The Internet roasts police after posting tiny cannabis haul on social media
Whether you’re an individual reaching out to your circle of friends or an organisation trying to provide the public with a service, social media is a double-edged sword. On one side of the blade, you’re trying to keep people informed and engage with them a little. On the sharper side of it, you’re opening yourself up to the opinions – and ridicule – of those who think you’re a bit sh**. That’s something the West Yorkshire Police know all about…
Just recently, one of their bobbies – which I think is the proper and official term for the boys in blue over there in Pommyland – busted a young pothead with a nugget of weed.
Apparently, the youngster had parked up in a local park where he could – if you take a leap of logic – go for a doob interlude and trip the light fantastic. Of course, the scene that played out could well be narrated by Mindless Drug Hoover and The Reefer Song, but the long and short of it is that the young bloke was busted and the copper nicked him AND his buds.
In the tradition of cops who’ve made big drug busts, the fuzz who made the arrest snapped a photo of the ‘haul’ and posted it online. You can look at the pictures yourself to decide whether or not it was worth it – but unless it was the intern’s first haul, it does seem a bit unnecessary.
The locals obviously thought so too. They went to town on the local bacon patrol and ridiculed them with some pretty straight-up banter. It didn’t help that only a short while before, they’d also busted some kids with a couple of cases of cider and posted that online as well.
Clearly, the banter was either a bit much for the police involved or they had some sand in their vaginas on the day, because they got pretty bloody salty at the trolling.
This is what they posted to stop the trolls…
‘Unfortunately we have had to ban a number of people from using this page today.
‘I would like to remind everyone that this is a police page and whatever your thoughts on one of my officers seizing drugs in the community, being insulting, abusive or offensive can and will result in a prosecution under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.’
Final thought: Fair’s fair here, and if a policeman comes across a young bloke smoking a spliff or boiling a billy in a public place, he doesn’t really have much choice about his course of action. The police in question are also right that their Facebook page is an official cop shop’s Facebook page. It’s not like they could respond to the banter by showing photos of themselves watching cartoons and eating burger rings. The only thing you can say is that maybe they should be more discerning with what they post. Other than that, give them a break – you’d all rely on their help if you ever actually needed it.
H/T: Daily Mail.