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Girlfriend Comes Home Early So Boyfriend Calls 911 on his Craigslist Hookup

Colorado man Keith Gaylor planned to cheat on his longtime girlfriend. She was supposed to be out of the house for a while, so he called up a woman he met on Craigslist and invited her over.

But when his girlfriend came home early, Gaylor panicked. He allegedly called 911 on his Craigslist date after the woman knocked on his door.

Police think he was trying to convince his girlfriend that the other woman was an intruder.

Well, he also managed to convince the police officers. Since he confusingly told police that the intruder had a gun, the department dispatched five officers to his home.

They detained the poor woman. She was set free after police realized there was something afoot.

There are several things wrong with this scenario.

First, a Craigslist hookup like this is not the type of behavior a true gentleman would engage in. When there are issues in a relationship, the mature thing to do is to talk about them with your partner. Once you break the trust in a relationship, it's hard to get it back.

Second, you don't call the cops on the unsuspecting woman when she shows up for the date that you arranged. That's just bad manners.

Third, you don't waste valuable police resources by reporting nonexistent crimes. There's a reason that Gaylor is facing a misdemeanor for his actions.

Diverting police resources from real crimes in order to arrest the harmless date could cause unintended consequences. Maybe there were real victims out there waiting for police to respond to their calls.

Hopefully, the misdemeanor charge will serve to educate Keith Gaylor as to when it's appropriate to dial 911.

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