When 92-year-old Josie Birds looked back on her life, she only had one major regret—that she had never been “naughty” enough to really know what it felt like.
Claiming that she had been good her whole life, the north Manchester woman—who boasts 6 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren—admitted to her friends that she wanted the chance to feel the thrill of getting in trouble for once.
Most people wouldn’t know what to do when a sweet old lady insists that she’s ready to feel the long arm of the law. But luckily for the plucky Birds, some of her friends knew exactly what to do, and enlisted the help of some local off-duty law enforcement officers to give her the surprise of a lifetime.
Birds was at home on a Saturday afternoon when a family friend coordinated with the Manchester police to have a pair of off-duty officers swing by and arrest the longtime Avro Energy employee and doting grandmother.
The officers gave Birds the full experience, accusing her of robbing the Co-op and putting her in handcuffs to take her away for questioning when she insisted that she doesn’t even shop there.
Her granddaughter, Pam Smith, explained the entire ordeal and showed just how delighted the family matriarch was at the opportunity to live with a bit of a thrill. As she explained on social media, Birds is in poor health, and her family wanted the opportunity to let her live out her secret dream while she was still strong enough to truly enjoy it.
“They put her in handcuffs and took her to the police station in the back of the van, where they ‘questioned’ her rigorously,” Smith said.
“She wanted to go into the cells too, but they drew the line at that and gave her tea and cake instead. She was lit up all day Sunday talking about it, and she is still excited about her experience.”
The experience has taken off on social media, where Birds has gotten comments on how adorably thrilled she looked to get her opportunity to live on the wild side after such a long life of living by the book. The hilariously fun side that the experience showed, with Birds getting a chance to really enjoy the adrenaline rush of her trip to the station, was a pleasant pick-me-up for readers who look up to everything that the British woman is.
Hello, I’m glad our officers could help out, looks like she got the full experience! Give our best to Josie and I’ll try and pass your message back to the officers who kindly helped out.
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) June 25, 2019
“Josie Birds is who I want to be when I grow up (arrested and everything),” wrote journalist Daphnée Denis on Twitter.
“Wonder what’s next on the bucket list … maybe the armed forces!” added a Facebook user. “Hope [she] enjoyed herself.”
Staff from the police department were quick to respond to Smith when she tweeted her thanks at them for the experience, getting the family to know that they were glad to have helped out.
“I’m glad our officers could help out, looks like she got the full experience! Give our best to Josie,” the department wrote on Twitter.