charged with bank robbery after he was caught on camera robbing a bank.
He claimed that he was actually at a costume party dressed as a bank robber at the time of the crime.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the man had an identical twin who was actually the one who committed the crime.
The authorities found no connection between the robbery and between the twins. The search was still on for the other twin.
The Alibi Of A Lifetime
It was my first week as a police officer, and a man was accused of breaking into a jewelry store in the middle of the night.
He claimed that he was in the hospital getting surgery at the same time the crime took place.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the man actually had a heart transplant surgery at the exact same time the crime took place.
The judge was extremely sorry because he, too, had been through the same surgery. He was acquitted.
I was a traffic officer in the country area. One afternoon, a man was caught driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
When questioned, he claimed that he was lost and had taken a wrong turn.
The officer was skeptical until he saw the man’s GPS and saw that he had indeed taken a wrong turn.
He directed him to the correct highway, and the frantic driver was back on his way.
Saving A Pet
I was a teenager working part-time at a pet shop. One morning we found that a woman was caught breaking into a pet store after hours.
When questioned, she claimed that her pet had escaped and she was trying to find it.
The police were skeptical until they found the woman’s pet inside the store. She was worried about her pet, who was ill after an operation, and just had to check if her fur baby was doing fine.
She was given a warning, and her pet was healthy again.
It was a Monday morning, and I was dreading the work week as a grocery store manager. I saw a man shoplifting groceries from our store.
When questioned, he claimed that he had forgotten his wallet at home and needed food for his family.
The store security was skeptical until they checked his ID and saw that he lived in a low-income neighborhood. It was just his luck that one of his neighbors was working as a cashier in the store and stood up for him.
His friend paid for the food, and we let him go with a warning. He never returned to our store, though.
The Lost Child
I was running a toy store in a small strip mall off the highway. One day a woman was caught breaking into the toy store after hours. We didn’t have much security and she just broke the door open with a crowbar.
When questioned, she claimed that her child had lost a toy and she was trying to find it.
The police were skeptical until they found the woman’s child inside the store, searching for the lost toy.
They apologized for the store’s negligence and reported the case to the mall owners.
Polly Wants A Cracker
This one time, a woman came to the police station claiming that her parrot had been stolen.
She was insistent that it was a valuable bird and that it needed to be found. The police were skeptical but decided to help anyway.
After investigating, they found that the parrot had actually flown away and was found on a neighbor’s roof.
The woman was relieved and grateful to the police for their help.
The Misunderstood Genius
A man was caught spray painting graffiti on a building.
When asked why he did it, he explained that he was a street artist and was just trying to express himself. The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
He took them to his studio and showed them his incredible artwork.
The police were amazed and ended up letting him go with a warning.
Rubbed The Wrong Way
Our old town received a lot of strange cases of older people going through mental illness.
One time, a man was arrested for breaking and entering. When asked why he was there, he claimed that he was a genie and had gotten lost in the present.
The police were skeptical but decided to go along with it. They had to do their research.
After the background check, they found that the man actually had a history of mental illness and needed help. They took him to a hospital for treatment.
Supernatural or Superfake
My partner and best friend were doing our daily rounds. We caught a man driving a car that was not his. When asked why he was driving it, he claimed that it was part of a magic trick.
The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
He showed them a card trick, and the car disappeared before their eyes.
The police were amazed and thought it was something supernatural. They let him go without charges.
The Missing Keys
I was the security officer on duty at a local casino. One late night I caught a drunk man breaking into a car. When asked why he was there, he claimed he was looking for the keys he had lost.
The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point. It took some time because the man was heavily inebriated.
After some time, they found that the man had actually lost his keys in the car and had no intention of stealing it.
He eventually found them under the seat and showed the officers. He was just trying to retrieve his keys.
The Lost Dog
My friend and I were the security officers at Grand Central Park. One day we saw a woman who was caught walking a dog that was not hers.
When asked why she was walking it, she claimed that she was looking for its owner. We questioned some passersby and one of the regular dog walkers said they recognized the lady and the dog and that she regularly walked there.
The police were skeptical but decided to give her a chance to prove her point.
After investigating, they found that the woman was actually the dog’s owner and had just lost her memory.
The Alien Invasion
A man was caught walking around in a strange outfit.
When asked why he was dressed like that, he claimed that he was from another planet and was there to warn us about an upcoming alien invasion. The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
They were used to seeing people doing cosplay around, but this guy had a lot more confidence.
After the police investigation, they found that the man was actually a scientist and had just made a huge discovery about the universe.
The Haunted House
My partner and I were police officers for 5 years on the job. We thought that we had thick skin. But our courage was tested one strange night.
We received a call that a man was caught breaking into a house. We drove over to check the disturbance. We got the fright of our lives to see the lights going off and on inside the old house.
When asked why he was there, he claimed that the house was haunted and he was trying to get rid of the ghost. The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
After investigating, they found that the man was actually a paranormal investigator and had just received a call to investigate the haunted house. We got out of there as fast as we could.
The Time Capsule
We were driving around our normal route on a Tuesday afternoon and saw a strange man in a children’s playground. My husband and I decided to call the cops. A man was caught digging in a public park.
When they asked why he was there, he claimed he was looking for a time capsule buried there.
The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
They contacted the local cops and found that the man was actually a historian and had just found information about the time capsule.
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.