I did something very bad last night. I cost taxpayers lots of money.
..I saw from my living room window big plumes of smoke coming from a top story of a building and called the fire department. It's bitingly cold here, and the operator asked me if it could be a vent. I told her I only knew that I'd not seen that before. Over the time we talked, the plume disappeared which I told her about, but she decided to send the troops out anyway. They drove past my street, a fire engine and a truck with a ladder. I called them back later, all embarrassed and contrite, and was told not to worry, that they'd rather people call than not call. That person was very sincere, but I still felt very badly.