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Man Tries to Sing Opera, Has Police Called on Him

The 'nocturnal nightingale' has his door bashed in
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2016 8:14 AM CST

(Newser) – Cringe: Police in Amsterdam responding to what UPI terms "screams of agony" kicked in a home's door, only to find the resident alone and perfectly fine. Turns out the man was listening to opera, with headphones on, and had been trying to sing along, reports NL Times. In a Facebook post translated from the Dutch as "Nocturnal Nightingale!," police explain that early Tuesday evening a neighbor who heard "terrifying screams" phoned in a report of potential domestic violence. The man wasn't aware of police presence until the door had been pummeled.

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"In the end, the [police] colleagues, the tipster (worried neighbors) and the resident had a real laugh about the incident," per police. The case recalls one in the same vein from November, in which New South Wales Police in Australia were summoned to an apartment over domestic violence concerns; they found an "out-of-breath ... flushed" 32-year-old man who said he lived alone and was trying to kill a spider. When asked about the woman's screams that had reportedly been heard, he replied, "Yeah, sorry, that was me; I really, really hate spiders." (An even weirder opera story also made headlines.)

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