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The Microwave by the Side of the Road
This story originated in England when speed detectors
were first introduced along the highways.
A woman was driving near Norwich when she spotted a
large microwave oven abandoned by the side of the road.
She suspected the microwave was probably not in working
order, but she pulled over anyway. Her husband was an
electrician and he might be able to repair it. The woman
stowed the microwave in the back seat and headed home.
She was so proud of her find that she didn't notice she
was exceeding the speed limit—until she heard the siren
of a police car behind her.
Leaning in the window, the cop said, "You were
travelling pretty fast, ma'am—" Then he saw the
microwave in the back seat. "Where'd you get that,
"The microwave? I found it abandoned by the side of the
"Please step out of the car. You're under arrest for
theft of government property."
As the officer led her toward the police car the woman
protested. "Since when is a microwave government
"That's no microwave, ma'am," the police officer
replied. "That device checks motorists' speed. Into the
back seat now. And mind your head."