Madison police "overwhelmed" with calls confusing sunbathers for corpses - Minneapolis - News

Here's a sure sign you've just lived through a too-long winter: You see somebody lying around outside under the sun, and your first thought is Oh my God is that person dead?!

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In fact, so many people in Madison placed calls to police to share their concern about the well-being of sunbathers on Monday and Tuesday that a dispatcher asked a reporter to "Please tell cellphone users that people lying in the grass are not necessarily dead."

"The [911 call center] was overwhelmed with calls from cellphone users reporting people lying on the grass, not moving, possibly not living," reports.

Temps in Madison peaked at 78 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. Can you imagine what'll happen when highs hit 85 or 90? Folks listening to police scanner activity will probably think Wisconsin is in the midst of a zombie apocalypse or something.

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