Riddie 28.6

A woman walked into a police station¬† “I want report a pickpocket” she announced. A man staggered in behind her, his hand in her coat pocket. “Arrest that man,” she continued, pointing at him. He was arrested, tried, and convicted of picking pockets. Why did he enter the police station in a posture that obviously suggested his crime?

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In this true story, a neighborhood pickpocket was caught by a woman, the wife of 18th century inventor Peter Cooper who sewed fish hooks into her coat pocket. When he caught his hand on the hooks, she said “I am going to the police station and you are coming with me.” He cooperated to prevent serious injury to his hand.