We have seen this scene in the movies many times:
The protagonist is attacked or threatened. Intuitively he reaches for the phone to dial 911, the local police.
A friend of the protagonist takes the phone and hangs up and says something like: “Don’t do that!”, “You can’t trust them!” or “Don’t call the cops! We can handle that, ourselves”.
Sometimes the cops are called, anyway, but they cannot help.
Both situations start a suspense loaded, action packed story.
What is our action-packed story after we called the COPs for the 27th time?
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