Written by Daniel Wolf
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Topics: Police, Auction

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

In a story so bizarre that it belongs in the twilight zone, word has reached the media about an auction gone wrong.

At the bi-annual assets auction, police auction off all unclaimed property, from their warehouse, in order to make room for new evidence. It seems, however, that a mistake has been made.

Since the same warehouse holds both merchandise, waiting for owner pick-up, and unclaimed merchandise, going out, for auction, an unidentified source is reported to have placed the wrong items on the list, to be auctioned off.

It would seem as though yesterdays auction, which netted the police some $75,000 was a tragic error. The items auctioned off, almost to the last one, were those whose owners were preparing for pick-up.

As a result, the police are "on the hook", for $75,000, plus recovery fee's.

Although property owners do not blame the police, almost to a person, there are some strained feelings, due to the "accidental auction".

Although the police are, fully, insured, against such events, the police chief says "This is a blow to our image. People need to be able to trust the police. If we are viewed as "IN-Competent", we lose the public trust. No amount of insurance can replace this."

A complete review is being performed, to determine if this was caused by human error, or a computer malfunction.

All property is expected to be recovered within the next 10 days.

If you have purchased recovered property, at this auction, the police ask that you report your purchase, by calling the police department, and giving your sales receipt number. If it is found, that you bought the wrong items, the police will be happy to arrange pick-up, at no cost to consumers.

The police apologize for any in-convenience which this issue may cause the general public.

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The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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