An Australian woman had her wish granted at her 100th birthday party when Victoria police handcuffed and arrested her, crossing one more thing off the woman’s bucket list.
According to the Daily Mail, Jean Bicketon has lived on the straight and narrow her entire life and has never had a run-in with the law… until now. She has been a nurse for decades and served as an army nurse during World War II. The ex-nurse evidently always dreamed of getting busted and smiling police officers helped her realize that dream.
Photos taken at the birthday party in Newborough, Australia, show officers next to Bicketon as she celebrated her birthday while wearing a crown and a pink dress. The bust was light-hearted and everyone had fun at the crime scene.
In one photo, the woman is seen sitting in front of a patrol car in her wheelchair with three smiling officers next to her as she has her hand on one of their shoulders. In another, Bicketon sits happily at a table with two officers next to her. The centenarian has her hand on one of their legs.
Monday, on Facebook, a Victoria Police spokesperson said they were more than glad to help.
“Now these kinda arrests, we’re happy to make. For many, getting through life without being arrested is a pretty good run. An obvious one we would like to think. But for former nurse Jean Bicketon – who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, a good run in and of itself – getting arrested was on her bucket list. So when we heard of Jean’s wishes, our team at Moe station were ready to step in and help check it off. While celebrating her milestone at Narracan Gardens Residential Aged Care, three young constables whirled in, lights and sirens, to make sure Jean’s birthday wishes were granted. Quickly briefing the residents of the event (to assure no one was in trouble), officers gently placed handcuffs on Ms. Bicketon declaring her ‘officially’ under arrest. She did not resist. According to Jean it was one of the best celebrations, and we’re glad we could help make it memorable. Wishing Jean a wonderful 100th birthday! Thanks to everyone that made this possible,” the Victoria police stated on social media.
“I’ve never been arrested in my life,” Bicketon told Daily Mail Australia in an interview. “I said to them I’ve never been drunk and I’ve never been arrested, never lost my driving license, and never had an infringement.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018 there were amazingly 4,828 people aged 100 or more in the country, which is up from 3,623 in 2013. In 2011, the Treasury predicted that by 2050, Australia would have more than 50,000 people who were 100 or older.
In America, the U.S. Census Bureau found there were 8,200 Americans who passed the 100-year mark in 2016. If the trend continues as expected, there could be approximately 589,000 Americans who are 100 or older by the year 2060, the Census Bureau added.
The Census Bureau also found that one in five centenarians in the U.S. are men, which bolsters current statistics that have found women generally live longer than men.
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