Police Use Gag From ‘The Simpsons’ To Trick Criminals Into Handing Themselves In
It can’t be bloody easy working as a boy in blue these days. With all the technology scumbags and lowlifes everywhere have access to, you’d have to be coming up with all sorts of innovative techniques to make sure you can serve them a hearty fist of justice. Fortunately, Yorkshire’s old bill has shown you don’t have to be that creative if you can rely on back episodes of the Simpsons…
Rewind twenty years and you may remember a particular Simpsons episode where the Springfield 5-0 ambushes the local miscreants with what really amounts to a quite brilliant plan: they offered them free sh** – in this case a free boat – to lure them into a perfect sting.
Considering how well known the Simpsons has become for ‘doing it first’, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Fuzz either saw this as a devastatingly efficient way to bust a few perps or, in Wiggum-like fashion, brainstormed the most effortless way possible to catch a few bad guys.
Whichever way you want to look at it, the Yorkshire po-po put a very similar plan to the one in The Simpsons episode Lisa the Sceptic from Season 9 in 1997, into action and arrested 21 known felons for crimes as diverse as burglary, assault, fraud and drug-related offences. Their offer: free champagne, wine, Christmas pudding and general free sh**.
They even mailed out the invites in the form of Christmas cards from a manufactured company, and seriously, I can’t be the only one who hopes that company was called ACME (or at least a derivative of it).
Lee Berry, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector, said, “It’s encouraging that our innovative approach has yielded positive results and we will continue to explore new avenues for apprehending those wanted, which impacts upon the victims of crime. Sending officers to addresses where wanted people no longer reside is also a drain on valuable police resources.”
Whether you agree with Lee that the plan was ‘innovative’ or whether you reckon he’s full of sh** for stealing ideas from the Simpsons, you can’t argue with the end result. 21 bad guys behind bars is a great outcome.
Top work, guys. Keep that sh** up. Whichever way you get the bad guys is good with me.
H/T: Bro Bible.