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Prank goes awry as police arrest woman reporting fake crime

April Fools' Day came and went, and it surely left a few people in the Hartford area blushing at what they believed to be true. However, it is unlikely any local residents feel as terrible as one 20-year-old woman who tried to pull an April Fools' prank on the police (or so we assume).

It is not entirely clear what the woman's intention was, but here is what we know: the woman was working at a restaurant early in the morning. She called the police and told them that the restaurant was being robbed. Shortly thereafter, the police arrived and scoped out the scene.

They found no signs of forced entry or of anything remotely resembling a robbery. As a result, they arrested the woman on a misdemeanor charge of falsely summoning the police. The penalties she faces include a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.

Now, there are a couple of ways to take this story. The first is literally. This woman committed a crime, and she now faces the appropriate consequences because of it. She'll face the courts and meet her fate.

The other way to look at this story is from a more understanding perspective. First of all, the woman's decision was obviously a poor one. What the end goal was for the prank is not clear, and ultimately, it is pointless. She made a bad decision. But does this warrant serious jail time and damage to the woman's reputation? Like the story last week about the young man who yelled "bingo" and was arrested for it, there seems to be a need for more leniency with certain minor criminal cases.

Source: Daily Press, "Hampton police charge woman in April Fools' prank," Tyra M. Vaughn, April 1, 2013

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