How would you like to spend your 100th birthday? Eating copious amounts of tea and cake at a nursing home? For one woman from Roxboro, North Carolina, that wasn't enough. She wanted to be arrested.
Yes, to celebrate becoming a centenarian, Ruth Bryant decided she'd like to see the inside of a jail cell. So while friends and family gathered at the Cambridge Hills Assisted Living Center where she resides to celebrate her landmark birthday, Ruth was nowhere to be seen.
That's because a local law enforcement had turned up, sirens blaring, to where she lived and carted her off to prison, Thankfully, Ruth knew all about it and was more than happy to play the role of aggrieved perp.
"Are you Miss Bryant?" a deputy asked her as he approached the (very) senior citizen with a pair of handcuffs.
"It all depends on what you want!" replied the feisty woman.
"Here's what I want. I want you!" the deputy replied.
She even playfully tried to 'fight' off the Roxboro deputies.
"Don't kick me; I've got a bad knee!" said the deputy as Ruth got out of the police car. Ruth's retort? "I've got two bad knees!"
As a result of her acting up, the deputies threatened to add resisting arresting arrest and assault to her charge, and she was then carted off to jail.
She only spent a couple of minutes in the cell, where she received no birthday cake, but did get her one phone call, a mug shot and the present she's always wanted - an orange jump suit. Thankfully, no cavity searches were involved.
"I'm in the jail-house now!" she beamed, laughing and dancing, clearly over the moon at what had happened. "I finally got here!"
After the ordeal was over, she was driven back to her assisted living center, where she celebrated with her family and friends in the slightly more traditional way of eating cake with everybody. It certainly seems a little bit more exciting than getting a birthday card from the Queen.