Saturday, March 20, 2010

New York police say sorry with a cheesecake

According to Wikipedia cheesecake is a dessert consisting of a topping made of soft, fresh cheese on a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge. However for the new York police force it is a way of saying sorry to an elderly couple in Brooklyn.

The New York's police chief delivered the cheesecake to an elderly couple in Brooklyn, to apologies for dozens of mistaken police visits to their home.

A computer glitch had led officers to Walter and Rose Martin's home 50 times in the past eight years, police said.

The latest intrusion came on Tuesday, with officers pounding on the front and back doors, shouting "Police, open up!"

Thursday's visit - cheesecake in hand - went well. The Martins, aged 82 and 83, shared pictures of their grandchildren.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited the couple's modest home on Friday to "apologies and explain" for the mix-up, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told the Associated Press.

The problem started in 2002, when the Martin's home address was used as "test data" for a new computer crime-tracking system.

The couple complained about the harrowing visits in 2007, but the data remained in the system despite efforts to "purge the records", Deputy Commissioner Browne said.

He added that the Martin's address had now been flagged with alerts "barring officers" from questioning the octogenarians.

Barry Eva (Storyheart)


Morgan Mandel said...

That would scare me if they came knocking on my door. Cheesecake can be a threat also - very unhealthy. (G)

Morgan Mandel

April said...

Lol, that poor couple! Loving your new blog Barry! It looks awesome!

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