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Septic Pump

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.


Puzzle ID:#27280
Fun:*** (2.91)
Difficulty:** (1.36)
Submitted By:achnid*us****
Corrected By:scallio




SGT Johnson was patrolling his beat one day and saw a man attempting to siphon fuel from a motor home. After a few attempts, the thief finally got something from the tube. SGT Johnson calmly went up to the house that the motor home was parked in front of and informed the owner of what had happened. He then asked if they wanted to press charges. Amid bursts of laughter, the owner declined to press charges.

Why didn't SGT Johnson arrest the thief on site, and why didn't the owner press charges?


The man had opened the wrong port on the motor home and was actually siphoning the septic tank, thus the reason the title is a hint.

SGT Johnson didn't arrest him because he knew beforehand that the thief had the wrong port. The owner dropped the charges because it was one of the funniest things he had ever heard of.


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