6:15 knock at the door

21 Mar

Although unusual, the knock on my front door at 6:15 a.m. didn’t concern me. I knew several neighbors were early risers.  Even so, I only cracked the door so I could see who it was. Imagine my surprise when I saw two police officers at my door. I opened the door wider.

“Good morning. We are trying to get a hold of your neighbor, but he doesn’t seem to be at home. We saw your light on and we were wondering if you had contact information for him, ” the tallest of the two female officers said.

“I think I do,” I replied, a little nervously, and invited them inside, warning them that, if she ever woke up, Lucy was very friendly. “I was the secretary for our HOA and should at least have an email address,” I added.  As they entered, I noticed the officer who did most of the talking held official looking papers.

I fumbled to look up my contacts,  while she chatted about how she figured it was okay to knock because the lights were on. I mumbled something about being a morning person and how my neighbor is not around much, preferring to stay at his girlfriend’s house.  She then told me he’d been involved in an accident and had fled the scene.That’s serious, I thought,.  Are they allowed to tell me that? Is it OK that I am giving the contact information I have. Are we both sharing confidential information? I carried on any way, pretty sure they could probably look this up somewhere else.

Of course the Internet was slow and I was fumbling, still a little nervous having two police officers in the house. I asked if they were just starting their shift or just ending it (they were ending) all the while hoping I could find what they needed.

And then, there it was. I wrote the email address on a sticky note. They thanked me  and then they were gone. It was big excitement for a Monday morning, and Lucy slept through the whole thing.

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9 Responses to “6:15 knock at the door”

  1. elsie March 21, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    That would definitely be a shock to see at your door in the morning! I was wondering too, if they should be sharing the reason for their inquiry. Hope you don’t have any more surprise visitors standing at your door in the future.

  2. terierrol March 21, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    I can imagine your surprise when you opened the door. I would have cooperated too. Poor Lucy misses all the excitement.

  3. Joanne Toft March 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    What a surprise! I guess I would have answered as well. Maybe it was a good thing Lucy slept through it! Hope tomorrow is calmer!

  4. jsementelli March 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Nope- would not open the door. My landlord knows my number so he could call, and if it were the police they could yell through the door to me. Otherwise- I will not even step foot in my kitchen. A knock too early or too late is probably the thing I fear the most!

  5. arjeha March 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Hearing the doorbell at that time is like hearing the phone ring late at night. I immediately think it can’t be good news. Don’t know what protocol is but it seems to me that giving out the information they did should be for family members.

  6. midwesternheartindixie March 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Wow!!! That’s a nerve wracking start to the day. My dogs would’ve knocked them
    Over with excitement, regardless of the time. They’re embarrassing.

  7. caroline524 March 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    What an unnerving way to begin the day.

  8. Leigh Anne March 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    I don’t think I would have answered…but then I probably wouldn’t have even heard them at that time of day on spring break week!

  9. jet197 March 24, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    I would be very nervous too, wondering if I were doing the right thing. I wonder why the police would involve a neighbor like that.

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