Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:33
(Here's one from "the olden days")
There was this bobby on the beat (see what I mean by "olden days") who noticed a dodgy looking fellow wheeling a barrow up the road with a huge sack on it.
When he stopped him he insisted the fellow opened up the sack. "Certainly, officer," says the shifty fellow and he opens up the sack. Inside there's a load of straw.
"All paid for," said the shifty guy. The policeman checked this out and found it was true.
The next day he saw him again and again he was wheeling the wheelbarrow which held a huge sack, so the policeman made him open it up again. As before it was full of straw. The policeman have him an inquiring and 'suspicious policeman look'.
"'For me rabbits," explained the shifty guy.
This happened every day for two weeks - every time the policeman checked the sack it was full of straw.
It started to wear him down - he couldn't get out of his head the idea the shifty guy was up to something but he was blowed if he knew what.
In the end he stopped the shifty fellow once more and told him bluntly that he knew he was up to something and demanded he told him what it was.
He said he wouldn't charge him with anything but it was driving him crazy and he insisted on knowing why the shifty fellow was moving sacks of straw up the road every evening.
"You won't charge me with anything? says the shifty fellow.
"That's right," says the policeman.
"Promise?" says the shifty fellow.
"God's honour!" agrees the policeman.
"Just tell me ," the policeman almost pleads.
The shifty fellow leans forward and whispers in the policeman's ear: "I'm knocking off wheelbarrows."