But we're betting you DID label that line, right?

It's back in the days before this sheriff's department went to VoIP, and a pilot fish there sometimes needs to figure out exactly what line a phone is connected to.

"We had a nifty device that would send a signal down the line," says fish. "We could then find the terminal end on the phone punch board.

"One day we had a line that we weren't sure where it went, so we did our test like we always do and thought nothing of it.

"That is, until a squad of very intimidating Feds in black suits and sunglasses showed up with questions about what we were doing. Turns out we were tracing a nationally connected law enforcement line -- and we lit up everyone on the system!

"How they found out it was us, we still don't know."

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