Earlier this week, numerous officers and even a police helicopter descended on the residence of Bruce, Kris, Kylie and Kendall Jenner after they received a call that someone had been shot inside the house. As soon as they arrived, however, they realized there wasn’t a shooting at all. No one was hurt. No one was in trouble, and there wasn’t one single reason why they needed to be there.

The incident was just the latest in a long series of recent Los Angeles area hoaxes. Dubbed “swatting”, they involve a hoaxer calling the police department with a fake urgent, SWAT team-related problem in order to generate a huge response to a celebrity’s house. Last month, a twelve-year-old boy was arrested for wasting thousands of dollars of the city’s money in the form of several incidents of swatting, but apparently, his example did nothing to dissuade people.

Members of the Jenner Family were reportedly good sports about the craziness when the officers showed up, but even so, a lot of tax dollars were flushed down the toilet in order for someone to play a joke.

When the boy was caught last month, authorities reportedly refused to throw the book at him because of his age and because of the nature of the crime. After all, reporting a fake shooting isn't quite in the same ballpark as actually shooting someone. There are some out there, however, who think the penalties for swatting should be drastically increased in order to charge anyone, regardless of age, with a felony if they willingly try to generate a huge police response under false pretenses.

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